About

Thinking of joining us? Read this first.

While we welcome new members to Brighton Plot Bunnies, please be aware that, if you have not emailed first to let fiver know, you may be turned away at the door, as our meetings are private.

We therefore ask that you email fiver [at] plotbunnies.co.uk before coming to a meeting, and then fiver will know to expect you.

So, who the hell are we?

Just in case you’re thinking of joining us to see what we’re all about, the following is a wee bit about who we are, the kind of people we have at Brighton Plot Bunnies, and what you might expect to find at a meeting.

We have quite a wide demographic, with people from various races and backgrounds, sexualities, beliefs and even nationalities. We have students in their 20s and we have fathers in their 50s. We have shy people and we have not-shy people. We have large people and we have small people.

Our members have a variety of different hobbies and interests, from travel to martial arts, from philosophy to science, though the one thing we all have in common, of course, is writing and, by default, reading.

Our meetings are very chilled-out affairs. We’ll get together, buy a drink and spend some time at the beginning catching up on what everyone has been doing. Because the other thing about Brighton Plot Bunnies is we all get on, and this is absolutely fundamental to the group. It is why membership has always been by-invitation-only. It is why it will remain so.

We at Brighton Plot Bunnies like a laugh, and there is often piss-ripping involved. This is never, ever meant to be mean, but you need to know it happens because, if we invite you to join us, you’ll need to be able to take it. It’s all in good fun.

There is a particular vibe going on at meetings. It’s hard to describe, even for a writer, but when we get together, everyone comes safe in the knowledge that we can join in with the discussion or not, we can relax after a hard day, we can talk between members or to everyone at once, and, ultimately, we all know we can trust each other. No one is ever asked to curb their language - swear words are allowed. If, of course, either fiver or webmaster felt that someone was swearing too much, one of us would say so. But, as we are two of the biggest culprits in that department, this has never happened yet. If you are in any way offended by the use of curse words, we are not the right group for you.

No one is arrogant at Brighton Plot Bunnies, and if someone were to come and try us out and we found them arrogant or egotistical, we would not invite that person to become a member. If someone comes who changes the vibe in the room, that person would not be invited back, either. If fiver detects a change in people’s behaviour when a prospective member attends their first meeting, that person, also, will not be invited back. It really is a case of getting on with each other, and being comfortable in one another’s company. We need to trust everyone who has access to the private area of our website with our writing, because writing is a deeply personal thing.

Sometimes, we simply won’t get on. That’s OK, and it’s no reflection on anyone. Shit happens. Everyone can’t possibly like everyone else. But for our writers’ circle, it’s important that we do all get on. Oh, and even if it’s only fiver who is uncomfortable in someone’s company, that someone will still not be invited back, regardless of what other members may feel. We do not dictate, but neither are we a democracy, and fiver always makes the final decision. (If for some reason certain members stop getting along, this is sad, but we accept that it happens. It has happened. If you decide to leave the group, it is courteous to let either fiver or webmaster know. We do not need to know the reason, though we'll be interested to know what we may have done wrong. It has happened that someone has left and has then gone on to leave some horrible comments on the private forums for the rest of the members to see. This is rude, and it is unacceptable. People who display unacceptable behaviour will have their membership terminated and their access to the website will be blocked.)

Ultimately, at meetings, it is fiver who is in charge. Even though it is best if everyone agrees on something, in the end, fiver gets the last word on everything, because it is fiver’s group. On the website, it is webmaster who is in charge, not fiver. This has long been acknowledged and accepted, and it works very well for us. We think webmaster is far scarier than fiver, who is just a bunny, so we try not to antagonise him.

So - if you’ve got this far, and you still think you’ll fit into our little group, and you haven’t been put off by the thought of much swearing and piss ripping, you’re welcome to come along! See you there.

Note to events promoters

Our writers’ circle was established in 2010, and we named it in 2012. Since then, many new members have come and gone, and we are listed on several writers' circle sites.

For a while, we were happy to promote events by other writers' circles and asked nothing in exchange, and this worked for us, as it helped people to find us as we were expanding. But now that we are well established, and known by several professional authors, we find it is less necessary to promote ourselves by promoting other groups.

We receive many emails about writing competitions and writing retreats, and many of these we are happy to post on the public area of our site and / or tell our members about privately. However, more and more competitions require entry fees, and some of the writing retreats are relatively expensive. We totally respect that - these things cost money to run (though not, perhaps, as much as we're led to believe). But so that everything remains fair, we politely request that before you contact us, you ask yourself what you can do for us in exchange. It may be that all you can do is provide a link to our group on your website, and if you can do that, please send us a link. If you have no website - and we understand most writers' circles don't - then we ask that you think of something else that you can do for us.

One final request is that, when contacting us, you address us properly. We've had emails that say 'Dear writer', and this is fine, if a little cold. 'Dear fiver' is preferable, as it is fiver who runs the group. But we've had emails that go straight in, with not even a 'Hello' at the top of the message. We think this is rude, and so if you do that, with no greeting or even suggestion that there might be an actual person at the other end reading your message, your email will go straight in the bin.

If you would like us to promote your event on our site, please contact fiver in the first instance so that we can set up a mutually beneficial arrangement.

What We Do

There's a lot of stuff available on the internet about what's expected from a writers' circle. This is just to summarise what we at Brighton Plot Bunnies stand for.

This is the group for you if:

1: You've written something and you want honest feedback on it - you will get it
2: You want to socialise once or twice a month with other local writers - we're a friendly bunch
3: You can give as good as you get - there's no room for being precious about your writing
4: You're prepared to take criticism with good grace - because no one says anything to be unkind
5: You like a laugh - you will need a sense of humour

This is not the group for you if:

1: You want someone to tell you your work is good - take your pick of loyal family members
2: You think your book is already good enough to be published - we can all improve, and humility is a wonderful thing
3: You think you have a thing or two to teach all of us "amateur" writers - you will be shot down in flames - this is not to say professional writers are unwelcome, just that everyone gets treated the same way, published or not
4: You've been trying to sell your book to publishers and you can't understand why it hasn't been snapped up yet, because you're an even better writer than Stephen King - while it is entirely possible that there is a writer who is better than Stephen King, the likelihood is extremely slim and therefore we assume you are no better than we are. There is no room for arrogance at Brighton Plot Bunnies
5: You can't take criticism - if you join our group, that's what you'll get

Hopefully, this goes some way to explaining what Brighton Plot Bunnies stand for and why we do what we do. Any questions, please ask fiver.

fiver [at] plotbunnies.co.uk

NB: We do not charge members to attend meetings. However, as all members can use the website, and webmaster pays for the hosting out of his own pocket so that it's the best it can be, we ask for a voluntary donation of £1 per meeting. Note, this is not a charge per meeting, but simply the most convenient way to collect donations. Prospective members attending their first meeting are specifically requested not to make a donation. This is because Brighton Plot Bunnies do not have an open-membership policy, and membership is by invitation only. If you want to give us a donation, we may welcome it, but we are not beholden to non-members - your donation is a gift, and we do not owe you membership in return. If we do invite you to become a member of our group, once you have access to the site, you will be asked for a donation like everyone else. That's only fair.

Privacy Policy

Plot Bunnies respect your privacy.

Any personal information you provide to us through our contact form or any other form including and similar to your name, address, telephone number and e-mail address will not be released, sold, or rented to any entities or individuals outside of Plot Bunnies.