Last week, we brought you some feedback on our 2019 writerly plans. This week, we’re looking forward to the coming year. We have an overview of the group projects for 2020 and individual objectives from three of our members.
Chudleigh Writers’ Circle
For the past nine years, we have run a 1-2 day Literary Festival in July, as part of Chudfest, the town’s Summer Spectacular. We’re not going to do that this year. It takes a lot of organisation and the resources aren’t available this time around. But there are plenty of other Literary Festivals around the region. We will keep you informed on the major ones as details become available, especially those in which individual members might be involved.
We are hoping to run our first Literary Supper at some point during the year. Margaret Barnes used to run these popular events in the Teign Valley and is currently working with other members to identify suitable venues and speakers. More details on this as they become available.
In 2018, we participated in a highly successful joint arts project with Newton Abbot and District Writers’ Circle, Newton Abbot Photographic Club, and Newton Abbot Art Group. It culminated in The Art of Collaboration, a two-week exhibition in TAAG, Teignmouth. This year, we’re doing it all again. The artists began, producing individual pieces on an open theme. These are now being used by the writers to produce a page of prose or poetry. And later in the year, the photographers will take the words, but not the artwork, as the inspiration for their compositions.
Added to all this, we have our usual programme of monthly meetings, including a new quarterly workshop where three members will submit a piece for detailed analysis by the whole group. It’s going to be a packed year.
My writerly plans are:
- To learn about playwriting for radio;
- To go further afield with my performance poetry (i.e. not just southwest);
- To collate work for another poetry collection, the last one being published in 2018;
- To work on a new solo multi-media show.
Paul K Joyce
Here are my goals:
- To self-publish my YA novel before 31st Jan 2020;
- To capture the interest of an agent with my completed (adult fiction) manuscript and begin a long-term collaboration;
- To read widely;
- To absorb and put into practice the advice offered by experienced writers and editors;
- To begin a third novel.
I am writing this in trepidation, as it adds a bit of pressure for me to actually do what I say I’m going to. So:
- My resolution for 2020 is to complete the first re-write of my novel.