Sep 212015

Well, it’s been an extremely busy and productive fortnight for the Tunbridge Wells Writers, what with no less than EIGHT new members pitching up for our first meet of the new writing season, and the hardcopy launch of Something in the Water at Waterstones: a resounding – and sellout – success, as the pictures below show. Not one copy of the book left, so the Kent Library System will have to wait a bit before they get theirs!

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cover 3 medium dropIf you fancy treating yourself to a “proper” hardcopy book just click on the image to the right and you will whizz by the magic of t’internet to our Amazon page where you can purchase your very own copy.

But enough of past glories, what’s happening this week I hear you ask? ¬†Well, we’ve two outings this week, the first in the form of our regular fortnightly meetup at St John’s Yard and the second being another Read Your Words at Javabean cafe…

The meetup is quite a novel one, in that it’s the first in what will become our regular monthly structured meetings, offering a bit more meat to the meetups for those looking for a little extra “something”. Tomorrow’s meet is very much a brainstorming session to determine precisely what those “somethings” might be, but a variety of workshops are almost certainly on the cards, together, perhaps, with guest speakers and monthly writing prompts covering specific elements (plot, characterisation, editing etc…) of the writing craft. To be honest we don’t know what might emerge at this point – but if you’re interested in a little more than the social and reading and feedback aspects of TWWs then you really should get along tomorrow night and pitch your ideas into the ring.

Thursday night brings us Read Your Words, and what I’m sure will be another wonderful evening of open mic readings at Javabean Cafe. RYW is always great fun, with a variety of poetry, prose and bits and bobs in-between, and offers a wonderful opportunity for newbies to dip their toes into the open mic arena without having to worry about competitive slams or demanding audiences. It’s the nicest, friendliest introduction to performance reading you could ever hope for, so if that’s something you ever hope for you would be daft to miss it.

IN OTHER NEWS: October is almost upon us, and we need to get our thinking caps on regarding what has become one of our favourite annual events, the Halloween Fright Night. Fright Night is an evening of spooky tales read in the round in the spirit of those camp fire scare sessions we none of us remember from childhood because we’re not American. American or not, though, the Fright Night evenings are HUGE fun, and we’ll be discussing cakes, fancy-dress, dates and times and so on as part of tomorrow’s meetup. Which is another good reason for coming along if you hadn’t quite been convinced already. The stories from our first Fright Night are collected in a free e-book available from Smashwords, so if you fancy boning up you can grab a copy with just a few simple clicks using the link below. You’ll also find our other free e-books there, so fill your boots! Or Kindle…

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SLIDESHOW: Images courtesy Sarah Bond. Thanks Sarah! 

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