Watling Street Writers

Thursday, February 27

Next Meeting - Thursday 27th February 2014


As normal we will be meeting 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.

For those with work to review we will aim to start reading out before 8 p.m and finish by 10 p.m.

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, February 19

Next Meeting - Thursday 20th February 2014


As normal we will be meeting 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.

For those with work to review we will aim to start reading out before 8 p.m and finish by 10 p.m.

Hope to see you there!

Monday, February 17

Author HQ at the London Book Fair - April 2014

I noticed this in the national press and thought I would post about it.

Author HQ @ LBF are hosting a number of seminars, events and pitch sessions at the London Book Fair.
Traditionally the fair is for industry professionals but this particular area looks to be aimed squarely at those looking to self publish. (One clue being it is sponsored by Kindle Direct Publishing!)

For your £30 registration fee you can mingle with the exhibitors in the main fair and take part in the Author HQ seminars and workshops. This fee covers all 3 days.

The workshops have such titles as:

  • Kindle Direct Publishing:
Bestsellers discuss using Kindle Direct Publishing and CreateSpace to fuel
readership growth.


  • Keeping it Short
This session is designed to inform authors about the increasing opportunities around publishing short form fiction and non-fiction.

  • eBook Best Practice:
 The do’s and don’ts of writing and publishing an eBook effectively.


  • The Principles of Book Cover Design:
The principles of designing an eyecatching and audience appropriate book cover.


The book fair runs over 3 days  (8th, 9th,10th April)  and it looks like Author HQ is repeating their events over the days. Check out the sites for more information.


The London Book Fair

Author HQ at the London Book Fair



 




Wednesday, February 12

Next Meeting - Thursday 13th February


As normal we will be meeting 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.

For those with work to review we will aim to start reading out before 8 p.m and finish by 10 p.m.

Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, February 11

The Bridport Prize

Just a little reminder to let you know this prestigious competition is open for entries of poems, short stories and flash fiction. This year there is also a category for entering a novel excerpt.

The prize fund is a whopping £15000 and the closing date is end of May 2014. Costs vary from £7 to £20 to enter.

The new and improved website is below.

http://www.bridportprize.org.uk/

Enjoy!

Monday, February 10

Emily Benet: Workshop on Blogging

We have been contacted by Emily Benet who runs workshops on blogging and social media.

Her next London course is on the 8th March 2014 and more details are below:

http://emilybenet.blogspot.co.uk/p/blog-workshops.html

Could be worth checking out if you want to start blogging or leverage your existing blog to get your work out there.

Sunday, February 9

Karin's blog link

I'm not generally a self-promoter, but if you'd like to see the finished posts with the photos, you can visit me here: http://www.findingmytribe.us

Cheers,  Karin


Friday, February 7

A Cornucopia of Competitions

Ok, so we have been a little bit lax in keeping you up to date on all the competition emails we receive but below are details on some of the many that are open at the moment.


  • Amnesty Ely Short Story.  Human Rights themed, 1500 word maximum, £5.00 to enter and closing on the 28th February 2014.
http://www.amnesty.org.uk/groups/ely-city/short-story-competition
  • Words for the Wounded. Theme "The Journey". 400 words max. £4.50 to enter and closing on 11th March 2014
http://www.wordsforthewounded.co.uk/

  • The Bristol Short Story Prize. Any Theme. 4000 words max. £8 to enter and closing on April 30th 2014.
http://www.bristolprize.co.uk/news/2014-bristol-short-story-prize-launched/


  • Sky Blue Theatre Company Playwrighting Comp. Plans to run to 20 mins max. £15 to enter and closing on the 30th March 2014.
http://www.skybluetheatre.com/newplays.php


Hope one of these works for you!








Wednesday, February 5

Next Meeting - Thursday 6th February 2014


As normal we will be meeting 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.

For those with work to review we will aim to start reading out before 8 p.m and finish by 10 p.m.

Hope to see you there!

Monday, February 3

38 Reasons why your Screenplay will be rejected.

Love this post over at the Blackboard and the associated infographic (am a big fan of infographics.)
A script reader has put up this list of problems with scripts they have read.

http://theblackboard.blcklst.com/forums/topic/recurring-problems-in-scripts/

Very interesting that the top reason for rejection is.....

...the story begins too late in the script!

Good advice for any novelist or screenwriter. If you want your work to progress past the slushpile or the script reader then get into the good stuff early on - or you risk losing your audience...

Also lots more resources around that site.  Enjoy!




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