Welcome to Swansea and District Writers Circle.
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Bestselling children’s author, graduate of law, and local farmer, Bryce Thomas will be sharing his spellbinding anthropomorphic secrets with us this month.
Bryce Thomas is an award winning author from South Wales and gained the WBC Publishers Award for the Bestselling Children’s Book 2012 for his engrossing story of real wolves and real children, where betrayal leads to a fight for survival.
Get your fangs into some intense adventure, paranormal activities, fortune hunters, witches and many more amazing things inside Bryce’s head at this months SDWC gathering.
Discover more amazing things about Bryce at his website, bryce-richard-thomas.co.uk.
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 3rd 2018 — 7PM TO 9PM CIVIC CENTRE SWANSEA
Ask at the desk for a free car park token and check the room number. We are usually (but not always) in Committee room 3.
Ralph Watkins, businessman and law graduate of Bristol University will discuss law in relation to book and script research – with occasional reference to where authors have made classic errors.
If you have any questions on legal matters, relating to plotting, crime and punishment, this is your chance to question an expert.
WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 5TH 2018 – 7PM to 9PM CIVIC CENTRE SWANSEA
… just some of the things you’ll find in Rebecca F John’s head during her inspiring talk on the practical working methods of writing short stories and novels in July.
Rebecca F. John was born in 1986, and grew up in Pwll, a small village on the South Wales coast. She holds a BA in English with Creative Writing (1st class hons) and an MA in Creative Writing (distinction) from Swansea University, as well as a PGCE PCET from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.
Her short stories have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio 4Extra. In 2015, her short story ‘The Glove Maker’s Numbers’ was shortlisted for the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award. She is the winner of the PEN International New Voices Award 2015, and the British participant of the 2016 Scritture Giovani project. In 2017, she was named on Hay Festival’s ‘The Hay 30’ list.
Her first short story collection, Clown’s Shoes, was published through Parthian in 2015.
Her first novel, The Haunting of Henry Twist, was published through Serpent’s Tail in July 2017. It was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award.
WEDNESDAY JULY 4TH 2018 – 7 PM – 9 P.M. CIVIC CENTRE SWANSEA
Find out more about Rebecca on her website.
STEVE LOCKLEY – THE STRUCTURE OF WRITING BASED ON THE THREE WISHES STORY
Steve Lockley is the author of around a hundred short stories (including contributions to a couple of Doctor Who anthologies), some of which have been collected in ‘Always a Dancer & other stories’ (FoxSpirit). He has also had a hand in more than twenty novels, though not all of them have his name attached. His most recent novel is ‘The Empty Desk’ based on the popular tv series Ghost Whisperer.
WEDNESDAY MARCH 7TH 2018 – 7 PM – 9 P.M. CIVIC CENTRE SWANSEA
Find out more about Steve on his Amazon page.
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Our guest speaker for November is Katherine John, author of the international best-selling novel and movie By Any Name.
Following on from Katherine’s excellent session in August she has agreed to speak again on Further aspects of Scriptwriting and writing in general.
Wednesday November 1st, 7.00 p.m. at Civic Centre Swansea.
Ushering in our Guest Speaker for October, please take your seats for Playwright Kate Bowman.
Kate, a 35-year-old graduate of Swansea University’s creative writing department, splits her time between working as an usher at the Swansea Grand Theatre, the Dylan Thomas Centre, and forging her own writing career. Earlier this year saw her latest comedy, The Eighth Story, take centre stage in the lunchtime theatre slot at the Grand Theatre.
Join us for an interactive style workshop where Kate will share with us her invaluable insights into the technical side of drama writing.
Wednesday October 4th 7.00pm at Civic Centre Swansea.
Have you considered writing for theatre/film/TV? Do you have a story you want to adapt (if you have nothing original “borrow” one). Experienced scriptwriter, Katherine John will discuss technique, story-boarding and the perils, pitfalls and pleasures of working with a director and actors.
To be followed at a future date by a workshop where members can bring along their own dramatised opening scenes, and discuss them with the group.
Wednesday September 6th 7.00 p.m. Civic Centre Swansea
Rebecca Lloyd, is a past senior editor of Harper Collins, and past senior editor and rights manager for Accent Press. Well respected and admired among her colleagues in publishing, she has nurtured several books on to the best seller lists. She is now a sought after freelance editor. She will be giving members tips on “How to prepare work for publication.”
This is an anthology of original short stories and poems which were entered into the 2015 writing competitions run and judged by the Swansea and District Writers Circle. These original works are a range of genres and form an enjoyable mix to pick up and peruse as leisure.
A great mix of stories to pick up between tasks and read through.
the perfect companion to a journey or a quiet night in.
A cracking set of stories of all kinds, but the standard is very high.
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