The AMED Writers' Group: 'Writing Relationships: Critical Friends and Others', with Bob MacKenzie.

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The AMED Writers' Group: 'Writing Relationships: Critical Friends and Others', with Bob MacKenzie.

Time: February 18, 2011 from 1pm to 4:30pm
Location: Roots and Shoots
Street: Walnut Street Walk
City/Town: London SE11 6DN
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Phone: 020-7587-1131
Event Type: amed, writers', group, workshop
Organized By: Bob MacKenzie
Latest Activity: Feb 18, 2011

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Writing relationships


Writing is often imagined as a solitary activity, in which writers are locked away in a world entirely of their own.  Whilst this may be frequently the case, at different times, most writers depend upon a range of writing relationships.  These relationships can involve people, things or phenomena, and can have positive or negative effects.  We might form significant writing relationships with people such as our academic supervisors, bosses, editors, clients, publishers, critics, readers, family, friends – the list could go on.  Other kinds of writing relationships?  Well – that’s another story.


At this meeting of the AMED Writers' Group, we'll share ideas about how we develop writing relationships that work best for each of us.  To begin with, I’ll introduce briefly the notion of ‘critical friends’ in the context of AMED’s journal ‘e-Organisations and People.’  We'll then broaden the discussion to explore how you (can) form writing relationships to serve your own individual circumstances and needs.


If you can (this is not compulsory) please bring along a short piece or extract of your writing - in whatever stage of development - that you're prepared to discuss with at least one other person. 


Towards the end of our meeting, we’ll also look at how the rest of the AMED Writers’ Group (AWG)’s 2011 programme is developing.  You can scroll down the Events page to see the schedule.  If you feel you’d like to suggest a theme and/or offer to lead one of our scheduled sessions, please get in touch.


As always, this is a wonderful opportunity to meet old and new writing friends, and to have a bit of fun. Everyone is welcome.

A new venue for a new writing year


As you may know, sadly, we’ve had to say goodbye to the comfortable old-fashioned library at the Penn Club, where we’ve been meeting for several years.  After a prolonged search, the most convenient venue appears to be ‘Roots and Shoots’, a charity in Kennington, south London, close to the Imperial War Museum and the Houses of Parliament.  It aims to help disadvantaged young people from Lambeth and Southwark prepare for the world of work.  It has a wildlife garden, a study centre – and beehives!


‘Roots & Shoots’

T:    020-7587-1131



What to bring


There are no books in our new meeting room, so please bring with you a couple of books, and anything else you can think of that will help us create our own temporary library and ‘feel’ that’s conducive to writing/reading/talking about our writing in a relaxed, informal environment.  You are welcome to bring your own packed lunch, and a sample of your own writing.


Cost (payable on arrival)


Full AMED Members: £10;  Networkers and Guests:  £12.50


And afterwards?


Those of us who want to keep the conversation going after 4.30 pm can do so in one of the several local pubs, wine bars or cafes, none of which I’ve yet visited.  If you have local knowledge, we’ll be guided by you!


I look forward to seeing you on Friday 18 February to help us launch yet another exciting year of AWG activities. 


Meantime, please don’t hesitate to contact me if there’s anything you’d like to discuss.  I look forward to sharing ideas with you.  Best wishes.  Bob

M: 07855-458-691


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Comment by Belina Raffy on February 16, 2011 at 8:28

Enjoy the meeting - sounds good!  Sorry I'll be away.



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