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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.
2 Nov 2018: Dick Rescued by Grandma! Congratulations to Dick on getting a short story published in Womans Weekly. He has some interesting observations.
SUCCESS IN A WOMAN'S WORLD The number of publications that take short stories has decreased drastically since I first started writing. The one area where it is kept going is women's magazines. In the past, I have sent short stories into various titles but with no luck. Was it I wondered because I was a man and they only wanted woman writers. A little deception is called for I thought so I sent in a story about a young lady caught up in the suffragette movement but using my grandmother's name, Charlotte Sawdon, as it's author. To my delight they loved it or so they said and a few months later it appeared in the totally fiction edition of Woman's Weekly. Looking through the magazine at the other stories, I was surprised to see that two of them were written by men under their own names. It seemed I had got it wrong. They don't mind who writes their stories as long as it suits their readership. Dick Sawdon Smith

13 Nov 2018: Rob wins this year’s One Act Play Competition

Congratulations to Rob whose play, Scraps, won this year’s competition. Arthur Burke of the Progress Theatre judged the event and provided a critique on each of the entries. Colin’s The Homecoming was second and Sally’s The Pantomime was third. Most of the entries are now in the library for you to read.
Arthur (left) presents Rob with his prize

20 Nov 2018: Helen Published

Congratulations to Helen Collett. Her short story, Christmas and Birthday, will be published in the Christmas edition of The Weekly News on 22 Dec. The Weekly News is a sister publication to The Peoples Friend and should be obtainable through any shop selling magazines and newspapers.

5 Dec 2018

Arthur Redway Memorial Competition

The theme/title of the competition is ‘Silent Night’. Entries can be a short story or poem, any genre, maximum word count 1200. Send entries to Walter at webmaster@thamesvalleywriterscircle.org to arrive no later than 3 Jan 2019. You can also find this address on our website home page, near the top of the page. Please do not write your name on the actual entry. Everybody will then have until our first meeting back on 8th January 2019 to read through the entries - which will be uploaded on to our website Library page 2018 - and choose your favourites. Then email your votes for the top three in order of preference to Stuart on stuart@tilehurst.plus.com or intcoms@thamesvalleywriterscircle.org, and he will count up your votes. The top three stories will be read at the meeting on 8 Jan.

18 Dec 2018: Dick Goes Global

Dick Sawdon Smith wrote an article for a football refereeing magazine about speeding up the game for the benefit of spectators. An organisation called V&A (no, not the museum) have spotted it and want to distribute it around the world - well done Dick! However, V&A need our help to do it! The help they need is an online home for the article, so we have provided it. Now you can read it too! Just click or tap the title: Speeding up the Game.

8 Jan 2019: Record Breaking Start to the Year

The 2018 Arthur Redway Memorial Competition was a record breaker. There were 21 entries which included poems and short stories, with the winner an epic poem by David Baldock in which he offers an alternative view of ‘Silent Night’. A short story about a teenager who is confronted by real life, by Sarah Cox, and a Gothic tale by Nick Telepneff, tied for second place. Twenty people cast their votes - about half our membership - and 25 attended the first meeting of the year at which the results were announced. Fortunately, there was more than enough fish and chips to go round!
David Baldock with the Arthur Redway Memorial Trophy

21 Feb 2019: Reading Chronicle Report

Forensic talk is a winner

Talk on police forensics to Thames Valley Writers’ Circle

A woman who spent 20 years in the police force - specialising in forensics - was the guest speaker at a club’s latest meeting. Thames Valley Writers’ Circle welcomed Hayley Scott for a unique talk about what happens at crime scenes. During her time on the beat in London, she learned how forensic units take control of murder and burglary investigations to preserve vital evidence Thrilling plot lines are often at the centre of the Circle’s discussions and this proved to be a thought provoking session for members. Since leaving the police, she has established her own company, The Forensic Experience, making presentations to groups across the country.

30 May 2019: Recycle Inkjet Cartridges

Dick has kindly offered to accept used inkjet cartridges for recycling, in support of the Reading MenCap charity. The makes that you can recycle include HP, Dell, Lexmark, Canon, Samsung, Neopost, Epson and Kodak. Please note that the cartridges must be original manufacturers’ cartridges that have not been previously refilled, and in good condition. For more information, see www.recycle4charity.co.uk.

7 May 2019: Iain Pattison Judged Short Story Competition

Announced

Requirements For This Year’s Event Length: Maximum of 1500 words. Theme: A modern take on a nursery rhyme or fable. Closing date: Hard copy to Sally no later than the meeting on 4 June 2019.

Full details on the Competitions page.

12 June 2019: It’s All Happening for Sarah!

On Tuesday 18 th June 2019 at 5pm, you will find Sarah in a bookshop, signing books - the Dobrovsky book shop - in Prague! - Czech it out! She will be promoting her first novel in the DC Charlie Stafford series, ‘Mummy’s Favourite’, which has been out in paperback since January this year, and is now available in the Czech language.
You can contact Sarah through her new web site www.SarahFlintAuthor.com or via Twitter on @SarahFlint19 or via Facebook on @SarahFlintBooks
Sarah’s latest publication, ‘Daddy’s Girls’ (the fifth in the DC Charlie Stafford series) will be published on 6th September 2019 in e-books and is available on Amazon Kindle, Kobo and other e-book sites.

15 June 2019: Claudette would like some help.

Her novel, ‘Isabelle Tchang in my Home Town’, is available on Amazon (Kindle and paperback) and she is now looking for advice on how to promote it. Claudette hopes to attend a meeting soon. In the meantime, perhaps members can put on their thinking caps. The story is set in Nice during the 1960s. Sophie and her friends, born and brought up in the town, have to deal with parents, school, fashion, religion, and of course boys, at a time of great change. The character Isabelle Tchang was inspired by one of Claudette’s school friends who left France for Cambodia just before sitting the Baccalaureate exam. Her parents asked her to come back immediately (it was the time of the Khmers Rouges) but Claudette never saw her again. You can get more about the book from its page on Amazon.
© Thames Valley Writers’ Circle
Send in your news items to webmaster@thamesvalleywriterscircle.org
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.
2 Nov 2018: Dick Rescued by Grandma! Congratulations to Dick on getting a short story published in Womans Weekly. He has some interesting observations.
SUCCESS IN A WOMAN'S WORLD The number of publications that take short stories has decreased drastically since I first started writing. The one area where it is kept going is women's magazines. In the past, I have sent short stories into various titles but with no luck. Was it I wondered because I was a man and they only wanted woman writers. A little deception is called for I thought so I sent in a story about a young lady caught up in the suffragette movement but using my grandmother's name, Charlotte Sawdon, as it's author. To my delight they loved it or so they said and a few months later it appeared in the totally fiction edition of Woman's Weekly. Looking through the magazine at the other stories, I was surprised to see that two of them were written by men under their own names. It seemed I had got it wrong. They don't mind who writes their stories as long as it suits their readership. Dick Sawdon Smith

13 Nov 2018: Rob wins this year’s One Act Play

Competition

Congratulations to Rob whose play, Scraps, won this year’s event. Arthur Burke of the Progress Theatre judged the event and provided a critique on each of the entries. Colin’s The Homecoming was second and Sally’s The Pantomime was third. Most of the entries are now in the Library for you to read.
Arthur (left) presents Rob with his prize

20 Nov 2018: Helen Published

Congratulations to Helen Collett. Her short story, Christmas and Birthday, will be published in the Christmas edition of The Weekly News on 22 Dec. The Weekly News is a sister publication to The Peoples Friend and should be obtainable through any shop selling magazines and newspapers.

5 Dec 2018

Arthur Redway Memorial

Competition

The theme/title of the competition is ‘Silent Night’. Entries can be a short story or poem, any genre, maximum word count 1200. Send entries to Walter at webmaster@thamesvalleywriterscircle.org to arrive no later than 3 Jan 2019. You can also find this address on our website home page, near the top of the page. Please do not write your name on the actual entry. Everybody will then have until our first meeting back on 8th January 2019 to read through the entries - which will be uploaded on to our website Library page 2018 - and choose your favourites. Then email your votes for the top three in order of preference to Stuart on stuart@tilehurst.plus.com or intcoms@thamesvalleywriterscircle.org, and he will count up your votes. The top three stories will be read at the meeting on 8 Jan.

18 Dec 2018: Dick Goes Global

Dick Sawdon Smith wrote an article for a football refereeing magazine about speeding up the game for the benefit of spectators. An organisation called V&A (no, not the museum) have spotted it and want to distribute it around the world - well done Dick! However, V&A need our help to do it! The help they need is an online home for the article, so we have provided it. Now you can read it too! Just click or tap the title: Speeding up the Game.

8 Jan 2019: Record Breaking Start to the Year

The 2018 Arthur Redway Memorial Competition was a record breaker. There were 21 entries which included poems and short stories, with the winner an epic poem by David Baldock in which he offers an alternative view of ‘Silent Night’. A short story about a teenager who is confronted by real life, by Sarah Cox, and a Gothic tale by Nick Telepneff, tied for second place. Twenty people cast their votes - about half our membership - and 25 attended the first meeting of the year at which the results were announced. Fortunately, there was more than enough fish and chips to go round!
David Baldock with the Arthur Redway Memorial Trophy

21 Feb 2019: Reading Chronicle Report

Forensic talk is a winner

Talk on police forensics to

Thames Valley Writers’ Circle

A woman who spent 20 years in the police force - specialising in forensics - was the guest speaker at a club’s latest meeting. Thames Valley Writers’ Circle welcomed Hayley Scott for a unique talk about what happens at crime scenes. During her time on the beat in London, she learned how forensic units take control of murder and burglary investigations to preserve vital evidence. Thrilling plot lines are often at the centre of the Circle’s discussions and this proved to be a thought provoking session for members. Since leaving the police, she has established her own company, The Forensic Experience, making presentations to groups across the country.

30 May 2019: Recycle Inkjet Catridges

Dick has kindly offered to accept used inkjet cartridges for recycling, in support of the Reading MenCap charity. The makes that you can recycle include HP, Dell, Lexmark, Canon, Samsung, Neopost, Epson and Kodak. Please note that the cartridges must be original manufacturers’ cartridges that have not been previously refilled, and in good condition. For more information, see www.recycle4charity.co.uk.

7 May 2019: Iain Pattison Judged Short Story

Competition Announced

Requirements for this year’s event Length: Maximum of 1500 words. Theme: A modern take on a nursery rhyme or fable. Closing date: Hard copy to Sally no later than the meeting on 4 June 2019.

Full details on the Competitions page.

12 June 2019: It’s All Happening for Sarah!

On Tuesday 18 th June 2019 at 5pm, you will find Sarah in a bookshop, signing books - the Dobrovsky book shop - in Prague! - Czech it out! She will be promoting her first novel in the DC Charlie Stafford series, Mummy’s Favourite’, which has been out in paperback since January this year, and is now available in the Czech language.
Sarah’s latest publication, ‘Daddy’s Girls’ (the fifth in the DC Charlie Stafford series) will be published on 6th September 2019 in e-books and is available on Amazon Kindle, Kobo and other e-book sites.
You can contact Sarah through her new web site www.SarahFlintAuthor.com or via Twitter on @SarahFlint19 or via Facebook on @SarahFlintBooks

15 June 2019: Claudette would like some help.

Her novel, ‘Isabelle Tchang in my Home Town’, is available on Amazon (Kindle and paperback) and she is now looking for advice on how to promote it. Claudette hopes to attend a meeting soon. In the meantime, perhaps members can put on their thinking caps. The story is set in Nice during the 1960s. Sophie and her friends, born and brought up in the town, have to deal with parents, school, fashion, religion, and of course boys, at a time of great change. The character Isabelle Tchang was inspired by one of Claudette’s school friends who left France for Cambodia just before sitting the Baccalaureate exam. Her parents asked her to come back immediately (it was the time of the Khmers Rouges) but Claudette never saw her again. You can get more about the book from its page on Amazon.
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