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Tuesday, 5. May 2015 - The Writers’ Resources Evening.
Useful aids that help with writing – discussion of reference books, writing courses, ‘learning-to-write books’ - are they any good?
Writers associations (Romantic Novelists, Historical Novel Society, etc.), companies that will criticize your writing (such as Cornerstones), short story competitions, information about agents and publishers, inspiration and sources for what we write, websites and writing software, in fact anything that members have found useful - or not.
All members are welcome to bring along their experiences, good and bad, and should be prepared to participate.
Cambridge Literary Festival Spring 14—19 April 2015
Spring is coming and so is the next instalment of the Cambridge Literary Festival, with 111 speakers, 4 venues, on 6 days.
Breakthrough: Write Your Novel
A six-week booster course for novel writers run by best-selling author, Penny Hancock (Tideline: Richard & Judy Summer Read 2012, The Darkening Hour, & Trick of the Mind)
For writers with a novel in progress, looking to gain momentum and finish a first draft. It will comprise of six focused, three-hour writing classes to provide support, guidance & inspiration.
Cost: £299: Introductory offer, reduced from £350.
Begins Monday, April 13th, 2015. Central Cambridge
Cambridge Writers Short Story Competition 2015
Anne-Marie Garvey, journalist and writer, was our judge this year. She told the meeting that she had thoroughly enjoyed reading the very varied entries, inventive and exciting, every one of which had merits. She said that she was so much looking forward to the eBook and how wonderfully talented were all of the entries, a real treat for a reader who wants variety, style and tone from the hands of people who can take them to some unusual places with skill and conviction. Each one had a surprising angle on the short story, she said, and that it was a real challenge to choose the winners.
Who Writes and Reads Romantic Fiction?
I’ve joined the Romantic Novelists Association and took part in their 2014 Annual Conference. Both the Association and the conference are valuable, the latter providing an interesting mix of practical tips (how to self-publish, attract an agent, ideas about Plot, Location, and Characterisation); some theoretical background (the Chemistry of Reading, universal elements of the genre); and the opportunity to meet agents, editors and publishers. I was fortunate to be able to chat with Hazel Cushion, the founder of Accent Press and was highly impressed with how the company works and their future plans. I’m looking forward to working with them.