GWN Newsletter July 2018

Hello Writers
Please see this months GWN Newsletter -
Happy Writing
Download here:  GWN Newsletter July 2018

Cheltenham Creative Writers have a new home...

You are invited to come along and write with the CHELTENHAM CREATIVE WRITERS

This is a fortnightly Creative Writing Group  (Previously the Cheltenham Waterstones Creative Writing Group)

They meet every two weeks in the Frog and fiddle on lower High street Cheltenham on a Monday evening.

We welcome everyone from experienced writers to people who want to try creative writing for the first time.

Each meeting we set a writing prompt for the following meeting, but people are more than welcome to share their own work with the group.

Winners of the Coleford Festival of Words

Winners of the Coleford Festival of Words 2018 'Ten' themed writing competition
The winners as judged by Forest of Dean resident and author Andrew Taylor, were announced on Saturday 7 July by Baroness Jan Royall at an event as part of the Tenth Coleford Festival of Words.

Congratulations to Julia Bohanna, winner,  Toni Wilde (2nd) and Rebecca Klassen (3rd). Thank you also to Chepstow Bookshop and Dean Writers' Circle for the 1st and 2nd prizes.

Read the ten shortlisted entries in the Festival's online anthology,  which can be found here: Coleford Festival Anthology

Coleford Festival of Words 2018

John Holland wins Dorset Fiction Prize

Congratulations to John Holland.

Stroud Short Stories organiser and former GWN prose prize runner-up John Holland has won the Dorset Fiction Award £500 First Prize for his story 'Cows'.

The Dorset Award is for works under 1,000 words.

Read his story here :

Chris Hemingway - poetry collection launch party

On 12th July , Chris Hemingway will be launching his new poetry collection

‘Party in the Diaryhouse’

Please see our EVENTS CALENDAR for full details – and make a note for your own diary…

Congratulations Chris!

New book from Amanda Reynolds

We are pleased to tell you about a forthcoming book launch by Cotswolds Writer Amanda Reynolds.

This is Amanda's second book following the success of her debut novel - a psychological drama called 'Close to

Please RSVP to Amanda if you would like to attend.


GWN Prizewinners event

Dear writers - we now have news of the time and date for our prizewinners event at The Times and The Sunday Times Literature Festival - it's scheduled for 6.30 p.m. on Sunday, 7 October 2018.

Please make a note in your diaries to come and support GWN and hear this year's winning entries - you could even take a starring role!

We look forward to receiving more of your prose and poetry entries on the theme of 'East Meets West', closing date 31 July 2018.

See our Competitions page for more information...

New Book from Leon Matthews-Doorman

Gloucestershire writer Leon Matthews-Doorman publishes his latest book on the 7th August.  

It is called Silent Story and discusses depression and domestic abuse from a male perspective.


Read a synopsis of his story here.... Silent Story synopsis (1)

GWN - June Newsletter

  • Hello Writers

    Entries for our 2018 competition, both prose and poetry, continue to come in.  We look forward to receiving more of your entries on this year’s theme ‘East meets West’.

    Here is news of another exciting upcoming festival and other events in the county and beyond.

    Coleford Festival of Words 2 – 8 July 

    The Coleford Festival of Words programme is now available.  Open the link below and you will be able to download and print a copy

    On 7 July there will be a day school at The Main Place, Coleford for aspiring writers offering a choice of four workshops: crime, historical fiction, relationships in fiction and young adult fiction.

    Here is a link to the day school with the details - it should be a good day with experienced authors sharing their writing lives and learnings.  And at a very reasonable price given the £15 includes lunch! Any questions, please call Cheryl on 01594 510 533 or 07919 251771.


    Arkbound are a Bristol based charity dedicated to improving diversity and access to writing.  They run a mentorship programme where they partner aspiring writers with experienced professionals who can provide 1-to-1 support and guidance. Further information about them can be found at

    They are also running a free event for the 2nd Annual National Writing Day in cooperation with First Story at Bristol Central Library and Bristol City Hall on 27th June 2 – 7 p.m.

    ​The day will consist of a writing workshop put on by Amanda Thomas, a talk on how to get published by Arkbound Publishing, and a talk and Q&A from an author and an illustrator.

    To find out more and to reserve your ticket, visit

    Grenfell Tower Tragedy – An Evening of Poetry and Music

    An evening of poetry, music and solidarity to mark the anniversary of the Grenfell Tower tragedy will be held on Thursday 14 June at 7.30 p.m. at the Dolman Theatre Studio, Newport.  The evening will include readings from Gloucestershire writers Val Ormond and Vicky Hampton amongst many others.

    An anthology of Poems from Grenfell Tower will be available on the night or from poems-Grenfell-Tower-62-Poets/ dp/1912111551/ref=sr_1_1?ie= UTF8&qid=1527786750&sr=8-1& keywords=poems+for+grenfell+ tower

    Writing for Magazines with Kim Fleet

    Have fun and make some money writing fillers and articles for magazines! This one day workshop will show you:

    ·         How to spot the magazines that use freelance writers

    ·         How to find magazine markets beyond the newsagents’ shelves

    ·         Why you don’t need a PhD to be considered an expert

    ·         How to discover your niche

    ·         Quick wins that will boost your confidence and make you money

    ·         How to write a pitch that editors can’t resist

    At the end of the workshop, you should go home with a written piece ready to be polished and submitted to a magazine.

    When: 10 am – 4 pmSaturday, 7th July 2018

    Where: Isbourne Holistic Centre, 3 Wolseley Terrace, Cheltenham, GL50 1TH

    Price: £65

    Booking via Eventbrite: e/writing-for-magazines- tickets-45200749659?utm_term= eventurl_text

    With best wishes

    Penny and Kathryn

    GWN Co-Chairs

Coleford Festival of Words

Coleford Festival of Words 2 – 8 July 

The Coleford Festival of Words programme is now available.  Open the link below and you will be able to download and print a copy:


See also our events section for more details...