Date Range View

17 August 2015   -   17 August 2017
17 August 2015   -   17 August 2017
  • Thursday 13 July 2017 at 19:30

     

    Evening with an Expert Panel

     

    An expert panel will answer questions from members and the audience on various writing issue.

    Our Panel will be

    Steve Roberts, Linda McVeigh and Melanie Whipman

    please come along with all those questions about writing that you have always wanted to ask

     

     

    Meetings are open to all - Saver members - Free; Members - £3;  Non-Members / Guests - £5 (unless otherwise stated)

     

     

  • Thursday 08 June 2017 at 19:30

     

    Travel Writing with Janet Rogers

     

    Janet Rogers will be in conversation with Dave Simpson

    Janet is the winner of several national travel writing competitions, including the Telegraph Travel Writing competition which she has claimed six times. Her articles have appeared in the UK and Australian press. After a hiatus from being a news reporter in her youth, she returned to writing after retiring and has since found great success in travel articles.

    Her talk, presented in conversation with Dave, will demonstrate that travel writing is relevant for all writers, whatever their background and interests. Janet also hopes to show it’s something anyone can do, and will be offering specific advice on how to get started in travel writing.

     

    Meetings are open to all - Saver members - Free; Members - £3;  Non-Members / Guests - £5 (unless otherwise stated)

     

     

  • Thursday 11 May 2017 at 19:30

     

    Ghost Writing with Hannah Renier

     

    Hannah Renier is an experienced ghost writer who will talk about how she tackles ghost writing. Drawing on over 20 years experience she will take us through the processes of absorbing someone else’s life, the ups and downs of such writing and share her insights into what makes a successful piece of ‘ghosted’ writing. She’ll ask us to do some writing as part of the evening.

     

    Hannah is a ghost-writer, writer, historian and researcher. She has earned her living by writing and researching since 1984 and has ghosted books (under Authors' names) published by Penguin, Tempus, Virgin, the History Press and Historical Publications to glowing reviews. She has also ghost-written many self-published books, either non-fiction or faction, about – for instance – diet and exercise, business intrigue, imprisonment in Libya, medicine in Saudi Arabia, good-old-boyism in Ireland, corruption in Central America, bribery in Indonesia and even hairdressing in Southend. Almost everything she has written has been produced under conditions of anonymity and with no share in copyright. She's a member of the Society of Authors (since 1989) and two other authors' associations, and of three London history societies.

     

     

    Meetings are open to all - Saver members - Free; Members - £3;  Non-Members / Guests - £5 (unless otherwise stated)

     

     

  • Thursday 13 April 2017 at 19:30

     

    Poetry Workshop with Clare Best

     

    Clare will be leading a Poetry Workshop. This will be based on the theme of 'Place' to coincide with her upcoming new publication - see below.

    Clare Best’s first full collection, Excisions, was shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Centre Prize 2012. She has performed her autobiographical cycle Self-portrait without Breasts across the UK and Ireland, and in the USA and Canada. Other poetry publications include Treasure Ground, Breastless and CELL.
    Springlines – a collaborative publication with the painter Mary-Anne Aytoun-Ellis, and part of their project exploring hidden and mysterious bodies of water – is out with Little Toller in spring 2017 and will be launched at the Weald & Downland Living Museum’s Landscape and Literature Day on April 9th
    She is a co-founder of Needlewriters, the quarterly reading series in Lewes.

     

    Meetings are open to all - Saver members - Free; Members - £3;  Non-Members / Guests - £5 (unless otherwise stated)

     

     

  • Thursday 09 March 2017 at 19:30

     

    Short Story Collections with Vanessa Gebbie

     

    Following her successful visit to the WSW Writers' Weekend, we have Vanessa Gebbie talking to us about Short Story Collections.

    Vanessa is an award-winning short fiction writer and poet, and a novelist.
    Her short story collections are: Words from a Glass Bubble (Salt Modern Fiction 2008), Storm Warning, Echoes of Conflict (Salt Modern Fiction 2010) and A Short History of Synchronised Breathing (Cultured Llama 2017). Her illustrated flash fiction collection Ed's Wife and Other Creatures was published by Liquorice Fish Books in 2015, and a second flash collection Nothing to Worry About is forthcoming in a limited edition from Flash International at Chester University in 2017.

    She is commissioning and contributing editor of Short Circuit, Guide to the Art of the Short Story editions i and ii (Salt), and she teaches widely. In 2017 she is leading short fiction courses in Venice, in Ireland, and at Gladstone's Library.

    This looks to be a great meeting and we hope to see you there.

     

    Meetings are open to all - Saver members - Free; Members - £3;  Non-Members / Guests - £5 (unless otherwise stated)

     

     

  • Thursday 09 February 2017 at 19:30

     

    Manuscript Surgery & Open Mic evening

     

    The February meeting will be split into two halves. The first half will be a manuscript surgery. This will consist of up to 4 manuscripts from members, read in groups and then discussed critically within the group.

    The second half of the evening will be an Open Mic - please bring your work to read. Pieces read should be up to a maximum of 7 minutes long. Feedback slips will be available for anyone wishing to provide constructive comment to the writers. 

     

    Meetings are open to all - Saver members - Free; Members - £3;  Non-Members / Guests - £5 (unless otherwise stated)

     

     

  • Thursday 12 January 2017 at 19:30

     

    Writing Online: Paid Content and Communities with Phil Williams

     

    Freelance writer, editor and tutor Phil Williams will be giving a talk on the modern world of online writing, covering writing and selling non-fiction articles and interacting with online writing communities.

     
    Thanks to the internet, people are now writing more than ever. Website owners consider top quality writing a priority – whatever their subject matter. There are countless opportunities for writers of all forms, and communities are increasingly available for writers to work together, whether you want editorial advice, events information or leads for work.
     
    Phil Williams has worked as a freelancer for the past 5 years, writing, editing and tutoring online. He has written for businesses, self-published books and managed a series of successful websites. In this talk, he will explore the changing landscape of the writing world: how the internet has made it possible to get paid for a huge range of writing, and how to find such opportunities. He will also cover how to write effectively for an online audience, and where to find communities for sharing and improving your writing.

    The talk will include a Q&A which Phil encourages members to prepare questions for.

     

    Meetings are open to all - Saver members - Free; Members - £3;  Non-Members / Guests - £5 (unless otherwise stated)

     

     

  • Thursday 08 December 2016 at 19:30

     

    Novella Writing with Mandy Pannett

     

    Mandy will be taking us through the process of developing novellas and option for marketing them. This is a growing fiction format and an ideal time to try your hand at it.
    Mandy Pannett works freelance as a creative writing tutor and has taken part in readings across the country as well as leading residential and day workshops. Her poetry has appeared in journals in the UK, Europe, Canada and the States. Five poetry collections have been published – Bee Purple and Frost Hollow (Oversteps Books), Allotments in the Orbital (Searle Publishing), All the Invisibles (SPM Publications) and Jongleur in the Courtyard (Indigo Dreams Press). Her next poetry collection is due to be published in 2017. She is the author of a novella, The Onion Stone, which was published by Pewter Rose Press in 2011. She is poetry editor for Sentinel Literary Quarterly and editor of the anthology Poems for a Liminal Age (SPM Publications), published in support of Médecins Sans Frontières. She has also edited a poetry collection and an anthology for Earlyworks Press. She has been placed in several national competitions as well as acting as adjudicator for others. Mandy is involved in helping to organise activities for next year’s South Downs Poetry Festival, is taking part in fund-raising events in aid of the displaced and is currently working on her second novella.

     

    Meetings are open to all - Saver members - Free; Members - £3;  Non-Members / Guests - £5 (unless otherwise stated)

     

     

  • Thursday 10 November 2016 at 19:30

     

    Sarah Higbee - Planning a Book Review & Creating a Writer's Blog

     

    Enjoy reading? Do you have firm ideas on the books you have finished and would like to share those views with others? Book reviewers now can actively take part online and help spread the word about the books they read - and authors and publishers are increasingly keen to encourage them. In this talk, Sarah discusses how to put together a readable book review and the issues to consider when doing so, how to gain access online and how to get hold of advance review copies from online sites such as Netgalley, in return for an honest review.

    She will also discuss the issues around setting up a blog and writing regular book reviews and how to become part of the book blogging community.

     

    Meetings are open to all - Saver members - Free; Members - £3;  Non-Members / Guests - £5 (unless otherwise stated)

     

     

  • Thursday 13 October 2016 at 19:30

     

    Ben Galley on Self Publishing

     

    Ben is the proud author of over 10 books. As well as writing fantasy, Ben works as a self-publishing tutor and speaker, touring the UK and teaching authors how to publish their books the DIY way. He's also proud to be an ALLi advisor on crowdfunding. He's passionate about self-publishing and what it can do for authors, and thoroughly enjoys helping other to achieve goals.

     

    Meetings are open to all - Saver members - Free; Members - £3;  Non-Members / Guests - £5 (unless otherwise stated)