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The Garnethill Writers’ Group

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We’re glad to say that Garnethill Writers’ Group is still running during the coronavirus lockdown.  We’re still exchanging manuscripts by email once a month – while we’re unable to meet face-to-face, we’re talking via Zoom and exchanging feedback by email. You’re welcome to join us if you’re looking for support and encouragement in your writing. Please contact me for further details.


A writer’s confidence is easily damaged. Everyday life is demanding, and lots of gifted writers struggle to keep regular writing from slipping down their list of priorities. If you’ve lost confidence in your own voice, or if you think you’d benefit from regular deadlines, a good writers’ circle can make all the difference.

The Garnethill Writers’ Group gives support and encouragement to writers finding it hard to go it alone. It meets once a month in Garnethill, in Glasgow city centre, to discuss participants’ writing and offer helpful feedback. The group is very friendly and informal, and suitable for beginners and more experienced writers alike.  The meetings are open to anyone, and there’s no obligation to sign up for future sessions.


IMG_9481 (2)The group meets at Garnethill Multicultural Centre, 21 Rose Street in central GlasgowG3 6RE (opposite the Glasgow Film Theatre). 

Sessions last for three hours (with a coffee break in the middle).  Meetings are usually held on the third Monday of each month, from 1.00 – 4.00 pm.

If you’re unable to attend the meetings in person, you’re welcome to take part via email. Just email your feedback in the usual way, and in return you’ll receive full written critiques of your piece of writing.

You’ll also have the option of taking part in an online Zoom conversation, which will take place at the usual meeting time. Several members of the group are based outside the UK, and already make use of this service. Please contact me for more details.


The next meetings are:

  • 22nd August 2022

  • 19th September

    Please note: these meetings will be held via email during the coronavirus lockdown.  On the scheduled meeting days, there will also be an optional Zoom conversation which you’re welcome to attend.

Here’s how it works:

  • Everyone emails a piece of writing to the co-ordinator, Cathy McSporran, a week before the meeting date.
  •  Cathy distributes all the pieces to the people who are going to attend.
  • Everyone reads over what the others have submitted beforehand.
  •  Everybody comes along to the meeting, gets and receives feedback and encouragement, and figures out what their next step is.  (If you can’t attend the meeting in person, you’re welcome to give and receive your feedback via email.)

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The cost is £15 per session (£10 concessionary rate).  There’s no obligation to sign up for any later meetings – just come along and see what you think.


If you’d like to sit in on a session without submitting anything, you’re welcome to come along to an initial meeting free of charge.


Please contact me for further details.



Garnethill News

≈ 25th June 2020

Anne P - NTDI coverThe cover of Anne Pettigrew’s thrilling new novel, Not the Deaths Imagined, was unveiled today.  It’s available for preorder from Amazon here, and from publisher Ringwood here.





≈ 20th April 2020

book image - laptopGlad to report Garnethill is still up and running under lockdown. We’re exchanging manuscripts by email, and then emailing notes and comments too, so no-one has to miss out. Stay safe and well, everyone.




 ≈ 15th March 2020

Sadly – but unavoidably – we’re having to cancel our writers’ group meeting at Garnethill Multicultural Centre on 16th March. Hope to reschedule in the near future.


≈ 22nd October 2019

From Glasgow to Saturn 43Congratulations to Garnethill member Grace Shaw, whose autobiographical essay A Life in a Bowl of Congee is appearing in From Glasgow to Saturn issue 43.


20th September 2019

Anne Pettigrew - Not the Life ImaginedAnne Pettigrew≈ Garnethill member Anne Pettigrew will be talking about her novel Not The Life Imagined at Bloody Scotland in Stirling this year (20-22 September 2019).  For more details, see Bloody Scotland’s website here.

14th September 2019

Anne Pettigrew - Herald 14 Sept 2019Profile of Anne Pettigrew in The Herald today.  Read the article here.





Pictures by Cathy McSporran
Thanks to everyone at the Garnethill Multicultural Centre for their help and support.