Saturday, 22 July 2017
Liz's story was a chilling tale called The Stone Birds. Josephine is hungry and so is her new-born. So are the gulls.
The runners up were:
2nd Chris Black with New Beginnings
3rd Nick Rose with Silver Shilling
Our judge was Di Morrow. Unfortunately she was unable to attend the award night, so a big thank you to David for doing a fine job of the presentation and announcing the winners.
Wednesday, 5 July 2017
Tuesday, 11 April 2017
So Wirral Writers anthology finally came together. What a team effort. I hope everyone is as happy with the resulting book as I am. I think we all learnt something from the process and from my own point of view, it was a lot harder than compiling a single author's works.
There was so much to agree on; theme, title, word count distribution, cover and more. I am sure the next one will be better - oh yes, there will be another one.
It would be great to hear some feedback from readers, in the meantime, you can obtain your copy of Tick Tock at -
Friday, 27 January 2017
We've been talking a lot about cover blurbs at recent meetings. It's a topical subject for us as we move into the last stage of finalising the layout for Tick Tock, our anthology.
Last week I shared an online course on writing a blurb. Here's an article that offers a different approach, by deconstructing the blurbs from two big selling novels and analysing the elements that go into creating a compelling and enticing blurb.
I've also shared the link to the website where I found the article. Some of you may also find this to be a useful resource.
Wednesday, 26 October 2016
National Novel Writing Month
Members may be interested in this event/site.
I have just signed up for it, only took 2 minutes. The idea is that authors get 1 month - November - to come up with a 50,000 word novel! I know, it's a lot when you're doing other things like, bringing up a family, doing a job, or enjoying retirement!
But I thought some might find it a useful tool if nothing else. I personally could do with having a kick in the pants as far as writing goes - don't get me wrong, I love writing; I'm just so damn lazy.
I personally spend far too much time doing research, I get side-tracked, bogged down in minutiae, plus I don't type too well! This could be an opportunity to get some real bulk down on paper. If others are watching, so to speak, it might be the impetus needed to just get on with it.
People get published too, if that is what you're after. See, 14 Published Novels Written During NaNoWriMo;
Saturday, 17 September 2016
|Judith Railton (Left) presenting the cup to Chris Black|
A big thank you to Judith Railton for judging the competition this year, and for providing detailed and encouraging feedback on every story that was entered.
The Maynah Lewis Cup has been awarded each year since 1989, and is a key event in the Wirral Writers' calendar.
Wirral Writers' meet every first and third Friday in the month, at Bebington Civic Centre. Prospective new members are always welcome to come along and find out what we do.
Sunday, 31 July 2016
Well I’m old(ish), with no dazzling smile and I certainly don’t ooze charisma from every pore. I’m catagorised as severely disabled, as I am quite badly autistic (ASD). I don’t believe in giving in, and I WON'T let it spoil my life, but in order to do that I need your help - each and every one of you.
I have put this into medical, as this is a campaign to save my life... (Please click here to read more)
Tuesday, 5 July 2016
The Wirral Writers’ anthology is nearing completion. Now is the time to set aside our famous British reserve and modesty, and get writing some bios. Here’s some tips.
Always write in the third person. It is the expected form and it is easier to say nice things about another person than to say them about ourselves.
Start by introducing yourself and your writing. Joe Bloggs has had a passion for writing short fiction since leaving school.
Mention your biggest achievements first. If you feel you have none you are probably wrong. All writing activity is an achievement in itself. Jo has entered several writing contests and regularly submits work to her favourite magazines.
Mix up the third person use for variety, sometimes using your name, sometimes he or she.
If you have any relevant qualifications, mention them. An MA in English literature might be more relevant than a swimming certificate, unless of course your story is all about a long distance swimmer.
Include some geography and non-writing interests. These often work well as a closer.
Joe was born in Sicily, but now lives on the Wirral with his wife, Annie and seventeen cats. When not writing he collects antique firearms.
You should save your bio on your hard drive and keep it up to date, because you never know when you might need it again. It’s a good idea to have at least three different lengths of bio, short medium and long, but you should also be prepared to customise each one for specific markets.
Look at other people’s bios. You’ll find them on the back of books, in online magazines; or just google your favourite writers with the word bio after their name. See what works and what doesn’t.
Now go and write one.
Friday, 3 June 2016
Remember way back to 2015 sometime around autumn? The idea of putting a Wirral Writers anthology together was mooted.
The idea was received with a mixed response, but generally fairly positive. A rough timeline was agreed upon - the idea being to publish around Christmas 2016.
So where are we up to?
Everyone who wanted to be part of it has completed his or her submission, some have written more than one; the word count was equal for all. We have played 'Pass-the-Parcel' with each other's words, proof read, pencilled in corrections, added suggestions and so on and so forth. As far as I can tell, we are making good progress - I believe there are around 15 stories and a smattering of poetry to pull together now.
The hard work is yet to begin as far as I can tell, from author blogs I have been visiting to gain some insight on how to publish an anthology. We have to agree on the order of the work, we need author bio's, we need an editor (or do we?), type size, font, layout, preface, acknowledgements and cover design. Then it has to be published, we're looking at self-publishing, online, with the option for hard copies. Price, promotion and distribution of money from sales.
So, “Onward and Upward! To Narnia and the North!”
If interested, here are just a couple of the sites I have perused:-
Sunday, 27 March 2016
Now on Sale for e-reader and in print.
What is especially cool about this issue of one of Britain's leading SciFi magazines is that there are two Wirral Writers on the ToC.
Wirral Writers' were once a small provincial writers' group. No longer. Now we rock!