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Date of next meeting

Don’t forget the new day for the meeting is Monday 17th November and in the comfy warm Rest Centre at the Town Hall in Chudleigh!  It’s at the same time 10.00 till 12.00.

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change of meeting day and venue

October’s meeting was the Annual General Meeting and after plenty of discussion, we made various decisions regarding the next twelve months:

  • from November, our regular monthly meetings will be on the third Monday each month in the Rest Centre of Chudleigh Town Hall, 10 am to 12 noon.
  • our proposed programme for 2014/15 can be found by clicking the “programme” tab above.
  • after two years in the chair, Sharon Cook has handed over to Manny Lewis.  Sharon will help as Vice-Chair.  Roger Brandon has stepped into the Secretary’s role vacated by Anne Chinneck and Kate McCormick has taken over the group’s finances from Roger.
  • the annual subscription is kept at £10 plus £1 per session.

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Annual General Meeting 15 October

… no, don’t go away!  This is important!

Possibly the MOST IMPORTANT issue we need to sort out at the AGM is where to meet, now that the Ambulance Hall is no longer available (to us, or anyone! We’re not the only Chudleigh group to have been made homeless as a result of its closure.)  We shall also be making decisions about LitFest 2015. The meeting will be at Manny’s house.  If any member hasn’t received Roger’s e-mail with the agenda and accounts attached, drop a note to chudleighwriters@yahoo.co.uk and we’ll rectify the situation.

And now, an apology: sorry we haven’t posted anything for a while.  This silence was largely owing to holidays – ours and other people’s, who will come and visit us in Devon – over the summer months.  CWC still met as usual, although with slightly depleted numbers.  At August’s meeting, we had a do-it-yourself session led by Maryon and Colin who got us inventing a character from a photograph then a story from snippets of overhead conversations. In September Kate and Manny hosted a day of writing exercises in which a superb lunch featured.

Remember our local short story competition runs until 31 January.

 

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Chudleigh Phoenix short story competition 2015

The fifth annual Chudleigh Phoenix short story competition launches today, sponsored by Chudleigh Writers’ Circle, The Write Retreat and Heathside Information Services.

Click here for details of how to enter

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Post-LitFest post plus news of a competition

Chudleigh is gently returning to normal (whatever that may be) after carnival week which itself followed the ten days of CHUDFEST 2014.

During CHUDFEST there were three days where literary events featured – a “history and writing day” on Monday 7th July, on Tuesday 8th CWC Chair Sharon interviewed comedian and author Tony Hawks in the presence of a tent full of appreciative listeners while during the day on Wednesday 9th there were four different workshops for writers.  More details in due course.

Tomorrow (1st August) sees the launch of the fifth annual Chudleigh Phoenix short story competition so come back soon for details of how to enter.

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Tony Hawks – change of date

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Evening with Tony Hawks arranged as part of our Literary Festival has been rescheduled to Tuesday 8th July (was going to be Wednesday 9th).

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If you have already bought or reserved tickets for the Tony Hawks evening, these will be honoured when you turn up on Tuesday –  same time (7.30 pm) same place (Chudfest marquee behind the Parish Church).

If you can’t make the Tuesday, ring us on 07532 028299 or send an e-mail to chudleighwriters@yahoo.co.uk and we’ll work out how to refund you your money.

The remainder of our plans for the Literary Festival are unchanged.

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Looking ahead to our Literary Days in July

Plans are now  in place for this year’s literary days, on Monday 7 July, Tuesday 8 July and Wednesday 9 July.  Click on the Literary Festival tab above for details and on the following links for  posters

 

History day 2014 Chudfest prog ad.

To get your tickets, either print off an order form booking form 2014 revised and follow the instructions, or buy them in person from the CHUDFEST box office on a Thursday or Saturday morning 5 June onwards.


Back in April, a dozen CWC members enjoyed a guided tour of Exeter Cathedral then spent the afternoon happily scribbling away in one of the rooms in the cloisters, responding to what they had learned in the morning. Kate led May’s session using her stock of writing triggers.  Several members were missing, away in foreign parts and no doubt gathering plenty of material for future writing.

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Plans coming together for LitFest 2014

On Wednesday 9 July there will be workshops for writers, authors to meet, good food, some music, and we’re delighted that Tony Hawks (“Round Ireland with a Fridge”) has agreed to be our evening speaker http://www.tony-hawks.com/books.php?id=1

Click on the Chudleigh Literary Festival tab above for more information.

Monthly meetings are continuing in the meantime.  Click here  CHUDLEIGH WRITERS 19.3.14  for Anne’s report of what happened when we opened Pandora’s Box on 19 March.  Next month, on 16 April, we shall be leaving Chudleigh and spending the day at Exeter Cathedral.  For details e-mail chudleighwriters@yahoo.co.uk

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Personal memories this month, and next

Thank you Sharon (Chair of CWC) for writing this month’s blog post.
Thank you to Jean for last week’s session (19 February). We had a great time sharing some personal stuff in our writing which was incredibly moving. Thank you to you all for being so upfront in sharing so much! And Jean, how did going from Penny Lively’s ‘Making It Up’ and ‘confabulation’ get us all so brilliantly scribbling away? The session was much appreciated, especially as I know you had that really stinking horrible cold. 
Next month, March 19th, Manny is leading the session. She’s dubbed it ‘Pandora’s Box’ so yes, expect anything. Though we are not getting off scot free. Manny has asked we all bring an envelope with us containing something special, something treasured, something personal to us – something priceless and irreplaceable. It can be a photograph capturing a memory or an object. Write your name on the outside of the envelope but make it small and discreet so it’s not obvious who brought the envelope. Who knows where we might end up!
Also, a reminder. Anyone who has not told Maryon they are coming to Exeter Cathedral on April 16 do let her know. More details at the next meeting. 

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Headline stories

As usual this winter, it was raining the day of our first meeting in the New Year.  But even so there was an excellent attendance and we came up with the stories which ought to have been behind the newspaper headlines we had found. See report CWC Meeting 15 Jan 2014

Next month, Jean is planning a morning of mixed memoir and fiction writing.  She says,  “All I ask our esteemed members to bring is themselves and pen and paper.  It would also be useful if they could think back in their own lives, or someone else’s life (real or imaginary), to a point where they had to make a decision.”

An e-mail will be going round to members shortly with information about the visit to Exeter Cathedral in April.

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