Edinburgh's friendly writers' group


Visible Ink is a friendly and informal writers’ group based in Edinburgh, Scotland. We’ve been running for over 15 years and welcome all writers.


We meet every Tuesday, from 7pm to 9pm, at Nelson Hall Community Centre, Spittalfield Crescent.

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We welcome all writers: fresh talent or old hands, amateur or professional, fact or fiction.

About Visible Ink

Visible Ink is a friendly and informal writers’ group based in Edinburgh. We’ve been running for over 15 years and welcome all writers, whether you’re just starting out or an old hand, whether you write for fun or for publication, whatever you write: fact or fiction, long or short, poetry or prose, song or drama.

Our members range from published authors to first-time writers, and from students to pensioners. We're friendly and constructive, and happy to hear new writing from anyone who chooses to share it.

A typical evening at Visible Ink will see members bringing in pieces they're working on to read aloud, and to receive constructive feedback from the rest of the group. We're equally happy to hear pieces in very early stages of construction as well as finished work. There's no pressure to share your work if you don't want to, nor will you be pressured to give feedback to other readers if you don't feel comfortable doing so.

There's all sorts of styles and genres at Visible Ink. Recent sessions have included Science Fiction, abstract poetry, journalism, polical comedy, theatrical play scripts, ghost stories, romance, historical fiction and urban fantasy, as well as many others.

Join us

There's no membership, and no need to book in advance. Just come along next Tuesday - we'd love to meet you.

How to find us

We meet in Newington every Tuesday, at Nelson Hall Community Centre. It's on Spittalfield Crescent, on the corner of St Leonard’s St and Bernard Terrace.

Convenient bus routes to get you close by are Lothian 3/3A, 5, 7, 8, 14, 30, 31/33, 47/49.

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The evening starts at 7pm, and finishes at 9pm. Many of us find time for a quick drink afterwards as well - you're welcome to join us for that as well, if you'd like.

We ask everyone to contribute £2 per week (£1 concessions) towards the cost of hiring the room. If you can't afford to pay, come talk to us and we'll work something out. Your first week is always free.

You don't have to attend every week if you don't want to. It's a drop-in session, so you can skip a week whenever you like. Nobody's checking up on you.

 Contact us

You can get in touch with us by sending an email to , or simply by coming along to a meeting.

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This site was last updated March 2016.