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
This 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
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
This 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
We’re certainly living in strange times at the moment. And for some of us, it’s providing the opportunity to do new or different things with our lives and our work. This week, CWC member Maureen Boon tells us about her first experience of reading a story on the radio.
“At the suggestion of my friend and illustrator, Deirdre, I emailed Radio Devon offering to read one of the extracts from my two books. I expected to hear nothing, or a polite refusal. Continue reading
This 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
This 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
This 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
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
In April this year we introduced Celia Moore, one of the members of Chudleigh Writers’ Circle. She published her debut novel Fox Halt Farm in 2017, and had just launched its sequel. Last time, Celia talked about her decision to self-publish her novels. Today she is going to share her experience of reading her book to an audience for the first time. Continue reading