Watling Street Writers

Wednesday, December 4

Next Meeting.....9th January 2014

Yes you read that right....it is time for a well deserved holiday break for us hard working writers.

For those of you making it to the Christmas Social - I look forward to seeing you there.

For everyone else I wish you a healthy and happy Christmas and a creative New Year!

Wednesday, November 27

Next Meeting - Thursday 28th November 2013

We will be meeting as normal in the White Hart Hotel. We'll be there from 7.30 p.m onwards. As per usual look for us in the quietest corner of the bar we can find, or sometimes upstairs with the skeleton.

Usual format: manuscript review, drinks and general catchup.

We will aim to start reading out before 8 p.m and finish by 10 p.m.

Hope to see you there!

Thursday, November 21

Free Writing Advice from i09

Follow this link for stacks of writing articles and advice from the folks over at i09..

Free Writing Advice


It has a speculative fiction angle but a lot of the ideas are relevant for any kind of fiction...

Enjoy!

Wednesday, November 20

Next Meeting - Thursday 21st November 2013

We will be meeting as normal in the White Hart Hotel. We'll be there from 7.30 p.m onwards. As per usual look for us in the quietest corner of the bar we can find, or sometimes upstairs with the skeleton.

Usual format: manuscript review, drinks and general catchup.

We will aim to start reading out before 8 p.m and finish by 10 p.m.

Hope to see you there!

Sunday, November 17

VWC - Open Mike Night - Monday December 16th

Our fellow writers from the Verulam Writers Circle are having an open mike night over at Bar 62 on the 16th December.

From previous experience this is a good night to mix with other writers and enjoy some of their work being read out. This time it will be a little different with actors from the Abbey Theatre's Company of Ten reading out 6 of the writers' scripts/stories.

If you want to go and listen the VWC recommend booking a table so you can be near to the mike.  Just ring the bar and let them know you are going for this event.
 

Have fun!


Wednesday, November 13

Next Meeting - Thursday 14th November

We will be meeting as normal in the White Hart Hotel. We'll be there from 7.30 p.m onwards. As per usual look for us in the quietest corner of the bar we can find, or sometimes upstairs with the skeleton.

Usual format: manuscript review, drinks and general catchup.

We will aim to start reading out before 8 p.m and finish by 10 p.m.

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, November 6

Next Meeting - Thursday 7th November

We will be meeting as normal in the White Hart Hotel. We'll be there from 7.30 p.m onwards. As per usual look for us in the quietest corner of the bar we can find, or sometimes upstairs with the skeleton.

Usual format: manuscript review, drinks and general catchup.

We will aim to start reading out before 8 p.m and finish by 10 p.m.

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, October 30

Next Meeting - Thursday 31st October

We will be meeting as normal in the White Hart Hotel. We'll be there from 7.30 p.m onwards. As per usual look for us in the quietest corner of the bar we can find, or sometimes upstairs with the skeleton.

Usual format: manuscript review, drinks and general catchup.

We will aim to start reading out before 8 p.m and finish by 10 p.m.

Hope to see you there!

Friday, October 25

Words with Jam Competition - Closes 31st October

Just a note to remind you that this set of short story competitions* closes at the end of the month. Still time to squeeze something in!

* Short Story Category - for stories up to 2500 words
Shorter Story Category - for stories up to 1000 words
Shortest Story Category - for stories up to 250 words


words with jam competitions

Thursday, October 24

Next Meeting - Thursday 24th October

We will be meeting as normal in the White Hart Hotel. We'll be there from 7.30 p.m onwards. As per usual look for us in the quietest corner of the bar we can find, or sometimes upstairs with the skeleton.

Usual format: manuscript review, drinks and general catchup.

We will aim to start reading out before 8 p.m and finish by 10 p.m.

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, October 16

Next Meeting - Thursday 17th October

We will be meeting as normal in the White Hart Hotel. We'll be there from 7.30 p.m onwards. As per usual look for us in the quietest corner of the bar we can find, or sometimes upstairs with the skeleton.

Usual format: manuscript review, drinks and general catchup.

We will aim to start reading out before 8 p.m and finish by 10 p.m.

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, October 9

Next Meeting - Thursday 10th October 2013

We will be meeting as normal in the White Hart Hotel. We'll be there from 7.30 p.m onwards. As per usual look for us in the quietest corner of the bar we can find, or sometimes upstairs with the skeleton.

Usual format: manuscript review, drinks and general catchup.

We will aim to start reading out before 8 p.m and finish by 10 p.m.

Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, October 1

Next Meeting - Thursday 3rd October

We will be meeting as normal in the White Hart Hotel. We'll be there from 7.30 p.m onwards. As per usual look for us in the quietest corner of the bar we can find, or sometimes upstairs with the skeleton.

Usual format: manuscript review, drinks and general catchup.

We will aim to start reading out before 8 p.m and finish by 10 p.m.

Hope to see you there

Wednesday, September 25

Next Meeting - Thursday 26th September

We will be meeting as normal in the White Hart Hotel. We'll be there from 7.30 p.m onwards. As per usual look for us in the quietest corner of the bar we can find, or sometimes upstairs with the skeleton.

Usual format: manuscript review, drinks and general catchup.

We will aim to start reading out before 8 p.m and finish by 10 p.m.

Hope to see you there

Wednesday, September 18

Next Meeting - Thursday 19th September

We will be meeting as normal in the White Hart Hotel. We'll be there from 7.30 p.m onwards. As per usual look for us in the quietest/warmest corner of the bar we can find, or sometimes upstairs with the skeleton.

Usual format: manuscript review, drinks and general catchup.

We will aim to start reading out before 8 p.m and finish by 10 p.m.

Hope to see you there

Wednesday, September 11

Next Meeting - Thursday 12th September 2013

We will be meeting as normal in the White Hart Hotel. We'll be there from 7.30 p.m onwards. As per usual look for us in the quietest/warmest corner of the bar we can find, or sometimes upstairs with the skeleton.

Usual format: manuscript review, drinks and general catchup.

We will aim to start reading out before 8 p.m and finish by 10 p.m.

Hope to see you there

Monday, September 9

Calling All Crime Writers

The Telegraph newspaper is currently running a crime novel competition that runs through to the end of November.

Entrants need to include 5000 words of their novel and a synopsis.
On the plus side you do not need to have finished your novel so you still have chance to start now.

It does cost to enter (£5).

Full details here.

Best of Luck!

Thursday, September 5

Words with Jam Short Story Competition 2013

Words with Jam have their annual short story competition open. It does cost to enter (£6 per entry) and there are a number of categories to aim at.

Short Story Category - for stories up to 2500 words
Shorter Story Category - for stories up to 1000 words
Shortest Story Category - for stories up to 250 words


The closing date is 31st October so still several weeks to polish that piece of short fiction.

Details are here or navigate form the home page above.

Best Of Luck!

Wednesday, September 4

Next Meeting - Thursday 5th September

We will be meeting as normal in the White Hart Hotel. We'll be there from 7.30 p.m onwards. As per usual look for us in the quietest/coolest corner of the bar we can find, or sometimes upstairs with the skeleton.

You may even find us outside in the beer garden if the weather is suitably balmy and by all accounts it will be a scorcher.
 (Note if the restaurant is full walk round the outside as the pub gets snippy about us walking through the diners.)

Usual format: manuscript review, drinks and general catchup.

We will aim to start reading out before 8 p.m and finish by 10 p.m.

Hope to see you there

Tuesday, September 3

The cliché of avoiding clichés.

I recently read a really useful article that made me question the fantasy/alternate reality novel I am writing and some of the plot devices in it.  You can check it out here http://fantasy-faction.com/2012/ten-fantasy-cliches and it has some useful pointers about what to avoid or at least things to think about and challenge in your work.

In contrast I also found another post on Jason Sanford's blog that advocates not tying yourself up in knots trying to follow the wealth of writing advice that is out there on the web. This is more general (as in not aimed at people writing speculative fiction) and definitely worth a read.
Check it out on his blog here:
http://www.jasonsanford.com/jason/2013/09/cliche-yourself-into-a-hack.html

 If you believe in avoiding or following writing clichés both are worth checking out.

Enjoy!



Thursday, August 29

Richard and Judy Looking for Talent

Only novelists need apply though..

If you have that finished novel and fancy a crack at the £50K publishing prize then check out the link below..

http://richardandjudy.whsmith.co.uk/search-for-a-bestseller/


Best of Luck!

Next Meeting - Thursday 5th September

Quick note to say there is no regular meeting this week due to the WSW summer social. Hopefully see you there and if not will catch you at the regular manuscript review on the 5th.

Watch this blog for updates next week to confirm the 5th is on.

Thursday, August 22

No Meeting This Week - Thursday 22nd August

All - due to many of the members having other commitments this Thursday there will be no meeting this week.

Enjoy the extra writing time!

Wednesday, August 14

Next Meeting - Thuirsday 15th August

We will be meeting as normal in the White Hart Hotel. We'll be there from 7.30 p.m onwards. As per usual look for us in the quietest or coolest corner of the bar we can find, or upstairs with the skeleton. You may even find us outside in the beer garden if the weather is suitably balmy. (Note if the restaurant is full walk round the outside as the pub gets snippy about us walking through the diners.)

Usual format: manuscript review, drinks and general catchup.

We will aim to start reading out before 8 p.m and finish by 10 p.m.

Hope to see you there

Wednesday, August 7

Next Meeting - Thursday 8th August

We will be meeting as normal in the White Hart Hotel. We'll be there from 7.30 p.m onwards. As per usual look for us in the quietest or coolest corner of the bar we can find, or upstairs with the skeleton. You may even find us outside in the beer garden if the weather is suitably balmy.

Usual format: manuscript review, drinks and general catchup.

We will aim to start reading out before 8 p.m and finish by 10 p.m.

Hope to see you there!

Thursday, August 1

Next Meeting - Thursday 1st August

We will be meeting as normal in the White Hart Hotel. We'll be there from 7.30 p.m onwards. As per usual look for us in the quietest & coolest corner of the bar we can find, or upstairs with the skeleton.


Usual format: manuscript review, cooling(!) drinks  and general catchup.

We will aim to start reading out before 8 p.m and finish by 10 p.m.

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, July 24

Next Meeting - Thursday 25th July

We will be meeting as normal in the White Hart Hotel. We'll be there from 7.30 p.m onwards. As per usual look for us in the quietest corner of the bar we can find, or upstairs with the skeleton.


Usual format: manuscript review, drinks and general catchup.

We will aim to start reading out before 8 p.m and finish by 10 p.m.

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, July 17

No Meeting This Week - 18th July 2013

All - due to many of the members having other commitments this Thursday there will be no meeting this week.

Hopefully we will be back to normal next week. In the meantime enjoy the weather!

Wednesday, July 10

Next Meeting - Thursday 11th July 2013

We will hopefully be back to normal in the White Hart Hotel.  We'll be there from 7.30 p.m onwards. As per normal look for us in the quietest corner of the bar we can find or upstairs with the skeleton.


Usual format: manuscript review,  drinks and general catchup.

We will aim to start reading out before 8 p.m and finish by 10 p.m.

Hope to see you there!

Thursday, July 4

Next Meeting - 4th July 2013- Cancelled!!!


Update - sorry but tonight's meeting is cancelled as we have had a couple of people fall ill. Really hope this gets out to anyone planning to come before you arrive!

Apologies again but hopefully normal service will resume tomorrow..

Wednesday, June 26

Next Meeting - 27th June 2013

We will be meeting as per normal in the White Hart Hotel.  We'll be there from 7.30 p.m onwards. As per normal look for us in the quietest corner of the bar we can find or upstairs with the skeleton.


Usual format: manuscript review,  drinks and general catchup.

We will aim to start reading out before 8 p.m and finish by 10 p.m.

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, June 19

No Meeting This Week - 20th June 2013

 Apologies for cancelling this at short notice but unfortunately many people are not available.
Enjoy the extra writing time and hope to be back to normal on the 27th June.

Wednesday, June 12

Next Meeting - Thursday 13th June 2013

We will be meeting as per normal in the White Hart Hotel.  We'll be there from 7.30 p.m onwards. As per normal look for us in the quietest corner of the bar we can find or upstairs with the skeleton.



Usual format: manuscript review,  drinks and general catchup.

We will aim to start reading out before 8 p.m and finish by 10 p.m.

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, June 5

Next Meeting - Thursday 6th June 2013

We will be meeting as per normal in the White Hart Hotel.  We'll be there from 7.30 p.m onwards. As per normal look for us in the quietest corner of the bar we can find or upstairs with the skeleton.

It is ghost tour night at the hotel so it might be a little busier than normal but hopefully we will find some room.


Usual format: manuscript review,  drinks and general catchup.

We will aim to start reading out before 8 p.m and finish by 10 p.m.

Hope to see you there!

Friday, May 31

Free to enter competitions and feedback - Writerselection

Writerselection lets you join for free and offers the chance to win prizes (£25) for your short stories as well cas the chance to be published in an anthology.

Check the link above for details..and good luck!

Tuesday, May 28

Next Meeting - Thursday 30th May

We will be meeting as per normal in the White Hart Hotel.  We'll be there from 7.30 p.m onwards. As per normal look for us in the quietest corner of the bar we can find or upstairs with the skeleton.

Usual format: manuscript review,  drinks and general catchup.

We will aim to start reading out before 8 p.m and finish by 10 p.m.

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, May 22

Next Meeting - Thursday 23rd May

We will be meeting as per normal in the White Hart Hotel.  We'll be there from 7.30 p.m onwards. As per normal look for us in the quietest corner of the bar we can find or upstairs with the skeleton.

Usual format: manuscript review,  drinks and general catchup.

We will aim to start reading out before 8 p.m and finish by 10 p.m.

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, May 15

Next Meeting - Thursday 16th May 2013


We will be meeting as per normal in the White Hart Hotel.  We'll be there from 7.30 p.m onwards. As per normal look for us in a quiet corner of the bar or upstairs with the skeleton.

Usual format: manuscript review,  drinks and general catchup.

We will aim to start reading out before 8 p.m and finish by 10 p.m.

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, May 8

Next Meeting - Thursday 9th May

Its raining outside - bad news for your tan but good news for gardeners and would-be novelists! I don't know about you but I find it easier to write when I am not being lured outside by the sunshine..

With that in mind why not stay warm and dry on Thursday in the  White Hart Hotel?  We'll be there from 7.30 p.m onwards. As per normal look for us in a quiet corner of the bar or upstairs with the skeleton.

Usual format: manuscript review,  drinks and general catchup.

We will aim to start reading out before 8 p.m and finish by 10 p.m.

Hope to see you there!

Thursday, May 2

The Times/Chicken House Children's Fiction Competition 2014

With a 1st November 2013 deadline and a £10K prize - what's not to like about this competition?

Of course there is a light downside in an entrance fee of £15 and the need to have finished your novel but if you have one that is suitable for 7-18 year old's then this surely must be worth a look.

Both links give details but the former provides some useful hints on what some of the judges might be looking for..

http://doublecluck.com/submissions/

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/public/competitions/article3737133.ece



Wednesday, May 1

No Meeting This Week - Next Meeting Thursday 9th May

Hi All,


Unfortunately due to low member availability this week we will not be meeting up.

On the plus side this will mean more writing time for anyone planning attending! Couple that with a bank holiday weekend and there should be a myriad of manuscripts to review on the 9th.

Will confirm early next week that the 9th is still on.

Until then - keep writing!

Saturday, April 27

Pitching Your Manuscript

If you are looking to send out your finished manuscript there are some useful tips from Lee Harris at Angry Robot books here (look down to the bottom of the page to the Pitch Perfect article).

Although angry robot books specialise in sci fi, the tips for sending out a manuscript are valid for everyone.

Hope its useful!



Thursday, April 25

How to tell a Story

If a famous creative type telling you about good storytelling is your thing then this is worth a look:


how to tell a story

It is part of the TED "Ideas Worth Spreading" initiative and includes talks by J J Abrams and Scott McCloud.

They come in the form of stand up lectures but don't let that put you off! There is probably something inspiring in there for every writer.

Have fun!





Wednesday, April 24

Next Meeting - Thursday 25th April

Find us at the  White Hart Hotel from 7.30 p.m onwards. As per normal look for us in a quiet corner of the bar or upstairs with the skeleton.

Usual format: manuscript review,  drinks and general catchup.

We will aim to start reading out before 8 p.m and finish by 10 p.m.

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, April 17

Easter Social and Get Writing 2013

No manuscript review on the 18th as its the Easter social. The only thing we will be reading out will be menus and wine lists...

On Saturday 20th is the Get Writing Conference where the Watling Street Writers will have some attendees.  We have forgone the WSW T-shirts this year but will still be mingling and networking where possible.

Look out for a report on Get Writing next week when normal service should be resumed.

 







Wednesday, April 10

Next Meeting - Thursday 11th April

Find us at the  White Hart Hotel from 7.30 p.m onwards. As per normal look for us in a quiet corner of the bar or upstairs with the skeleton.

Usual format: manuscript review,  drinks and general catchup.

We will aim to start reading out before 8 p.m and finish by 10 p.m.

Hope to see you there!

Friday, April 5

Bristol Short Story Prize


 We received the below - could be worth a look if anyone is interested - though take note of the closing date which is not that far away!


The 2013 Bristol Short Story Prize is open to all writers, UK and non-UK based, over 16 years of age.
Stories can be on any theme or subject and
entry can be made online via the website or by
post. Entries must be previously unpublished
with a maximum length of 4,000 words (There is no minimum). The
entry fee is £8 per story.
The closing date for entries is April 30th 2013.

Prizes:

1st £1000 plus £150 Waterstone’s gift card
2nd £700  plus £100 Waterstone’s gift card
3rd £400   plus £100 Waterstone’s gift card
17 further prizes of £100 will be presented to the writers
whose stories appear on the shortlist. All 20 shortlisted
writers will have their stories published in the Bristol Short
Story Prize Anthology Volume 6. The winning story will, also, be published
in Bristol Review of Books magazine.

The 20 shortlisted writers will be invited to an awards ceremony

in Bristol in October 2013 when the winners will be announced and the anthology launched.
Any shortlisted writers unable to attend the awards ceremony will be sent their prizes.
The awards ceremony will be part of the 2013 Bristol Festival of Literature.

Judging panel : Ali Reynolds (literary consultant, former Random House editor)

Bidisha (writer, broadcaster, critic) Anna Britten (author and  journalist)
Chris Wakling (novelist, Creative Writing tutor)

Full details and rules at
www.bristolprize.co.uk

Thursday, April 4

Live Literature Event in Berkhamstead

One of our contacts sent us details on the below..

 A supper evening with authors Rowan Coleman, Sophie King and Carole Matthews.

The authors will take about their writing, followed by a two-course supper, and then afterwards there will be more opportunities to talk to the authors and ask them questions.

 It's in the Greene Room of The Kings Arms in Berkhamsted, on Wednesday 10th, from 7pm. There are more details here if ytou are interested.

http://www.bookdout.co.uk/

Wednesday, April 3

Next Meeting - Thursday 4th April

We will be sheltering from the cold at the  White Hart Hotel from 7.30 p.m onwards. As per normal look for us in a quiet corner of the bar or upstairs with the skeleton.

Usual format: manuscript review,  drinks and general catchup.

We will aim to start reading out before 8 p.m and finish by 10 p.m.

Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, April 2

Blogging for Beginners

Hi All,

If you are interested in learning about blogging and getting a presence out there on the magical inter-web then this could be for you.

Apologies for the short notice but there is a workshop in London this weekend (6th April) with Emily Benet.

Details on the website..

Blogging for Beginners and Improvers Workshop
 

Wednesday, March 27

Next meeting - Thursday 28th March 2013

We will be sheltering from the cold at the  White Hart Hotel from 7.30 p.m onwards. As per normal look for us in a quiet corner of the bar or upstairs with the skeleton.

Usual format: manuscript review,  drinks and general catchup.

We will aim to start reading out before 8 p.m and finish by 10 p.m.

Hope to see you there!(And if we don't see you there - have a great bank holiday weekend!)

Wednesday, March 20

Next Meeting - Thursday 21st March 2013

We will be at the  White Hart Hotel from 7.30 p.m onwards. As per normal look for us in a quiet corner of the bar or upstairs with the skeleton.

Usual format: manuscript review,  drinks and general catchup.

We will aim to start reading out before 8 p.m and finish by 10 p.m.

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, March 13

Next Meeting - Thursday 14th March 2013

We will be at the  White Hart Hotel from 7.30 p.m onwards. As per normal look for us in a quiet corner of the bar or upstairs with the skeleton.



Usual format: manuscript review,  drinks and general catchup.

We will aim to start reading out before 8 p.m and finish by 10 p.m.

Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, March 5

Next Meeting - Thursday 7th March 2013

What better way than to celebrate World Book Day than by spending some time with your fellow Watling Street Writers?

We will be at the  White Hart Hotel from 7.30 p.m onwards. As per normal look for us in a quiet corner of the bar or upstairs with the skeleton.




Usual format: manuscript review,  drinks and general catchup.

We will aim to start reading out before 8 p.m and finish by 10 p.m.





Wednesday, February 27

Next Meeting - Thursday 28th February

This week we will be at the  White Hart Hotel from 7.30 p.m onwards.

Look for us in a quiet corner of the bar or upstairs with the skeleton.

Usual format: manuscript review,  drinks and general catchup.

We will aim to start reading out before 8 p.m and finish by 10 p.m.


Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, February 20

Next Meeting - Thursday 21st February

This week we will be at the  White Hart Hotel from 7.30 p.m onwards.

Look for us in a quiet corner of the bar or upstairs with the skeleton.

Usual format: manuscript review,  drinks and general catchup.

We will aim to start reading out before 8 p.m and finish by 10 p.m.


Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, February 12

No Meeting - 14th February

Hi All,

There is no meeting this week due to holidays and because Thursday also coincides with a certain romantic day in the calendar.

But even with no meeting why not get in the mood and write a bit of romantic fiction or look at the romance elements of your current work?

Here are a few blogs that might be worth a look:


How to Write Romance

The Fabled Formula for Writing a Romance Novel

20 Tips for Writing Romantic Heroes

Enjoy!


Wednesday, February 6

Next Meeting - Thursday 7th February

This week we will be at the  White Hart Hotel from 7.30 p.m onwards.

Looks for us in a quiet corner of the bar or upstairs with the skeleton (hopefully we will be somewhere warm and dry!)

Usual format; manuscript review, couple of alcoholic drinks (purely for medicinal purposes) and general catchup.

We will aim to start reading out before 8 p.m and finish by 10 p.m.


Hope to see you there!

Sunday, February 3

Get Writing 2013

Those lovely people over at VWC have organised their annual writing conference for the 20th April 2013.  It will be held at the University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield Campus.

Costs are from £55 and include workshops, lunch, panels and the famous five minute pitches.

Follow the link for more details.

Get Writing 2013

Hope to see you there!

Thursday, January 31

Kobo Comp

A free competition launched by Kobo (presumably to push their e-readers) that must be worth a look if you have a 100 word short story hanging around...

Jeffrey Archer short story challenge.


Closing date is 13th February so don't delay..

Wednesday, January 30

Next Meeting - Thursday 31st January

This week we will be at the  White Hart Hotel from 7.30 p.m onwards.

Looks for us in a quiet corner of the bar or upstairs with the skeleton (hopefully we will be somewhere warm and dry!)

Usual format; manuscript review, couple of alcoholic drinks (purely for medicinal purposes) and general catchup.


Hope to see you there!

Sunday, January 27

Bridport Prize - Open for Sumissions

Hi All,
  One of the UK's most popular writing competitions is now open. With £15K in prize money across its categories and associated prestige up for grabs it is certainly worth investigating.

www.bridportprize.org.uk

If you decide to enter - good luck!

Still over 100 days to go before the closing date so plenty of time left.


Wednesday, January 23

Next Meeting - Thursday 24th January

This week we will be at the  White Hart Hotel from 7.30 p.m onwards.

Looks for us in a quiet corner of the bar or upstairs with the skeleton (hopefully we will be somewhere warm!)

Usual format; manuscript review, couple of wee drams and general catchup.


Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, January 22

Message from our friends at VWC

An update on some of the workshops being run by Verulam Writers Circle.

Just in case you were planning on attending on the 23rd.

"Hello everyone,

Just to let you know that we have, unfortunately, decided it is best to
re-schedule Ian Skillicorn's workshop of Wednesday 23rd January due to the snow.  Whilst it is possible that the weather will be clearer by this date, forecasts suggest there is more snow on the way.  We would hate poor Ian to make it all the way to St Albans, only to discover that VWC members were stuck at home.  This date will now serve as a manuscript evening.
I am waiting for Ian to come back to me with a new date and will be in touch with you all as soon as I hear.  I am hoping that it will be re-scheduled for March, so not too long to wait!
Meanwhile, don't forget on 20th February Julie Mayhew will be joining us at St Michaels to talk about her debut novel Red Ink
All the best,
MHB.
VWC Events Organiser"


Wednesday, January 16

Next Meeting - Thursday 17th January


This week we will be at the  White Hart Hotel from 7.30 p.m onwards.

Looks for us in a quiet corner of the bar or upstairs with the skeleton (hopefully we will be somewhere warm!

Usual format; manuscript review, couple of beers and general catchup.



Hope to see you there!

Monday, January 7

Next Meeting - Thursday 10th January 2013

Hi All and a Happy New Year to you!

For the first meeting of the year we will be back at the  White Hart Hotel from 7.30 p.m onwards.

Looks for us in a quiet corner of the bar or upstairs with the skeleton.

Usual format; manuscript review, new year's writing resolutions, couple of beers and general catchup.

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, January 2

Call for Submissions - The Alchemy Press

Hi All,

Saw this link on the British Fantasy Society website.

Alchemy Press is looking for submissions to three of its anthologies.

Pulp Heroes 2 - your basic good guy versus bad guy story from a Pulp angle.

Astrlologica - stories that have a link to the signs of the zodiac..

Urban Mythic - stories in contemporary settings with a mythological or folklore twist...


Check the individual links above for more details but they are mostly looking for stories of 3000-8000 to be published in an anthology - the closing date for submissions is the 31st March 2013.

Could be worth a look!

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