CREATIVE WRITING WEEKEND - 'Writing for Magazines’

A Weekend Writing Course... (6 - 8 September 2019

I am organising a weekend writing course on the 6th September in Cirencester and wondered if any of your members would be interested in coming.
The course fee is all inclusive of accommodation and meals, workshops and discussions, running Friday to Sunday.
The course suits all levels, and is informal  and fun. Members can attend as Residential members or Day Visitors.


 Ideas – where to find them?

  • Magazine analysis – who are a publication’s readers, and what are they looking for?
  • Article structure – what’s the right structure for your article idea?
  • Beginning and Endings – how to grab your reader’s attention, and round off your piece satisfactorily.
  • Factfiles, Boxouts and Photos – all those extras that editors love.
  • Rights, Secondary Rights, and Money – all the important stuff.
  • Pitching – Sell your article before you write it.
Simon Whaley is a popular Author, Writer, Photographer and Course Leader. Published world wide, he is one of Writing Magazine correspondents and member of NAWG.
This course introduces you to a wide range of opportunities to publish your work. It includes the writing market, publishing, and exercises and how to approach editors.
Notes are handed out at all workshops.
I attach a poster and booking form.
Members can pay by instalments if they book early.
With best wishes
Lois Bird-Maddox
'Relax & Write' Weekend Courses Organiser
Tel. 01454 773579
'Relax & Write'
9 (D) Langthorn Close
Frampton Cotterell
Bristol BS36 2JH
South Glos.

Congratulations to Gloucestershire Writers

Congratulations to Gloucestershire Writers

  • Annie Ellis’ poem “Dear Anne Boleyn” and Sharon Larkin’s poem “Scaredy Cats” was published by Snakeskin (May 2019).
  • Kathryn Southworth has a new pamphlet published on June 10th by Dempsey and Windle. Wavelengths is a dialogue sequence of poems with Belinda Singleton, riffing on the subject of light and sound
  • Val Ormrod won the Magic Oxygen International Poetry Prize with her poem "The Gathering". Every entry into the competition resulted in a tree being planted in Bore, Kenya. A tree will also be planted for every copy sold of the forthcoming MOLP Anthology which will feature all the winning and shortlisted poems and stories.
  • Another of Val’s poems, "Blackout" was published in the April edition of Eye Flash Poetry


Congratulations all !

Have you won any competitions lately or been placed? or having any poetry or prose published this month ?

Please let us know what you have been up to and we'd be delighted to share your good news.

With best wishes

Penny, Kathryn and Chris

GWN Co-chairs

Mishka Shubaly hits town...!

Mishka Shubaly


Brace yourselves...  On 22nd June - Mishka Shubaly hits town.

This is part of his  'SOME OF THIS WILL BE FUNNY' UK TOUR

Catch him while you can...

Tickets on sale now via the web site:


Kathryn Southworth - Book Launch


You are invited to the Gloucestershire  launch of:

 Someone was here (Indigo Dreams), the first collection 

by Kathryn Southworth at the Suffolk Anthology bookshop

In Cheltenham at 6.30 on Friday January 25th. Come and have a glass of wine and hear Kathryn read from the book and from her recent  poems inspired by the Cotswolds.

Admission is free but please phone ahead t let us know you would like to attend  - you'd be very welcome

Phone01242 361362

Buzzwords 2019

2019 Programme

Buzzwords meets on the first Sunday of each month (except for August) upstairs at the Exmouth Arms in Bath Road, Leckhampton, Cheltenham. Start time 7pm for the workshop or 8pm for the poetry reading. Finish time is 10pm.

Guest poets for 2019

January 6th – David Calcutt
February 3rd - Robin Houghton 
March 3rd – Nigel Hutchinson & Lucy Anderson
April 7th - Bob Walton & Elizabeth Parker
May 12th Kate North
June 2nd – Pam Zimmerman Hope
July 14th – Rennie Parker
September 1st  – Jean Atkin
October 6th – Brenda Read Brown and Rachael Clyne
November 3rd – Alasdair Paterson
December 1st  – Martin Figura and Helen Ivory

SSS - Submissions please !

Stroud Short Stories is Open for Your Submissions

Stroud Short Stories is now open for submissions for its 17th event - to be held on Sunday 11 November 2018. It closes at the end of Sunday 14 October. 

There is no theme this time, so any style, any subject, any genre or no genre. As long as it's a short work of fiction, of course!

As ever it's free to submit and SSS accepts both published and unpublished stories from Gloucestershire and South Gloucs writers. 

Ten authors will read their work to a capacity audience of 70 short story lovers at 8pm on Sunday 11 November at the SVA in John Street, Stroud, GL5 2HA. This event is part of the Stroud Book Festival.

If you want an idea of what kind of stories they like (and they do like lots of different styles) listen to the authors reading their work at previous SSS events here

SSS Organiser John Holland is judging with the author and publishing guru Debbie Young. Check out more info about the judges here

Stroud Short Stories guarantees that all stories are read by both judges.

All the info you need is on the Stroud Short Stories website -
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