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****Harrington Trophy Winners****

First Place

Rob Summers

(with Linda Spurr)

Writer's Block

Second Place

Sally Campbell

Curse.Com

 

Third Place

Paul White

All the World's a Stage

 

Readers of Shortlisted Stories

 

L to R

Brian Bold, Penelope Rowland, Trevor Spinage

David Rose, Sally Campbell, John Ward

Steve Clifford, Helen Nicel, Jan Rees

 

Read all the stories here

 

MONDAY

 2016 Programme

 4 Jan

 
  Manuscript Night

 11 Jan

 

 Manuscript Night

 The deadline for  submission of Writer's Block entriesis is tonight.

 18 Jan

 Manuscript Night

 25 Jan

 

 Flash Fiction Competition: up to 300 words on theme of 'Afterwards'

 Give your story a title other than Afterwards. Bring three copies

 Entry fee £1 per entry, up to two entries allowed

 Judging on the night.

 1 Feb

 Open Evening - share your writing experiences with the group

 8 Feb

 Another Open Evening - share your writing experiences with the group

 15 Feb

 Flash Fiction Competition: up to 300 words on theme of 'Valentine's Day'

 Give your story a title other than 'Valentine's Day'. Bring three copies

 Entry fee £1 per entry, up to two entries allowed

 Judging on the night.

 22 Feb 

 Manuscript Night

 29 Feb

 Writer's Block Results Night and Social.

 Pizza provided but bring your favourite tipple.

 7 Mar

 Manuscript Night

 14 Mar

 

 Flash Fiction Competition: up to 350 words on theme of 'After a decent interval'

 Give your story a title other than After a decent interval. Bring three copies

 Entry fee £1 per entry, up to two entries allowed

 Judging on the night.

 21 Mar

 Guest speaker as part of The Big Watford Word Fest - local author Hattie Holden Edmonds will talk about her career including Clements shop assistant, pop music journalist and in-house comedy writer at Comic Relief. Cinema Lumiere is her first novel and will be available to purchase on the night. She talks regularly on How to Successfully Self-Publish.

 28 Mar

 Easter Monday - No Meeting

 4  Apr

 Dougie Brimson - local author of novels, non-fictiion and screenplays.

 11 Apr

 Linda Spurr - Creative Writing Workshop - details to follow

 18 Apr

 Manuscript Evening

 25 Apr

 Rosemary Morris - Writing Workshop - From Romeo to Red Riding Hood

 2 May

 May Bank Holiday - No Meeting

 9 May

  Flash Fiction Competition: up to 350 words on theme of 'Life Linel'

 Give your story a title other than "Life Line". Bring three copies

 Entry fee £1 per entry, up to two entries allowed

 Judging on the night.

 16 May

 Manuscript Night

 23 May

 TBA

 30 May

 Spring Bank Holiday - No Meeting

 6 June

 Results Night - Richard Harrington Competition

 13 June

 Manuscript Night

 20 June

Flash Fiction Competition: up to 350 words on theme of 'Missing'

 Give your story a title other than "Missing". Bring three copies

 Entry fee £1 per entry, up to two entries allowed

 Judging on the night.

 27 June

 Manuscript Night

 4 July

 Manuscript Night

 11 July

 Writing on the Night - Bring along two pictures of inanimate objects. We will be writing short scenes (100-150 words), incorporating these objects, as a writing exercise. Lets's see what our imaginations can come up with.

 18 July

 Flash Fiction - Three Stories in One

 25 July

 Manuscript Evening

 1 Aug

 How to Write Believable Dialogue - Workshop run by member, Rachael Muirhead.

We'll look at what value dialogue can add to a story, listen to some real people having a conversation, and then have a go at writing some believable dialogue.

 8 Aug

 Manuscript Night

 15 Aug

Flash Fiction Competition: up to 350 words on theme of 'Weeds'

 Give your story a title other than "Weeds". Bring three copies

 Entry fee £1 per entry, up to two entries allowed

 Judging on the night.

 22 Aug

 Summer Social - details to be advised

 29 Aug.

 Summer Bank Holiday - No Meeting

 5 Sept.

 Manuscript Evening

 12 Sept.

Poetry Competition: up to 40 words on theme of 'Space'

 Give your poem a title other than "Weeds". Bring three copies

 Entry fee £1 per entry, up to two entries allowed

 Judging on the night.

 19 Sept

 Manuscript Evening

 26 Sept

 Manuscript Evening

 3 Oct

 Flash Non-Fiction Competition: up to 500 words on any theme

 Bring three copies

 Entry fee £1 per entry, up to two entries allowed

 Judging on the night.

 10 Oct

 Talk by BIGBLUEEGG Production Company of Abbots Langley - bringing plays to the stage.

 17 Oct

 Manuscript Night

 24 Oct

 Manuscript Night

 31 Oct

 Halloween Social Evening - bring nibbles and drink of your choice. Fancy Dress is oprional!

 Flash Non-Fiction Competition: up to 350 words on any Halloween theme

 Bring three copies

 Entry fee £1 per entry, up to two entries allowed

 Judging on the night.

 7 Nov

Manuscript Night

 14 Nov

 Talk by member, Rosie Bristow, on her self-publishing experience + Manusicript Night

 21 Nov

 Manuscript Night

 28 Nov

 Playwriting Competition. Any theme. Duration, no more than 10 minutes. Remember to bring a copy of your script for each character.

 5 Dec

 Busting Through Your Creative Writing Block - a workshop run by member, Cynthia Marsh

 12 Dec

 Christmas Dinner at The Essex Arms, Langley Way @ 7.30pm. Cost £15. Book with Helen asap.

 19 Dec

 Ghost Tour of Watford

 26 Dec

 No Meeting

 2 Jan

 No Meeting

 

 

****Writer's Block Winners****

Thanks to James Bartlett for judging Watford Writers' first attempts at screenplays

 

First Place

Trevor Spinage

A Bridge Not Far Away

 

Second Place

Rob Summers

The Other Woman

 

Third Place

David Elliot

Sunspots and Squarials

 

21st December

Christmas Dinner

 

 

14th December

Panto Night

 

 

 

 

 

The Panto Writers

 

26th October

Sue Hampton and Leslie Tate

gave us an intriguing insight into the purple of their new books.

Sue's Flashback and Purple and Leslie's Purple

 

 

 

19th October

 Lauren Harris

ran her first workshop and lead us in an inspiring experience of Poetry Therapy

 

 

12th October

James Bartlett

gave us entertaining and gripping talk about scriptwriting

 

 

 28th September

Cynthia Marsh

revealed the secrets up of web marketing  essential for promoting our writing

 

27th July

Things We Have in Common

 

Many thanks to Tasha Kavanagh, for telling us the story of the path to publication of her very successful first novel. Many of us are enjoying reading it now.

Follow Tasha on her Twitter account.

 

2nd June

Editing Workshop

Many thanks to Linda Spurr for an entertaining and informative evening.

Check out her handout and some useful websites for editing tools by clicking here.

 

Watford Live! 2015 Richard Harrington

Literature and Art Challenge 

RESULTS

 First Place

Carolyn Storey - The Seeker

Click on title to read the story

 

Second Place

Louise Broadbent - The Alley

 

Third Place =

John Ward - Return of the Tooth Fairies (pictured)

Paul White - A Cereal Offender

 

Other Shortlisted Stories

Rosie Bristow - Beyond the River

Rob Summers - Flight of the Fairies

Penelope Rowland - Last Stop

Jan Rees - Let's Pretend

Carol Mathews - One Wish

Cynthia Marsh - The Story Teller

 

 

Copies of the winning stories on Watford Observer Website

The Other Shortlisted Stories

 

ACTIVITIES

Watford Writers reading War Poems at Watford Museum

- part of VE Day Commemorations

 

 

"New Beginnings"

Social at our new venue

with special guest Richard Harrington, MP for Watford 

 

 

 

 

OUR LAST MEETING AT THE CHA CAFE.

FAREWELL TO 10 YEARS OF GREAT MEMORIES

 

OUR 10TH ANNIVERSARY PARTY!

Read about us in the Watford Observer

 

 

MONDAY

 2015 Programme

5 Jan

 
  Manuscript Night

 12 Jan

 

 Flash Fiction Competition: 300 to 350 words on theme of 'The Package'

 Give your story a title other than The Package. Bring three copies

 Entry fee £1 per entry, up to two entries allowed

 Judging on the night.


 19 Jan

 Manuscript Night

 26 Jan

 

 Flash Poetry Competition. Up to 25 lines on the theme of "Love" - however you wish to interpret that. Rhyming or Free Verse - it's up to you.

We will read them on the night and there will be prizes. £1 to enter.

2 Feb

 The deadline for  submission of Writer's Block entriesis is tonight.

9 Feb

 "Openings" Workshop and Manuscripts

16 Feb

 Manuscript Night

 23 Feb 

 Flash Fiction Competition: up to 250 words on theme of 'Ten'

 Give your story a title other than "Ten". Bring three copies

 Entry fee £1 per entry, up to two entries allowed

 Judging on the night.

2 Mar

 Wattford Writers 10th Anniversary Social and Writer's Block Results!

 Venue: The Barn, 1, Watford House Lane, Watford WD17 18J

 In the service road opposite Watford Place Theatre

 Parking in The Gade or The Palace Car Park

 9 Mar

 Manuscripts and Writer's Block Entries

 16 Mar

 

 Copy and Line Editing Workshop run by member Rosemary Morris

 If time allows, more Writer's Block Entries

 23 Mar

 Manuscripts and Writer's Block Entries

 30 Mar

 Flash Fiction Competition: up to 300 words on theme of 'Beyond the Gate'

 Give your story a title other than "Beyond the Gate". Bring three copies

 Entry fee £1 per entry, up to two entries allowed

 Judging on the night.

 6  Apr

 Bank Holiday - No Meeting

13 Apr

 FIRST MEETING AT OUR NEW VENUE - The ODDfellows Hall

 Manuscript Evening

 20 Apr

 "New Beginnings" Social to launch our new venue with visit by Richard Harrington, our local MP.

 Bring some nibbles - sweet or savoury - and any questions for Richard.

 27 Apr

 Last meeting to bring your entry for the Richard Harrington Fairy Tale Competition.

 Closing date is May 1st.

4 May

 Bank Holiday - No Meeting

 11 May

Flash Fiction Competition: up to 300 words on theme of 'Made of Metal'

 Give your story a title other than "Made of Metal". Bring three copies

 Entry fee £1 per entry, up to two entries allowed

 Judging on the night.

 18 May

  Writing Workshop Part 1 - "Finding Your Writer's Voice" run by Linda Spurr, Creative Writing Tutor

 25 May

 Bank Holiday - No Meeeting

 1 June

 Results Night - Richard Harrington Writing Trophy

 8 June

Flash Fiction Competition: up to 300 words on theme of 'The Invitation'

 Give your story a title other than "The Invitation". Bring three copies

 Entry fee £1 per entry, up to two entries allowed

 Judging on the night.

 15 June

 Manuscripts and Programme Planning

 22 June

 Writing Workshop Part 2 - Editing - the First Cut is the Deepest!" - run by Linda Spurr, Creative Writing Tutor

 29 June

 Manuscripts

 6 July

 Flash Fiction Competition: up to 300 words on theme of 'Celebrity'

 Give your story a title other than Celebrity. Use no more than 3 adjectives! Bring three copies

 Entry fee £1 per entry, up to two entries allowed

 Judging on the night.

 13 July

 Manuscripts

 20 July

 Competition and Prizes - Write a story in six sentences. Any theme. Read on the Night.

 27 July

 Tasha Kavanagh - previous member - will tell us about her path to publication with her novel -Things We Have in Common - which has received very favourable reviews. She has an MA in Creative Writing from East Anglia University and has worked as an editor on feature films for many years. Discounted and signed hardback copies of her book will be available on the night.

 3 Aug

Flash Fiction Competition: up to 300 words on theme of 'Barefoot'

 Give your story a title other than Barefoot.  Bring three copies

 Entry fee £1 per entry, up to two entries allowed

 Judging on the night.

 10 Aug

 Manuscripts

 17 Aug

 Social

 24 Aug

 Manuscripts

 31Aug.

 Bank Holiday - No Meeting

7 Sept.

Flash Fiction Competition: up to 400 words on theme of 'The Secret'

 Give your story a title other than The Secret.  Bring three copies

 Entry fee £1 per entry, up to two entries allowed

 Judging on the night.

14Sept.

 Manuscripts

 21 Sept

 Manuscripts

 28 Sept

 Workshop run by Cynthia Marsh - The Importance of Online Marketing for Authors

5 Oct

Flash Fiction Competition: 250 to 275 words on theme of 'The Wrong Room'

 Give your story a title other than The Wrong Room.  Bring three copies

 Entry fee £1 per entry, up to two entries allowed

 Judging on the night.

 12 Oct

 James Bartlett will give us a talk about screenwriting.

James comes from Watford but is now based in LA, working as a journalist, script reader and story editor.

19 Oct

 Lauren Harris, one of our members, will treat us to a workshop on poetry.

 26 Oct

 Sue Hampton and Leslie Tate return with an unique performance on  their writing. They have published new books recently. 

 2 Nov

 Manuscript Evening

 9 Nov

 Flash Fiction Competition: 300 to 350 words on theme of 'Sacrifice'

 Give your story a title other than "Sacrifice". Bring three copies

 Entry fee £1 per entry, up to two entries allowed

 Judging on the night.

 16 Nov

 Manuscript Evening

 23 Nov

 Panto Preparations

30 Nov

 Manuscript Evening

 7 Dec

 Flash Fiction Competition: up to 300 words on theme of 'Revenge'

 Give your story a title other than "Revenge". Bring three copies

 Entry fee £1 per entry, up to two entries allowed

 Judging on the night.

 14 Dec

 PANTO NIGHT!

 21 Dec

 Christmas Social Event - The Essex Arms

 28 Dec

 No Meeting

4 Jan

 No Meeting

 

MONDAY

 2014 PROGRAMME

6 Jan

 

 
  Manuscript Night
 
  Writer's Block Competition
The theme this year is  FIREWORKS' which you can interpret as you wish.
Length must be between 2500 and 3000 words (excluding title)
DO NOT title your piece FIREWORKS', give it a different title
DO NOT put your name on your story but DO include your name, address and telephone number on a separate sheet.
 
Entry is £2 per story, maximum two stories per person.
The deadline for submission of entries is 27th January 2014
 

 13 Jan

 

 Flash Fiction Competition: Up to 250 words on theme of 'Time Flies'

 Give your story a title other than Time Flies. Bring three copies

 Entry fee £1 per entry, up to two entries allowed

 Judging on the night.


 20 Jan

 

 Manuscripts and Quiz

 27 Jan

 

 The deadline for  submission of Writer's Block entries

 3 Feb

 

 Manuscripts

 10 Feb

 

 Manuscripts

 17 Feb

 

 Social Evening - Celebrating our 9th Birthday

 You are welcome to bring along some snacks, cakes, nibbles and liquid refreshments. And why not drag along a few friends, especially those we haven't seen lately.

 24 Feb

 

 Manuscripts

 3 Mar

 

 Flash Fiction Competition: Up to 400 words on theme of 'Journey'

 Give your story a title other than Journey. Bring three copies

 Entry fee £1 per entry, up to two entries allowed

 Judging on the night.

 10 Mar

 

 Manuscripts

 17 Mar

 

 RESULTS NIGHT Writer's Block Competition

 24 Mar

 

 Manuscripts

 31 Mar

 Manuscripts

 

 7  Apr

 Flash Fiction Competition: Up to 500 words featuring 'Another World'

Your story can have any theme,but it is to be based in 'another world'. It could be science fiction, fantasy, a children's story, the choice is yours!

 Bring three copies. Entry fee £1 per entry, up to two entries allowed

 Judging and prizes on the night.

14 Apr

 

'We are delighted to announce that author and poet Rosie Johnston will be joining us on Monday 14th April.  Rosie has been a professional writer in various genres for over 25 years, her talents include fiction, play-writing, journalism, poetry and teaching creative writing.  Rosie facilitates writing groups in Greenwich and Cambridge. Most recently her book 'Bittersweet Seventeens' has been published by Lapwing Publications (Belfast) 2014. There will be an opportunity to purchase signed copies on the night.

Rosie will be talking about her work and getting published. The evening will include a Q&A session, a glass of wine on arrival, tea and coffee during the break and all for just £3.50. We hope to see as many of you as possible, please invite friends and family.  For those of you in Facebook, Twitter etc please spread the word via your social network tools!

Take a look at Rosie'sr website www.rosie-johnston.com

 

 21 Apr

 Bank Holiday - No Meeting

 28 Apr

 Manuscripts

 5 May

 Bank Holiday - No Meeting

 12 May

 Flash Fiction Competition: Up to 300 words on the theme 'Shadows'

 Give your story a title other than 'Shadows'. Bring three copies

 Entry fee £1 per entry, up to two entries allowed

 Judging on the night.

 19 May

 Character Building Workshop, facilitated by Kimberley Angel, Watford Writers member.

 26 May

 Bank Holiday - No Meeeting

 2 June

 Manuscripts

 9 June

 Flash Fiction Competition: Up to 300 words on theme of 'Time'

 Give your story a title other than Time. Bring three copies

 Entry fee £1 per entry, up to two entries allowed

 Judging on the night.

 16 June

 MONOLOGUES - an introduction to the form and a performance of several monologues written by Melville Lovatt, local playwright and member of Pinner Writers

 23 June

 RESULTS NIGHT - 2014 Richard Harrington Trophy Competition

 30 June

 Manuscript Evening

 7 July

 Social Evening - Celebrating American Independence Day

 14 July

 Monologue Competition -this is like a Flash Fiction Night in that you will be asked to write a story this week but we shall not need three copies as they will not be passed round the room.

You will only need to bring one copy as the stories will be read out to the group.
 
The rules are:-
- It must be a monologue
- It must be between 500 and 1000 words, not including the title.
- You need to give it a title
- The theme or subject is open for you to decide.
- It will cost £1 for each entry..... maximum two entries.
 
- and, although we can't insist, it would be nice if everyone read out their own stories instead of asking someone else. After all, you wouldn't ask someone else to write your story, would you? .... or maybe you would.
 

 21 July

 Manuscript Evening

 28 July

 Manuscript Evening and Quiz

 4 Aug

 War Poets Workshop facilitated by Trevor Spinage, Watford Writers member

 11 Aug

 Manuscript Evening

 18 Aug

 Flash Fiction Competition: Up to 350 words on theme of 'Broken'

 Give your story a title other than Broken. Bring three copies

 Entry fee £1 per entry, up to two entries allowed

 Judging on the night.

 25 Aug

 Bank Holiday - No Meeting

 1 Sept.

 Manuscript Evening

 8 Sept.

 Flash Fiction exercise, to be written on the night, using random words for the themes. Just bring along pen, paper and your imagination!

 15 Sept.

 Flash Fiction Competition: Up to300 words on theme of 'October'

 Give your story a title other than October. Bring three copies

 Entry fee £1 per entry, up to two entries allowed

 Judging on the night.

 22 Sept

 Manuscript Evening

 29 Sept

 Manuscript Evening, Caption Competition and Quiz

 6 Oct

 Manuscript Evening

 13 Oct

 Flash Fiction Competition: Up to300 words on theme of 'Drowning'

 Give your story a title other than Drowning. Bring three copies

 Entry fee £1 per entry, up to two entries allowed

 Judging on the night.

 20 Oct

 Manuscript Evening

 27 Oct

Tipping our proverbial hat and cane to Halloween, this week we shall be asking for short horror stories of between 200-250 words, to be read out loud. No competition, just ghosts and ghouls, wraiths and spooks or even just a feeling of unease or impending doom. Let's hear something of the dark side.There may also be a suitable quiz to get your teeth stuck into. (sorry)

 3 Nov

 Flash Fiction Competition: Up to350 words on theme of 'Fire'

 Give your story a title other than Fire. Bring three copies

 Entry fee £1 per entry, up to two entries allowed

 Judging on the night.

 10 Nov

 'CASSIOBURY, THE ANCIENT SEAT OF THE EARLS OF ESSEX'.

  Sarah Priestley (Heritage & Arts Manager, Watford Museum) and Paul Rabbitts are coming to tell us about the launch of their book, 

 17 Nov

 Manuscript Evening

 24 Nov

 Manuscript Evening

  Writer's Block Competition 2014
 The theme this year is 'IN HIGH PLACES' which you can interpret as you wish.
 Length must be between 2500 and 3000 words (excluding title)
 DO NOT title your piece 'IN HIGH PLACES', give it a different title
 DO NOT put your name on your story but DO include your name, address and telephone number on a separate sheet.
 
 Entry is £2 per story, maximum two stories per person.
 The deadline for submission of entries TBA
 

 1 Dec

 Flash Fiction Competition: Up to 350 words on theme of 'Sharks'

 Give your story a title other than Sharks. Bring three copies

 Entry fee £1 per entry, up to two entries allowed

 Judging on the night.

 8 Dec

 Social Evening - This will entail some fun!

 Please bring along the following:-

- any seasonal writing you may have

- some snacks you may care to eat and share. Home-baked stuff will be most welcome.(Please don't ALL bring crisps and sausage rolls!)

- any drinks you may care to partake of and share (Beer, Wine, Soft Drinks etc)

- funny, silly, seasonal or even sensible hats can be worn (optional) and may be rewarded.

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IMPORTANT NOTE:- Unlike former years, we must depart by 9'30pm with everything cleared up by then.  You can arrive early (7.15 pm) so that we can make the most of the evening. Help in clearing up will be appreciated.

 15 Dec

 Christmas Dinner at The Essex Arms

 22 Dec

 NO MEETING

 29 Dec

 NO MEETING

 

MONDAY

2013 PROGRAMME

 7 Jan

 

 
  Manuscript Night
 
  Writer's Block Competition
The theme this year is  'LOSS' which you can interpret as you wish.
Length must be between 2500 and 3000 words (excluding title)
DO NOT title your piece 'LOSS', give it a different title
DO NOT put your name on your story but DO include your name, address and telephone number on a separate sheet.

Entry is £2 per story, maximum two stories per person.
The deadline for submission of entries is 28th January 2013
 

 14 Jan

 

 

 Meeting Cancelled - adverse weather

 

 21 Jan

 

 Meeting Cancelled - adverse weather

 28 Jan

 

 Flash Fiction Competition: Up to 200 words on theme of 'Pleasure'

 Give your story a title other than Pleasure. Bring three copies

 Entry fee £1 per entry, up to two entries allowed

 Judging on the night.

 DEADLINE for entries for Writer's Block Competition

 

 4 Feb

 

 Mini Pantos and Manuscripts

 11 Feb

 

 Manuscripts

 18 Feb

 

 RESULTS NIGHT Writer's Block Competition

 25 Feb

 

 How to write and self-publish bestselling books  Guest speaker, Rob Palmer, who has built his own profitable online publishing business, will reveal the opportunities this new access to readers offers us.

 4 Mar

 

 Manuscripts

 11 Mar

 

 Flash Fiction Competition: Up to 250 words on theme of 'The Wheel'

 Give your story a title other than The Wheel. Bring three copies

 Entry fee £1 per entry, up to two entries allowed

 Judging on the night.

 18 Mar

 

 Manuscripts

 25 Mar

 

This is the last meeting before Easter. There will be no meeting on 1st April. 

Therefore we shall have a social evening  -  any excuse for a party.

Just bring along the following:-

- A book which had such an inspiring / intriguing first paragraph that you had to buy it. What made you read on? Read that paragraph to the group and see if it can have the same effect on them.

- A tipple of your choice - be it wine, beer, cordial, squash, water or hooch.

- Some sort of snacks or nibbles  - bought or homemade - though homemade is better, isn't it.

There may even be a fun quiz to do. It doesn't matter if we haven't seen you for a while, just come along and say hello

 1 Apr

 Easter Monday - NO MEETING

 

 8  Apr

 Manuscript Evening

 

15 Apr

 

 Flash Fiction Competition: Up to 250 words on any theme

 Bring three copies

 Entry fee £1 per entry, up to two entries allowed

 Judging on the night.

 22 Apr

 

 

  Manuscript Evening

 

 29 Apr

 

 Workshop - Building a Character for a Story

 - bring two pictures taken from a newspaper or magazine (NOT any celebrities, just unknown persons, preferably with an interesting countenance)

 At the end of the evening there will be a fun quiz.

The deadline for the ONE DAY competition is Tuesday, April 30. This is last meeting at which you can hand in your entry.

 6 May

 Bank Holiday - NO MEETING

 13 May

 

  Flash Fiction Competition: Up to 300 words Science Fiction story

  Bring three copies

  Entry fee £1 per entry, up to two entries allowed

  Judging on the night.

 20 May

 Manuscript Evening

 27 May

 Bank Holiday - NO MEETING

 3 June

 Results Evening for Richard Harrington Trophy - "One Day" Competition

 10 June Flash Fiction Competition: Up to 300 words on the theme of "The Secret"

  Give yoyr story a title other than "The Secret"

  Bring three copies

  Entry fee £1 per entry, up to two entries allowed

  Judging on the night.

 17 June

  Manuscript Evening

 24 June

 Manuscript Evening

 1 July

 Programme Ideas, Literary Quiz and Manuscript Evening. Come and enjoy.

 

 8 July

 
 Flash Fiction Night with a difference. Something we've not done before.A story written in verse form, with a beginning, middle and end. The subject is of your choosing.
40 lines maximum, excluding title
Usual rules:-
Bring 3 copies of your entry
Do not put your name on it
Give it a title
£1 to enter
Prizes for the top three
Judging on the night, by all present
 

 15 July

 Manuscript Evening

 22 July

 Manuscript Evening

 29 July

 Manuscript Evening

 5 August

 Write a New Cliche' Competition

 12 August

 Flash Fiction Competition: Up to 350 words on a theme of your choice

  Your story must have a title which is a cliche' - one that supports your theme

  Bring three copies

  Do not put your name on it

  Entry fee £1 per entry, up to two entries allowed

  Judging on the night.

 19 August

  Manuscript Evening

 26 August

 BANK HOLIDAY - No Meeting

 2 Sept.

 Manuscript Evening

 9 Sept.

 Manuscript Evening

 16 Sept.

 Flash Fiction Competition: Up to 350 words on a theme of Reincarnation

  Your story must have a title other tah Reincarnation

  Bring three copies

  Do not put your name on it

  Entry fee £1 per entry, up to two entries allowed

  Judging on the night.

 23 Sept

 Manuscript Evening

30 Sept

 Manuscript Evening

 7 Oct

 Manuscript Evening

 14 Oct

 An evening with Peter Wilson-Leary, Editor of Watford Free Newspaper

 21 Oct

  Flash Fiction Competition: Up to 300 words on the theme of My Dreams

  Your story must have a title other than My Dreams

  Bring three copies

  Do not put your name on it

  Entry fee £1 per entry, up to two entries allowed

  Judging on the night.

 28 Oct

  A workshop on how to write ENDINGS with Patricia Kavanagh-Brown, group member (TBA)

 4 Nov

  Manuscript Evening

 11Nov

 Manuscript Evening and Quiz

 18 Nov

 Flash Fiction Competition: 300 - 350 words on the theme of Mind Reading

  Your story must have a title other than Mind Reading

  Bring three copies

  Do not put your name on it

  Entry fee £1 per entry, up to two entries allowed

  Judging on the night.

 25 Nov

 Manuscript Evening

 2 Dec

 

 9 Dec

 

 16 Dec

 

 23 Dec

 

 30 Dec

 

 MONDAY

 2012 PROGRAMME   

  9 January

 Manuscript Night

 16 January

 Manuscript Night

 23 January

 Flash Fiction Competition: Up to 300 words on theme of 'Games'

 Give your story a title other than Games. Bring three copies

 Entry fee £1 per entry, up to two entries allowed

 Judging on the night.

 30 January

 Manuscript Night

   6 February

 Flash Fiction Competition: Up to 150 words on theme of 'The Accession/Succession' to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Queen coming to the throne on 6th February 1952. Your story does not necessarily have to relate to royalty.

 Give your story a title other than Accession/Succession.

 Bring three copies

 Entry fee £1 per entry, up to two entries allowed

 Judging on the night.

 13 February

 Valentines Day Themed Workshop

 Presented by Helen Nicell and Rob Summers.

 You will have the opportunity to choose some famous lovers and write a short amorous scene on the night, for their night!

 I f you feel inclined to bring along some wine or chocolates the rest of us will love to share them with you.

 20 February

 Manuscript Night

 27 February

 2011/2012 WRITERS BLOCK GHOST STORY RESULTS NIGHT

 Nick Cook will invite writers of shortlisted entries to read their stories before announcing the winners and presenting our highly coveted WRITERS BLOCK TROPHY

 Bring some drinks to celebrate with the winners. Nibbles will be provided

 5 March

  Manuscript Night

 12 March

  Manuscript NIght

 19 March

  Workshop on Presenting Your Stories hosted by Norma Luetchford and John Ward, followed by better manuscript reading

 26 March

 Manuscript Night

 2 April

 Flash Fiction Competition: Up to 250 words on theme of ' Eggs'

 Give your story a title other than Eggs

 Bring three copies

 Entry fee £1 per entry, up to two entries allowed

 Judging on the night.

 9 April

 Easter - No Meeting

 16 April

  Flash Fiction Competition: Up to 300 words on theme of ' Scout'

 Give your story a title other than Scout

 Bring three copies

 Entry fee £1 per entry, up to two entries allowed

 Judging on the night.

 23 April

 Manuscript Night

 30 April

 Manuscript Night

 7 May

 Bank Holiday - No Meeting

 14 May

 Manuscript Night

 21 May

 'Have a Rant' Night

 Get those feelings of frustration, irritation and downright helplessness off your chest and put them into words. It can be in the form of a complaint letter, a blog, a letter to a newspaper or magazine or just a general rant.
No theme, just something you feel strongly about.
There is no minimum or maximum word count but there is a five minute time limit, after which you will be booed off.

 28 May

  Flash Fiction Competition: Up to 300 words on theme of ' Diamonds' to tie in with the Diamond Jubilee (but don't use the word Diamond in your title.)

 Also separate flash poetry competition, up to 28 lines on the diamond theme.

 Bring three copies of your entries, but don't put your name on them.

 £1 per entry, up to two entries per person allowed

 Judging will be on the night. Even if you don't enter you can still judge (We may even send the winning entry to Her Majesty)

*****This will also be a social night. so bring something to drink and something to eat as well and, of course, do wear your diamonds and tiaras****

 4 June

 Jubilee - No Meeting

 11 June

 Manuscript Night

 18 June

 Manuscript Night

 25 June

 Leigh Russell, local crime writer, will talk about her latest book 'Death Bed', the fourth in her successful detective series, published in May.

 2 July

 Manuscript Night

 9 July

 Flash Fiction Competition: Up to 250 words on theme of ' Hanging'

 Give your story a title other than Hanging

 Bring three copies

 Entry fee £1 per entry, up to two entries allowed

 Judging on the night.

 Also we will set theme for a Radio Play

 16 July

 Manuscript Night

 23 July

 Manuscript Night

 30 July

 In the beginning.....

 This week, something completely different.....yet strangely familiar.
 What makes you want to read a book from opening the very first page?
 What hooks your attention?
 How did the author do it? Did he succeed....or not?
 
 Bring along a favoured book, read us the first 250 words and we'll discuss the merits of that first dip into the authors efforts?
 Alternatively, bring a book you didn't like.
 Or even your own efforts
 Or just any old book, then.
 But limit the reading to just the beginning.
 Ah, 'In the beginning.....' That could work, couldn't it?
 
 6 August

 Manuscript Night

 13 August

 NO MEETING

 20 August

 Flash Fiction Competition: Up to 250 words on theme of ' The Question'

 Give your story a title other than The Question

 Bring three copies

 Entry fee £1 per entry, up to two entries allowed

 Judging on the night, with prizes

 Also discuss future programme, come with suggestions.

 27 August

 Bank Holiday - No Meeting

 3 September

 Manuscript Night & Discuss Programme

 10 September

 Characterisation and Dialogue Workshop

 Bring along a picture of a person (or 2 or 3) cut from a newspaper or magazine - NOT a picture of anyone famous and definitely NOT a 'celebrity'.

 And bring your imagination. We will write dialogue as our various persons interact in character.

 17 September

 Manuscript Night

 24 September

 Flash Fiction Competition: Up to 300 words on theme of ' Pioneer'

 Give your story a title other than 'Pioneer'

 Bring three copies

 Entry fee £1 per entry, up to two entries allowed

 Judging on the night, with prizes

 1 October

 Dickens Night

Trevor Spinage will review Dicken's development of characters through naming, mannerisms, catchphrases etc and explore some of the social issues covered in his novels. We will be invited to develop our characters in today's environment.

 8 October

 Manuscript Night

 15 October

 Manuscript Night

 22 October

 Radio Play Night

 Bring along your own 5-10 minute radio play, any theme, and pick members to speak your parts. This is always a fum evening and uncovers hidden acting talents!

 29 October

 Manuscript Night 

 5 November

 Bonfire Night - Social - Flash Fiction Bangers

 12 November

 Manuscripts

 19 November

 Manuscripts

 26 November

 Author Evening - Susan Hampton and Leslie Tate will share their experience of writing for adults and children. Together they have published 19 novels and a poetry collection. They will discuss what inspires them and what goes into a great novel.

Come along for a prompt start at 7.30pm so we have the maximum time to benefit from their accumulated wisdom.

 **** Bring £5 to reserve your place at our Christmas meal. Payable to Kimberley Angel

 3 December

 TBA

 10 December

 Panto Night and Social

 17 December

 Christmas Meal - The Essex Arms

 24 December

 No Meeting

 31 December

 No Meeting