24 Apr 2018 Iain Pattison Short Story Competition The 2018 competition is now open. Entries on the theme of Anniversary”must be not more than 1500 words in length. Closing date for entries is end of the meeting on Tuesday 22nd May 2018. Full details of entry on the Competitions page. Readings of the entries (and the critiques if members are happy to share them) will be on 19th June and Sally will then announce the winners. 13 Dec 2017 Christmas Homework For those with strong enough constitutions after the coming festivities Christmas homework has been set: Either short stories or poems are welcome, with a word limit of 1000. The theme is "what I found in my Christmas stocking".
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8 May 2018 Cat Wisdom Goes International Neil’s new book, Cat Wisdom - 60 Great Lessons You Can Learn from a Cat, has had some great reviews in the UK and has attracted attention from abroad. Its success in Britain was followed by being translated into French and Portuguese. The latest news is that it has now been noticed by publishers in Turkey so Neil’s book will soon be available in four languages!
12 May 2018 Gongs for TVWC Members Congratulations to two of our members who received awards at this years’ Berks Festival of Arts & Music: Dick Sawdon-Smith was awarded a silver medal in the poetry section, and   Walter Jardine a bronze in the short story section.
20 Jun 2018 Iain Pattison judged competition. Congratulations to David Burnell, winner of this year’s event with his story Act of Remembrance. For full results see the Competitions page. There will be many, especially those who could not attend the readings meeting for this competition, who would like to read the entries. Please send in your stories by email to the address below. Your stories (and the critiques, if you care to include them) will be added to the Library. The email address is: webmaster@thamesvalleywriterscircle.org 
Richard is visiting the UK and will be coming to a couple of meetings. Here is his introduction to the first of the tales he has to tell.
In my days as a journalist I travelled the outback gathering stories for my editor. I was a million miles from anywhere and came across a roadhouse where I stopped to replenish my spirits. It so happened that although the roadhouse was in the middle of nowhere, it did have cold beer and a jukebox playing House of the Rising Sun. This was back in the 1960's and the first time I had heard the song.  My tale is about that meeting... and this pic is of a typical Aussie roadhouse.

Richard Holdsworth visits - 3 & 24 July

3 Jul 2018 Congratulations to Dick - he has sold his short story, 'A Watered Down Protest', to Woman's Weekly and it should be appearing later in the year. This is a suffragette story and of course this is the 100 year anniversary of votes for women. The right story, the right time and the right publication!
11 July 2018 AGM Notices Available We’ve made the documents for the AGM available in the Library so that you can come to the meeting on 31 July, well prepared.
This will be the last meeting before the summer break so we’ll be setting some summer “homework” - keep your creativity going during the summer break.
18 Jul 2018 Course - How To Get Published - £95 Janis has booked a place on a one day course to be held in the WI’s Denman College, and she thought others may be interested. There are three versions of the course aimed at writers of  historical fiction, crime fiction and children’s fiction. Scheduled for Sat 8 Sept 2018 the course consists of: 09.00-09.30: Registration and welcome teas and coffees 09.30-10.00: Introduction and publishing industry overview from chair Alysoun Owen, Editor of the Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook and the Children's Writers' & Artists' Yearbook 10.00-11.00: A writing workshop of your choice: writing historical fiction with Tim Pears, writing crime fiction with William Ryan, and writing children’s fiction with Natasha Farrant 11.00-11.15: Short break 11.15-12.00: Writing workshop continued 12.00-13.10: Lunch break (lunch included) 13.10-14.0: Keynote talk with Rachel Joyce 14.10-15.10: Publishing industry discussion with Bella Pearson, Publishing Director at David Fickling Books and Alysoun Owen, Editor of the Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook and the Children's Writers & Artists' Yearbook. 15.10-16.10: How to submit your work to an agent: practical tips from literary agents Lydia Silver, Kate Nash and Elinor Cooper. Chaired by Alysoun Owen. 16.10-17:00: Networking reception   
Janis says: “I am booked in for Sat 8th September for the Children's section (there are also Crime and Historical Fiction workshops as well) and did manage to use the discount code although did notice that they like you to register as a member of the Writers and Artists Group before you can get any further with the discount. Not a bad thing to do though as there is loads of useful information on the site and Q & A's etc.”
Use the code DENMAN30 to get £30 off!
Click here

19 Jul 2018

Congratulations to Helen. Her short story, It Was the Best of Times, which she read at a recent Cirlce meeting, has now been published in the summer edition of Scribble.  Scribble is a short shory magazine offering publication and competition opportunities for writers of short fiction. To quote from their website: “Scribble, our short fiction magazine, has been around since early 1999 and contains quality short stories from new and established writers. In December 2007, Scribble was awarded the title ‘Best UK Short Fiction Magazine’ in the Writers’ Grand Circle Awards.”

31 Jul 2018 - AGM - Barbara Retires!

At this meeting, it was announced that Barbara Smith is retiring from her role as a member of the Circle’s committee. She will however retain her position as our Life President. As a result two new members have been appointed to the committee to help ease the load on existing members, as and when needed.
Convenor’s Announcement Barbara Smith, having set up and served on the committee for twenty five years has stepped down from her role. She will remain as the Circle's life president. Two new members of the committee have been appointed. Sarah Cox and David Baldock have been appointed on to the committee. They will  provide support and cover for all the activities of the Circle.

2 Aug 2018 - Summer Homework

Optional, of course!  We didn’t have time at the AGM meeting to set the Summer Homework. Details are now available and are set out on the Competitions  page.

8 Aug 2018 - Another Publication Success for Colin!

Writing in the TVWC takes many forms and a new book of hymns written by Colin Ferguson is unique. As well as being a long standing member of the Circle, Colin is a member of the Hymn Society and has been a lay preacher for over fifty years. ‘Dare to Believe’ is a compilation of over a hundred poem/hymns to familiar tunes, many of which have previously appeared in print but are now not available, plus about another thirty new hymns, available at £8.00 inc post and package. Contact Colin direct if you want to know more on colindf@btinternet.com. Other publications can be obtained via his web site at: www.cdferguson.com

7 Sep 2018: Summer Homework - A Toughie!

At the last meeting everyone agreed that the theme set for this event was really difficult, resulting in many only managing to come up with an idea during the last week (last week-end, even) of the holiday season. If you haven’t written something yet, there is still time. Go to it, and read it at the next meeting! Lastly, a reminder to those who have not sent a copy of their entry to the webmaster for inclusion in the Library, please do, as soon as you can - it may encourage others to have a go.

11 Sep 2018: Open Competitions Entry Forms Now Available

These competitions are open to anyone, not just NAWG members so there is an entry fee.
NAWG

Short story and Poetry Competitions

Entry fee £5 for each entry. For the poetry competition, you can enter three poems for £10. Judges critique can be obtained for a further £5. First prize £200 Second prize £100 Third  prize £50

Novella competition

Entry fee £10 with optional feedback a further £10 First Prize £300 Second Prize £200 Third Prize £100
CLOSING DATE FOR ALL COMPETITIONS - 31ST OCTOBER For full competition rules and entry form, go to the  NAWG website.
© Thames Valley Writers’ Circle
8 May 2018 Cat Wisdom Goes International Neil’s new book, Cat Wisdom - 60 Great Lessons You Can Learn from a Cat, has had some great reviews in the UK and has attracted attention from abroad. Its success in Britain was followed by being translated into French and Portuguese. The latest news is that it has now been noticed by publishers in Turkey so Neil’s book will soon be available in four languages!
24 Apr 2018 Iain Pattison Short Story Comp The 2018 competition is now open. Entries on the theme of “Anniversary”must be not more than 1500 words in length. Closing date for entries is end of the meeting on Tuesday 22nd May 2018. Full details of entry on the Competitions page. Readings of the entries (and the critiques if members are happy to share them) will be on 19th June and Sally will then announce the winners.
13 Dec 2017 Christmas Homework For those with strong enough constitutions after the coming festivities Christmas homework has been set: Either short stories or poems are welcome, with a word limit of 1000. The theme is "what I found in my Christmas stocking".
12 May 2018 Gongs for TVWC Members Congratulations to two of our members who received awards at this years’ Berks Festival of Arts & Music: Dick Sawdon-Smith was awarded a silver medal in the poetry section, and    Walter Jardine a bronze in the short story section.
20 Jun 2018 Iain Pattison judged competition. Congratulations to David Burnell, winner of this year’s event with his story Act of Remembrance. For full results see the Competitions page. All those who entered can have their stories (and the critiques, if you like) added to the Library. Email your story as an attachment, to  webmaster@thamesvalleywriterscircle.org 
In my days as a journalist I travelled the outback gathering stories for my editor. I was a million miles from anywhere and came across a roadhouse where I stopped to replenish my spirits. It so happened that although the roadhouse was in the middle of nowhere, it did have cold beer and a jukebox playing House of the Rising Sun. This was back in the 1960's and the first time I had heard the song.  My tale is about that meeting... and this pic is of a typical Aussie roadhouse.
Richard is visiting the UK and will be coming to a couple of meetings. Here is his introduction to the first of the tales he has to tell.

Richard Holdsworth visits - 3 & 24 July

3 Jul 2018 Congratulations to Dick - he has sold his short story, 'A Watered Down Protest', to Woman's Weekly and it should be appearing later in the year. This is a suffragette story and of course this is the 100 year anniversary of votes for women. The right story, the right time and the right publication!
11 July 2018 AGM We’ve made the documents for the AGM available in the Library so that you can come to the meeting on 31 July, well prepared.
This will be the last meeting before the summer break so we’ll be setting some summer “homework” - keep your creativity going during the summer break.
18 Jul 2018 Course - How To Get Published - £95 Janis has booked a place on a one day course to be held in the WI’s Denman College, and she thought others may be interested. There are three versions of the course aimed at writers of  historical fiction, crime fiction and children’s fiction. Scheduled for Sat 8 Sept 2018 the course consists of: 09.00-09.30: Registration and welcome teas and coffees 09.30-10.00: Introduction and publishing industry overview from chair Alysoun Owen, Editor of the Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook and the Children's Writers' & Artists' Yearbook 10.00-11.00: A writing workshop of your choice: writing historical fiction with Tim Pears, writing crime fiction with William Ryan, and writing children’s fiction with Natasha Farrant 11.00-11.15: Short break 11.15-12.00: Writing workshop continued 12.00-13.10: Lunch break (lunch included) 13.10-14.0: Keynote talk with Rachel Joyce 14.10-15.10: Publishing industry discussion with Bella Pearson, Publishing Director at David Fickling Books and Alysoun Owen, Editor of the Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook and the Children's Writers & Artists' Yearbook. 15.10-16.10: How to submit your work to an agent: practical tips from literary agents Lydia Silver, Kate Nash and Elinor Cooper. Chaired by Alysoun Owen. 16.10-17:00: Networking reception   
Janis says: “I am booked in for Sat 8th September for the Children's section (there are also Crime and Historical Fiction workshops as well) and did manage to use the discount code although did notice that they like you to register as a member of the Writers and Artists Group before you can get any further with the discount. Not a bad thing to do though as there is loads of useful information on the site and Q & A's etc.”
Use the code DENMAN30 to get £30 off!
Tap here

19 Jul 2018

Congratulations to Helen. Her short story, It Was the Best of Times, which she read at a recent Cirlce meeting, has now been published in the summer edition of Scribble.  Scribble is a short shory magazine offering publication and competition opportunities for writers of short fiction. To quote from their website: “Scribble, our short fiction magazine, has been around since early 1999 and contains quality short stories from new and established writers. In December 2007, Scribble was awarded the title ‘Best UK Short Fiction Magazine’ in the Writers’ Grand Circle Awards.”

31 Jul 2018 - AGM - Barbara Retires!

At this meeting, it was announced that Barbara Smith is retiring from her role as a member of the Circle’s committee. She will however retain her position as our Life President. As a result two new members have been appointed to the committee to help ease the load on existing members, as and when needed.
Convenor’s Announcement Barbara Smith, having set up and served on the committee for twenty five years has stepped down from her role. She will remain as the Circle's life president. Two new members of the committee have been appointed. Sarah Cox and David Baldock have been appointed on to the committee. They will  provide support and cover for all the activities of the Circle.

2 Aug 2018 - Summer Homework

Optional, of course!  We didn’t have time at the AGM meeting to set the Summer Homework. Details are now available and are set out on the Competitions  page.

7 Sep 2018 Summer Homework - A Toughie!

At the last meeting everyone agreed that the theme set for this event was really difficult, resulting in many only managing to come up with an idea during the last week (last week-end, even) of the holiday season. If you haven’t written something yet, there is still time. Go to it, and read it at the next meeting! Lastly, a reminder to those who have not sent a copy of their entry to the webmaster for inclusion in the Library, please do, as soon as you can - it may encourage others to have a go.

8 Aug 2018 - Another Publication Success for Colin!

Writing in the TVWC takes many forms and a new book of hymns written by Colin Ferguson is unique. As well as being a long standing member of the Circle, Colin is a member of the Hymn Society and has been a lay preacher for over fifty years. ‘Dare to Believe’ is a compilation of over a hundred poem/hymns to familiar tunes, many of which have previously appeared in print but are now not available, plus about another thirty new hymns, available at £8.00 inc post and package. Contact Colin direct if you want to know more on colindf@btinternet.com. Other publications can be obtained via his web site at: www.cdferguson.com

11 Sep 2018: Open Competitions Entry Forms Now

Available

These competitions are open to anyone, not just NAWG members so there is an entry fee.
NAWG

Short story and Poetry Competitions

Entry fee £5 for each entry. For the poetry competition, you can enter three poems for £10. Judges critique can be obtained for a further £5. First prize £200 Second prize £100 Third  prize £50

Novella competition

Entry fee £10 with optional feedback a further £10 First Prize £300 Second Prize £200 Third Prize £100
CLOSING DATE FOR ALL COMPETITIONS - 31ST OCTOBER For full competition rules and entry form, go to the  NAWG website.
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