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Fife Writes

Welcome To the website of Fife Writes

Fife Writes aims to provide opportunities for local writers of all kinds and abilities to improve their writing and to perform in front of live audiences if they wish. It has been a registered charity since January 2020 and runs various workshops, writing support groups and Open Mic sessions.

You can join our mailing list (see our Mailing List and Membership Page) to be kept informed of our activities and to gain advance notification of upcoming events. You can also choose to become a member, which costs £12 annually (April to March). Membership gives you access to our Writing Support Groups, allows involvement in our associated groups and members-only projects, as well as giving you voting rights at our AGM.

About Us

Fife Writes has been around for many years, though has existed as a charity only since January 2020. On 1st July 2022, The Byre Writers officially joined with Fife Writes creating a much larger group. It is guided by a very small organising team but is always on the lookout for additional people to join and help out with the many tasks that need to be carried out to keep a small charity working.

Its main purpose is to encourage involvement and provide the opportunity to write and perform. It aims to be a peer support group for writers of all genres and to encourage each other to write and share their work. It holds events such as storytelling, short stories, novels, poetry, performance and music across Fife where readers and performers are invited from the very inexperienced to full professionals.

It also holds creative writing workshops, runs a programme of writing support groups and hosts other events to support writers across Fife.

Meet the Organising Team

Chair - Lilian Brzoska

Lilian has been with Fife Writes since its inception and kindly agreed to chair the newly formed charity when it was created in early 2020. With many years experience of writing and performing, her knowledge has been invaluable.

Treasurer - George McDermid

George joined Fife Writes in 2018 and, with Lilian, was part of the team who helped the organisation gain charitable status in 2020. Being happy with numbers as well as words, he was an obvious choice for treasurer.

 

Secretary - Lesley Walker

Lesley was voted in as our new secretary at the AGM held Tuesday 4th July 2023. As a relatively new member of Fife Writes, Lesley brings a fresh view and new enthusiasm to the team.

 

Other Committee Members

We welcome Denise Chapman and Laura Pearson onto the committee for session 2023/24. Both were co-opted onto the committee to help us out with the many admin tasks that we have. Their help is really appreciated.

We also extend our thanks to Andrew Whyte who joins the committee as our SAW Representative (Scottish Association of Writers). We are really grateful for his help in keeping us informed about their activities.

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Next Events

April

Thursday 18th: Zoom Open Mic, 7pm to 9pm, hosted by Lilian Brzoska

May

Thursday 16th: AGM (Zoom), 7.30pm start

Thursday 23rd: Open Mic, NEW VENUE - Rumours Cafe Bar, 19 Kirk Wynd, Kirkcaldy KY1 1EH, 7pm to 9pm, hosted by George McDermid

June

Thursday 27th: Zoom Open Mic, 7pm to 9pm, hosted by Denise Chapman

July/August

Holiday!

September

Date TBC: In-Person Open Mic, Cupar, hosted by Marianne Berghuis

October

Date TBC: Zoom Open Mic, hosted by Lesley Walker

 

More details for each event (eg joining instructions for Zoom etc) will be emailed to subscribers and posted on our Facebook page nearer the time.

Donate

We are a charity and rely on generous contributions from our members and subscribers, attendees at our events and those who wish us well. If you have enjoyed any of Fife Writes' activities, then please help us to continue by donating even the smallest amount. Everything is welcome.