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Trudy’s Talkback April 2013


trudy draperMembers of the Wight Fair Writers’ Circle we need you!  Feedback is needed to make sure the group is on the right course for a great future.

The Wight Fair Writers’ Circle was formed after students attended a creative writing course in 2008 at the Isle of Wight College.  The group wanted to keep in touch after the six week course ended and so the circle was born.  Now five years later chairman of the group, Maggie Jones, wants members to look at the circle’s aims and ambitions.  Maggie hopes the monthly meetings inspire members to write and so will be sending out a list of questions for members so the future of the group can be planned.  On the list are questions about when and how often to meet, if speakers are wanted and what members hope to get out of their membership.   SO OVER TO YOU MEMBERS, EMAIL MAGGIE WITH YOUR THOUGHTS AND ALL WILL BE DISCUSSED AT MAY’S MEETING.

Also can each member email Maggie their birthday (not the year!) so cards can be sent out to each person when it’s their special day.

MINUTES: we are planning to share the writing of the minutes.  A different member will be asked to take on this very simple task at each meeting to spread the load and keep people involved with the running of the club.  Short notes are needed so I can write the Talkback to put on our website.  It should only take a few minutes.  Let Maggie know what you think of this idea.

ABBOTT’S BAY  we started writing this novel over 18 months ago and to keep the momentum going, a splinter group has been formed to look at the whole project and hopefully finish the book for the rest of the group to read and with a bit of luck, admire.  The group of volunteers are Louise, Chris and Trudy.

MEMBERS’ NEWS:  TRUDY: has been writing a script with a political theme, but it’s not going too well so has been put in the back of the cupboard for now!  Also re writing a family saga novel and thinking about how to get it noticed by a publisher.

ANNOUSKA:  is working on a novel in a comedy format of the story of a village and the four people who live there, and one who has a secret.  She is enjoying working on developing the main characters.  As well as writing, Annouska is busy working on an art exhibition of her pencil drawings.  She mainly draws animals and buildings.

MAGGIE: did a very brave thing; she asked Carol to put the first chapter of her new novel on her blog.  Carol has 40,000 followers to it was exposed to many readers.  The book is called The London Boys and is a dark family saga.  Maggie asked for feedback and is thrilled that several people did come back to her with comments, which she has taken onboard and one result is to rename the book The Lynch Mob.  Well done Maggie for asking for help and advice in such a public way.  Also Maggie reported on her success with several short stories on Alfiedog website and she has just finished another story, which she is planning to send off to a magazine.

A REMINDER Carol has invited group members to send in their short stories for her blog; it is massive exposure so do join in and email a story to Carol.

ANOTHER REMINDER: our friendly Isle of Wight Computer Geek, Jamie is running a day course on May 8 on how to use Social Networks, at just £30.  So get in touch with him if you are interested in attending.  Spaces are limited.

DATE OF THE NEXT MEETING: Friday May 3rd, please come along, we have a lot to discuss.

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