As we say ‘cheerio!’ to 2018 we naturally turn to look at what 2019 might bring. Some of you out there may be wondering whether this is the year you decide to do something about those ‘fanciful’ thoughts of ‘someday’ ‘writing a novel’. Well, we’re here to help. Let’s take that New Year’s Resolution (even if it’s not as strong as that, merely a Vague and Undefined Interest in Doing Something) and Act On It. Fosseway Writers is a friendly group that aims to engage with, support and encourage local people who would like to try writing but don’t know where to start, as well as providing a welcoming and stimulating environment for more established writers.
Our first meeting in 2019 (Thursday 3rd) will cover some of the more baffling technological elements of modern writing: Blogging, Connecting through Social Media, and Online Collaboration. Nick Rowe (our Chair) and Clair Robshaw (our Programme Secretary) will explain why blogging, tweeting and forums are useful and, perhaps, encourage you to take advantage of the opportunities that have opened up over the last decade or so. We’re still finalising our full programme of events for 2019 but we can reveal that there will be competitions for poetry, flash fiction and travel writing, as well as some writing workshops. If there’s anything specific that you would be interested in learning more about, such as genre fiction, please let us know and we’ll see if we can add it to the calendar.
These formal meetings are at 7 pm on the first Thursday of every month at Knights Court, Balderton Gate, Newark. We will also be meeting on Thursday 17th at the Organ Grinder pub where we will be discussing our respective works in progress and our ambitious collaborative novel that we are planning to release in the summer. We achieved some great things in 2018: launching a new anthology of short stories and poetry; having a stand at Newark Book Festival; gaining new members; creating an online collaborative forum; and encouraging members with their work (two books launched by Maria Dziedzan and C.L. Peache).
Why not make 2019 the year where you start writing? After all, so many of us have ‘a book inside’. Come along and we’ll encourage you to express your creativity and help it out naturally. The only other alternative would be chainsaw surgery and that tends to be rather painful and terribly messy.