Writing inspired by song titles

Rugby Cafe Writers’ members were invited to write a story, poem or article of up to 300 words based on a popular song title. Here is a selection of the contributions. Scarborough Fair by Pam Barton It was years since I had been to the annual local fair. In fact it must have been atContinue reading “Writing inspired by song titles”

An Experience You Never Had

Rugby Cafe Writers were challenged to write a piece, maximum length 300 words, about an experience they have never had. Here is a selection of their contributions: A first time for everything by David J Boulton ‘Only one go at this, no second chances.’ There were others present, but they couldn’t hear. The conversation wasContinue reading “An Experience You Never Had”

Thrapston Mansions – Writing Project 2021

Rugby Cafe Writers have completed their 2020 writing project, inspired by Alexander McCall Smith’s 44 Scotland Street series. We created a fictional set of characters living in a small block of flats in North-West London. Each meeting, someone in the Cafe Writers was challenged to write 300 words (maximum) about one of the characters, bearing in mindContinue reading “Thrapston Mansions – Writing Project 2021”

Christmas Short Story Competition

For our Christmas meeting 2020, Cafe Writers were challenged to write a short story of 200 words beginning with the phrase, It was the week before Christmas, or It was the night before Christmas. Here is a selection of the entries. Disaster Averted by Lindsay Woodward ‘Twas the week before Christmas and Santa had brokenContinue reading “Christmas Short Story Competition”

How do you write about encounters?

Encounters are important in any story. How does a story change after an encounter? Which sort of encounters are the most effective? This was the topic for our discussion. Get to the PointOur book sales have stalled a bit. We have sold 24 e-books and 44 paperbacks. There is still time to buy the bookContinue reading “How do you write about encounters?”

What makes a good fantasy novel?

So what makes a good fantasy novel? And how is it different from science fiction? Here are some news updates from our meeting on November 21st 2020. Book salesWe have now sold 24 e-book versions and 44 paperback versions of our anthology, Get to the Point. This week, we are featured in the Rugby Observer.https://rugbyobserver.co.uk/news/rugby-writers-publish-first-anthology-of-work/Continue reading “What makes a good fantasy novel?”

My favourite books: Fran Neatherway

In this occasional series, members of Rugby Cafe Writers discuss the books which have influenced them. Fran Neatherway grew up in a small village in the middle of Sussex. She studied History at the University of York and put her degree to good use by working in IT. Reading is an obsession – she reads sixContinue reading “My favourite books: Fran Neatherway”

October newsletter

Book sales We have currently sold 59 copies of our book. Keep spreading the word everyone. It’s the ideal Christmas gift!https://rugbycafewriters.com/buy-our-new-book/ 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 supportContinue reading “October newsletter”

My favourite books: Christine Hancock

In this occasional series, members of Rugby Cafe Writers discuss the books which have influenced them. Originally from Essex, Christine Hancock has lived in Rugby for over forty years. A passion for Family History led to an interest in local history, especially that of the town of Rugby. In 2013 she joined a class at the PercivalContinue reading “My favourite books: Christine Hancock”