Watling Street Writers

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 Entries must be previously unpublished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
 

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