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Friday, December 12, 2008

Final Meeting of the Year.

Another year has virtually passed us by yet some of our members have had a measure of success in their fields so they, at least, will be able to look back on 2008 with some pride and, perhaps, a bob or two in the bank!

It seems quite amazing how fast Christmas is approaching, one moment it seemed months away and now it is just a few days away. It means that this coming Tuesday, 16th December, will be our last gathering of the year, a time when our meeting will take on a slightly different format.

The homework is simply to bring along four words of your choice - picked completely at random and written on small separate slips of paper.

The idea? This is for a little creative writing exercise. All words will go into a hat then everyone draws four words out then has up to 15 minutes to include them all in a piece of writing. It will be good fun I am certain, especially when the work is read out...!

Once the formalities of the meeting are over then it will be time for our own little celebration. Perhaps you would all like to bring along a few 'goodies', mince pies, savouries etc., not too many of course as we don't want lots left over. Perhaps some drink, preferably non-alcoholic for the drivers, and then we will bring to an end another very interesting year.

The meeting will start at the usual time, 7.30.

We received a message from Ally who has been unable to come along recently - her work teaching teenagers is quite exhausting but she sends seasonal greetings to all the Scribblers new and old.

Until next Tuesday,

Keep Scribbling!



The next meeting of Riverside Writers will take place from 7.30pm to 9.30pm on December 22nd, at West Kirby Library, Wirral. We may re-locate to The White Lion (just up the road) afterwards!

December's project is to create a poem or short story - any length, any genre - on the theme of The Punch Bowl. So, that could be a seasonal party, a find at an antiques fair, a murder weapon... It's entirely up to you.

Remember to visit Riverside Writers' website on MySpace for meetings dates and other news. If you are wondering what happened to our two other websites, then I can explain that AOL closed down its webpage facility recently, resulting in the loss of one site, and our site on Communigate is refusing to let my new computer talk to it! Hopefully functionality will be restored shortly, but meanwhile our MySpace page is working fine and is up-to-date.

If you haven't considered it yet, then I encourage you to open your own MySpace page. It's free and very easy to do. These-days every writer is expected, by agents and publishers, to have a web presence. This means that when they Google your name, they can find you - the assumption being that if a writer/poet can't be bothered to promote themselves even in this simple way, then they don't take themselves seriously as writers/poets.

When you visit our MySpace page, do take a little time to look at the many other pages linked to ours. You'll find publishers, agents, event organisers, and writers, poets and creative people of all kinds. Networking is an invaluable tool, and having your own page is an easy and effective way to make contact with both useful and interesting people and opportunities.

See you on the 22nd!

Kind regards,
Adele Cosgrove-Bray.

For meeting dates, events & other useful information, visit:-

Adele Cosgrove-Bray's Website:-

Discover exclusive designs by Adele - greetings cards, t-shirts (many styles & sizes at low prices), mugs & steins, bags, mousemats & much more! Great gifts ideas!


Dear Felixstowe Scribblers,

Following the successful launch of our Room to Write weekends in Carmarthenshire, we are now planning a couple more, in March and June 2009. There's a general outline below and at http://www.ceridwencentre.co.uk/events.htm

Please forward this email to anyone you think would enjoy a rigorous course in an inspiring environment.

Many thanks,


20 Coxwell Street
01285 640470


More Room To Write

Spiel Unlimited courses at Ceridwen in Carmarthenshire

Fancy time away freeing up your creative juices with like-minded people? Want to pick up a pen, let your imagination wander, cast your words to the winds? Ever thought of treating yourself to a writing weekend?

Ceridwen is all about inspiration. Here you will enjoy fabulous food, cheerful companionship, spectacular scenery, and workshops that entertain, engage and exhilarate – giving you the space to create. Invention. Expression. Freedom.

Whether your interest is in poetry, prose or performance, each course will provide opportunities for you to explore or expand your writing skills. Liven up lines, pep up paragraphs, stanza and deliver. Take your pick from a variety of exercises, discussions, readings, individual tutorials, group sessions, games, walks… and other adventures to stretch both brain and body!

Both courses will be delivered by writers Marcus Moore and Sara-Jane Arbury, who work together as Spiel Unlimited. Marcus has written Call My Bluff scripts for the BBC, had poems published by Macmillan, and run countless workshops in schools, libraries and prisons. Sara-Jane directs the voices off programme for Cheltenham Literature Festival, has toured nationally as a performer in the Bloodaxe production of Staying Alive, and was recently Herefordshire’s first writer-in-residence.

The Ceridwen Centre is a large, converted old smithy, tucked away in the beautiful Teifi Valley, only 25 minutes by road from Carmarthen. Have a look at www.ceridwencentre.co.uk for more details.

Our courses for 2009 are as follows:

Friday 6 – Sunday 8 March

Friday 12 – Sunday 14 June

Both courses run from 5pm Friday to 5pm Sunday.

Cost: £185 all inclusive (accommodation, meals, refreshments and tuition).

To book or find out more, contact Spiel Unlimited by phone 01285 640470 or 07814 830031 or email courses@spiel.wanadoo.co.uk
See you there!


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