Huntly Writers


About Us

Huntly Writers is open to anyone over the age of 18 years who is, or wants to be, actively engaged in creative writing. We are based in the market town of Huntly, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, where we usually meet on a fortnightly basis.

Anyone interested in joining the group is very welcome to attend as a visitor once or twice without payment to help them decide if the group is for them. Normally the charge for each meeting is £2 and the joining fee for the year is £10. Please check before first attending to make sure that the group is on at the usual venue.

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Huntly Writers is an unincorporated association of writers, which raises its own funding for the most part, with occasional help from the Scottish Book Trust with readings and workshops. It exists to support local writers by providing regular sessions where they can read their work and receive constructive criticism from fellow members. The group also arranges readings and workshops by established authors. Public performances of the work of the group take place once or twice a year and there are regular collaborations with other writers and artists. We also publish anthologies of our work and details of these can be found on the website.

The group sessions consist first of reading the minutes of the previous meeting and discussion of any matters arising or business that needs to be attended to. This usually takes 20–30 minutes. The rest of the time (90 minutes) is spent on listening and giving feedback on readings. Occasionally we do writing exercises which have been agreed in advance. Because the group has a large active membership it is not always possible for everyone to read on a given night but those who miss out will read first at the next meeting. Even if a member is not able to read at a given session because of lack of time or not having anything ready to read, they are expected to listen actively and give feedback. This is a very important role.

The group operates through a consensus of mutual respect and support for each other. Each session is moderated and members agree to abide by the moderator’s guidance in the course of the evening regarding who reads, length of reading time and length of feedback time. The moderator is usually the convenor or vice-convenor.

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Latest News

Moira McPartlin visits Huntly Writers

  • 7th August 2016
  • Huntly Writers Admin
Moira McPartlin Highland and One Island Book Tour   I visit the Highlands and Islands of Scotland regularly but, with the exception of a series of workshops in Aberdeen last [.....READ MORE] Home

George MacDonald’s Huntly Lecture

  • 16th July 2016
  • Huntly Writers Admin
George MacDonald’s Huntly In this illustrated talk, University of Aberdeen PhD Student Rebecca Langworthy explores the impact Huntly had upon the Victorian Novelist, George MacDonald (1824-1905). MacDonald was born on [.....READ MORE] Home

Helen Lynch and Member’s News

  • 16th July 2016
  • Huntly Writers Admin
On Monday 11th July Helen Lynch, a noted local author and lecturer in Medieval Literature and Creative Writing at Kings College, University of Aberdeen, held a wonderfully interesting and creative [.....READ MORE] Home


24aug7:30 pmHuntly Writers Meeting7:30 pm The Square, Huntly AB54The Square, Huntly


3sep2:00 pm- 4:00 pmNabin Chhetri Book Launch2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Brander Library

7sep7:30 pm- 9:30 pmMoira McPartin7:30 pm - 9:30 pm The Square, Huntly AB54The Square, Huntly

7sep7:30 pmHuntly Writers Meeting7:30 pm The Square, Huntly AB54The Square, Huntly

21sep7:30 pmHuntly Writers Meeting7:30 pm The Square, Huntly AB54The Square, Huntly