About

There are two writing groups in Lockerbie: Lockerbie Writers, and A Novel Approach.


Lockerbie Writers are a like-minded group of local writers.  The group meets fortnightly to share work and provide supportive critique and motivation as they improve their understanding of the craft of creative writing.

In 2016, Lockerbie Writers published their first collection of work, Lockerbie Writers’ Anthology: Stories and Poems from Annandale and Eskdale. The book is a collection of short stories and poetry in a range of genres, reflecting the diversity of the group. Click here for more information on how to get hold of your copy.

Another of the group’s interests is inspiring writing in others. In 2017, they established an annual children’s writing competition in collaboration with Castle Loch Community Trust (Lochmaben); this competition now runs annually. The group also run regular writing workshops, events, and “members’ away days” – details can be found elsewhere on the blog or the Facebook page.

Lockerbie Writers meets fortnightly on a Tuesday morning in the Townhead Hotel, Lockerbie. For more details or to get in touch, please leave a comment on this blog or visit our Facebook page.


A Novel Approach is a group for novelists at any stage, from first draft to final proofread and beyond. Established in January 2018 by Lockerbie Writers Steph Newham and Kerrie McKinnel, the group’s aim is to support each other through the challenges of writing a novel. We offer a friendly and supportive environment to swap drafts, exchange constructive feedback, and discuss every element of writing life.

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A Novel Approach meets fortnightly on a Tuesday evening (alternate weeks to Lockerbie Writers) in the King’s Arms Hotel, Lockerbie. For more details or to join, please get in touch.

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2 thoughts on “About

  1. The writing life can be exciting with each book having a life of its own. How well do I know that, after 18 books of different categories; children’s, self-help, biographies and novels? Too diverse for an agent they told me. But having self published since 2003 I now have an agent and a film script in preparation. Serendipity I’d say; advance publicity in the Cheddar Gazette of all places has led me on a wonderful journey with The Reluctant Spy. So bear the days of rejection if you can and don’t forget this serendipity does exist. Wishing you well in all your writing.
    Miller Caldwell
    Society of Authors Events Manager, Dumfries.

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