North Tyneside Writers’ Circle – Our first quarter

Back in October 2016, as part of the Age Takes Centre Stage programme, The Next Page agreed to start running a group for writers, based in North Tyneside Libraries. One tea- and shortbread-fuelled planning session later, and the North Tyneside Writers Circle was born!

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Our first visit to North Shields, nervously waiting to see how many seats we’d fill


Having started in January 2017, we’ve made it through our first quarter, and we’ve been delighted with how it’s come together. We’ve had two great speakers in Sue Miller and Steve Urwin, we’ve had round-table discussions, meeting new people and, oh yes – we’ve even had some writing!

As somebody who loves attending events with other writers, whether readings, workshops or anything else, having our group has been a fabulous opportunity to meet new writers in the area. Hearing people share their freshly-written material is always inspiring too.


Seeing the tables fill up the last three months has spurred us on to keep looking at new things, like the guided discussion section, and although there’s no session in April, we’re already looking forward to May, and welcoming Mark Iveson along to talk about his writing.

I’d best go get those prompts sorted!

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The answer – plenty of people turned up!




The Next Page’s next twelve months

Hello, and Happy New Year – welcome to 2017!

We hope you all had a great Christmas and New Year, and, more importantly, that all those lovely, ambitious Resolutions are still going strong. If they involved ‘start writing’ or ‘write more’ then we are here for you, with our diaries already filling up with plenty of great opportunities to get the ink and inspiration flowing, or, if necessary, get you back on track whether you’ve been away for the Christmas fortnight, or half a lifetime.

One thing we’re really excited to be bringing you, starting on Saturday 21st January, is the North Tyneside Writers’ Circle. Whether you’ve been writing for decades, or want to make your first tentative steps in any form or genre, come along to this FREE event at North Shields Library. We’re seeing this as a great chance for like-minded, ‘writerly’ folk to get together, chat about news, what they’re writing (or want to), and, hopefully, learn something in the process.


Each month (on the third Saturday, dates announced three months in advance), we’ll be having a good chat about the Tyneside / north-east writing scene, we’ll have prompts and, on a regular basis, we’ll have somebody to give you a brief introduction into an aspect of the writing life. We’re delighted to announce the Sue Miller will be our first speaker, talking about her experience of self-publishing and selling her books through Amazon. Sue’s book (20/20 Vision: They didn’t see it coming) has garnered excellent reviews on Amazon, and has recently been featured in Hello! magazine.


Hopefully we’ll see you there, 1100-1300 on the 21st!

Beyond NTWC, we also have our workshops and mentoring, with the next workshop being Teenage Kicks on Saturday 4th March, exploring musical inspiration, and mentoring places available to book for first Saturdays in February and March.

Tickets for all bookable events are, as always, available via our TicketSource page.

And don’t forget to keep following our blog for news items, and special guest bloggers from the writing world…


We’ll look forward to seeing or hearing from you soon!

Finding Your Words

When do you give yourself a chance to explore your writing potential?  Hardly ever? Never?

And what excuses do you use to talk yourself out of attending workshops or exploring creative writing mentoring? You tell yourself you haven’t got time or that you can’t afford such luxuries.

This coming Saturday afternoon you can discover, rediscover or recover your creativity with us…and it won’t cost a penny!

The Next Page is hosting a free to attend session in North Shields library. Come along and have a go at writing exercises with Jennifer C Wilson or sign up for mini-mentoring sessions with Elaine Cusack.


Our Finding Your Words session runs from 1.30pm to 4.30pm on Saturday 15th October in North Shields Library in Northumberland Square. It’s FREE…so you can’t make excuses!

Finding Your Words is part of North Tyneside’s Age Takes Centre Stage festival