Swansea & District Writers Circle (SDWC)

A group of people from all walks of life and backgrounds. The only shared characteristic is that we are passionate about writing.

Welcome to SDWC

Welcome to Swansea and District Writers Circle.

We’re happy to see you, and hope you find everything you need here; but if you have any questions about what we are about and what we do, please contact us and we’ll do all we can to assist you.

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Immigrants, Magicians and Prostitutes…

… 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.

Three Wishes

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.

Science Fiction Millionaires

Our 1st Lieutenant Speaker for 2018 beams in from the Green Green Grass Galaxy of South Wales. Phasers at the ready for Alastair Reynolds.

Alastair is the author of rather a lot of science fiction novels, as well as

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Act 2: Scriptwriting and more

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.

Technical Aspects of Drama Writing for Plays

playwright kate bowmanUshering 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.

Screenplays, TV dramatisations, and Stage Plays

September’s Guest Speaker is Katherine John, author of the international best-selling novel and movie By Any Name.

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

Preparing Work for Publication

Our Guest Speaker for July is Rebecca Lloyd.

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.”

Garage 54

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.

Unforgotten – The Great War 1914-1918

Unforgotten went on to be selected 2015 winner of The Denise Robertson Group Anthology  prize, which is presented annually by the National association of Writers Groups.

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Horror Anthology – Dark Gathering


A rich medley of short stories, poetry and scripts, some penned by newcomers, others by well known writers, set alongside the work of the winners of our annual short story, script and poetry competitions.

Copies of Dark Gathering are available on Amazon, priced £2.99 for the Kindle version and £7.99 for the paperback.
Edited by Circle member Gail Williams it includes the best entries from the group’s 2016 Horror Writing Competition, which were chosen by three award-winning Welsh authors: novelist Catrin Collier (author of more than 50 novels, including the BBC-dramatized Hearts of Gold series), poet Sally Spedding (twice winner of the Anglo-Welsh Poetry competition, among others) and scriptwriter Rob Gittins (the longest-serving writer on Eastenders).

Stories from Circle members also feature in the anthology, including a short story by established horror writer Steve Lockley (whose credits include Dr Who: Tales of Martha) and a script by playwright Norman Robbins. The cover artwork was created by Welsh artist Steve Upham of Screaming Dreams.

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