New Stroud Writing Group

Are you writing a work of fiction, or maybe a novel or collection of short stories? Would you like to be part of a weekly online writing group - one that is task focused, using workshop activities and structured peer review? The intention is to use these short sessions as a way of ‘sketch-booking’ our writing and developing ideas in our own time.

The group uses topic based (e.g. character, POV, description etc) activities as a way of looking at our own writing. Each writing activity takes about 15 minutes, following which we share our writing/notes/thoughts and discuss what works, and ways that things could be done differently.

We currently meet on Thursdays for one hour, 6.30-7.30pm.

We would love to welcome new members to add wider perspectives/experience to the group. As we meet online, it doesn’t matter where you live. You need to have a video and microphone, and to be able to upload documents to the chat for others to read. Currently we meet on Skype but will be moving to Zoom so that we can do breakout rooms for feedback.

If you are interested in joining the group, please contact Cheryl on cheryl.npt@gmail.com for more information. We look forward to hearing from you.


Somewhere Else Writers (Cirencester)

Somewhere Else Writers in Cirencester have recommenced weekly meetings on Wednesday afternoons.

 

Enquiries about membership to: www.somewhere-else-writers.org.


Of Earth And Sky

The Gloucester Culture Trust are starting a new project called Of Earth And Sky, which is a city wide art installation featuring words and poetry created by communities in Gloucester.

If you would like to help help, or submit an entry, click here for more information.


Buzzwords Poetry Competition

Situation depending, Buzzwords' monthly meet will not recommence until September at the earliest.

However, the Buzzwords poetry competition is currently live and accepting entries! Closing date 22nd August 2020.

Click here for more information.


Oh Crumbs!

Oh Crumbs, the regular spoken word/story telling/performance event based in the Forest of Dean, continues its online live version with an open mic session on Thursday 21st May from 3pm.

Open mic sessions with featured guest performances every two weeks via Zoom.

Click here for more information about Coleford Hub,
and here for more information about Yarn Whispering


Resilience Anthology for the Dean and Wye Valley community

Resilience, ‘the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness’.

Your chance to be published!

Deadline is 31st July 2020.

Dean Writers Circle is working with Dean Scribblers to publish an anthology on the theme of Resilience, with an introduction by Forest-based best-selling author Andrew Taylor. The Forest is renowned for its resilience in the face of crisis, with the current pandemic the latest in a list including the 2001 foot and mouth tragedy, the 2007 floods and events far back in history. Now we are looking for widely and imaginative interpreted short stories and poems from those who live in or have close connections with the Dean and Wye Valley community.

Submissions from adults, young people and - in recognition of our lockdown - collaborative family efforts, are all welcome.

Proceeds from sales will raise funds for local charities.

Click here for more details and for submission details.


Stroud Short Stories - 10 Stories Selected

The 10 stories to be performed at the re-arranged Stroud Short Stories event on Sunday 8 November have been named.
119 submissions were received from Gloucestershire writers on the prescient theme of DISRUPTION.

Co-judges Ali Bacon and John Holland have chosen stories by Robin Booth, Stephen Connolly, Hannah Glickstein, Claire Harrison, Emma Kernahan, Geoff Mead, Simon Piney, Mark Rutterford, Sharon Webster and Steve Wheeler.

The event will be held at the Cotswold Playhouse and will be part of the 5th Stroud Book Festival. Tickets will go on sale later in the year.


EVENT CANCELLATIONS - COVID 19

Unfortunately a number of event organisers have contacted us to say their events have had to be cancelled, in line with Government and Public Health statements on the COVID 19 Virus.

Given the Government advice, it is our assumption that ALL events will be cancelled for the foreseeable future. Please contact the relevant organisers for further information.


April Buzzwords Cancelled

In the interest of social distancing and helping to keep everyone safe, the April 5th Buzzwords session has been cancelled.

We will keep everyone informed about future events as the situation changes.


Spotlight on... Glosink.

Every so often we feature a GWN member group:  To introduce them to a wider audience and hopefully attract new members.

If you would like to feature your writing group  please send email to Guy:  admin@gloswriters.org.uk

Glosink:

Following a creative writing course led by the writer, artist and musician Avril Staple at the Gloucester Guild Hall in 2012, Avril and her students decided to meet at Robert Raikes’ House, Southgate Street Gloucester, for workshop sessions and to critique each other’s work. The following year Avril coined the name ‘GlosInk’ for the cover of a printed collection of the group’s poems, stories and flash fiction. It was entitled ‘The Plan’, and the pamphlet was launched to coincide with the group’s first spoken word event, held at Peppers Café in Bull Lane.

Since that time, GlosInk has continued to meet at Robert Raikes’ House at 7.30 pm every Monday evening except on Bank Holidays.  It’s a friendly group who believe that sharing their work is important, because gaining feedback is the only way to make good writing even better. Those who have brought some prose or a poem distribute copies and read the piece, while the others listen and make notes. The group members take it in turns to make constructive comments, saying what they especially like and suggesting possible improvements. Each author has an opportunity to reply. Comments can be helpful in modifying their writing or be ignored – after all, it’s the writer’s own work!

The process sounds formal, but really it isn’t! Everyone has a lot of fun sharing what they’ve written, and having benefitted from the group’s feedback, some members have gone on to publish their work. But beginners needn’t be put off – newcomers are always welcome and no previous experience is necessary. Anyone interested in joining should contact Cedric Pickin, email: cedric_pickin@hotmail.com

 **Please check the GWN calendar for dates plus additional Glosink events through out the year **