Monday, 1 October 2012

Writing, Writing Events and CWG

Have been so busy writing, I have neglected the blog for a few days, sorry.  I have managed to write over six chapters in that time though and nearly 15,000 words, so I definitely feel that my time has not been wasted - let's just hope it's not too much deleting rather than editing when it comes to that stage.

I have just been sent the following information from Anna Turner about some writing events:

Saturday 13 October
11am, Central Library
Haiku for Wellbeing; A writing workshop led by Anne Maney
‘struck from the stones
of the wrecked city
a damsel fly’s blue fire’

A Haiku is a three-line poem that captures a moment of experience. Haiku are the essence of poetry: simple, arresting, can be funny, moving, stop us in our tracks, take us to a different place. The form began in Japan, with rules. Now Haiku are ours, and we can break the rules if we like. No experience is necessary, all are welcome. We will create a supportive shared space for making Haiku, for learning the rules and breaking them, for capturing moments in time.

Anne Maney is a poet and teacher of Creative Writing in mainstream and mental health. For some years she has been convenor of the Leeds/Bradford branch of Lapidus - the national network for writing and reading for health and wellbeing. She acquired her first grandchild this year, and last year gained an MA with Distinction in Creative Writing at Newcastle Univsersity. Now, screwing up courage –grandparenting permitting – she has started to perform her poems on the open mic circuit.  Tickets £6 (£4 concs) from Central Library, Halifax

 Saturday 20 – October
Todmorden Library, 10am – 12noon
Re-Creating the Past – writing historical novels

A workshop by award-winning novelist Melinda Hammond with tips on all aspects of writing the historical novel – scene-setting, characters, plot and what NOT to put into your book.

Pen and paper required (be prepared to do some work!) Since Melinda’s first book in 1983 she has had over 20 historical novels published. She won the Reviewers' Award in 2005 for Dance for a Diamond and her novel Gentlemen in Question was a Historical Novel Society Editors' Choice in 2006.  She is now concentrating on writing her romantic historical adventures for Harlequin Mills & Boon under the pen name of Sarah Mallory and won the 2012 Rona Rose Award from the Romantic Novelists Association for The Dangerous Lord Darrington.  Tickets £5 (£3.50 concs) from Todmorden Library

Also, tonight is the next meeting of the Cleckheaton Writers Group at 6-8pm in Cleckheaton Library and as I tweeted earlier, new members welcome.  Hope to see you there.

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