Creative Writing


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Maybe you’re a novelist.

You sit, for hours every day, pouring over your laptop screen, your keyboard struggling to keep up with the velocity of your fingers. It’s your second instalment of a seven-book series, and your fans are waiting eagerly. It’s three am. You’ve been writing for weeks.

Or perhaps you’re a poet.

After your lectures, you sit leisurely in a café, tea at the ready, articulating your weekly musings. The spine of the notebook groans, you’ve written so much, it can hold no more. The paper awaits your contemplations, your handwriting speeds up.

You could be a scriptwriter. A short-story enthusiast. You might be a writer of haikus, on bits of napkin, or letters to your granny in the highlands – or perhaps you’ve only ever written inside birthday cards. Even if you’ve only ever considered putting pen to paper, we’re asking you: do you want to write?

We are UEA’s Creative Writing Society, proud to exist in one of the UK’s most vibrant scenes for writing and literature. The city of Norwich is brimming with writers’ events: poetry open mics, famous authors, independent publishing houses, and we’re right in the heart of it.

We’re one of the university’s most active societies with our weekly writing workshops – come along, bring some pens and paper and meet like-minded people as we try out new prompts, styles, share our interests. We are, most importantly, a community of writers, and we’re all about pushing you to try new things, inspire one-another and write more and more!

Of course, we don’t just sit silently and scribble. Most of our workshops round off with a drink in the union bar or café, and we also collaborate with other societies, like Litsoc, Eggbox Publishing and Headucate. But most we’re famous at UEA for our open mics. Three or four times a semester, we head out to a venue in town. People bring friends and flatmates, grab a drink, while our members get behind a mic and read, shout, sing, whisper, perform, pour water over their heads (yes, we had that once) by way of sharing their work! It’s always an amazing variation of work and an inspiration to see what you come up with.

If any of this has roused your interest, please come and find us at the 2018 society fair! We’ll be in the Sportspark on Monday the 24th of September, ready to answer any of your questions.

We’re looking forward to seeing all our old members and gaining new ones! Happy writing,


CWS Committee 2018/19

President: Lucy May

Vice President: Connor Enright

Treasurer and Social Secretary: Ellie Reeves

Secretary: Amelia Court

Union Council Rep: Amy Pattison

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