Julie Phillips

Wellington Festival – Meet the Author Event

Several members were at a wider ‘Meet the Author’ event, run as part of the Wellington Festival at Wellington Library today, where a fun time was had by all!

(photos (c) John Dyson)

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Jane Seabourne Poetry Workshop

Jane Seabourne gave us an excellent poetry workshop today, proving that even those of us who are not natural poets, can still produce something magical and … poetical.

Jane encouraging us to get drawing ... yes, drawing!

Jane encouraging us to get drawing … yes, drawing!

 

Wrekin Writers creating poetry

Wrekin Writers creating poetry

 

Writing West Midlands Comes to Shrewsbury!

I don’t know what it is at the moment but I have the urge to go out, meet other writers and learn from other writers and so I have been looking out for opportunities to do this. One of these opportunities was the Writing West Midlands networking event, which I had heard about on the Wrekin Writers’ Facebook Page, which I attended in Shrewsbury on Saturday.

I think my interest was sparked because writing can be a lonely occupation and as the event was actually in Shropshire and not Birmingham I felt it would be a good idea to attend it. The more of these events we as writers support the more likely these events, and others, are to be held locally.

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Something New

I recently had the opportunity to attend three events at the Oswestry LitFest. Armed with the tickets I had won, courtesy of the Shropshire Star, and the company of fellow Wrekin Writer Angeline Wheeler off we went. We weren’t entirely sure of directions but we just left caution to the wind and like a couple of explorers we headed for Oswestry and hoped for the best.

I have been to literary festivals before, the Hay being the big one, but although I had thought about going to Oswestry, I hadn’t yet had the chance, so it was a completely new thing for me. I also did not know any of the speakers we there to see. I didn’t know what the authors had written, the kind of clients the literary agent was after or who the editor edited for. Did my lack of knowledge matter? Not one bit.

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2014 February – Using Photographs to Inspire Creativity

In February, Simon tried showing how using photographs and images can help us add more creativity to our text, add more descriptive detail, and also generate new ideas.

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2011 October Workshops – Lynne Hackles

In 2011, prolific writer Lynne Hackles ran two workshops for us. Lynne writes short stories, articles (many for the writing magazines) books, and has done a little bit of ghostwriting, as we found out!

Darren introduces our guest speaker - Lynne!

Darren introduces our guest speaker – Lynne!

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2010 Shrewsbury

For our August meeting, we went travelling again, this time to Shrewsbury, to the venue of the Shropshire Wildlife Trust, which was adjacent to Shrewsbury Abbey, where our one-time President, Edith Pargeter, set her Brother Cadfael novels.

Shrewsbury Abbey, Shrewsbury, Shropshire

Shrewsbury Abbey, Shrewsbury, Shropshire

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2010 Drumming Workshop

After having so much fun with a drumming workshop back in 2006, we decided it was time to bang those bongos one more time!

Beverley

Beverley

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2009 – Attingham Book Fair Event

In 2009, those of us with books joined up with other local authors to take part in a book fair at Attingham Park. It was a great opportunity to show the world what we do as a group!

Charles and Diana with all the 'dead' Shropshire authors.

Charles and Diana with all the ‘dead’ Shropshire authors.

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2009 – Attingham Park Visit

In 2009 we held out meeting in the National Trust’s Attingham Park, near Shrewsbury, and in the afternoon had a guided tour of this large country house, with its fascinating history.

Meeting in progress!

Meeting in progress!

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2008 – Authors Judith Allnatt and Sue Moorcroft Visit

In May 2008, we were fortunate to be visited by two authors, Judith Allnat and Sue Moorcroft, who read from their new novels and answered questions on the writing process.

Judith, Keith Large and Sue

Judith, Keith Large and Sue

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