Aug 182017
 

August almost done? Gosh – doesn’t time fly when you’re having fun?! Yes, it does, but with our last meetup before we slip into September only days away the Tunbridge Wells Writers are already starting to think about the nights drawing in and the lovely autumn / winter projects that lie ahead…

FRIGHT NIGHT – our annual celebration of Halloween – looks set to be an extra extra special one this year, given that our regular Tuesday meetup falls on the very night itself. Not only that, but a quick shufti at the back catalogue informs us that this will be our FIFTH YEAR of communing with the ghosties and ghoulies, so we’ll be pulling out all the stops on this one. I haven’t got round to creating a dedicated page for this year’s Fright Night yet (darn it, I been awfu’ busy for the past few weeks and time just seems to have gotten away from me…), but in a nutshell we’re talking about a wonderfully spooky evening of ghost and horror stories by candlelight to which we bid all a very vampy velcome. There’s cake too (magnificent marvelous mort cake, courtesy of Mistress of the Macabre, Katrina Ray), and pumpkins, and fancy dress, and cobwebs and… and… Well, let’s just say it’s an extremely entertaining evening whether taking the plunge and reading or just coming along to listen. More details soon, with an e-book of last year’s stories uploaded to our Smashwords page just beforehand to whet your appetites.

Though horrifyingly early to be mentioning the dreaded “C” word the simple truth is that CHRISTMAS (in whatever guise you take or eschew it) will soon be upon us too. We took a wee break last year from our usual twenty-four day advent offering, but truth be told we missed it. This year’s theme, proposed by Sue Marlow, is a prompt taken from the opening line of Terry Pratchett’s Hogfather:  Everything starts somewhere, although many physicists disagree…  We invite all Tunbridge Wells Writers (and would be Tunbridge Wells Writers) to take inspiration from Mr Pratchett’s words and pen a tale or poem or play or monologue or whatever else takes their fancy for us to share with the world over the festive season.

So there you have it. We’ll be discussing these projects and much more besides from 8:00 on Tuesday evening. We’d love to have you join us: for full details of venue and ground rules (first rule of TWWs – there are no ground rules!) just click on the highlighted date in the event calendar on the right.

IN OTHER NEWS: If you happen to be in Tonbridge on Sunday afternoon several of the group’s poets will be doing their thing in the open air between four and five as part of the community event Invite a Tree to Tea – a ‘family picnic with Music, Arts & Crafts, Spoken Word, and Games’ taking place on the banks of the beautiful Med at River Lawn. It would be lovely to see you…

Aug 042017
 

As our last meeting was our Flash Fiction reading night our next meeting (Tuesday 8th) will be a nice, relaxed affair with nowt on the agenda but networking and social. Lovely! As the short story collection is now well into the editing phase Justin has suggested that those interested could have a chat about marketing strategies, so there will be a bit of that going on too!

For those who couldn’t make the Flash Fiction night Kat has produced a pdf file containing contributions, which is available for GROUP MEMBERS from our facebook page. We’ve restricted access to this particular collaboration because some members felt they might want to submit their stories elsewhere and didn’t want to fall foul of any copyright requirements, but for non-members who might be interested there is a wealth of FREE material available from Smashwords. Aren’t we generous?

IN OTHER NEWS: Mentioned briefly at the last meet but with only sketchy details available, a WORD UP poetry slam has been announced for Wednesday August 16th at Tunbridge Wells Forum. The headliner is three time world champion slam poet Buddy Wakefield, with support from some local poet you’ve probably never heard of…

Jun 252017
 

Another fortnight rolls by and it’s another meetup night this Tuesday (June 27th)…

A ‘gearing up’ meetup in readiness for both our own Flash Fiction reading night on Tuesday July 11th, and the wonderful fun that is Read Your Words on Thursday July 13th. If you haven’t got anything written for either then NOW is the time to get your brains and typing fingers in gear.

As far as the Flash Fiction night goes it’s just a matter of sticking to the word limit (anything up to 750) and putting your name forward, while Read Your Words has the usual ten minute time slots and anything-goes-but-music-or-songs qualifier. Wonderful fun to be had at both, whether reading or just listening, so come along on Tuesday and find out more. Potential new members more than welcome – just fetch up at St John’s Yard for around 8:00pm and look for the intellectual looking lot in the bar, or make straight to the Library Room from around 8:15 onward. Alternatively, you can message via the comment box /contact us widgets and let us know in advance, and we’ll keep a friendly eye out for you.

 

 

May 122017
 

Well, another fortnight has whizzed by and once again the Tunbridge Wells Writers are gearing up for their usual Tuesday night meeting. What with the very successful Haiku evening last time round and Read Your Words and Unfest looming large, this week’s meet (16th May) will be a quieter affair, given to general chit-chat and catching up on all aspects of one another’s writing.

One piece of outstanding business from last time round: the annual charges for website hosting, and a reminder for those who do wish to contribute that we’ll be having a whip round. New members please note – you are in no way expected to chip in! The whip round is the easiest way to maintain the website etc without the need for formalities like committees and treasurers, and is an annual one-off.

A couple of final reminders: if you haven’t got your bit for Read Your Words finished get your finger out, and if you haven’t yet sent me (David) your Fright Night story from last year please do so, as we need to get the e-book formatted.

Mar 172017
 

Something a bit different at Tunbridge Wells Writers this week with a presentation from Publishing House Wet Zebra who will be outlining their Crowd Commissioning route to publication. This is an opportunity for all – whether existing TWWs or not – to learn about the wide range of services Wet Zebra has to offer budding authors seeking to independently publish in both e-book and traditional hard copy formats. Tuesday March 21st from 8:00pm at St John’s Yard…

In Other News a goodly gaggle of our regular members attended the fourth birthday of Read Your Words at Javabean cafe this week, and what a wonderful evening it was too! A lively mix of prose and poetry and a bit of “Moth” style storytelling, with even the odd monologue and acapella rap thrown in for good measure. Huge thanks to hostess Debbie and MC and organiser Carolyn Gray for all of their hard work, and to all the readers who have helped make the event such a success over the years. Lots more to come, including an evening to ease the town into UNFEST weekend on May 25th. Poster coming soon.

Another opportunity to arise from RYW is a “flash-fiction literary exchange” project with fellow writers in Russia, organised by Astra Nova Writer’s Club. The deadline on this one is quite short (cut-off April 12th), but with a 250 word  upper limit for stories you should be OK if you sign up soon. Details HERE.

 

Mar 042017
 

Actually I do! It’ll be at St John’s Yard from 8:00pm on Tuesday 7th, just like the calendar over there  says. So now you have no excuse. Unless you’re Mick Canning who has already made his.

For those who are not existing members of TWW an outline of a typical evening (if there is such a thing) in our company can be found HERE. It’s an ‘informal’ this time round, so no readings, but bits and bobs up for discussion will undoubtedly include updates on our Short Story Project and the impending visit of publishing house Wet Zebra coming later in the month. And if that wasn’t enough to tempt you along we will also be gearing up for another wonderful evening of wordsmithery at Javabean with Read Your Words next Thursday. Gosh, we keep ourselves busy!

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Nov 112016
 

… and witches.

Well, that’s another Fright Night done and dusted, and what a corker it was! An embarrassment of riches, both in terms of the spooky literary gems offered up by our many readers and the abso-bloody-lutely delicious Mort Cake with which Katrina Ray did us proud AGAIN. Thank you all who contributed readings, pumpkins and cakekins and to those (living, dead and hovering somewhere in-between) who graced us with their presence. For those who couldn’t make it DESPAIR NOT! – an e-book of the stories and poems read will be made available in the fullness of time. Don’t hold your collective breath, though, as the plan is to launch it as an appetiser for next year’s event.

frightnight-fadeWe had hoped to present a slideshow of pictures from the evening but sadly the Truprint™ envelope seems to have got lost in the post. I know, I know, we should have stuck with the tried-and-trusted Boots counter service rather than putting our faith in this new-fangled postal processing malarky, but times are hard and the 99p saving and free film offer was too hard to resist. Still, you learn by your mistakes, and if the pics do finally show up (“someday my prints will come”) we’ll add ’em in later. Meanwhile, here’s a pic of one of us (no names, no pack drill) looking rather the worse for wear after last year’s event. For those who haven’t done so yet a simple click on the pic will whizz you over to the Tunbridge Wells Writers’ Smashwords page where you can download last year’s stories (Fright Night II) as well as our other e-books for the absolutely rock-bottom price of Sweet Fanny Adams! Are we MAD? No, just nice. Well, mostly nice. Well, harmless. Well, mostly harmless. Anyhoo…

We will be meeting again this week at the usual time and place (St John’s Yard, 8:00pm) and would love you to join us if the fancy takes you. No readings this week, just lots of social and a catch up on things like our Christmas DO (please bring an extra fiver for the deposit if you plan on attending; only a couple of meets before the meal itself on the 13th and we need to confirm booking numbers etc) and current projects.

In other news, there’s a “Slam Final” Word Up at the Forum on December 7th where TWWs old and new will be struttin’ and spittin’ their stuff. Two places left for the final slam so still time to be part of it, but a good evening out if you would rather just applaud and throw money.*

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* Rotten fruit will be confiscated on entry.

Oct 142016
 

 

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read-your-words-oct-2016Well I never – double bubble next week what with our regular Tuesday Meetup and another Wednesday Spectacular at the ever-popular Read Your Words! Just click the links or have a quick shufti at the event calendar for more details.

Technically Tuesday is a Reading Night, but it may well be that people will want to keep their readings for Javabean on Wednesday. IF you do want a reading slot on Tuesday – a must if you want feedback as Javabean is reading and thunderous applause only – let me know via Facebook or the comment section below and I’ll allocate one of the three ten minute slots.

Lots of stuff up for discussion on Tuesday – Fright Night, Christmas Project and “Do”, Current Projects etc – but all fairly laid back (the panicking comes later!) and evolving naturally from the scintillating conversation on all things literary and thereabout.

See you at both, hopefully, but one or t’other if life gets in the way (as the bugger is wont to do!)

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Sep 302016
 

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Well I never! Doesn’t time fly when you’re having fun? It seems but a moment since I was posting about the last Tunbridge Wells Writers meetup and here we are on the cusp of yet another! For those unfamiliar with Tunbridge Wells Writers – where we are, what we do etc – here’s a link to our ABOUT US page, which answers some of those questions and gives an outline of the kind of thing you might expect to find on the menu at a typical meetup. For those already in the know, here’s a bulleted list of October 4th’s agenda:

  • fright-night-2-smallFRIGHT NIGHT 4: Only a couple of meetups now until our annual Halloween bash. If you’re planning on reading (1000-1500 words as a rough rule of thumb) please advise Katrina Ray, giving a brief outline of the horror / supernatural elements in your story. She’ll put your name in the hat for a reading slot, and organise things to ensure we don’t get too much of a theme overlap in the reading order. To put you in the mood and perhaps provide some inspiration, we’ve just launched the Fright Night II e-book on Smashwords, available as a totally FREE (are we mad) download by clicking on the cover image on the right.
  • While writing something for Fright Night, don’t forget to set some time aside to pen a piece for READ YOUR WORDS, which is coming up on Wednesday 19th. As well as offering an open mic to all comers, Read Your Words is a great ice-breaker and networking opportunity and one hell of a fun night out. Free entry and entertainment, a well stocked bar, and very reasonably priced food – what more could one ask for?
  • With the stories for our SHORT STORY PROJECT now pretty-much harvested it’s time to start looking forward to our next group projects. One of these, BREAKING THE RULES, has already been outlined and we’re now open for submissions. In addition, we’ll need to start thinking about Christmas, both in terms of our online collaboration and the annual “do”.

So, all in all it’s going to be quite a busy one, but there will also be plenty of time for networking and chat. A non-reading night this time round, as it was generally agreed a few meetups ago that one reading night a month seemed to offer the best of both worlds. See you on Tuesday!

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