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Watford’s Big Word Fest 2018

Events at Watford Writers’ Meetings

Throughout March and April, there are a host of activities in Watford based on books writing and reading. As Watford Writers, we are involved in many of the activities. New, first-time attendees at our meetings will be free to enter (£3.50 usually) so bring friends and family along. They may enjoy it enough to come regularly.


Monday 19th March - Lionel Birnie

Lionel Birnie is sports journalist, author and publisher who started his career at the Watford Observer before moving on to national newspapers and magazines. He wrote the first of more than a dozen sports books in 2001 and in 2009 he founded his own publishing company, Peloton Publishing, which specialises in football and cycling books.

Having ghosted autobiographies for several cyclists, he began working with former Watford and England manager Graham Taylor on his autobiography in 2014. Lionel will talk about sports writing, the peculiar process of ghost-writing, the challenge of capturing Graham Taylor's very distinctive voice and the difficulty of finishing the book after Graham passed away. Lionel will also answer any questions from the audience. ‘Graham Taylor In His Own Words’ will be available to buy on the night.

Monday 26th March - True-Life Story Telling – Workshop with Kate Walton –Part Two

Even if you missed Kate’s introduction session on the 12th, you can still join this workshop. Kate says, “I believe we can all be ‘myth makers’ and ‘legends’ of the everyday simply through creatively exploring our personal stories and world and I am passionate about helping others to find their story and share their authentic voice to rise up and shine”

k8walton.wordpress.com  Suitable for writers, poets, or those that love to tell a story, but have never tried to record it.

Monday 2nd April – No meeting – Easter Monday

Monday 9th April – Open Mic without the Mic!

Bring along your writing to read aloud, it could be short stories, excerpts of your novel or poems (max 2000 words). If you don’t write, just come along and listen to the local talent.

Monday 16th April – Flash Fiction – 350 words on a theme of ‘Travel’.

The Big Word theme this year is adventure and travel, have a go at writing a short story on a theme of travel, give your story a title other than travel.  Please bring along three copies of your story to the meeting, they will be read and judged on the night, do not put your name on your entry! One entry per person, £1 per entry, three prizes to be won!

Saturday 21st April – Workshop – Watford Writers at Watford Museum

Join us between 10.00- 12.00 for a children’s workshop on Adventure and Travel, art and writing about the museum’s art collection in the Cassiobury Gallery, conjuring up your own stories, maybe it could be about the Earls of Essex on the high seas and exploring the world?

1.00 -3.00pm – Adult (over 16) writing workshop, building characters, dialogue and plot, again taking inspiration from the wonderful art collection at the museum.

Monday 23rd April – Lights, Camera, Action – James Bartlett

We are delighted to welcome James back to talk about screen writing. James is a writer and journalist living in Los Angeles (originally from Watford). He is also a story analyst for the Sundance Institute, National Geographic Films, New Regency, UCLA and the Academy of Motion Pictures’ Nicholl Screenwriting Awards, the US consultant for Euroscript, and a reader for several regional funders in the UK and Ireland.

Saturday 28th April – Self Publishing Event – Watford Central Library

Self-published authors from Watford Writers will be at the library to talk about their books and how to self-publish.  (times TBC) 

Monday 30th April – Rowan Coleman

Ahead of the launch of the paperback version of her novel ‘The Summer of Impossible Things’,  her 13th published book, Rowan will be visiting us to talk about her life as a writer.  She lives with her husband and five children in a very full house in Hertfordshire. She juggles writing novels with raising her family. She really wishes someone would invent time travel and she does not have time for ironing! Copies of her books will be on sale during the evening and she will have time to sign them.






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