Events Programme

Normally regular meetings take place on the second Thursday of the month, starting at 8.00pm. We usually finish at around 9.30, but sometimes it’s a little later.  However, owing to the Coronavirus Pandemic live meetings have been suspended until further notice.  We are endeavouring to offer members some virtual activities in the interim. 

Non members are welcome to attend future events via Zoom.  If you are interested please get in touch through the Contact Us page on this website.

 

Nov 12th Pam Chambers:  As a Child Protection Officer with the police Pam had the most diverse experience of all types of serious crime, including murder.  As Family Liaison Officer for two murder investigations that took place within family groups – it occurred to her that she hadn’t read any Detective Crime novels, involving murder, that were written about the involvement of the Child Protection Unit. However, it wasn’t until she encountered a boy on a bus – who haunted her for days, that she decided she could write one herself.  The Thirteenth Torment is a work of fiction, but all the events and personalities in the story are based on things she was involved in and the people she met.  Pam hopes to explain to Chiltern Writers how I set out to challenge stereotypical ideas about villains and victims – and, hopefully, set the reader up to understand that the two things often swing back and forth.  Pam’s website is http://www.pamchambers.co.uk/  In addition an article about Pam appears in the latest copy of Vale Life written by our member Sandra Smith:  https://library.myebook.com/ValeLife/vale-life-magazine-sept-oct-2020/2813/#page/15

 

Dec 10th Virtual Christmas Social via Zoom.  As well as a Quiz, the three winners of the 2020 Writing Competition will be invited to read out their entries.  Details of other entertainment to follow!

 

Jan 14th Manuscript Evening via Zoom

 

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic a number of events have had to be postponed until further notice. We hope to reschedule them all once we are able to resume our normal meetings. 

 

PREVIOUS EVENTS in 2020:

October 8th – Tony Kent gave an entertaining an humorous talk about how he became a writer and his writing process.  Tony is a thriller writer, a criminal barrister and a former champion heavyweight boxer.  He writes the bestselling Joe Dempsey / Michael Devlin / Sarah Truman series of political and legal action thrillers.  In a 20 year history of high-profile criminal trials, Tony has dealt with the UK government, Scotland Yard, the NCA, MI5 and the FBI, as well as some of Europe’s most infamous organised crime groups. For more information take a look at his website:  https://www.tonykent.net/

 

September 10thManuscript Evening via Zoom and announcement of the results of our annual writing competition.  This year’s challenge was to write a 1,000 word non-fiction articles on any subject. The article had to be accompanied by a 100 word pitch to the chosen publication’s editor, summarising what the article was about and why they should publish it.  The competition has been judged by Chiltern Writers’ member and former Chair, Sandra Smith, a freelance writer whose articles have appeared in local and national magazines from Buckinghamshire Living to Town and Country.

Three prizes were awarded:

1st Prize (£30):            Killers by Christine DeVine

2nd Prize (£20):          A Slow Trip to Scotland (and a Slower One Back) by Jonathan Bullard

3rd Prize (£10):           The Not So Brave New World of Tourism by Rosy Edwards

The three winners will be invited to read out their entries at our Christmas Social (most likely a virtual event) on 10 December.  They may then appear in the members area of the CW Website.

 

August 13th – Simon Truckle.  Simon joined us via Zoom to explain how he self-published his first novel, a comedy, “Love Labours”.  Sharing his experiences provided helpful insights into the key requirements for professional editing, a strong cover design and launching a book via Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing.  That he lives Whitstable, Kent was evident from seagull noises in the background! His website is:  www.simontruckle.com

 

July 9th – Dave Sivers.  Local author of crime novels and CW member, Dave gave an excellent presentation via Zoom regarding series characters and story arc.  His insights and experience taught us about linking books within a series with over-arching plot lines and engaging readers with intriguing characters.  This is the link to his website: http://www.davesivers.co.uk/ 

 

June 11thOur first Manuscript Evening via Zoom!  Some minor technical issues were soon overcome and five members read their work.  As usual the standard was high and other participants provided some constructive feedback to the authors.  Given this success, we hope to run another Virtual Manuscript Evening before too long.

 

May 14th – Online workshop: Plot and Character – A Symbiotic Mix

Local writer and CW member Sandra Smith provided members with a workshop in the form of a worksheet.  This included guidance notes, writing exercises, examples and explanations with Sandra offering email support for participants.  Sandra’s website can be found at: www.TheCurrentMrsSmith.co.uk

 

April 9th    AGM held via Facebook

 

March 12th  meeting cancelled due to Coronavirus

 

February 13th  Manuscript Evening

 

January 9th   Interview with Sandra Smith, local writer and a former Chair of Chiltern Writers. Sandra talked to our Chair, Patrick Mahon about researching and approaching markets for her work. www.thecurrentmrssmith.co.uk

 

Summary of events held during 2019:

 Between the following events we held Manuscript Evenings where members had the option to read out something they’d written and, if they wish, receive constructive criticism from the rest of the group. We usually limit the reading time to a maximum of 5 minutes. The quality and variety of subject matter is always impressive.

 

January – Creative Writing Workshop run by the renowned performance poet John Hegley (http://www.johnhegley.co.uk/ ) This session provided an inspiring mix of writing experiences, and featured John’s entertaining and inimitable take on language and life.

 

March – Workshop with Julie Cohen: ‘Creating Character’.  This was a hands-on, practical, fun workshop on creating a character from scratch. Participants started with a blank piece of paper and by the end of the workshop they had a fully-rounded character, using several techniques on how to best create character.  http://www.julie-cohen.com/

 

April – Annual General Meeting & Short Talks  AGM business was conducted as swiftly as possible to make way for some short talks by members of Chiltern Writers on different aspects of writing. This proved both informative and entertaining.

 

May – Talk by Adrian Poynton: Turning ideas into scripts.  Award winning script writer, Adrian Poynton, talked about becoming a professional script writer and how to turn ideas into scripts.  http://www.adrianpoynton.com/

 

June – Suna Erdem, a journalist who has written for a number of national publications including The Times, talked about her career to date.

 

August – Claire Steele – Workshop: ‘Raw Writing’. Author and creative writing tutor, Claire Steele facilitated a fun session to encourage the creative flow and unlock ‘writer’s block’.

 

September – Jules Wake – Tips for Getting that Novel Written & Published.  This was a Q & A session, with CW member Sherry Hostler asking Jules the questions. juleswake.co.uk.

 

October – Antonia Honeywell – Resilience and Reflection.  Making a return visit to CW, Antonia talked about her writing life since the publication of her novel The Ship. http://www.antoniahoneywell.com/

 

December – Christmas Social