Monday, 26 September 2011

Meeting Report: 19 September 2011

At our manuscript evening on Monday 19th September, four members brought some of their work to the group for constructive criticism. This triggered a very stimulating discussion of key elements of writing, for example characterisation, viewpoint, focus, editing, choice of words. This was useful for all aspiring writers, not just those who were brave enough to put their work forward for comment. First, Alan Crozier read a short but fascinating excerpt from his novel Black Daffodils, set in an alternative universe. Then Jill Fricker shared how she had re-written a short story Blue Genes Day in response to a judge’s comments. Third, Ezzie Gleeson-Ward provided another chapter from her sword and sorcery fantasy novel, Cormorante. Finally, Amanda Giles organised the cast to read out the first scenes of her new radio play Moondance in which the main characters meet. The impressive variety of writing ensured an enjoyable and interesting evening.

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Meeting Report: 5 September 2011

On Monday 5th September, members gathered to read out and submit their entries for the fifth and final of our Writer of the Year 2011 competitions. Our challenge was to write an autobiographical piece, based on a photograph of our own choosing. As may be expected, we were all taken on trips down Memory Lane, seeped in bittersweet nostalgia. These provided moving glimpses into childhoods - both idyllic and troubled, family history, traumatic teens, adult heroics and seaside sagas. We look forward to feedback from local social history author, Victoria Seymour, who will deliver her verdict on 3rd October.
Chairperson Monica Percy, writing as Monica Tracey, will be launching her new book ‘Left of the Moon’ at the popular Books Born in Hastings event on 8th October at the Town Hall. At the same time, we will also be launching our latest group publication ‘Ghost Writers – 20 Spooky Tales for Dark Nights’, which will help fundraise for local Young Carers. Additionally, several other members will have their books for sale on our stall. Do come along and have a look!
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