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First Draft Writers Group

Meets: 1st Sunday of the month 

 Time: 1.00pm to 4.00pm

Venue: Conference Room, PCWC
Convener: Gayle Malloy

The First Draft Writers Group runs for three hours from 1pm to 4pm. Writers of all descriptions; poets, prose, playwrights and scriptwriters are welcome to bring first drafts of their work for peer feedback. Scriptwriters and playwrights need to bring multiple copies of their work so that it can be acted out. There are no writing exercises in this group, it is solely for writers to read aloud (or act out) their work and receive feedback.

The First Draft Writers’ Group started as a fledgling group of prose writers to expand to a group that now embraces poets, playwrights, script writers, prose writers of every description and on one occasion a song writer. This inclusive group welcomes all creative writers and the group as a whole benefits from the diversity of talents and the mediums presented. Group members read the actors parts for our playwrights so that they can benefit from hearing not only the audience response, but also where their dialogue stumbles and is hard for an actor to say.  Prose writers vary from child and young adult book writers to fantasy book writers to novelists exploring difficult social and historical situations. Our poets contribute their love of metaphor and beauty of language. All group members are encouraged to give positive feedback and to give suggestions on alternative ways to improve a sentence or paragraph if that is deemed necessary and everyone benefits from the knowledge and expertise of the individual group members.


We have chosen the term ‘First Draft’ as this implies that the piece presented is a work in progress and with suggestions and feedback it can be improved Our participants range from writers who have already had work published to neophytes who are just beginning their writing journey,  All are on an equal footing as they are all sharing their first draft of a piece of work.  The group is a safe welcoming group for all types of writers where their feedback is valued. The group meets the first Sunday of each month and the first session is always free to newcomers. The group is an ‘open group’ (just turn up on the Sunday) and the number of participants vary from month to month. If you feel you would like to get some feedback on your work in progress why not try out a session and if nothing else you will enjoy a piece of cake and a coffee/tea and hear some interesting prose, poetry and plays. The session starts at 1.00pm and concludes at 4.00pm and each participant is allocated a set amount of time for reading their work and getting feedback. Gayle Malloy who convenes the group has had her plays performed in America, United Arab Emirates and Australia and won the Todhunter Literary Award.


Cost $5 for Members and $5 for Non Members. No need to book these sessions.
We welcome new participants to the group. Enjoy a complimentary tea, coffee, biscuits and cake in a relaxed atmosphere

Due to COVID-19 this monthly writing group facilitated by Gayle Malloy, is on hold until further notice.