Cambridge Writers have two kinds of meetings, the regular meetings of our writing groups which are described here, and the general meetings listed on this page.

Upcoming General Meetings

Meetings are held at Hartington Grove Friends' Meeting House, from 7.30 pm to about 9.30. Hartington Grove runs between Hills Road and Cherry Hinton Road, Cambridge.

Non-members are welcome to attend these meetings (except the Annual General Meeting) at a charge of £3.

JUST THINK - If you join, you get all this, plus the working groups, plus free to enter competitions, plus a monthly Newsletter for only £20 a year!

Tuesday, 4. May 2021 - Workshop


Hannah Hooton

How do I blindside my reader without completely cheating them? How do I lay a trail of clues without my plot becoming predictable? This workshop is designed to help you answer those questions and more.

We will be covering the five different types of foreshadowing, including Chekhov’s gun, prophecy, flashback, symbolic foreshadowing, and red herring, discussing examples in literature and other storytelling mediums and trying our hand at implementing each technique.

We will also look at false conclusions, misdirection, double bluffs, deflecting blame and bias, each of which helps to keep plot fresh and unexpected and assists you in ‘manipulating’ your reader’s expectations.

The workshop is held on Zoom. All members will be e-mailed a link to participate.

These topics will be accompanied by writing exercises to get the imagination buzzing and to really let these new techniques sink in. There is a lot to cover, so it may be that we run out of time, but copies of notes will be made available to anyone who wishes to have one.

Tuesday, 1. Jun 2021 - Flash Fiction Competition


Competitors bring a printed copy of their anonymous entry to the meeting, word limit 250

Monday, 6. Sep 2021 - Professor Andrew Cowan


Andrew Cowan studied at the University of East Anglia, where he is now Director of Creative Writing and teaches on the Creative Writing MA.

Since his acclaimed and prize winning first novel, Pig (1994), he wrote another four novels which depict people in provincial worlds; there is an interest in the domestic, in the mechanics of relationships when the blood-rush lust of the beginning falls away

One of the best things about Andrew Cowan is that he refuses write to a pattern. Quietly innovative and always intriguing, he never resolves his plots with pat or easy answers. He has already produced an impressive body of work and is one of the most accomplished of contemporary British writers.


Tuesday, 5. Oct 2021


Rosie Sykes

Rosie Sykes is a food writer and chef, living in London and Cambridge who was, at one time, Head Chef at Fitzbillies. She has has cooked in the kitchens of some of Britain's most celebrated chefs, including Joyce Molyneux, Shaun Hill and Alastair Little. Her critically acclaimed gastropub, The Sutton Arms in Smithfields, London, established her as one of the most exciting cooks working in the UK, and from 2001 to 2003 Rosie wrote for the Guardian's Weekend magazine as The Kitchen Doctor.

Tuesday, 2. Nov 2021


Sophie Hannah

Sophie Hannah is a Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling writer of crime fiction, published in forty-nine languages and fifty-one territories. Her books have sold millions of copies worldwide. In 2014, with the blessing of Agatha Christie’s family and estate, Sophie published a new Poirot novel, The Monogram Murders, which was a bestseller in more than fifteen countries. She has since published two more Poirot novels, Closed Casket and The Mystery of Three Quarters, both of which were instant Sunday Times Top Ten bestsellers.

Tuesday, 7. Dec 2021


Giles Yeo

Giles Yeo is a geneticist with over 20 years’ experience dedicated to researching obesity and the brain control of food intake. He took part in pioneering research that uncovered key pathways in how the brain controls food intake. His current research focuses on understanding how these pathways differ from person to person, and the influence of genetics in our relationship with food and eating habits.

Giles will present his book, Gene Eating: The Science of Obesity and the Truth About Diets, which is hailed as an 'anti diet' book, and gets more in-depth into the science of weight, obesity and diet.