Meetings Coming Up

All meetings are at Goring Methodists Church Hall - start at 7:30pm

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

 

Thursday 13 June

Writing Sitcoms for Radio - Harry Venning

Harry VenningHarry Venning is an award winning cartoonist, comedy writer and performer based in Brighton.
Harry’s cartoons have appeared in publications as diverse as Mathematics Today, The Radio Times, Music Teacher and The Stage.
For twenty one years he has provided The Guardian with the weekly strip cartoon Clare In The Community, based upon the misadventures of an empathy free social worker. In 2004 he developed Clare In The Community into a successful BBC Radio 4 sitcom starring Sally Philipps, which has recently been re-commissioned for a twelfth series. He is currently writing a five part comedy drama about an under-13 girls’ football team and their coach, for the Women’s Hour drama slot.
When not at a desk writing or drawing, Harry tours his cartoon workshop Release Your Inner Cartoonist around schools, theatres, arts centres and festivals.
He also works as a graphic visualizer, providing live cartoons to illustrate talks and speeches at conferences, festivals and team building events.

 

 

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Thursday 11 July

Writers' Showcase

This is an opportunity for members to share their experiences with their writing. Not an evening of read work, but what the writing has led to, tips for others to follow, pitfalls for others to avoid. Where their inspiration has come from and what it has led to.

An evening sharing the writing world in all its glory and possibly its less pleasant side too. An opportuinty to find out more about fellow members and find your own inspiration for future writing projects.

Members wishing to share their writing world with us in a short exposé - up to 20 minutes including questions; this may be dependant on numbers - please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. your details by the end of the June meeting - 13 June.

 

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Thursday 12 September

Annual General Meeting 2019



Annual General Meeting - an overview of the past year, the election of the committee and a discussion about how the group should develop in the future.

This will be followed with a selection of members' writing. To include the winning entry to the WSW Members short Story competition and an extended Open Mic session.


The AGM is Free Entry To All

 

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Thursday 10 October


The Art of Performance
A Performance Skills Workshop with Raine Geoghegan

 

RaineLearn how to be confident and effective when reading your work aloud. Suitable for writers of all genres.
How can we free the breath so that it works for us?
What techniques are there to enable us to ground ourselves, feel confident and read our poetry and stories with ease and grace?
What stops us from enjoying the process of reading aloud?
Raine will take us through guided exercises to explore the way in which we use breath, posture and mind when reading our work aloud. She will highlight the restrictions that we put upon ourselves and give clear instructions on how to release them, enabling a more relaxed and calm presentation. We will learn how to stand like an oak tree with our roots going deep into the earth, our spine long and strong, thus enabling a pure flow of energy to be transformed into performance. Raine will also address issues arising from disability and anxiousness.
Each participant is asked to bring a poem, short story or a passage from a novel or song that they would like to work on. Please also bring a notepad and a few coloured pens. The session will end with a mini showcase of the final presentations.

Raine Geoghegan has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Chichester. Born in the Welsh Valleys, she is half Romany with Welsh and Irish ancestry. She writes poetry, monologues, songs, short prose and flash fiction. For many years she was a professional actor and dancer. She also directed plays as well as devising and facilitating Theatre and Personal Development workshops. She founded ‘Writing from the Heart’, a Creative Writing and Personal Growth Programme in 2011. Her poems and other writing have been published both online and in print with Under the Radar; Romany Routes Journal; Poetry Ireland Review; The Clearing; The Travellers Times; The Ofi Press and many more. Her work was featured in a documentary film, ‘Stories from the Hop Yards’ which was shown at the Ledbury Poetry Festival, alongside her reading. Her first pamphlet ‘Apple Water: Povel Panni’ was launched in December 2018. It was chosen as one of the 2019 Spring Selections by the Poetry Book Society. Her second pamphlet will be published later this year by Hedgehog Poetry Press. She is a Pushcart Prize; Best of the Net; and Forward Prize nominee.


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Thursday 14 November


Publishing your First Novel with Gill Thompson

 Gill Thompson

Gill will be talking about the research and long gestation of THE OCEAN BETWEEN US, of her experience in publishing her first novel and running some simple workshops. Gill’s creative writing blog at www.wordkindling.co.uk is well worth checking out for tips and advice.

Gill Thompson is an English lecturer who completed an MA in Creative Writing at Chichester University. Her first novel, THE OCEANS BETWEEN US, tells the heart-breaking story of a mother and son separated by war and by continents, fighting their way back to each other. The first three chapters were longlisted for the Mslexia novel award and the first page of her second novel was selected to feature in Mslexia magazine. THE OCEANS BETWEEN US has reached number one in Historical Australian and Oceanian Fiction on Amazon. Gill lives with her family in West Sussex where she teaches English to college students.

 

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