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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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The Nuts and Bolts of Creativity

Paul KJBack in January, Paul K Joyce was one of the members of CWC who shared with us his writerly objectives for 2020. This week, we hear how he’s getting on.

“My blog is about the nuts and bolts of creativity. That is to say, the process by which we manage to get our innermost thoughts and ideas down into something resembling a cogent and readable output. Wow, that was a bit verbose! Continue reading

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Researching My Novels

CM1Celia Moore, member of Chudleigh Writers’ Circle and regular contributor to this blog, is going to talk to us this week about researching her novels.

“Write what you know, that’s the mantra we all hear isn’t it? I’m taking a breather today from writing my latest novel — the final part of my Fox Halt Farm trilogy — because I wanted to talk about researching the parts of my stories where my experience is lacking.

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News Round-Up

NewsThis week we bring you a mix of writerly news, covering a short story competition with some great prizes including a special Devon one; a conference that’s selling tickets at a great rate of knots; and an update on festivals coming to Devon later this year. Continue reading

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Writing Resources

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Steve Male

This week, CWC member Steve Male brings us a round-up of his favourite resources for writers – some of which can be accessed for free.

“We all know how to write – yes? Well some of us paid a bit more attention during those English lessons than others but as writers or aspiring writers we all at least think we can write. Continue reading

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Poetry and Trees

Performance poet, multiple slam champion, musician and CWC member, Jackie Juno, is having a very busy time at the moment. This week, she tells us about some of her recent gigs; and gives details of what’s coming up in the next few weeks, including a very special charity event for trees. Continue reading

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Exeter Literary Festival Part 2

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Bea Hutchings

Back in November, a number of CWC members took part in the Exeter Literary Festival, as organisers, speakers or members of the audience. This week, Bea Hutchings writes about a fascinating crime-based session she attended. Plus, we bring you breaking news about this year’s festival.

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Our 2020 Plans

2020Last 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. Continue reading

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How Did We Do In 2019?

2019At the beginning of January last year, we posted the writerly objectives of some of the members of Chudleigh Writers’ Circle. This week, we catch up with them to see how they got on. There have been some successes; some amended objectives; and a lot of writing to report. Continue reading

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