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If you’re an upcoming writer wanting to share your work, get feedback and network with other people in the industry, there are plenty of groups you can go to who will be warm, supportive and inspiring. Over here, we don’t have any problem with those groups, and recognise their imporance. We just choose to not be one of them. Kites and Violence is a writing group for the people wanting to get serious.

Work sent in will be workshopped as rehearsed readings, bringing actors in to help bring your work to life wherever possible. After that, we’ll talk about the what we’ve seen, ask questions, and most importantly give a critique of it.

Of course the sessions will be great fun, and feedback will always be supportive, nobody here is trying to hurt your feelings or get you to quit. However, it will also be in depth and honest, and if something’s not working then we want to be the people who tell you to your face.

Finally, should you want it, I’m offering a free one page report written on anything we workshop, taking into account my personal feelings and those expressed by the group.

My name is Sandy Nicholson, and I believe that good writers don’t want to be congratulated for getting up in the morning or for just being themselves, I believe they want to know how to get better, and to surround themselves with people who want to help them. So I started this group.

I’ll be perfectly clear. While I do get paid to write, it’s by no means my main source of income. The reason I’m offering free reports is because I don’t have the experience paid script readers have. But I have written for film, the web, radio and theatre. I’m not someone at the top of the ladder, I’m just someone who only started getting anywhere when I found people who were willing to be frank with me, and I want to offer the same thing to others.

So if you’re a writer and this sounds good to you, or if you’re an actor looking to meet writers who are serious about their craft, get in touch at contact@sandynicholson.co.uk and come along.

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