Suffolk Writers Group

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I’m Mai of Damselfly Writing Group. That’s me – in yellow with a blue scarf.

I provide friendly workshop-style sessions within the supportive community of a writing group.  It’s a chance for you to meet others in a similar situation to yourself, learn new techniques and share work in progress. You’ll also be kept up to date with local literary events and competitions.

I have been studying creative writing on a formal basis for five years and have won competitions for short stories, travel writing and poetry with my work appearing in ‘Best’ Magazine, ‘Let’s Talk’, ‘Suffolk Magazine’ and ‘The Telegraph’. I also have a degree in English Literature and am a trained teacher.

Each session costs £10 or you can pay £35 per month if you pay in advance by direct debit.

Sessions are held at my home in Ipswich, IP3 9TS. You can choose between:-

Tuesdays – 7.30pm to 9.30pm (A group for beginners and intermediate level writers).

First Session is on 4th April 2017 but it’s fine if you want to join the group after that date.

Thursdays – 7.30 to 9.30pm (A friendly group for experienced writers).

Please email me at to get the exact location, check availability and to ask any questions. Or phone me on (01473) 711639

A typical evening’s format

  • Ten minute discussion of what everyone has read or written in the week
  • Free writing task
  • Discussion of a piece of writing – either from a group member or a professional piece
  • Input on a chosen subject e.g. characterisation or similes
  • A break for drinks and general chatting
  • A piece of writing based on work discussed
  • A time to share work and get feedback from myself and the group

(It’s lovely when people read their work aloud but it’s OK if you choose not to.)

If you’re into social media, you might want to join ‘Suffolk Writers Group’ on Facebook where you can chat to local writers and keep up to date with local events.


(Above: Ruth Dugdall, author of Humber Boy B, visits to talk about her new book and life as a professional writer)             

Examples of  member’s successes since joining the group:-

  • Lesley won two hundred euros and had her travel piece published in The Telegraph.
  • Adam and Kelly wrote ‘Highly Commended’ pieces of Flash Fiction for the weekly Microbookends Competition.
  • Thursday’s Damselfly group launched a hugely successful reading blog The Book Eaters.
  • Kelly achieved joint runner up in Felixstowe Short Story Competition
  • Anna had an article about Montessori education published on
  • Gem was a runner up in a competition for Dystopian World stories
  • Aaron won our synopsis competition to receive feedback on his work from literary agent Meg Davis
  • Teresa had a story published in Your Cat magazine.
  • Elliot had his story published in Fiction Vortex Magazine
  • Graham had two music interviews published in Suffolk Magazine
  • Megan has had a romantic novel published on Kindle at Amazon
  • Tim has published two novels on Amazon: The Buried Man and Clockwork Hearts


2 thoughts on “Suffolk Writers Group”

  1. Hello Mai,

    My name is Rhys Moffat- I am a 26 year old history teacher who has recently moved to the area.I would like to use my summer to get into writing and in the long term attempt to write a novel. I was wondering whether the Suffolk writers group would be a good opportunity to meet like minded people. I am a complete novice though, so may well be out of my depth early on.

    I look forward to hearing from you,

    Kind Regards,


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