We had a fantastic time on Monday evening at our family and friends book launch of Where Fishermen Stand kindly hosted by Neil and Julie at the Woldingham Village Club. All current and some former members of The WWG were there to celebrate our achievement and we had a fantastic turnout of friends and family to help us. Much prosecco and mulled wine was drunk, the mince pies were delicious and we sold a further 15 copies of the book on the evening which the poets happily signed.
The photos below give you an idea of the happiness and cheer involved in the evening – we are so grateful for the support we have received.
The collection will be advertised in the February copy of NAWG’s link magazine and thanks in particular go to NAWG for their enthusiasm and guidance and for publishing Where Fishermen Stand under their imprint.
We have had such great feedback on the collection so far and we all feel incredibly proud of a job well done.
We’ve done it! Our first poetry collection – Where Fishermen Stand – was published on Amazon UK and US this week.* We already have a five star review from one of our readers and are so pleased that our poetry is resonating with people. The book is a perfect showcase for the talent of our group of writers, many of whom had never written poetry before producing some in response to our monthly writing exercises.
The themes for the collection are Place, family and identity – many of the poems involve a combination of the three. It was when we were sorting through the poems submitted that we realised how closely linked these three themes were – can you separate your sense of self from the place where something significant happened or from your family or from the places important to them?
We are grateful to NAWG for their support through the process and for agreeing to us publishing the collection under their imprint. We are also grateful to local artist Sally James who created a piece of art inspired by our title poem which we have used as our book’s cover – we have included a photo below. Thanks must also go to the collection’s editors, Marion and Shahida, without whom we would never have got sufficient momentum to reach this point.
We will be setting up a separate page for the collection this week so if you do purchase a copy then please do leave us a review on that page (as well as on Amazon please), we would love to know what you think!
- The collection is available on all of Amazon’s marketplaces so you should be able to find it on your local site
Sheila kindly wrote a blog piece after our November meeting:
November’s evening meeting was our first meeting after our away day.
One of the members was kind enough to open up her house to us and even had a very tempting cake and a glass of wine to welcome us in on that misty evening.
We shared our latest writing – three poems and another section of a short story about 3 very misbehaved young lads and offered friendly critique.
Then we turned our attention to the progress of our Group’s poetry book. We are so close – our poetry is due to be published at the end of this year.
More good news shared was that our host has found a writing consultant who will review her first novel and work with her to make it the best it can be!
We spent a wonderful day yesterday in Woldingham Village Hall writing together.
This was the second Writing Away Day we’ve held this year – our first was on a snowy day in January – and again the day was a great success.
Our Away Days give all of us a chance to get away from our usual busy lives and provide a dedicated time and space for writing. Finding time (and sometimes space) for writing is often mentioned as a challenge for our members and while we’d all love to go away on a writing retreat (especially to some of the places described in our recent description of a perfect writing place exercise) those same busy lives make an Away Day a more achievable option for many.
So we all brought our notebooks, laptops and packed lunches to the village hall and wrote and talked and ate a lot of cookies and cake (with thanks to Marion who baked for us all).
We shared our work completed during the day and heard about a man suffering from grief magically transported to a place where he could be happy again, the worries of a pair of shoes nearing the end of their useful life and of youths with no money deciding what to do on a rainy day. We also commented on another chapter of a book being written and provided feedback on a synopsis of a novel that was completed that afternoon.
All in all a lot of writing and talking about writing happened during the day and we all left with a sense of achievement.
I look forward to the next one.
Wouldn’t it be great to:
- finally plan that story you’ve been wanting to write;
- finish that poem you started last year;
- write that magazine submission you’ve been thinking of;
- make progress on your novel; or
- meet other writers and make a start on becoming one?
After the success of our first Away Day we are pleased to announce that our second Away Day will be held in Woldingham on Sunday 4th November 2018.
Our Away Days are a chance to join fellow writers away from the hustle and bustle of daily life and all the things that stop you writing (including the internet) so that you can concentrate on your work in progress or join in with the group exercises we have planned. These days are ideal for writers needing to create time to write and for those that simply want to get those creative ideas flowing.
Our Away Days are open to non-members so if you are interested in joining us for the day on 4th November please send us an email (email@example.com) and we will send you the details. Places are limited so will be allocated on a first come first served basis.
We had a very productive meeting in September at Marion’s house discussing the poetry collection. Marion and Shahida had done a fantastic job in putting the poems into a collection – a lot of thought had clearly gone into the themes and order of the poetry – and Marion had been grappling with formatting this for CreateSpace to see if this was the way in which we wanted to self-publish. It was amazing what a difference formatting could make to the look and feel of the document.
It really feels like our publication will finally happen!
We held our AGM this month and eight members arrived to discuss the 2017 – 2018 year and our plans for 2018 – 2019.
The first order of business was approval of the most recent annual accounts compiled by Elaine as her last task as our Treasurer. Elaine then stepped down from the Treasurer role which she has performed since the group was formed in 2015.
Thank you so much Elaine for being the group’s Treasurer and for all of your hard work over the last three years.
Susie was elected Treasurer in Elaine’s place – thank you Susie for volunteering to take on this important role in keeping the group’s finances (and payment of the membership fees) on track!
We covered various other points of business including administration of the Dropbox and group members agreed to take on additional roles to assist with the running of the group – thanks go to Marion for taking on a programme manager role for the next 6 months, to Marion and Shahida for being project coordinators for our publication plans and to Janine for taking on the role of Events Organiser and getting agreement to a date for our next Away Day on 4th November 2018.
All in all a very successful AGM!
Our next meeting is on August 14th at 8pm. Please email us if you’d like to come along.