The Cleckheaton Writers Group (CWG) met last night, with Alice, Cassie, Pauline and myself in attendance, Mandy, Neil, Sarah and Gemma having passed on their apologies.
The minutes from the last meeting were passed and I showed the members a copy of the newly printed Cleckheaton Literature Festival anthology. It was decided that there would be three separate launches to give more chance for people to be able to attend and read one of their pieces if they wish. We hope to hold one a month to December, the first hopefully being at Heckmondwike Library in the week of 22-26 October (we hope to secure either the Tuesday or Friday as the Library has a later opening time on those days), the second at local cafe The Ribbon Tree in November (either 18th or 25th) and December at the Cleckheaton Library (hopefully 15th at 1ish). Dates and times (plus venues) are to be confirmed and once they are, a letter will be sent to all anthology contributors detailing the events so that those who wish to do a reading and receive their copy of their anthology can do so. We hope that this gives people plenty of notice and time to be able to attend at least one event.
WIP updates: I have submitted a short Christmas romantic story to the Prima magazine competition, two pages of script to Street Voices 7 at Freedom Studios Bradford and written a poem which I brought to share. I also had two poems published in the online anthology 100 Thousand Poets for Change which launched on Friday evening at the Chemic Tavern in Leeds where I read out the poems. Alice has had a long break from writing but has now started term 3 of Golden Egg and written 2 new sections on her WIP, which following feedback, she has replanned and changed from third person to first person. Cassie has started a chart of character biographies for the short story she shared at CWG that members felt could be lengthened to a longer story. Pauline has been working with publishers.
I shared my poem 'Betrayed' to the group and it was well received, as was Pauline's as yet untitled poem.
Creative Writing competitions/workshops/events: The Chicken House Open Coop is open again for children's stories and it closes after Christmas for submissions. As well as the normal first prize, it also has a second prize this year.
I informed the group about a Crime Writing workshop I had attended at Bradford Library at the weekend and shared the notes on planning a crime novel that I found useful, plus recommended three writing books that were mentioned. I also told members that the Ilkley Literature Festival and Brighouse Arts Festival were taking place in October. I passed around copies of leaflets about the FREE Ilkley Literature Festival Fringe events to members and mentioned that I have two free tickets to attend the Brighouse Arts Festival R. C. Bridgestock crime event at Brighouse Library at 7pm on Friday 12 October. If any CWG member wishes to use the two free tickets, please get in touch with me as soon as possible, first come first served.
Cuppa and Cake Write-In: The first Cuppa and Cake Write-In has been arranged for Sunday 21 October at Ribbon Tree Cafe in Cleckheaton 1.30-4pm. There are seven members attending, but there is room for a couple more, so if you wish to attend, please get in touch with me and I will pass on the details and book you in.
The next meeting will take place on Monday 15 October at Cleckheaton Library from 5.30pm. Meetings fortnightly thereafter and new members always welcome.