Coming Events

Date Range View

22 October 2017 - 22 October 2018
22 October 2017 - 22 October 2018
  • Thursday 09 November 2017 at 19:30

    Writing in the Digital Age with Phil Williams

     

    Publishing technology has made it easier than ever to get your books out there – but how do you get anyone to read them? Self-published author Phil Williams will give a talk detailing the different techniques authors are now using to get noticed.

    Starting with more traditional promotions areas such as book listings and blurbs, Phil will continue through to the various and rapidly evolving online marketing methods available. This includes promotions through book review blogs, email lists and social media, as well as advertising on major platforms such as Amazon and Facebook. Phil will also offer advice on how to write about your writing, to capture readers’ attention – and there’ll be an opportunity to practice writing your own straplines and mini-adverts.

    Phil Williams is a self-published author of SFF fiction and non-fiction English learning guides. He started employing the marketing ideas discussed in this talk earlier this year – and has since found his books topping numerous charts (including reaching the Top 10 of all books on Amazon for grammar). He also freelances as a copywriter and as an advanced English tutor, giving him a wide field of writing knowledge.

     

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

  • Thursday 14 December 2017 at 19:30

    Poetry Workshop - Writing the Moment with Lorraine Mariner

     

    In this workshop we will look at poems that have captured moments - from life changing news and instances of danger, to something of beauty glimpsed briefly or a passing emotion. We will examine the techniques that poets have used to recreate these moments in words and try to capture significant events from our own lives. Please bring along a personal photograph of a moment that you would like to turn into a poem.

    Lorraine Mariner's pamphlet 'Bye For Now' was published by The Rialto in 2005 and in 2007 her poem ‘Thursday’, about the London Bombings on 7 July 2005, was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem. Her first collection 'Furniture' was published by Picador in 2009 and shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection and the Seamus Heaney Centre Poetry Prize. Her second collection 'There Will Be No More Nonsense' came out with Picador in 2014. She lives in London and works at the National Poetry Library, Southbank Centre.

     

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

  • Thursday 11 January 2018 at 19:30

    True Crime from Idea to Completion with John Eddleston

     

    Details to follow

     

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

  • Thursday 08 February 2018 at 19:30

    Manuscript Surgery & Planned Open Mic

     

    The first half of the meeting with look at submitted pieces from members within small groups. Providing  constructive feedback and ideas for development.

    The meeting will conclude with an open mic session. Pieces brought along by members and guests alike. These will be 15 minutes in length as a maximum. A feedback option will be available for those audience members who wish to do so.

     

     

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

  • Thursday 12 April 2018 at 19:30

    History and Fiction – Finding the Balance with Richard Buxton

     

    Where does an author draw the line between accurately representing history and writing compelling fiction? It’s an issue peculiar to historical fiction writers. Richard will involve the audience in exploring the differing approaches of published authors, as well as draw on his own experience of using real events, people and places to inspire imagination.
    Richard will also examine the use and misuse of believable detail in a historical setting. How much is just enough? How to research? Finally, there will be an exercise designed to invoke the feel of a period without employing cliché.

    Richard Buxton writes historical fiction in both the short and long form. His short stories have won the Exeter Story Prize, the Bedford Writing Competition and the Nivalis Award. His self-published novel, Whirligig, was shortlisted for the Rubery International Book Award. He is a graduate of the Chichester Creative Writing Masters’ programme.

     

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

  • Thursday 10 May 2018 at 19:30

    Collaborative Scriptwriting with Julie Everton & Josie Melia

     

    Details to follow

     

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

  • Thursday 12 July 2018 at 19:30

    Expert Panel - Juliet West & Claire Fuller

     

    Details to follow

     

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

  • Thursday 13 September 2018 at 19:30

    Annual General Meeting 2018

     

    Annual General Meeeting will be followed with a selection of members' writing - the format is yet to be confirmed.

     

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