At the meeting last night, D, N and I discussed workshops and events that are coming up in the various literature festivals (sadly P could not make it this week).
D and I will be attending the Creative Writing Workshop run by Beth Daley at Seven Arts in Leeds on Sunday (it is the first one in a series) and we will have to take a piece of writing with us to share (apparently we will be set writing tasks for the following meetings). I told N about the Brighouse events (The R. L. Royle talk and the Ann Cleeves Literary Evening) and informed him that one of us was going to one and one to the other. Not sure yet if he will be wanting to attend either (or if P will) but priced at £5 and a local venue, we didn't want to miss it. We agreed that we would all be getting a ticket for the John Connolly author event at Cleckheaton Town Hall (I have got a ticket and I believe P already has hers) and attending some of the Morley Literature Festival events. N informed us that he was unable to get a ticket for the Sci-fi and Superheroes event on the 6th of October as the website indicated the event was sold out, but he is hoping to contact them and get his name on the reserve list in case anyone drops out. If not, D and I can give feedback at the following Writers Grooup as we managed to secure ticktets. D and I are booked into the Creative Writing Workshops on the 8th and 12th of October and we discussed which of the Ilkley Literature Festival events we would like to attend. We narrowed it down to 3 events that we thought we could go to (30th Sept, and the 12th and 13th of Oct) but will have to wait until the 10th of September to book, as that is when tickets are released (full details of the Ilkley Literature Festival information to follow on a future blog). We also agreed that we would all attend the Writers Roadshow at Hebden Bridge on the 14th of October and are going to secure tickets this week, this will be an excellent event as attendees get two workshops with established writers or publishers, as well as two writing-related talks.
We then discussed the writing that we were working on at the moment and our plans going forward. We also decided between us that if/when we are published authors, that we would give talks/workshops for other writers to help them, even though the thought of public speaking or reading our work out to an audience would fill us with dread. We agreed that the inspiration that novelists like Ros Barber had given us was invaluable and should we ever be in that position, we would also like to give back in a similar manner.
The next meeting is at 6pm on Monday 3 September at Cleckheaton Library.