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Saturday, April 12, 2008

Our Next Meeting

Our next meeting is rapidly approaching and will take place in the Cafe Libra at Felixstowe Library on Tuesday 15th April starting at 7.30pm.

The homework theme is drawn from the new IpArt writing competition that coincidentally has a maximum of 500 words on the subject 'MIGRATION'.
Our homework can obviously be entered in the competition providing all the conditions are met and full details will be available at the meeting on Tuesday. Cash prizes are up for grabs!

The 1,500 word open assignments will be undertaken by Lauren and Morag.

Talking of IpArt, the writers evening at Starbucks last Tuesday was an unqualified success with sixteen writers being given limited time to read their short stories and poetry. A thoroughly rewarding evening.

I am sorry that the results of the Bill Budner writing competition have been delayed because of illness in Maureen's family but the winners will be announced as soon as possible on the weblog - so keep watching for news.

We have a message from Caz who, although not attending Scribblers at the moment, mentions a fundraiser that will be held at the Holiday inn, London Road, Ipswich on Friday 4th July st 7. -7.30 pm. There is a sit down three course meal plus two Cabaret shows all for £30 a head. Information on the evening is available by emailing agerbas@willis.com Extra proceeds from the night will be donated to EACH in memory of Jack.

There was also a nice tribute from Liam Fairhurst's mother featured in a recent copy of Pick Me Up Magazine about Liam and Jack's wonderful friendship that developed when they met in Addenbrooks.

Had a message from Susie Enoch one of our writers who also appeared in the infamous Lost Sock. She has retrained as a therapist and launched her own company with details as follows:

Susie J Enoch MPACT, VTCT Dip., &Cert.
Tel: 01394-461147
Mob: 0777 364 3195
Skype: susieoscar123
Check out our website!

Hope to see you all on Tuesday,

Until then,

Keep Scribbling!

The Other Ad:

I am writing to tell you about a new website which may be of interest to you and some of your colleagues in the Felixstowe Scribblers.

The main purpose of the site is to give writers of all standards the opportunity to publish their work on the web, for all to see and read, whether it be just a single poem, a short story or a full-blown novel. Visitors to the site will be able to download what they want to read and will be encouraged to provide feedback to the writer, thereby giving him or her the opportunity to make amendments to the text, if they so wish, online through password-protected access. Site statistics will also be available to all contributors and visitors, showing at a glance which works are the most popular and which may need some rethinking.

Writers will always own and control their own work and will be able to remove it altogether at any time if they so wish. They will also be able to decide whether they want to make the full text available for free, or whether they want to make a small charge for it.

I am delighted to be able to tell you that the new site is almost ready, but before launching it to the public at large we want to test it thoroughly with the help of existing writers. We are now actively looking to recruit 100 writers, of all standards, who would like to have their work uploaded onto the site, whether it be a full length novel, a short story, or a small collection of poems. In return for their help we will of course waive the normal registration charge but, more importantly, those works will be the only ones to appear on the site when it is launched to the world at large later this year. We expect to generate a lot of interest in the launch and have already had some very encouraging comments and support from well-known names in the publishing business.

As you would expect, we are writing to a number of Writers' Circles and Groups, but we must limit the test to 100 contributors only. We will, therefore, have to operate a 'first come, first served' policy.

If you think that some of your members might be interested in this opportunity, please let me know as quickly as possible.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Robert Sinclair
My Book Live Ltd


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