Right. You’ve written some poetry or prose. It looks okay (to you), but what might a reader make of your work? Time to find out.
Our first meeting of 2020 will be a “blind critique” session. It works like this:
* Bring five paper copies of your prose (500 words max) or poetry (two max).
* Don’t put your name on the written material, so that you remain anonymous.
* Small groups of people will read and discuss your work.
* You will receive constructive comment and feedback.
It’s an informal opportunity for people to cast an eye over new material and help a writer in his/her quest to improve their work. We’ll focus on the positive.
The meeting takes place on Thursday, January 16, 2020, in the Lesser Hall of St Boswells Village Hall, Jenny Moore’s Road, St Boswells. Doors open at 7pm for refreshments, with the session beginning at 7.20pm. Non-members are welcome to attend and are asked to pay a £3 entry.
Ready for some festive fun? Then you need to be at the BWF Christmas Night. Here’s what’s on offer:
Open Mic – Members will have the opportunity to read their work (maybe with a festive theme) in a five-minute slot. Check the Open Mic page for details on how it operates.
Book Swap – Bring along a favourite book you’d be happy to donate and swap it for another. Just add £1 to the kitty for each swap. Money will be donated to Blackwell’s
Giving Tree, which provides Christmas books for children in need.
Book Sales – Members can sell their own books at the event, with £1 from every sale going to Blackwell’s Giving Tree.
Food and drink – Bring something savoury or sweet to share in a buffet for partygoers. Drinks will be provided.
The fun begins on Thursday, December 19, 2019, at 7pm in St Boswells Village Hall.
A warm welcome extends to non-members, who will be admitted free of charge. Please note that only members can read their work at the Open Mic.
Note: St Boswells Village Hall is not available on December 12, the date scheduled in the BWF programme 2019/20.
Does your dialogue lack drama? What are your characters really saying?
Jules Horne can help unravel the mysteries of dynamic interaction and give your words added zing and meaning. This practical workshop, Dialogue and Subtext, will delve deeper into the world of dramatic techniques.
Born in Hawick, Jules is a playwright, fiction writer and Open University tutor on creative writing. Two of her plays have won Fringe First awards and she is a founding member of the new Borders Pub Theatre collective.
The meeting takes place on Thursday, November 21, 2019, in the Lesser Hall of St Boswells Village Hall, Jenny Moore’s Road, St Boswells. Doors open at 7pm for refreshments, with the session beginning at 7.20pm. Non-members are welcome to attend and are asked to pay a £3 entry.
Click on www.method-writing.com and www.juleshorne.com
And don’t forget about the Open Mic afternoon in Hawick on November 2, 2019. See News page.
Have you considered being a full-time writer? What abilities and resources do you need to develop and sustain a career involving the written word? Margaret Skea can help.
The award-winning writer of historical fiction will give tips on how to raise your profile and find outlets for your work, as well as offering ways to increase your income.
Margaret’s recent work has included a fictionalised biography of Katharina von Bora, the wife of Martin Luther. The first book in the series was runner-up in the Historical Novel Society New Novel Award 2018.
The meeting takes place on Thursday, October 17, 2019, in the Lesser Hall of St Boswells Village Hall, Jenny Moore’s Road, St Boswells. Doors open at 7pm for refreshments, with the session beginning at 7.20pm. Non-members are welcome to attend and are asked to pay a £3 entry.
Author details at margaretskea.com
It’s a new session. A new start for writers. What’s that? You can’t get started? Don’t worry. Help is at hand.
Writing coach Sarah Painter is the first guest of the 2019-20 programme and she will be offering tips on how to get those words on the page or computer screen. Her book, Stop Worrying; Start Writing, aims to help writers overcome fear, self-doubt and procrastination.
The meeting takes place on Thursday, September 19, 2019, in the Lesser Hall of St Boswells Village Hall, Jenny Moore’s Road, St Boswells. Doors open at 7pm for refreshments, with the session beginning at 7.20pm. Non-members are welcome to attend and are asked to pay a £3 entry.
For more information about Sarah’s work, click on:
sarah-painter.com and The Worried Writer.
This is a Live Literature event funded through the Scottish Book Trust.
Note: As this is the first meeting of 2019-20, it would be helpful if prospective members could bring the £15 annual fee. Payment can be made by cash, card or cheque. See secretary Tony Parkinson for bank transfer details.
Got your summer reading sorted? You haven’t? Well, help is at hand.
A Book Sale is being held at Borders General Hospital on Thursday and Friday, June 27 and 28, 2019, from 9am ’til 5pm on both days. The table will be set up on the ground floor at the foot of the main staircase.
The latest BWF anthology, Border Voices: Coast and Countryside, will be available as well as a wide selection of books published by members. Payment can be made by cash or card.
Thanks to members who have offered to assist at the table. If you can spare some time on either day, please contact secretary Tony Parkinson (firstname.lastname@example.org) to check on coverage options.
This is the last official engagement of the 2018/19 programme, so pop along to the BGH, have a browse and enjoy a natter with the folks manning the table. And bring some pennies to help the cause.
Joint social with Melrose Literary Society
Robert Leach leads a reading of Top Girls, a play by Caryl Churchill.
The event takes place on Thursday, June 20, 2019, at 7.30pm in the Ormiston Institute, Melrose.
A light supper will be provided. Members are invited to bring savoury or sweet food and should contact Tony Parkinson (email@example.com) and Ros Anderson (firstname.lastname@example.org), who are co-ordinating these donations.
Note: There will be no meeting in St Boswells Village Hall.