Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Cleckheaton Writers Group meeting, Monday 12 November

Cleckheaton Writers Group (CWG) took place last night at Cleckheaton Library where Alice, Gemma, Mandy, Pauline, Kathy and myself were in attendance, Sarah and Cassie having passed on their apologies.

The minutes from the last meeting were passed and Mandy brought some more books to be used for the Cleckheaton Literature Festival anthology raffles. Talking of the anthology, the first launch went well. We were treated to some wonderful readings by Alison Lock, John Irving-Clarke and Ali Harper and had an audience of 22 attendees. The first raffle was won by Kathy. There will be two more raffles, one at each launch which are: Tuesday 27 November 5.30pm at Heckmondwike Library and Saturday 15 December 1pm at Cleckheaton Library. Hope to see you there.

WIP updates: Mandy has not been taking part in NaNoWriMo but she has finished the first draft of her novella on her writers retreat in Robin Hoods Bay. She has already shown it to her publisher who likes it and will be publishing once Mandy has made some suggested changes. Congrats Mandy.
Pauline has been working on her character biographies for the novel she is writing, which has a body count of five. We look forward to hearing some of the novel at a CWG meeting soon.
Kathy is also not taking part in NaNoWriMo, but at the write-in on Sunday, completed a chapter and a half of her Tobias WIP. She thinks that she is nearing the end of her planned novella.
Alice hit her deadline of 10k words with 6 hours to spare and has received positive feedback from her 1-2-1. Since then she has been world-building and working on chapter structure, timelines and started re-writing. Her novel is at the 45k mark. Well done Alice.
Gemma has been taking part in NaNoWriMo, filling out the gaps in the first half of her novel and working on the second half, plus changing from third person to first person and re-writing. She is now at over 15k words for the month. Well done Gemma.
I have also been taking part in NaNoWriMo and have been staying on course, except for a slight wobble. I hope to get my current WIP to the 50k mark by the end of November and then I will be able to start work on editing my previous novels.

Feedback sessions: Pauline shared her flash fiction piece that she wrote following a writing challenge. It was darkly comedic and well received, some members encouraging her to enter it into a competition.

CW comps/workshops/events: Mandy informed the group that Fairlight Press are publishing novellas (17-4/50k words) and that the Ink Tears short story competition is still open, deadline the end of this month. Gemma mentioned a writing competition for novels including a cat and will be sending the information on this around the members via email. I told the members about the FREE creative writing competition for poetry and flash fiction. The deadline is 7 December, the prize is books and full details can be found on twitter on either Alison Faye's page or @SaltaireCraft.

Following two successful write-in's, the next one is planned for Sunday 25 November at Clifton. The cost is £15 for the room hire, which is split between the writers. Attendees are Alice, Pauline and myself with Mandy and Kathy maybe able to attend. All members are welcome to attend, please just let either myself or Alice know that you can come and we will give you directions. Refreshments are available, but you should bring your own food if you so wish.

The next meeting will take place on Monday 26 November at 5.30pm at Cleckheaton Library. Both feedback slots will be available.

NB Please note that the library will close for Christmas at 5pm on the 24th of November until the 2nd of January. Because of this, it is suggested that the last 2018 meeting of CWG be the 10th of December, where we can decamp to the pub as usual, and start back on Monday 7 January 2019.

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