Wednesday, 24 August 2011

WWC Mail Box

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Apologies for the delayed posting.

Now on to opening the post here at WWC. These are the letters received in the WWC mailbox this month.

Thynks Publications latest poetry competitions

Dear Writers Group

I am just circulating the information page regarding our current and forthcoming poetry competitions in case anyone of your writers would like to enter their work for any of them: -

Good wishes



Dear Worcester Writers' Circle,

I got your details from the NAWG website, I hope you don't mind me contacting you, but I thought your writers group might be interested in a Women’s Writers Retreat that New Writing South are organising.

For three days in September we’re offering the chance to escape to the beautiful and peaceful Tilton House in rural Sussex. This special retreat gives women writers the opportunity to let go of all the baggage of everyday life and simply enjoy being a writer.

There will be six optional workshops with experienced teacher and award winning writer of short fiction, Vanessa Gebbie; who will help you on your writing journey. Other activities are also arranged throughout the weekend to inspire and push your creative abilities, and of course there is plenty of time for your own writing.

Special guests will be author, screen writer and film-maker, Carole Hayman and Sunday lunch with Helen Garnons-Williams, Editorial Director of Bloomsbury.

To find out more about the retreat visit our website:

If you wish to know more about New Writing South and what we do please visit our website or contact me.

Kind regard,




Would you please make this known to members of your writing circle?


This competition starts August 2011.

The closing date for this competition is the 31st August 2011 23:59 BST.

AUGUST 2011 - Woman's fiction

This is a genuine, no fee competition that stretches over 12 months.

Each month a different genre; each month a winner. Winners are offered a

contract, paid royalties, and receive full promotion and marketingstrategies.

This is not a competition with prizes. There is no entry fee.

Only Print Ready novels of genuine merit will be chosen.

Your book could be a winner.

Full details of rules, genres and how to submit,

on our website,

Thank you.


How do you like to read?

The Fiction is a new entertainment website where readers and writers can come together and share the best new fiction.

We've hand-picked excellent stories and poems of all types and put them online in every conceivable format for anybody to read - always for free. has been made to support Kindles, iPhones, Laptops and e-readers and you can even print the stories and read them on paper.

We've tried our hardest to make the site as easy to use and accessible as possible, meaning all you need to do is choose what mood you're in, click one of the stories that our editors have carefully selected and begin reading. It's really that simple.

The site needs writers as much as it needs readers and we've great facilities for helping new writers get their work seen.

As well as our weekly Editors' pick and spotlights on 'What's New' we're running competitions regularly so our readers are exposed to as many new types of writing as possible.

We're really excited about what this site can become - a community of readers and writers - but most of all we're excited about giving you an entertainment site that you can love using and share as much or as little as you want.

Log on now - and register if you fancy, if not, click a heading and get reading.

And if you get the time, let us know what you think at We're new and eager and want to make the site the best one possible.

See you soon,

The Fiction Shelf Editors


Dear Writers' Group

I hope you don't mind me getting in touch. I am a published novelist; experienced creative writing tutor and hold a First Class Honours degree, majoring in English Literature. I have just launched Creative Writing Online, an innovative online creative writing course, which I thought might be of interest to members of your writing group.

Creative Writing Online is unique: the course is entirely flexible. You can work when and where you want. There are no deadlines: you can work through the course materials at your own pace, contributing to forums and tutorials as and when you wish. You can dip in and out of the course to suit you and your lifestyle.

Consisting of twelve units, the course covers key creative writing techniques: characterisation; language and imagery; point of view; sense of place; as well as, planning, drafting and editing short stories. A range of activities is offered to provide a varied and stimulating learning experience: reading; discussion and analysis; writing exercises; peer feedback forums; and tutorials. Each unit represents roughly two to four hours’ work.

There are three Tutor Marked Assignments (TMAs). These give you the opportunity to practise the skills you have learned by writing extended pieces of work and to gain detailed critiques of your writing.

The cost of the course is £95. This represents under £8 a unit - outstanding value! Furthermore, to celebrate the launch of the course, the first 30 students to enrol will be entitled to a 10% discount and to encourage you to spread the good news, if you recommend a friend, you will receive a £10 book token once your friend enrols.

I also offer a reading service and am available to run bespoke workshops and courses.

For more information please go to ; email or call me on 01872 501496.

Thank you for your time.

With best wishes,

Harriet Hopkinson


Dear Writers and Poets All

Chateau Ventenac in southern France has announced a new season of writing courses, poetry courses, retreats and tailor made B&B holidays.

Please see the attached offer below for 10% reduction on all courses if booked by the end of August 2011.

To get your 10% reduction just quote AUGOFFER when paying online.

We are also offering a 10% reduction on all writing retreats and tailor made mini breaks. How about getting away for some autumn sunshine. Or maybe book ahead for next spring when the temperatures in southern France are on average 10 degrees higher than than the UK. These breaks have been designed to give writers peace and quiet in an inspiring and supportive environment. It is the opportunity to get on with work in progress whilst we look after you.

Could I ask you to please forward this email to any writers or other creative people that you know who might be wanting to develop their work in progress in a peaceful and stunningly beautiful environment. We aim to provide you with the space to relax, focus and find the inspiration to finish the novel, those poems or that short play you've been working on. Or indeed any other creative project

Find us on Facebook by clicking here

I'll look forward to hearing from you with any questions you might have. Just email me or call +44 7773 206344

Many thanks.

Best regards,



Dear Poetry Supporters

In response to all of you who asked for an update after I e-mailed recently on the Poetry Society situation, can I direct you to the website for an account of the EGM, statements from former Director, Judith Palmer, and former Finance Officer, Paul Ranford, plus a short summary of my own.

Best wishes


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