Watling Street Writers

Wednesday, November 30

Next Meeting - Thursday 1st December

Hey All,

Next Meeting is on 1st December from 7:30 p.m.

Location is the Black Lion in St Albans.
Normal format; manuscript review and general catch up.

(In case the place is booked out for a function we will likely relocate to the Rose & Crown.
However I would keep an eye on the Twitter feed in that case for live location updates...)

See you there!

Wednesday, November 23

Next Meeting - Thursday 24th November

Hey All,

This week we will be gracing the White Hart Hotel with our presence from 7.30 p.m.

Look for us upstairs in the meeting room with the skeleton.

In case we get gazumped on that room (as sometimes happens) we will be downstairs in the quietest corner of the bar/restaurant we can find.

Usual format: Manuscript Review and Catch up.

Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, November 22

Fresh Eyes Needed?

Most writers are a big fan of letting your work go cold. Leaving it for as long a period as possible before reading it again and editing or revising the work.

There are some other options for helping you do this. One common idea is to read your work out aloud (writing groups are great for doing this!)

Another idea is to change the font style or size of your work and read it again. This will help distance you from your original work and thus help you read it as if it was fresh to you.

Taking this a step further is using different colours for different sections of the manuscript. Red for dialogue, green for action etc. You can then take a helicopter view of the work and spot which sections have too much dialogue or not enough or which are bogged down by description and need an action injection. See Cristin Terrills approach here. She shows how useful it can be.

Hope one of these works for you and good luck with that second draft!


Thursday, November 17

Next Meeting - Thursday 17th November

Hey All,

Apologies for the interruption in meeting notes on the blog. In any case normal service is resumed..

Next Meeting is on 17th November from 7:30. Location is the Black Lion in St Albans.
Normal format; manuscript review and general catch up.

(In case the place is booked out for a function we will likely relocate to the Rose & Crown.
However I would keep an eye on the Twitter feed in that case for live location updates...)

See you there!

Monday, November 14

Get Your Comedy Sketch Produced by An Award Winning Director

See below unashamedly taken from a Circalit promotional email. I'm sure they won't mind.

http://www.circalit.com/projects/competitions/jason

Ever had an idea for a comedy sketch? Circalit is back once again helping talented comedy writers get their sketches produced and distributed. This time Circalit has teamed up with award-winning filmmaker, Jason Wingard, whose most recent short, “Ben and Jackie” has been short-listed for the Virgin Media Shorts 2011 and the Reed.co.uk Short Film competition. The competition is part of Circalit’s Get your Film Made series. The winning script will be directed by Jason, who has worked alongside fantastic comedians such as Johnny Vegas, and companies such as Channel K, MTV and 2-Entertain. Participants are actively encouraged to collaborate with one another to produce the best, most groin-tearingly funny piece of comedy they can. The deadline is Thursday 16th December, and submissions are being read as soon as they’re submitted - so the sooner you enter the better! For more details, check out: http://www.circalit.com/projects/competitions/jason.

Wednesday, November 2

Next Meeting - Thursday 3rd November

Howdy all - next meeting is due at the Black Lion.

Normal time 7:30 and usual format: manuscript review and catch up.

Look forward to seeing you there!

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