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”
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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?”
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”
What happened on Friday
It’s Behind YouThe theme was ‘Something on the Wall Behind You’. This was suggested after we became fascinated by the backdrops to Zoom calls. There was a good variety of responses inspired by pictures or photographs or even statues which are behind us when we appear on screen. Some of your responses are now onContinue reading “What happened on Friday”
Rugby Cafe Writers feature at Southam Book Festival
Several of our Rugby Cafe Writers are appearing at the (virtual) Southam Book Festival, 2020, which takes place this week. We have supported the festival in previous years, with our writers promoting their own books. This year, the event has had to move online. But it will still feature our own Bella Osborne, Madalyn MorganContinue reading “Rugby Cafe Writers feature at Southam Book Festival”
Are you inspired by your background?
You are invited to the next meeting of the Rugby Cafe Writers this Friday at 10am (online). Our theme this week is Something on the Wall Behind You. Let me explain. There have been so many Zoom calls recently and we have become fascinated by what appears in the picture behind people. It could be aContinue reading “Are you inspired by your background?”
Rugby Writers featured in magazine
The Rugby Cafe Writers are featured in the new edition of the Rugby Register, a consumer magazine delivered to thousands of homes in the borough. The feature includes a picture of some of the writers – meeting in St Andrew’s Church, Rugby – and a description of our new book, Get to the Point. TheContinue reading “Rugby Writers featured in magazine”
How does the Lockdown affect our writing?
The next Rugby Café Writers meeting (on Friday September 11th) is about Lockdown Writing. How did it affect you? Did you write more, having extra time, or less? Like you, I felt deeply affected by all aspects of the Lockdown, from having to cancel all my plans, meetings, seeing friends for coffee etc, to comingContinue reading “How does the Lockdown affect our writing?”
How do you write comedy?
Rugby Cafe Writer Lindsay Woodward has some advice for readers on how to write comedy. In her latest blog article, Lindsay says: “If you want to write a comedy, don’t start off with a few jokes. Don’t think about what has made you laugh in real life. Don’t put in silly or stupid characters thatContinue reading “How do you write comedy?”
Should stories have a moral to them?
Next Friday we’re talking about stories/novels that have a moral to them. This doesn’t mean they’re ‘moralistic’ but more that they have a meaning which underlies the story at ‘face-value’. I immediately thought of a book, a novella, by Steinbeck called The Pearl. It’s the most gripping story which delivers its message in the lastContinue reading “Should stories have a moral to them?”