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Gloucestershire Writers’ Network is the hub for all writers and writing groups in Gloucestershire and South Gloucestershire. We aim to be the ‘go to place’ for Gloucestershire writers – providing a central platform to communicate news, views, what’s on and competitions etc.

If you have information on forthcoming events, courses, readings or open mics that deserve a wider audience, 
we’d love to hear from you.
We will upload relevant information as quickly as we can to help market and communicate your events.

Do you have a story to tell? Perhaps you have recently won a competition or have a book launch on the horizon – our News and Events Calendar section will keep GWN members abreast of local events and encourage attendance and access to all things creative. Please contact us on

Happy writing!


We run an annual competition in conjunction with The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival, the winners of which have the opportunity to read their work at the GWN Prizewinners event. Visit the competition section of the website for the latest updates, where you also have the option to purchase pamphlets from previous winners.


The latest News & Reviews

Filmmaker seeks engaging short stories and poems
Georgie Swinford is a local filmmaker and mature student studying at the University of Gloucestershire. One of her modules requires that she pitches 3 original concepts that could receive funding to be made into a short film next semester. As such Georgie is on the hunt to find some inspired writers...
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Buzzwords is back!
Yes, we are finally able to start Buzzwords again. It will be the second Sunday of the month, upstairs at The Exmouth, Bath Road Cheltenham. The first one will be on Sunday November 14th with guest poet Duncan Forbes. As a welcome back, this one will have no entrance fee. However, because we need to...
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Tickets, priced at £9, for the 22nd Stroud Short Stories event - on the theme of WILD! - are now available from the Cotswold Playhouse website here The event, the first live show for two years, takes place on Sunday 7 November at 7.30 (doors 7.00) at the Cotswold Playhouse in Stroud, and will not...
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Debut novel, 'A Wartime Secret' by Helen Yendall
Blockley-based writer Helen Yendall has signed a 2-book deal with HQ Digital (Harper Collins). Her debut novel ‘A Wartime Secret’, a heart-warming WW2 saga, will be published in January 2022....
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