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I am often asked if there is a writing group here in Folkestone?
We have the Folkestone Writers who have a meeting in John Sussams flat about every quarter but it is just the same 4 people who attend most of the time. Also we have the Folkestone Freedom Writers but I don’t think they have meetings and it is more poetry. There is no general advertising for either of them.
So, after a lot of thought I have decided to set up a writing group that will hopefully accommodate most levels of writing and poetry. We can share work then offer feedback, there will be a time for readings of your work and most important is the sharing of knowledge and answering questions. Maybe some meetings could be about a specific genre so we can cater for everyone. I think meetings will be once a month which can change if more are required, we could also do alternate evenings or afternoons but we will address these issues at the first meeting. I am aiming for a sharing of ideas, thoughts and plans so everyone makes the decisions for the group all together.
We could have workshops with a specific theme or work groups that meet weekly. There are so many ideas and incentives to keep Folkestone writing, maybe it could be a writers retreat a couple of times a year so we get the benefit of meeting new authors and listening to their own ideas. We can have a book swap table, best book of the month etc.
I have some authors who would be willing to talk about their road to publishing, the genre they write, how they research and anything that you would like to put forward I will try my hardest to find the appropriate author to come and talk to the group.
I am looking to find a good location with parking for the meetings, hopefully in the Creative Quarter. The day it will be held on could be a Thursday to start with and then decided by the group which day they would prefer. That applies to the time and length of meetings as well.
October is the rough estimate of first meeting as it will be just before the Folkestone Book Festival then I can get some flyers out for the attendees of the book festival also posters up to let more people know. Also we have the National Novel Writing Month (NNWM) during November so if you want to commit to that we could cheer each other on and offer support.
We could have a competition during December for a Christmas verse for a card. We will always have people to judge that are not in the group so there is no favouritism. Then at Easter we can have an Easter Tale about 500 words, if we had a £1 to enter then the winner could have an egg as their prize.
If you are interested in joining then please let me know and share this everywhere. I do not plan on having any fees as everyone will buy their own drinks at meetings. Further down the line if we want to publish anything then we can think about that then and make a group decision about it all.
So all you Writers, Poets and Readers please try to pop along and support this new venture with all your brilliant ideas. I really think we need a group like this in Folkestone that is new, fresh and bursting with ideas.
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