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Thursday, 24 December 2009

An Evening for Writers

Its a while since I blogged, real life has got in the way but hey I'm here now. I have some exciting news to report...

Writers in Leicestershire are in for a treat, as I've just found out Jane Wenham-Jones is coming to Loughborough College to give an after dinner talk. From what I have heard this will not only be informative but highly entertaining.

A writer, journalist and presenter Jane regularly turns up on radio and TV. She is the author of three best-selling novels and a non-fiction book - Wannabe a Writer?

You can find out more about her here http://www.janewenham-jones.com/


Details I have so far are as follows...


Places for Jane Wenham-Jones after dinner speaker evening at Loughborough College on Wednesday 24th March 2010 already going fast. Bearing in mind tickets don’t officially come on sale until January. A few reasons for such interest, Jane is such an entertaining after dinner speaker who appeals to non-writers as well as writers.

She rarely ventures into The East Midlands, the food at Loughborough College’s restaurant is first class, and the Compere for the evening is well known Leicestershire writer Keith Morley. And if there's an early general election on Thursday 25th March it’ll be a great night to be out enjoying yourself away from the yawn yawn election build up.

For more information please contact Keith Large by email keith.large@loucoll.ac.uk or contact the Radmoor Centre on 0845 1662959.

Sunday, 29 November 2009

Scriptwriting Workshop with Stephen Loveless


Yesterday, I was entertained and educated by Stephen Loveless, at Grace Dieu Writers Circle. He had come along from Northamptonshire to do a Scriptwriting Workshop, focusing on TV and films.
Upon arrival, we were greeted and settled into our seats with tea and biscuits, where we had time to network and get to know each other a little better. After a brief introduction from Stephen it was straight down to business, as he quickly split us up into groups and told us that by the end of the day we would have a script.

It was then time to get down to the job in hand, helped and mentored by Stephen until lunch time, when we took a welcome break to enjoy a light buffet lunch and network some more before our task master set us back to work again. What at first had seemed daunting, was now taking shape as the groups worked out their storylines and character profiles. Everything was explained, and backed up by excellent hand outs.

After our afternoon tea, we entered into a lively discussion, as each team pitched their script to the other. Almost out of time, all that was left to do was thank Stephen for a wonderfully entertaining day, and bid my new found writer friends goodbye as they took to the roads to return home. Some having travelled from Shropshire and Derbyshire.

I cannot speak for the others, but initially I felt overwhelmed being told I was going to write a Comedy Thriller with seven strangers in only a few hours. However, by the end of the afternoon I came away feeling I had achieved a lot, and learnt much about the business of scriptwriting.

Friday, 13 November 2009

Spike the Cat

Some of you, like me, will enjoy entering writing competitions, so I'd like to mention a new publisher who is running one with a difference. Richard Hallows, the man behind http://www.spikethecat.co.uk/ is inviting entries for themed competitions, including 'Someone has to die' a competition for detective and murder mystery stories.

'Adventures in Time and Space' a competition for science fiction stories, and 'Secrets and Spies' a competition for stories of espionage and betrayal.  The prize money is decent, and you can pay extra for a critique on your work if you so desire.

An anthology of the best stories will be produced at a later date, and will be available to purchase. In return writers are getting published and building their writing CV's at the same time.

I spotted spikethecat whilst browsing, however if you visit their blog and read back a few entries you'll see that they are mentioned in the December issue of Writers News (page 11) Richard’s posts are informative and interesting, as he is a writer who is happy to share with others.

I'm for one going to give him a chance.  Why don't you take a look?

Thursday, 12 November 2009

First Post

Hello, and welcome to the First Draft Cafe.

The purpose of this blog is to share conversation and news about anything to do with writing. I'm hoping you'll drop in from time to time, and between us, we can make it a place to share information and views, as well as making some new writing buddies along the way.

I love being a writer because its something you can do anywhere, anytime. You can be anybody, go wherever your imagination takes you, and do anything you want to do! Pure escapism controlled only by how far you allow your mind to stretch and how willing you are to let your creativity take over. I consider myself very lucky.
Feel free to post me a comment.


Maria