The lastet addition to the events held at The Exchange is a monthly writers group. A new, friendly, welcoming group for new writers to talk to like minded folk or just share ideas. Join the lovely Rebecca in our snug for the Writers Exchange each month. Read on to find out more about Rebecca and the idea behind the Writers Exchange..


Hello Rebecca, how did you get into writing and how long have you been doing it?

I can remember writing poems and short stories from a very young age, so it is something that came very natural to me and is something that I’ve always done for pleasure.   

Where are you based? 

I'm based in Stoneygate/Clarendon Park area and work in Leicester City Centre during the week. 

Tell us a bit more about yourself and your background?

I was born and raised in Leicester but have lived in London for a few years. I'm back in Leicester for good now, it's definitely home for me! Professionally, my background has been in a legal environment, then more recently I’ve worked with a not for profit in homelessness.  


Are you a full time writer?

My day to day job does involve a fair bit of professional writing, such a writing and coordinating bids and finding applications but I tend to write fiction in my free time. It would be nice to be able to dedicate more time to my writing, that's something I want to work towards. The Writers Exchange will help with that I think. 

Where do you get your inspiration for your writing?

I get inspiration from many places. Usually it's something that has particularly moved me in some way. I love nature and seasons too, trips away, especially the seaside. I've just been on a trip to Provence for the first time, I found I wrote a lot while I was there as it's a really beautiful and inspiring place. 

What part of the writing process do you enjoy the most?

Having that initial burst of inspiration and the rest just come naturally. I really love it when I find a short story or a poem I've written months ago that I had forgotten about. The first time I saw a character that I’d created come to life on stage was a really amazing thing to experience!  


What's your favourite piece that you've written?

It would probably be the first short play I wrote, after a short playwriting course. We all wrote, cast & directed our own plays & they were then shown to an audience of family and friends. It was a really terrifying but amazing experience! It pushed me out of my comfort zone and raised my confidence levels, which is what I’m hoping to do with Writers Exchange – to make that first push out of boundaries a fulfilling experience for people, rather than a terrifying one!

Could you tell us more about the Writers Exchange and how it came about?

As I mentioned, I've lived in London and I found lots of writing groups that were really good for people who haven't been published or just want to have a go at writing and see how it goes. I wanted to create a group in Leicester that wasn't too formal, where people could get used to having a space in their diary each month for writing & get used to sharing what they've done. Reading work aloud can be really difficult for lots of people so I think it's really important that they feel comfortable when they do come to sharing work with others.


The next Writers Exchange is on 28th June 6 - 7pm in the snug.

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