Jun 032017
 

Of course, what follows isn’t about Flash Gordon, the Queen single of 1980, or the movie for which it was written, but it is about Flash Fiction, so the cheesy song lyric pun seemed to fit the bill as a title for the post.

So what exactly is Flash Fiction? Well, according to Wikipedia it is fiction of extreme brevity, ranging from the six word “short short story” famously-but-not-necessarily-reliably attributed to Ernest Hemingway (for sale, baby shoes, never worn) through to 750 word works of “Sudden Fiction”, stopping off at all points along the way. I’m not sure how accurate that description is, but it’ll do as a framework for our own Flash Fiction reading night which we’ll be holding at a meetup soon.

We’re not entirely sure of the reading night date yet, but as far as a deadline for writing goes it would be nice to tie in with National Flash Fiction day on June 24th. It’s not a competition, so no prizes or accolades involved, but we would love new and potential members to feel free to pitch in. Just let us know – either through ‘comments’ here or through our Facebook page on, erm, Facebook – if you would like a reading spot in time for the NFF day deadline.

 

May 282017
 

Well, it’s been a busy week what with Read Your Words and various bits and bobs for Unfest, and we’re not quite done yet as Unfest still has two and-a-bit days to go before winding down with “Unofficial Tuesday’. I for one am totally knackered and suspect a few other Tunbridge Wells Writers may well be feeling the same way, so Tuesday’s meetup could be a slightly more subdued affair than usual to compensate. Still lots to talk about, though, as always, if you would care to join us. Usual place (St John’s Yard), and as per we’ll be starting in the bar at about 8:00 before moving to The Library Room a wee bit later.

Following the Haiku evening a few weeks ago it was suggested that we could have a ‘flash fiction’ reading night sometime soon. Sounds good to me, and we can have a show of hands on Tuesday.

Mar 312017
 

Actually, I do. It’ll be at St John’s Yard at 8:00 on Tuesday, as per… Feel free to join us for a jolly good natter about all aspects of writing and publishing and anything else that might crop up. For an idea of what we get up to read the ‘About Us‘ page. Nothing specific on the agenda this time round, but as our last meetup was a presentation on publishing and marketing by Wet Zebra Media there will probably be a bit of that among the this and the other.

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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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Sep 172016
 

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A very quick blog this week (Hurrah! I hear you cry), starting with a nod to our About Us page where any potential new members can read up on a typical evening with the Tunbridge Wells Writers.

Among items up for discussion this week will be updates on our Short Story project, and further details on our Breaking the Rules project, which promises to be naughtier than a naughty nightie that’s so naughty that when you put it on it melts.*

spiderShort Stories and Rule-Breaking aside, the most pressing piece of current business is our annual Halloween FRIGHT NIGHT, scheduled for November 1st. This is our fourth Fright Night, and if our previous three were anything to go by will prove hugely popular. Whether reading or listening it’s a good idea to let us know early so we can keep tabs on numbers; we will almost certainly have to go foraging for extra seating in the main bar, but forewarned is forearmed and if necessary we can try to rustle up some shooting sticks or bean bags to accommodate the overspill.

Today’s penultimate heads up is for Word Up (see what I did there?), which is happening on Wednesday night at the Forum.

AND FINALLY… 

cover 3 mediumOn Thursday night there’s a Something in the Water reading evening at Tunbridge Wells Library & Museum. This will be very similar in content to the book launch at Waterstone’s, so rather than repeating myself I’ve just used the link to that event to bring everyone up to speed. This will be running from 7:00 in the children’s section of the library, and in addition to the Tunbridge Wells Writers there will also be readings from local poet Mara Bergmann.

PHEW! For a quickie that was quite, erm, long. I hope I’ve not forgotten anyone or anything, but either way you can see that Tunbridge Wells Writers keep themselves very busy. If you fancy being part of that just come along to any meeting and say hi – it’s that easy.

* crap joke courtesy of Eric Idle, if I remember correctly, c.1972

Sep 022016
 

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Well, that’s August done and dusted and the kids will soon be back at school… As I post this it’s raining and chilly outside after WEEKS of glorious sunshine, so I guess we can wave goodbye to summer too. Chiz Chiz.back to skool

Anyhoo, Summer, Winter, Autumn, Spring, Tunbridge Wells Writers rolls on regardless, and we’ll be doing the usual kind of stuff this Tuesday from 8:00pm. If you’re a first timer thinking of joining us this would would be a good opportunity for networking and socialising, as we’ll be taking a break from “Readings”. There are a few projects on the cards, so there will still be plenty to talk about.

One thing we MUST start thinking about is FRIGHT NIGHT, our traditional Halloween spookfest which will be taking place this year on the 1st Of November. Let’s hope we all make it through the official Halloween, but what better timing, should any of us fall foul of the ghosties and ghoulies, to attend in spirit should the body prove unwilling (or incapable). For the uninitiated, Fright Night is a round-the-table reading night dedicated to all things dark, devilish and dangerous. Fancy dress is optional, Morte cake, cobwebs and flickering candles obligatory. More news soon, but in the meantime the usual basic ground-rules apply: spooky stories of around 1000-1500 words, names out of the mortician’s hat for reading order. Get writing!

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You can download the first Fright Night e-book with a simple click 

Aug 082016
 

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Q: So what happens at a Tunbridge Wells Writers meetup then?

A: There’s no easy answer to that! Put simply, there are often so many different things going on at TWWs that a one-size-fits-all definition doesn’t really do it justice. That said, trying to cover every possible angle in every single post made on the blog can be equally frustrating, as well as a bit time consuming. With that in mind We’ve updated the About Us page to include a description of the format of a typical meetup , and will include a link in any subsequent blog posts for first time readers.

The reason we haven’t gone the whole hog and used the About Us page as the website’s landing page is because we also need a bit of room on the front end to advise of any extra-curricular activities that might be coming up or to link to any other news and announcements, like new projects and so forth. In fact, we have a couple of new projects in development at the moment, which kind of makes the point. We also have another outing to Read Your Words next week, and we wouldn’t want anyone to miss that!

So for now, then, we’ll leave the blog as the site’s landing page, but it will be a new, trimmer version and may well be replaced with a static page at some point.

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