Wednesday, February 3, 2021
Another well attended and enjoyable Zoom meeting took place. Congratulations to Emma who has a book deal for her children's book. Also congratulations to Helena, her books are currently in the top 100 in the USA, Canada and Australian Kindle charts! Homework for next meeting is to write a 200-300 word piece based on a ridiculous newspaper headline as if you are the journalist reporting on the story. This can be loaded onto Slack before the next meeting on March 3rd. Any new members are requested to contact Emma via our facebook group or here for details.
Monday, December 14, 2020
Two fabulous meetings this month. Our annual Christmas party was held virtually via Zoom, with thanks to Robyn for the quiz. Our second meeting had a quiz by Karen, literary hats and congratulations to Emma on her publishing deal to Penguin Random House!!Also congratulations to Helena for her recent interview on BBC radio Somerset. The next meeting will be Jan 6th, also held virtually. Homework is to write a fictional recipe with fictional ingredients. To be posted to Slack by Jan 4th. Word count up to 400 words. We also took time to remember our former Chair and founding member, Pam Dyke who has sadly passed away. Many happy reminicences and stories were shared about her wonderful writing, kindness and support of her fellow writers. She will be much missed.
Tuesday, October 13, 2020
The group held another “Zoom” meeting on Wednesday 7th October, unfortunately only a few members were able to attend. We had a lively discussion on the previous work subject of “Invent a superhero” and people’s different approach to the subject was noticeable from the work published on “Slack”. Karen told us that she had recently given a talk on her ancestry and this led to discussion by other members, about their own ancestry, with some surprising disclosures about genes within their family. In respect of the next AGM due in November, it was decidedthat, due to present circumstances, it may be better for present officers to keep their roles for the time being but if anyone wished to step down, they should inform the Secretary by email or “Slack” or at the next meeting and volunteers, for replacement, would be sought. It was also suggested that the yearly accounts should be delayed until we can meet in person or arrangements can made to discuss them on “Zoom”. Homework for
Sunday, September 27, 2020
The group held their September Zoom meeting on Thurs 6th September. Due to various circumstances, only a few members were able to attend. Although the meeting was quiet, it was quite fun and it was lovely to celebrate Carol’s win in the NAWG 24 hour flash fiction competition and chat about virtual NAWG festival events. Homework for the next meeting is: Invent a superhero, human or extra terrestrial or animal, evil or good 500 words approx. Next meeting will again be via Zoom on Wednesday 7
Monday, August 10, 2020
Our Zoom meeting this month was held on Thursday 6 th August and was attended by the usual regular members. General discussion ranged from the current state of the virus epidemic to the effect it was having on people’s social and cultural activities. Several members had posted their July homework on “Slack”, which was “a travel article” and it was commented on by members at the meeting, how different the pieces where on the same subject and yet most were of visual impressions.. The meeting then discussed the NAWG competition. The results have not yet been published but Carol has been informed that she is shortlisted in the “memoir” section. Helen gave us an insight into her approach to writing a novel and said that she works most effectively when she has to meet a deadline. The homework for August was set by Mark as “ A story board for an imaginary musical”, maximum 800 words, to be submitted by 6thSeptember as our next “zoom” meeting will be on Wed 9th Sept. New members or returning members are always most welcome to join or rejoin, please contact us here or via our secretary Emma on our facebook page. See you there. Eric Newton. Vice Chairman.
Thursday, July 2, 2020
Our usual monthly meeting on Wed1st July and was another Zoom meeting. Matters discussed included the status of the library, which Mary said she would check but it looks likely meetings will continue to be held on Zoom for the foreseeable future. If people aren’t comfortable with Zoom but would still like to share their writing, it can be posted on Zoom. If you have a problem with this please contact Emma, who may be able to help. For those posting homework, on Slack, if you would rather not have feedback or you’d prefer only positive feedback, just mention this when you post. The matter of this year’s Christmas Tree Festival was raised, which unless there is a big change between now and December is likely to be going virtual this year. However, it was suggested that we could all still do pieces of writing and Emma would look into whether she can create a virtual tree. The group congratulated Helen on her book launch this week “Murder at the Playhouse”, details of which can be found on the Amazon website. Homework for the next meeting is “A travel article based on a fictional place” (500 words max.). It can be completely made up or a location based on a story, film or TV series, encouraging us to visit the place. Please post your homework by 1st August. The next Zoom meeting will be Wed5th Aug 2020 at 07.30pm. Hope to see you there. Eric Newton Vice Chairman.
Thursday, June 4, 2020
The group held another Zoom meeting on Wed 3rd June. General conversation drifted from the effects of the release of some of the “lockdown” restrictions, to the previous last few days of glorious weather. It was a little cooler on Wednesday, with some showers but all agreed that it was a welcome change, particularly for the gardens and the temptation of bending the “social distancing” rules was not as great. The general consensus of opinion was that our usual venue would probably not be open for at least another month. We did a 10 minute writing warm up on the subject of “What we liked best at school”, which in some instances turned into “What we disliked most at school”. All present read out their pieces of work and it was interesting to hear people’s various experiences. Submissions for the previous month’s homework “A meeting under the apple tree” had been published on the Slack worksite by most people and were discussed in general by the group. It was decide that submissions from two people, who were not yet members, would be considered further and any comments made by members would be communicated to these two people, by e.mail. The next meeting will be a Zoom meeting on Wed 3rd July. A homework project was set by Mark as “Next Year” (Things you are looking forward to), in the form of a poem of approx. 3 verses ( I interpret this as say 18 -24 lines). I look forward to hearing the things you are looking forward to. Until then, Takecare – Eric Newton Vice Chairman