For 40 years, the Broadstairs Writers' Circle has welcomed writers of all ages and levels of experience from those just starting on their first literary work to many-times-published authors. We all share a common love for writing. Members are encouraged to explore their skills to the fullest and achieve what they aspire to in the world of literature be it fiction or poetry.
The image is of Louis Brothnias (a member).
Adult short story up to 2,000 words on the theme of 'the visit'. Closing date is midnight, Saturday 15th February 2014. Prizes: £500; a place on an Arvon residential writing course of your choice; and publication on their website.
Open Mic Poetry and Spoken Word Night
Thursday, 28th January from 8pm
Free entry - the Lifeboat Bar, Margate
For more Information or for booking your slot -
contact Jamie Thomson on firstname.lastname@example.org
and see Margate-Lyrical on Facebook.
Exaggeration is a billion times worse
Don't never use a double negative.
Proofread carefully to see if you words out.
Take the bull by the hand and avoid
A frantic screenwriter stomps around his psychiatrist's office, running trembling hands through his hair and sobbing.
'Doc, my memory's gone! I can't remember my wife's name, where I live, my kids' names. Can't remember what car I drive. Can't remember what script I'm working on. It was all I could do to find my way here, to you!'
'Calm down,' replies the Doc. 'How long have you been like this?'
Lost in a wood, a writer came across three characters from whom he could ask directions: a publisher who prints everything you can write for him, Red Riding Hood and an agent.
Which did he chose? The agent, of course. The other two were fantasy.
It's said that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes, liked the odd practical joke. And he apparently sent a telegram to twelve friends of standing and power, saying: 'Flee at once, the secret is discovered'. Within 24 hours, all twelve left the country.
'The difference between fiction and reality?
Fiction has to make sense.'
Lewis Carroll - 'Alice in Wonderland':
'Begin at the beginning,' the King said, very gravely,
How many cover blurb writers does it take to screw in a light bulb?
A vast and teeming horde stretching from sea to shining sea!!!
A writer died and was given the option of going to heaven or hell. She decided to check out each place first. As the writer descended into the fiery pits, she saw row upon row of writers chained to their desks in a steaming sweatshop. As they worked, they were repeatedly whipped with thorny lashes. “Oh my,” said the writer. “Let me see heaven now.” A few moments later, as she ascended into heaven, she saw rows of writers, chained to their desks in a steaming sweatshop. As they worked, they, too, were whipped with thorny lashes. “Wait a minute,” said the writer. “This is just as bad as hell!” “Oh no, it’s not,” replied an unseen voice. Here, your work gets published.”
'You can't wait for inspiration,
you have to go after it with a club.'
'Get it down. Take Chances. It may be bad,
but its the only way you can do anything really good.'
'Substitute 'damn' every time you're inclined
to write 'very'; your editor will delete it
and the writing will be just as it should be.'
'The writer's job is to get the main character up a tree,