We usually meet on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month.
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Solihull Writers • Programme 2019-20
All meetings to start promptly at 7.30pm.There will be a 15 minute break at 8.30pm for chat & refreshment.
Set options are guidelines to be used if desired, but open reading of other works by members is equally encouraged.
September 11 : Paul
Finalise programme / Read & discuss: option: “aliens” (not necessarily sci-fi)
September 25 : Isobel
Read & discuss: option “pets” (fact or fiction)
October 9 : Hansa
Self-publishing & marketing workshop with Peter Lay
October 23 : Dawn
Read & discuss: option “Halloween” (ghost story or poem or factual)
November 13 : Jacqueline
Short story. Start or finish with this quotation (max 500 words):
“I didn’t know you had a sister, Eustace”
“Oh, didn’t you? Well, as a matter of fact, I have two.”
“Tell me about them.”
‘The Sixth Heaven’ by L P Hartley
November 27 : Jessie
Read & discuss / descriptive writing; option “A favourite or memorable view”
(hand in fiction comp entries)
December 11 : Paul
Christmas jollies: bring a hat, some eats & a small gift (around £3) / option: seasonal comedy
Fiction competition adjudication
January 22 : Richard
Present & discuss: 5-minute dramas; short plays for 2-5 people (with audio sound effects if possible) / option: “a bit of a do.”
(hand in non-fiction comp entries)
February 12 : David
Flash fiction – maximum 200 words: no option
Non-fiction workshop / competition adjudication with Andrew Sparke; theme “The past has mystery ..”
March 11 : Richard
What is poetry? exercises and discussion: option “secrets”
March 25 : Ruth
Character exploration: option “Who was it?”
(hand in poetry comp entries)
April 8 : Richard
Read & discuss: option “a moment in history”
Open Mic night (venue & compere needed)
Poetry competition adjudication
Read & discuss: option: “my pet hate(s)” (your own or in character)
June 10 ; Ruth
Dialogue workshop – monologues & duologues in a specified location
Read & discuss: creative children’s stories – max 200 words (specify age): option “Big &/or Little”
July 8 : Paul
AGM + programme planning / visit rail station to make notes if time allows
Read & discuss: option “at the railway station” (short play, story, poem or description)
Competition rules: fiction max 1000 words; poem max 40 lines; article max 1000 words.
Submit all entries under a false name.
i) “Open Readings” are now renamed “Critiqued Readings” to put an emphasis on how we ought to be giving constructive criticism rather than just being entertained.
ii) Readings can be previously circulated online if desired.
iii) Each Reading to last no more than 5 minutes, followed by a 3 minute constructive critique session.
iv) Further critiques can be continued online where requested.
v) We will start Critiqued Readings meetings with a 5 minute writing exercise to get the creative juices flowing, but will not read out the results (unless there is time to spare at the end).
Options are for guidance if desired; other items also welcome / a short exercise will start each session. Longer writings can be circulated by email a minimum of a week in advance if desired.