Monday, 29 April 2013

Cleckheaton Writer's Group meeting 29 April 2013

Excellent meeting of the Writer's Group this evening, where all but one member was in attendance and I shared my sweetmeats that I had brought back from my recent holiday in Tunisia with group. 

The productive evening started with details of the Mandasue Heller author talk that is taking place at Cleckheaton Library on Tuesday 21 May at 7.30pm.  L, D and I have already purchased tickets to this event and at a bargain price of £2 each, I am sure some of the other members may also be in attendance.

I shared details of the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival with the other members and told them that the event was booking up fast.

D shared the exciting news that some of her poems have been accepted for publication in a magazine.  She has also sent off a short romantic story entitled 'The Temple of Jupiter' to the People's Friend Magazine that she read out to the group for feedback.  The story was very evocative and was open ended, which worked well with the ethereal nature of the setting and subject matter.

D informed the group that she is at the end of her current draft of the TSC, but that it is now well over the word count for a children's novel, so she will now need to edit it down.  Some of the other members suggested splitting the novel into three sections as separate books, but D is not sure that that will work with her overall story arc.

L shared the planning and ideas for her new work in progress and all members agreed that they were looking forward to reading it.  We were all very keen on her new idea for a plot twist and L promised that she would complete a section of the novel for the next meeting and send it to all members prior to the meeting for feedback.

I shared my writing challenge piece which intrigued the members (though it may have given a few things away to those members that have not yet finished reading my novel Thorde) and P shared her short story with a twist in the tale.  The group felt that the open ending worked well, as did the question mark over who the narrator was addressing and that it could easily be turned into a novel.

The next meeting will take place on Monday 13 May at 6-8pm at Cleckheaton Library.  New members always welcome.

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