Watling Street Writers

Tuesday, April 29

No Manuscript Review This Week - Just a Social Gathering

Just a little note to say that we will not be meeting at the White Hart this week as we are having a get together at a local restaurant.

Hope to see you there!

Next Manuscript Review session should be on 8th May but watch this space for confirmation.

Sunday, April 27

Prima Magazine Competition


Prima magazine publishes a 'Winning Story' every month for which the published author receives £100.
 
If anyone wants to give it a whirl they just have to submit an 800 word story with their name, address, contact number and recent photograph (high res) to Nadia.loreda@hearst.co.uk. Only those picked will be contacted.

They are looking for summer inspired short stories that are of a light-hearted nature and would appeal to their readership.

Thursday, April 24

BeaconLit 2014 - Writing Festival in Ivinghoe,Buckinghamshire


BeaconLit is in its second year and has already grown from last year's inaugural half-day event into a full day's festival, with author discussion panels, an 'in conversation' feature marking the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of WW1, sessions on writing craft and getting published and hands-on creative writing workshops.  The atmosphere is informal, with plenty of opportunity to chat to authors, buy books and get them signed, browse the stalls and enjoy some refreshments.
 
Participating authors include Hilary Freeman, Caroline Green and Teri Terry (YA Fiction), Stephen Booth, Alison Bruce, Jane Isaac, Anya Lipska and Dave Sivers (Crime Fiction), Mandy Kirby (author/editor of  Love Letters of the Great War) and Rowan Coleman (Women's Fiction).
 
There will also be some attractions for children, with details to be confirmed.
 
BeaconLit 2014 runs from 10am to 5.30pm in the newly extended Brookmead School, Ivinghoe, Buckinghamshire, with its impressive new main hall.  Ample parking is available on Ivinghoe Lawn, less than five minutes' walk away, and disabled parking will be available at the school.
 
Tickets are now on sale, and a full day pass purchased before 17 May will cost just £12 (£4 for young people in full time education) - a saving of more than 11%.  That's amazing value compared to many other literary festivals.  For those only wishing to attend for the morning or afternoon, separate half day passes are also available.
 
Full details, including the programme and profiles of the authors, can be found at the website at www.beaconlit.co.uk.
 

Wednesday, April 23

Are you the next J.K Rowling?

The Independent newspaper has published details of a competition to find a new children's author. (See below).


Scholastic Competition site

They are looking for the first 5K words by the 2nd June 2014 and for writing targeted at 7-12 year olds.

Winners can expect an advance, agent representation and a trip to Italy.

Original Post on Independant site

Good Luck!



Tuesday, April 22

Next meeting - Thursday 24th April 2014

Hope you all had a great Easter break and recharged your writing energies!

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: drinks, gossip and the occasional manuscript review.

 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!

Thursday, April 17

No Meeting on 17th April

Next meeting is on the 24th April - so enjoy your Easter Break and recharge your writing batteries!

Wednesday, April 9

Next Meeting - Thursday April 10th 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: drinks, gossip and the occasional manuscript review.

 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, April 2

Next Meeting - Thursday April 3rd

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: drinks, gossip and the occasional manuscript review.

 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!

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