Monthly Archives: May 2020

News Round-Up

NewsThis week we bring you a round-up of writerly news, some local and some less so. CWC member, Elizabeth Ducie, talks about the upcoming Crediton Literary Festival in which she is taking part. There’s news of a Short Story Competition from Exeter Literary Festival. A neighbouring writers’ group launches a flash fiction anthology. And Winchester Writers’ Festival announces a Virtual Writers’ Weekend. Continue reading

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Jo’s Covid Poems

Jo Elliott

Jo Elliott and friends…

The current situation has had differing effects on different writers. Some are finding the time to write even more than ever. While others are finding themselves completely blocked and unable to put pen to paper (or finger to keyboard. This week, we bring you two poems written by CWC member, Jo Elliott, in response to Covid-19. Continue reading

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Trials and Tribulations: Finding a new route with Idea/Mind Maps

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Bea Hutchings

Anyone who has used Mind Maps successfully will understand the enthusiasm of this week’s author, Bea Hutchings, who has been experimenting with three different approaches and presents her conclusions below.

“At a recent Zoom meeting for CWC I mentioned I was going to start a new novel. I’ve had the idea in my mind for quite a long time now, and I did a sketchy intro for the first chapter in 2018, using Word. I’d already done a lot of research and also written copious notes and character references, but, as I found out, not nearly enough to begin to outline or structure the story, especially as I was changing the genre from crime to romantic comedy. So, I had to rethink how I was going to write this time-slip, romantic comedy almost from scratch, using the same characters and research. Continue reading

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Jackie’s Lockdown World Tour

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Jackie Juno

In last week’s news round-up, we mentioned Jackie Juno was embarking on a World Tour throughout the month of May. Well, today she tells us more about it.

“I am really missing doing live shows. I absolutely love that connection with the audience, sharing such special time together. Things happen in live performances which can never be reproduced – that particular mix of atmosphere, time, place and people will not occur again. Continue reading

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News Round-Up

NewsFor many people, the current situation has led to long periods of inactivity and frustration at not being able to leave home or do the normal things of every day life. But writers are often used to spending long hours sitting alone, with no-one to talk to. This week, we bring you news of how some members of Chudleigh Writers’ Circle have been spending their time during lockdown. Continue reading

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