March already and soon be spring, thank goodness. I had a tidy up out in the garden with the sun shining, little things make me smile and appreciate that I can just walk out into the garden. There is an idea for the next article about a competition for a short story.
Faversham festival has just finished so their short story competition has now opened, you can get all details from the website.
Our next event will be on Thursday at The Grand at 7pm. If you have ever wondered how to get the book you have spent years writing on to Amazon then you need to come along. This event is open to everyone, no charge! I would suggest bringing a notebook and pen as I am sure there will be lots to remember. The doors open at 6.30 so we can have everyone seated to start at 7. There will be tea and coffee available for a donation or you can bring your own drink.
WRITE BY THE SEA PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION NOW OPEN!
The Write by the Sea writing group are currently producing their summer anthology on the theme of beach huts. We can’t give too much away about the book at the moment but we are now seeking entries from local photographers. We would like one image for the front cover and various other beach/coast images to be used within the book. So let your imagination run wild, we can’t wait to receive your entry!The cover image will be in colour and hopefully, the internal ones will be too, although this will ultimately depend on final printing costs. Your submission should be of good resolution and may need to be resized/cropped to fit the book. All chosen entries will be credited within the book and will be offered the opportunity to buy the anthology at cost price. It is intended that profits from the sale will be returned to Write by the Sea for future projects and possibly some monies donated to charity dependant on its success.Please note, if your image is chosen, we will require your agreement for us to use your image in the book/as part of the promotion of it. Also, if your submission features a person you must have their consent for us to use it.
The deadline for submissions is 1st May 2021
Please send your entries to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Fancy winning a place at The writing academy, then this competition is the one you should enter. You can find all the details on line also in the writing magazine competition booklet.
Here are some other competitions that some of you may be interested in. Pop along to the next meeting on the 3rd September if you have any questions. We will be sharing our ghostly tales that we are writing for our first published anthology. So far we have the five tales that we used for our Advent calender and I have had one other sent to myself.
Remember we need photos and illustrations as well plus a couple of poems.
See you on the 3rd at The Hideaway, where food and drink will be available all evening.
First of all thank you to the one’s that attended the group meeting and I am very sorry that I could not get there. I have a problem with my heart and now blood pressure that thinks it’s a yow yow. Hopefully they will sort this out soon as do not really want to spend any more time in the hospital with the current situation. Thank you Hannah for taking notes.
Please take care all of you, there will be no Thursday morning writing at The Hideaway for the foreseeable future. The Wellbeing centre is also closed.
Kerry Barnes author event Thursday 19th March
After speaking to Kerry we have decided to cancel this event, we will re-book Kerry for later in the year.
The event at The Beacon has been postponed until the 15th & 16th August, this will be an even bigger event which will include workshops and an outside area. So please keep the dates free. Anyone that booked and paid for their table it can be transferred to the new dates. There will also be a Christmas event over two days at the beginning of December, dates to be confirmed. You can each decide which events you would like to attend if not wanting to do all of them.
The Chambers loved the event last year so they would like another one on 18th October which will be on a Sunday 11am to 6pm. Sci-fi, crime and ? to be decided, any ideas? I would like it to be children’s but it is finding enough childrens authors, if you know of any then please ask them and get their details for the next meeting.
The Folkestone Rotary are very kindly buying us our roll up banner, everyone agreed with the design and I will put picture at the end. They have requested a talk for one of their meetings so if that is this month then Tony Quarrington will deliver it, if anyone wants to go with him you are more than welcome or if you would like to send a letter for him to read out about what you think of the group etc then please do. Contact Tony at email@example.com
Our Ghostly Anthology is going ahead with printing in September, ready to sell in October. The stories from the Living Advent will be included, these can be increased or adapted if required. We need some more ghostly stories set in Folkestone of between 1500 and 5000 words. There will be about 15 stories plus the 5 from advent calendar. Please spread the word to your writerly friends, if you want any more information then please email Andy at MARCHIE77@googlemail.com Maybe Hannah Palmer could do a poster and leaflet when she has time as I know she is really busy at the moment. I will contact Hannah Nickolls to see if she would like to do some illustrations for the inside. I am looking for a good ghostly photo for the cover of our book, so keep your cameras ready for that one special photo. The closing date for stories will be 31st July. Then we have August to pick the 15 stories and arrange design ready for printing in September.
During this hard time of living with this coronavirus you can always share your work here, asking for feedback if wanted, plus write your ghostly stories about Folkestone. At the next group meeting on 2nd April you can share your own work if you require feedback or write a short crime piece of about 150 words. If we cannot hold the meeting we can do it on-line. Please do not feel isolated as we are all here for each other.
On 23rd April there will be a Shakespeare Evening organised by Tony with music, food, posters. For your task think about what he would make of his birthday in 2020, his presents, the party, or even imagine you are him. You can read a saying, quote or poem that he wrote. This sounds like a very entertaining evening and we can all hope that this goes ahead, I will keep you informed.
Stay healthy everyone and hope to see you all soon.
One of our members Andy has launched this competition so let’s get thinking about sci-fi or fantasy stories set in Folkestone. We only have until the 21st October so I really hope I can get mine done in time. The winning stories can go on here so everyone can read them.