This week we bring you a variety of news items from the writerly world: there are changes in the committee at Chudleigh Writers’ Circle; a spot at Bristol Festival of Literature for one of our members; a reminder that NaNoWriMo starts next weekend; the opening of a short story competition with some great cash prizes; and a chance for readers and writers to support the world of literature in the South West.
At out AGM last week, there were changes afoot, as three members of the committee stepped down. Peter Whittle completed three years as Chair. Di Moyse was Secretary for five years. And Sharon Cook, a Founder Member of CWC, has fulfilled roles as either Chair or Deputy Chair for all eleven years of our existence. We thank them all for their hard work and hope they enjoy their ‘retirement’ and get plenty of writing done. The new committee is Brenda Hutchings, Chair; Suzanne McConaghy, Treasurer; and Elizabeth Ducie, Secretary.
Suzanne Reads At Festival
Suzanne McConaghy is one of the readers this evening at Story Sunday, the closing event at Bristol Literary Festival. As a member of Just Write Bristol, she will be helping to showcase specially commissioned short and snappy stories. The performers who will also talk about their writing lives, writing styles and writing inspiration. This is a free event; you can book your ticket here.
NaNoWriMo Time Again
Next Sunday is 1st November and the start of the month when writers all over the world challenge themselves to write 50,000 words in just 30 days (and for the non-mathematicians, that’s 1,667 words per day). It’s about creativity and quantity, rather than quality. No editing is done during this initial writing stage. That all comes later. Several members of CWC have completed the challenge in previous years; and have always found it a great way to re-energise their writing. Elizabeth and Bea will be having another go this year; feel free to join them, especially if you’ve found the past few months have had a negative effect on your writing productivity.
Exeter Writers Short Story Competition
There are so many short story competitions around these days, it’s often difficult to decide which ones to enter. One criteria that people often use is the balance between entry fee and prize money. And on that measure, the Exeter Writers competition looks pretty good. The entry fee is just £7, while there is more than £1,000 in prize money, including a £700 first prize and a £100 local prize for the best Devon entry. The competition is open now, and you have until the end of February to get your stories finished and entered. Maybe one of your NaNoWriMo goals?
Friends of Exeter Literary Festival
On the weekend when they should have been running the 2020 Exeter Literary Festival, the organisers are proud to announce the launch of their Friends Group. CWC member, Elizabeth Ducie, is Festival Director. “We’re the new kids on the block, only two years old,” she said, “and with a new team in place, were looking forward to a great third year. We were devastated at not being able to run this year’s event. We will be back with renewed vigour and a great programme in 2021. Speakers are already being finalised and details will be released as soon as possible.”
“Since no-one knows what the circumstances will be like next year, we are making contingency plans, including the option of hybrid events (with both a physical and an online audience). One advantage of being a Friend is the priority booking period, which could be very valuable if the numbers of tickets are restricted.”
Writers and readers in the South West are encouraged to show their support for this local festival by signing up as a Friend. Details can be found on the ExeLitFest website.