Diary – 2022


Welcome to our new season of exciting events in 2022

writing by the sea

11th January 2022: 

Glenda Young, author of the recently published novel ‘Murder at the Seaview Hotel’ will be in attendance.  She won’t be running a ‘masterclass’ as such but is keen to meet with us all and Dorinda is sure she will be happy to take questions on her writing and publishing process.  Her website is here.

Announce Arthur Hastings Competition and theme.

8th February 2022:

The meeting in February will be in two parts.

Part one:

My funny (?) Valentine.  Are all Valentines funny? Are all roses red? Do all love stories have a happy ending?

Please bring Valentine-themed writing to share – poems, limericks, flash fiction (or short fiction).

Part two:

SWC going forward.  What do we want for the circle, our website. Ways to encourage membership. Ideas about speakers.  What do we want SWC to be and achieve in the year.

Please prepare biographies for the SWC website if you want to be included on that – you can bring these to the meeting or email them to Julie for updating to our website.  A photo would be great too.

Closing date for Arthur Hastings Competition.

8th March 2022:

READ THROUGH AND RESULTS:  Arthur Hastings Competition

12th April 2022:

Session: Sharing our writing strengths. What skills do we have (in particular), what do we struggle with? How can we share and learn from each other to improve our writing skills?

(Reminder: Next session will be research based – with a twist! Write a factual piece about an everyday object but EITHER write about a boring object and make it sound exciting OR write about an exciting object and make it sound as dull as can be)

Announce Nikki Barker Competition.

10th May 2022: 


Writing craft: Which approach did you choose and why? What, in particular, made your piece sound dull/exciting? What can be learned from how we approached this task?

Closing date for Nikki Barker Competition.

14th June 2022:

READ THROUGH AND RESULTS: Nikki Barker Competition

12th July 2022:

Dialogue: writing craft and publishing requirements

9th August 2022:  

Poetry workshop with Felix Hodcroft

Announce Shirley Waite Poetry Competition

13th September 2022:


A look at the importance of a strong beginning to your novel, memoir, or short story, and examine how other successful writers have hooked the reader from the first page.
If happy to do so, attendees are invited to bring the beginning of a piece of their own work for general discussion, or a favourite beginning from an established work. 
 Tonight is also the closing date for the Shirley Waite Poetry Competition
 Please note that next session if, following the reading of prize submissions there is time, we will consider the merits and importance of rhythm in prose.

11th October 2022:                       

Celebrating Poetry: RESULTS of Shirley Waite Poetry Competition. Read through of winning entries.
Writing craft: Rhythm – what fiction writing can learn from poetry.
Reminder for the next session: please bring a short piece of writing (500 words or so) to read out for feedback.  The theme is ‘fire’.
AGM – November 2022 – date to be arranged

8th November 2022:

Bring short pieces of writing to share on the theme of ‘fire’ – group feedback

13th December 2022:

Seasons greetings! Bring a short piece of writing to share relating to seasonal festivities
… and nibbles, bring those to share too!

Merry Christmas 4