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News Round-Up

On the last weekend of June, we bring you a round-up of local writerly news:  a reminder about getting your PLR registrations up to date; a short story competition; a collection of flash fiction including pieces by two CWC members; and an invitation to a local author’s virtual book launch. Continue reading

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Ian Dreams of Midsummer

IanThis week we hear from a newcomer to Chudleigh Writers, Ian Riddle, who tells us about the writing and marketing of his debut novel, Midsummer Dreams.

“I’ve come to writing rather late in life, having taken up the pen just three and a half years ago as I was fast approaching sixty-nine. This possibly goes some way to explain why I’ve been writing frantically ever since, making up for lost time. I’ve never worked so hard as I’m doing at this writing thing. Continue reading

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Virtual Literary Festivals

Elizabeth Ducie

This week, CWC member, Elizabeth Ducie, talks about the current spate of virtual literary festivals, and how her experience as a member of the audience shaped her behaviour when it was her turn to be a speaker.

“One of the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic is that many, if not all, of this year’s Literary Festivals have been cancelled or postponed. But several of them have taken advantage of technologies such as Zoom, Teams or Crowdcast to set up online alternatives. Continue reading

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Camp NaNoWriMo

Elizabeth Ducie

This week, CWC member, Elizabeth Ducie, reflects on her first attempt at Camp NaNoWriMo, which she completed in April.

NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. In November each year, thousands of writers all over the world challenge themselves to write 50K words in 30 days. It’s an exercise in creativity; a time when quantity is very definitely more important than quality. Originally, as the name suggests, the only permissible project was to write the first draft of a novel; and officially that’s still the case. These days, many people take a much more flexible approach. After all, no-one’s checking on what you do, so making up your own rules seems quite logical. I’m a very definite NaNo rebel. Continue reading

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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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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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Using Zoom for a Virtual Meeting

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Suzanne McConaghy

This week, CWC Treasurer, Suzanne McConaghy ask the question: Can you hold a successful meeting on Zoom?

“When staying at home became the new socialising, it didn’t take Chudleigh Writers’ Circle long to decide we had to embrace the technology if the group was going to continue. Various conversations resulted in the decision to try out Zoom and committee members had a short session to see how well it might work, before a full group meeting on April 6th. Then, everyone was encouraged to download the app. Many thanks to Kate and Peter for getting us all organised. Continue reading

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How The Virus May Inspire Us…

JJ and owlThis week, CWC member, Jackie Juno, tells us how Covid-19 has forced her to do something she’s been meaning to do for years: offer her Creative Writing classes online.

“A mixture of laziness, technophobia, procrastination and managing OK without all that stuff thank-you, has delayed my zoom onto Zoom up to now. Continue reading

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Reading To Children

Jo ElliottThis week, CWC member, Jo Elliott, tells us how she got on last month, reading her book Fang, the Unusual Rabbit to all of the children in Widecombe Primary School.

“Having never done this before, apart from a handful of children in a couple of libraries, it was a very daunting task to read to 70 children ranging from five to eleven years. I thought that I would’ve felt a lot more nervous than I did when I got there but everyone at the school welcomed me like an old friend and put me at my ease straight away (including the dog!). Continue reading

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Making A Musical

Peter Whittle 2This week, Peter Whittle, playwright, musician and Chair of Chudleigh Writers’ Circle tells us about a a recent workshop he’s attended on producing musical theatre. And we also bring you news of some upcoming productions that Peter is involved in.

“I have been reminded once again in recent days how narrow minded I can be. Part of the deal for attending a workshop on ‘How to make a musical’ at the RSC theatre in Stratford was to attend a performance of The Boy in a Dress which is a new musical based on a children’s book by David Walliams. Normally I wouldn’t have dreamed of going to see this, thinking it just wasn’t my type of music theatre or story. How wrong could I be? It was a fabulous production. Continue reading

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