Formed over forty years ago, our Writers Circle is based in Felixstowe, Suffolk. Meetings are held in The Room at the Top in Felixstowe Library, normally on the first and third Tuesday of each month commencing at 7.30pm and finishing by 10.00pm. Check this weblog for details of meetings.

There is an annual November to November fee of £30, April to November is £20 and June to November £15. For members preferring to pay at each meeting the charge is £5 per meeting. To contact Felixstowe Scribblers simply email scribblers.1@btinternet.com or the Secretary, catherine.stafford1@ntlworld.com

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Meeting report

Minutes of Scribblers’ meeting Tuesday 17 October 2017

Present: Dick, Beryl, Jim, Bridget, Liliane, Tony, Mairead, Dave.

Apologies: Anne, Steve, Cathy.

Business:

It was nice to welcome Dick back to the fold this evening and also Mairead. Thanks again to Mairead for bringing in the treats! Often overlooked, in the thank you stakes, we must thank Liliane for her continued help with the library key.

Cathy is unwell at present and couldn’t make the evening although her husband did deliver the Bill Budner Trophy to us – long story as Steve, the holder, was unable to make the meeting and had passed it on to Cathy. Oh boy, it never seems simple does it?

The anthology press releases were delivered to the Ipswich Star and Radio Suffolk but, to my knowledge nothing has come from them which is a shame. The good news for us is that there are just five copies left on hand whilst we are still to check with Stillwater books how many they hold. At least we have more than broken even!

Angela Petch one of our former members wishes to be remembered to the Scribblers and has one of our anthologies now winging its way to her. Her second novel, ‘Now and Then Tuscany’ has received some excellent reviews. Well worth a read.

Thoughts for the AGM – is there any kind of group project we can work on? It could be a really interesting theme. Any thoughts? Also any thoughts on the structure of meetings, the homework assignments or anything that might help with our enjoyment and writing skills?  

Meeting:

The Bill Budner Trophy was up for grabs again. Thanks to Beryl and Dick for their great reading skills in conveying the stories to us and helping to remember our much missed and departed colleague Bill. Apart from the written words themselves their clear and precise delivery added to the atmosphere of the evening.

In order of reading:

Margo’s World by Liliane
Suffering by Dave
Fates Destroying Angel by Tony
Cape Cod by Jim
Sleeper by Dick
The Box (2nd Draft) by Bridget
The Force by Beryl

These stories produced one of the closest results in this competition. There was a mere four votes separating the top from the bottom story which is quite remarkable. In the end the result was a tie for second place between Bridget and Dick whilst the winner on the night was again:

Tony! His story just topped the chart and more than that it was his fifth time winning the trophy since it began in 2007.

Next meeting: 

This is in THREE weeks time on Tuesday 7th November, when we hold our annual GHOST/HALLOWEEN evening with spooky tales of up to 1,000 scary words...

Just a note that I may be unable to attend as my wife should have had her knee replacement operation so my duties may lay elsewhere for a while.

Keep Scribbling!!!

Dave.



Tuesday, 17 October 2017

And the winner is...

What a remarkable meeting full of excellent stories that provided a conundrum in selecting a winner - in fact there only a mere four votes separating the first and last places!

First a word of thanks to Beryl and Dick who shared reading out the entries - and what a good job they did once again.

Secondly thanks to everyone who entered and kept us all riveted on some fantastic words... the BBC ought to think about coming along and recording a meeting in the future similar to the one Rachel Sloane did with us a number of years ago now.

Back to the competition.

In joint second place were Dick with 'Sleeper' and Bridget with 'The Box (2nd draft)'

And the winner?

He's done it again for the umpteenth time, our good friend Tony with 'Fates Destroying Angel'

Well done Tony!

Tony receiving the Bill Budner Trophy from Mairead,

















Our next meeting is in THREE weeks time on 7th November when we have our annual 1,000 word GHOST/HALLOWEEN story. A scary evening is sure to be had...

Keep Scribbling!!!

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Disarm meeting.

Tonight's meeting was something of a revelation. Most writer's found that the homework assignment was quite difficult to write about, but, having said that, the stories that were produced were well written and in some cases, eye opening.

The next gathering will be in two weeks time, 17 October, when we return to competition time - The Bill Budner Trophy is again up for grabs. It is a competition for attending members only. Up to 1,000 words maximum on any subject. No names should be shown on the entries. Two "volunteers" will read out the entries before the new holder of the trophy is revealed. Full details are shown at the top of this weblog.

Good luck so it's time to

Get Scribbling!!! 

Friday, 29 September 2017

Our next meeting

Our next meeting is on Tuesday 3rd October when the homework assignment was drawn out as 'DISARM'. An intriguing subject so I wonder what delights everyone will produce. Don't worry if the subject doesn't suit you then please bring along another piece of work but please remember to adhere to the 1,000 word limit.

I hope everyone who attended enjoyed Caroline Foster's interesting talk last time. Caroline has emailed to say how much she enjoyed the evening and of course she beat me to writing to thank her for coming!

I've sent round three items which might interest some of you - so fingers crossed there's something to whet the appetite.

Looking forward to Tuesday, see you in The Room at the Top... 7.30pm.

Keep Scribbling!!!

Monday, 25 September 2017

Meeting report.

Minutes of Scribblers’ meeting Tuesday 19 September 2017

Present: Steve, Gerry, Liliane, Lara, Dave, Anne, John, Mairead, Bridget, Di, Cathy
Apologies: Beryl, Kay, Tony, Dick.

Business:
Our thanks as usual to Mairead for bringing in treats for us to enjoy.

Meeting:

Dave introduced our guest speaker, ex-Scribbler Caroline Foster, who gave us an interesting and insightful talk about her writing journey. She spoke about her experiences in gaining an agent and publisher, teaching creative writing, the challenges experienced writers of non-fiction can face when they decide to write fiction, and many other topics.

In her most recently published work, ‘Write from the start’, there is a vast amount of useful information for both non-fiction and fiction writers – several Scribblers purchased a signed copy from her on the night, and over coffee and cake we all enjoyed a lively discussion about almost every aspect of writing – the highs and lows, hopes and dreams – altogether a truly delightful evening. Our thanks must go to Caroline for her excellent presentation – I think we all came away inspired to work harder!

Next meeting: Tuesday 3 October, when the homework topic for our 1000 word piece is ‘disarm’. The originally selected topic was ‘how to train a norovirus’, but we were all overwhelmed by the potentially hopeless challenge this presented, so drew a second option!

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

An excellent evening with Caroline Foster.

Members of Felixstowe Scribblers and the Orwell Writers enjoyed an excellent evening with author Caroline Foster. Her talk was informative and gave extremely helpful advice to help towards plotting, planning and researching from the start to approaching publishers.

It was a really enjoyable evening and sincere thanks and appreciation must go to Caroline for giving up her time to travel to Felixstowe.

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 3rd October when the 1,000 word homework subject is "Disarm."

Until next time,

Keep Scribbling!!!   

Monday, 18 September 2017

Our next meeting: An author talk with Caroline Foster...

Our next meeting is almost upon us. As you will know we have Caroline Foster coming along to talk about writing and publishing.

Caroline, who has recently published her book, "Write From The Start",  has enjoyed a freelance writing career spanning more than 20 years, writing for national and regional publications on a variety of topics. In 2006, Caroline was selected for Writer’s Bureau ‘Writer of the Year Award,’ and by 2008 she was one of the founding partners of a successful Copywriting, PR and Digital Marketing company based in the East of England.

I hope you will be able to come along and enjoy an evening with Caroline.

The meeting begins at 7.30pm this Tuesday 19th September.

Keep Scribbling!!!

Dave