Holmeside Writers began on Wednesday, February 5, with 11 eager attendees ready for a session of creative writing.
The new writing club is based at Holmeside Coffee, ground floor of Independent, and will run monthly, allowing all forms of writers to socialise and collaborate and to critique their written work.
Group coordinator and writer Iain Rowan, whose book, One of Us, was shortlisted for the Crime Writers Association Debut Dagger Award, discussed how he hoped the group would run and develop over time.
Despite being a published author himself, Iain insists he is not there to teach but to “offer advice and try and give people the confidence to get their work out there”.
Holmeside Writers includes students, teachers and freelance writers who share the same love of writing and desire to produce more.
The budding writers took part in a short creative writing task before discussing their hopes for the future of the group.
A possible collaboration with a photographer Andy Martin of This is Sunderland, a project aiming to capture Wearside’s changing landscape, was a popular suggestion and the group is keen to see this work be developed.
Holmeside Coffee is also launching a monthly book club on Wednesday February 19, which first session will focus on John Williams’ novel Stoner – named the Guardian’s book of 2013.
The next Holmeside Writers meeting will take place on Wednesday March 5 from 6-8pm.
Find out more about either of the groups here