October newsletter

Book sales

We have currently sold 59 copies of our book. Keep spreading the word everyone. It’s the ideal Christmas gift!

Publishing numbers

It was fantastic to hear that four of our members have new books out – Christine, Bella, Lindsay and Maddy. Christine published the fourth in her Byrhtnoth Chronicles series this week. Please support them and share the news.

Social media

We now have 67 followers on Instagram, 28 members on Facebook and our website has had 1,240 hits. I have added some more archive pictures to the front page.I have joined the new Nextdoor app which aims to connect communities, and created a Cafe Writers group on there.

Writing Project

Pam has written Chapter 8 in our writing project, Thrapston Mansions. What is hidden in Klara’s flat? Maddy was selected by the random number generator to write Chapter 9 and we look forward to the next instalment. 

Favourite reads survey

I have posted three of your Favourite Reads surveys on the website so far – Wendy, Lindsay and Steve. Christine has also written hers and I will add this shortly. There is still time to send yours in.

Writing about real people

Bella led a fascinating discussion about using real names in our story, or real people, or writing about real people. Some of the books mentioned were Slingshot by Stuart Jackman, Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver, English Passengers by Matthew Kneale, Daughters of Cornwall by Fern Britton and Puck’s Song by Rudyard Kipling. The Teletubbies also got an honourable mention!

Next time

The theme of our next meeting, on Friday November 6th, will be food. You can write something food-related – a poem, story or feature – or read out something food-related, or talk about a book you enjoyed which has a food theme. Is it easy to write about people eating? What role do meals play in story development? Jim will be leading our discussion.


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