Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Cleckheaton Writers Group meeting 24 August 2015

The CWG meeting took place last night where A, M, L and myself (K) were in attendance, J, N, M and P having passed on their apologies - potential new member P also passed on his apologies as he had found a Writers Group closer to home that meets on a Monday afternoon.  P has sent an email to say that she will not be able to attend the CWG until November and L & D find it hard to attend on an evening due to childcare issues.  It had been suggested that the meeting could be held (or an extra CWG meeting) on a Saturday morning and when K checked availability with the library, this meeting would have to be held in the room where Joanne Harris/Mark Wright held their events at CLF 2015, but this may encourage extra membership due to easy accessibility.  Could all members please email Laura with preferences for CWG meeting day/time so that either the day can be swapped or an extra meeting put in place.

Although she was not in attendance, since the last meeting M has had a piece published in The Guardian, which is fantastic news, especially coming on the back of her recent anthology publication.  K has been editing, received a couple of rejections and has 2 pieces out, one of which has made it to the 2nd round of a competition, where the judges will look at it as one of 200.  A has sadly received rejections for his recent submissions but has been working on some poems and started a new alternative reality story which he shared for the feedback session.  L and M have been too busy to write but L has finished reading As V-H novel.  She enjoyed the characters, loved the nods to modern society even though it is set around the Norse myths.  When asked if she thought the romance had worked, she agreed and liked the way it was finalised, plus the surprise character and the twist.

L reminded the group that the Ilkley Literature Festival tickets go on sale next Tuesday and was pleased that there are 2 writing for children events that she and D hope to go to.  D has also shared information on volunteers wanted for the Durham Festival which features Philip Pullman and Bill Bryson amongst others.

K informed members that her writer friend VW has been asked to supply 7 minute original Victorian Gothic fiction (think Woman in Black) for a Halloween reading in Newcastle which all members are welcome to enter work in.  The pieces will need to be read at the event in Newcastle on Halloween night.  If anyone wishes to enter a piece, K has the details.

K reminded members that M still needs all CWG submissions for the planned self-published anthology (A has forwarded BGT and L/M and K has forwarded one piece, but needs to send more).  Each member has up to 5k words which can be made up of more than one piece if wished and if we are to meet the deadline of having the book ready for the CLF 2016, it is urgent that these be forwarded along.

A shared his new piece for the feedback session a first person unreliable narrator tale.  It had a political feel and K felt it reminded her of Hunger Games and one of the character names was the same as the Green Goblin's son (Spiderman).  The unreliable narration will depend upon character bias and the group look forward to hearing more as the story progresses.

The meeting finished with a timed writing session, where all members took part.  Due to time constraints, only A was able to share his piece with the group.

The next meeting is scheduled to take place on Monday 7 September, 6-8pm at Cleckheaton Library.  New members always welcome.

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