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Workshop Blog 8/1/24

Hi everyone. Hope you are all fully recovered from the celebrations of Christmas, new year, and the return of flooding, ice and snow. Over the break I met an expert farmer. She was outstanding in her field. Her name was Susan Tickel and she concentrated on those certain substances so beloved of students, Rastafarians, and […]

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Workshop Blog 11/12/23

Hi everyone. This Monday we had our Christmas party and 500-word competition. There were 11 of us present but Sharif hadn’t brought a jolly Xmas tale to brighten our spirits so didn’t read out an entry for the competition. In order of appearance, we heard from; Jeff, Ian (dressed as Father Christmas but he didn’t

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Workshop Blog 4/12/23

Hi everyone. This week we had our flash fiction competition adjudication, by the uber-talented Emily Garside. There were 11 present including Emily and Sam, a first-timer. EG chatted freely with the members about her own writing path and explained what she was looking for – mainly to be surprised by authors, and to find an

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Workshop Blog 27/11/23

To be brief, we had 12 present this week, and Jeff had to commence the session as the chair was late. Feeble excuses later, the session continued. First to read was Angela with the second (and final) part of her short story of which I didn’t catch the title. It involved a re-enactment of a

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Workshop Blog 20/11/23

Report on the last ZOOM call this side of Christmas (or 15th January in fact). Yes, this week we held our final ZOOM call until the third Monday in January. This is partly owing to the fact that Emily Garside is providing our flash fiction adjudication on 4th December which would otherwise have been via

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Workshop Blog 13/11/23

Not many of these left before the Christmas party. Woo-hooo. And by popular request (demand) I shall adopt brevity as my watch-word. Ten of us attended this week, at the YMCA, and we managed seven readings with a great deal of feedback. Firstly we heard from Daniel with part of his story Objects in the

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Workshop Blog 6/11/23

Hello, hello, hello, my super-lovely friends. Both of you. And hi to everyone else too. This week on ZOOM we had twelve present and nine people managed to read. Steve kicked the proceedings off with another section from his current novella The Temptations of Jonathan Yorke. As with everything Steve writes, the story progresses and

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Workshop Blog 30/10/23

Hi everyone. Returning from the West Country with (as I believed) plenty of time, I was disappointed to encounter ridiculous delays on the A4174 Bristle ring road, M32 and M4, to the extent that I needed to message our dear sweet and innocent treasurer – Jeff – to ask if he could please set the

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Workshop Blog 23/10/23

Good morning/afternoon/evening/night (delete as applicable) my friends. I had a friend from North Wales who told me about this wonderful thing he had bought called a ‘Thermos flask’. He explained that it could keep hot things hot and cold things cold. I asked what he had in it right now. ‘Two cups of coffee and

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Workshop Blog 16/09/23

Hi everyone. First of all, and following requests from some members, here are the fees and associated bank details for CWC. New members get their first two sessions free of charge, after which there is a membership fee of £10 per term (three terms) or £30 per year. Additionally, we charge £4 for every session

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