Saturday, 15 February 2014

The next meeting of the BWC is:


Monday, 17th February 2014

7.15 pm to 9.15 pm

The Brown Jug Pub, Ramsgate
Road, Broadstairs



All writers welcome

  
GUEST SPEAKER
and 
POETRY READINGS




Great fun last meeting, and 
thanks to everyone for some really
interesting mss. and poetry.



 

Contact Details:


Trisha Scott - 01843 602853

or 




 

News


CALLING ALL POETS!!!!
This is your chance to chat with the
award-winning poet,
Derek Sellen.
Join us for his talk and poetry readings on 
17th February.
Non-members welcome.
Bring your own poetry - it'll be 
a great evening!!



Poetry Competitions

Links below of 2 competitions kindly 
supplied to us by Derek:

www.poetryonthelake.org/page2.php
Deadline: 28th April 2014
Theme: 'Weather', max 50 lines
Cash prizes and entry fee
and
http://www.poetrypf.co.uk/comps/torriano14.pdf
Max 40 lines
Entry fee
Publication of winning poems

Good Luck!!!



A blog worth a read:

https://www.writersandartists.co.uk/2014/01/should-you-really-be-a-writer



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The shortest West End run for a play was 
Lord Lytton's 'The Lady of Lyons'.
  At the Shaftesbury Theatre on 26th December 1888, 
the opening night was delayed an hour before the audience was sent home.  
They couldn't open the safety curtain.  


How many publishers does it take to screw in a light bulb? 
Three. One to screw it in. Two to hold down the author.


If you want to change a lightbulb, how many editors 
do you need?
The way this is worded does not conform with our style guide. 


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'To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life.'
W Somerset Maugham




'Writing is easy.  All you have to do is cross 
out the wrong words.'  Mark Twain




'There is probably no hell for authors in the next world - 
they suffer so much from critics and publishers in this.'
C N Bovee


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Saturday, 1 February 2014

The next meeting of the BWC is:


Monday, 3rd February 2014

7.15 pm to 9.15 pm

The Brown Jug Pub, Ramsgate
Road, Broadstairs



All writers welcome

  
Mss readings





A good meeting last time - 
many thanks to all who came.




 
Contact Details:


Trisha Scott - 01843 602853

or 




 

News

Writer's Digest
Website: www.writersdigest.com/competitions

Different categories, including: 
Annual writing competition
Self-published book awards
and: 
'Your Story Competition'
Monthly, they give a short, open-ended sentence.
Write a short story up to 750 words 
based on the sentence.  
Winner's entry is published in 
an issue of Writer's Digest.


The Writers & Artists
Short Story Competition
Up to 2,000 words on the theme 'The Visit'
Deadline: 15th February 2014
Prizes: £500, and a place on an Arvon writing course 


Don't Forget:



Next meeting on 
Monday, 17th February 

The prize-winning Canterbury Poet, 
Derek Sellen
is giving a talk on poetry 
and reading some of his work
on the theme 'Sea and Land'.
Questions welcome - and please bring your own poetry for reading out.
Non-members welcome.


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If you ever worry about mss rejections:
Mr Gilbert Young's 'World Government Crusade' was rejected 105 times.  Eventually, he wrote to the Soviet Ambassador requesting a Russian publisher might look at it.  His offer wasn't taken up.  A further 99 British publishers rejected his work.  He kept his total of 205 rejection slips as souvenirs.
His book included outlines for a 'World Government and Old Age Pensioners' Party' in which he suggested Buckingham Palace should be converted to an old people's home.



A thought: 
If you don't know what the word 'dictionary' means - 
what book do you use to look it up?




'I find television very educational. Every time someone switches it on I go into another room and read a good book.'  Groucho Marx



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'I try to create sympathy for my characters, 
then turn the monsters loose.'  Stephen King



'It’s none of their business that you have to learn to write. Let them think you were born that way.'  Ernest Hemingway



'It is perfectly okay to write garbage—as long as you edit brilliantly.'  C. J. Cherryh




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