The society was founded to enable writers to meet, discuss issues of mutual interest and enjoy activities together.Two parties are held each year, at Christmas and in the early summer. In addition to these, a programme of activities is issued each term (See example below).The programme normally consists of a mix of social evenings at members’ homes with drink and light food provided, ‘Topical Suppers’ at a pub, with an after-supper speaker, ‘Cultural Capers’ – trips to National Trust or other interesting properties and a punting picnic in the summer.

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Many events (which are generally for members only) are free, although a charge is made for the Christmas and summer parties, and members buy their own suppers and any drinks at the pub.  Non National Trust Members pay entry fees and people arrange their own transport, although often arranging to share lifts.  Group rates are normally negotiated for theatre tickets.

If you are interested in joining, please click here.

If you are already a member, click here to view the current programme of events.  Then enter your password.

If your have forgotten your password send an email to the website administrator,, or ask any member of the committee.

An example of a recent programme (Jan-March 2012):


Thursday 12 January at 7.15 for 7.30pm
The Jam Factory, 27 Park End Street, Oxford
ROSS KING: Leonardo’s MonstersDespite claiming to be a ‘disciple of experience’, Leonardo da Vinci showed a great interest in imaginary creatures such as dragons and unicorns. He made paintings and drawings of these mythical beasts, and they appear in both his bestiary and his collection of fables. Based on Ross’s The Fantasia of Leonardo da Vinci, this lecture will explore the role of fantastic and imaginary creatures in Leonardo’s art and writing.Members free; guests £3.

Led by Jenny Lewis and Tony Brignull
Wednesday 18 January at 7.15 for 7.30pm
King’s Arms, 40 Holywell St, Oxford OX1 3SP

For those interested in writing or thinking more about poetry: there are ideas afoot to set up a new poetry group, or groups – possibly a poetry study group, a writing group and/or poetry workshops.
Come and discuss; free refreshments supplied!

Led by Pam Manix
Sunday 22 January from 11am
Meet at Oxford Museum, St Aldate’s

Pam Manix has worked as a historian on the medieval Oxford Jewish quarter, and will conduct a tour of one of the best-documented 13th century Jewish quarters in the world. It begins with a 30 minute talk with maps and images orienting the Jewry within the medieval city of Oxford, before setting out on a walking tour of the actual sites.

Members free; guests £3.

Led by Rob Walters
Sunday 12 February 2-4pm
Meet outside Wadham College, Parks Road

This walking tour follows the lives and exploits of a number of roguish males through their associations with Oxford, involving visits to the haunts of the likes of Richard Burton and Bill Clinton. The trail passes Wadham, Trinity, Exeter, Balliol and University Colleges; some of the famous pubs of Oxford such as the Lamb and Flag and King’s Arms; and some relevant city locations such as the Oxford Playhouse and AnnaBelinda’s shop.

Members free; guests £3.

Friday 17 February at 7.00 for 7.30pm
Turl Street Kitchen, 16-17 Turl Street, Oxford

We are deeply honoured to have P D James come and speak to Writers in Oxford. She will refer to her recent novel, Death Comes to Pemberley, which fuses her lifelong passion for the work of Jane Austen with her renowned talent for detective fiction. But she will also reflect on her lifetime’s writing achievement, with opportunities for the audience to ask questions about her work.

Members £7, guests £10, for a glass of wine and finger food to eat beforehand.
Numbers are limited so WiO members will be given priority over guests.

Friday 24 February, 7.30pm
19 The Paddox, Oxford OX2 7PN

Merryn Williams hosts an evening of wine, finger food and chat with friends old and new.

Members free; guests £3.

Wednesday 14 March at 7.15 for 7.30pm
The Jam Factory, 27 Park End Street, Oxford
A Walker’s Discovery of France

After retiring from a career in marketing, Terry Cudbird set out to walk around the perimeter of France, 4,000 miles in total, and wrote up his experiences in Walking the Hexagon: an escape around France on foot (Signal Books). He will talk about the fascinating diversity of the regions of France, what drove this project, the challenges he faced and some of the people he met. He will also reflect on travel writing as a literary genre. You can find out more from his website

Members free; guests £3.

Friday 30 March, 7.30pm
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Denise Cullington hosts an evening of wine, finger food and chat with friends old and new.

Members free; guests £3.
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Wednesday 18 April at 7.15 for 7.30pm
King’s Arms, Holywell Street, Oxford
Victoria, Albert and the Death that Changed the Monarchy

We may know most about this grief-stricken period of Victoria’s rule from the popular speculations about John Brown; but Helen unearths so much more fascinating detail about the impact of Albert’s death: from the actual cause of his illness to his talents as a composer and his creative efforts as a patron of industry. With Victoria’s protracted absence in Scotland, the future Marquess of Salisbury was prompted to declare that ‘the monarchy was practically dead’; but Helen will tell us how Victoria managed to rally from the loss of her ‘magnificent obsession’, for the monarchy to regain its popularity.

Members free; guests £3.
Please email to say you are coming, and whether you plan to eat.