Our Christmas Meeting, 2019, with Prizegiving

For the first time, we had a Christmas meeting without a 2- or 3-course meal. In fact, it was more like ten. Or twelve!

Instead of a sit-down meal, we had decided to bring Chrstimassy foody bits in and have a buffet. This fitted nicely with our move from Churston Golf Club (which had a restaurant) to our meeting room at Paignton Library (which doesn’t). Our move to the Library has led us to ‘ring the changes’ a bit, which can be a good thing!

It worked out well, with those present saying they felt it was a more relaxed atmosphere – much easier to chat to everyone! Lucy Lepchani, our judge for this year’s Christmas competition, also enjoyed it – glad to have you with us again, Lucy!

After we’d eaten our fill (or more than!) the winners of the various competitions were announced, with Ken taking one trophy, and Julie taking the other two! We even have a photo to prove it….

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We were then treated to hearing their winning entries – and those who were runners-up or honourably-mentioned – which rounded off an excellent afternoon.

Our next meeting will be in the new year – 6 January, 2020 – when we hope to hear more stories and poems of the high standard we’ve come to expect, and have more writerly chat and general friendly interaction.

See you then!

Page Turning Quality

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We invited one of our members, Fiona Ross, to lead a workshop for the group on
18th March. Fiona chose the theme of “Page Turning Quality In Fiction”.

She began with a PowerPoint presentation, followed by examples and exercises.

The workshop focused on a variety of techniques to create tension in a scene, to create mystery and unanswered questions designed to keep the reader engaged with the story.

Fourteen members attended and the session was generally well received.

Paignton Writers’ Circle would like to thank Fiona for preparing and presenting the workshop.

‘Imagine There’s A Future’ Workshop

During 2011 we took part in the ‘Imagine There’s A Future’ creative writing project, which was run by Clare George, Writer-in-Residence at University of Exeter, and funded by Arts Council England.  Clare kindly held a workshop for us here in Torbay, and has included Paignton Writers’ Circle in her acknowledgements at the beginning of the publication for the winning entries in the subsequent competition.

Contact us if you would like to read a copy of the publication.