Monthly Archives: May 2016

June 2016 Meeting

The next Swindon Free Writers meeting will be on the 4th June 2016 from 12pm to 3pm.

It will be held at Brogan’s Cafe in Swindon town centre. The address is 12 Havelock Square, Swindon, SN1 1LE. Map link:  http://goo.gl/MtqIJD

The agenda includes discussing what we’ve been reading and catching up on each other’s writing, and there will also be some time to work on your own projects as well as a chance to meet other Swindon writers.

If you are a current member of SFW, remember to submit any work that you want critiqued to the forums, and mention what kind of critique you are looking for.

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday Writing: 25th May 2016

The idea of Wednesday Writing is to give you a prompt to write…anything! It can be a 100-word story; it can be a poem; it can be the trigger for the next section in your stalled novel; it can be for the plot of your next work. Sit down and write whatever comes out of your head!

This week’s prompt is The Wall Facing Us by Carl Roehrig

The wall facing us

Wednesday Writing: 18th May 2016

The idea of Wednesday Writing is to give you a prompt to write…anything! It can be a 100-word story; it can be a poem; it can be the trigger for the next section in your stalled novel; it can be for the plot of your next work. Sit down and write whatever comes out of your head!

This week’s prompt is some Bright Young Things via Glamour Daze.

1920s evening wear

SFW Anthology: launch

Swindon Free Writers is officially launching its first short story collection book, and you can be part of it!
What’s the anthology about?
This collection will be fantasy based, with all the shorts linking together to form one large saga, in the styles of Foundation (Isaac Asimov) and The Chronicles of Mars (Ray Bradbury).
How will this work?
Nick, the editor in charge of this project, has a story plan that can be split into five to twenty parts. When everyone has signed up (more on that below) the plan will be adjusted to fit the number of writers and the section assignments will be allocated out.
How will the shorts fit together?
Every short story will happen consecutively on the timeline of the saga, one after another. They will also be spread out, happening years or even generations apart, so authors will have freedom to develop their own characters and plot lines that fit within the saga.
What is this story?
A world that runs entirely on magic discovers that their magical power is running out, and efforts to fix it fail. When the magic completely dries up, their civilisation crumbles as everything they rely on to survive stops working. From the ashes different groups of survivors learn to cope without magic, and instead use the young science. After many years and much development, a relic of the old world is discovered, and the possibilities of magic rise again.
How can I write my short that fits into that?
Each authors’ section assignment will be purposefully vague. Everyone will have the freedom to interpret what happens at each juncture and to invent a story to encompass it. There are no restrictions on length, subject matter or themes.
How does this book differ from other collections of short stories?
First, there are no expectations of profit in this project. It will be a showcase, not a money maker. Second, Nick the editor will be editing all the stories and working with all the authors to ensure the quality of their pieces. You won’t be alone to do your part.
How do I sign up?
Email Nick on mail@swindonfreewriters.com and let him know you want to be part of the SFW shorts collection! The deadline for signing up is June 5th, the next meeting.

Wednesday Writing: 4th May 2016

The idea of Wednesday Writing is to give you a prompt to write…anything! It can be a 100-word story; it can be a poem; it can be the trigger for the next section in your stalled novel; it can be for the plot of your next work. Sit down and write whatever comes out of your head!

This week’s prompt is in keeping with the day…

Strike me down, and I will become more powerful than you can possibly imagine…

May 2016 meeting

The next Swindon Free Writers meeting will be on the 7th May 2016 from 12pm to 3pm.

It will be held at Brogan’s Cafe in Swindon town centre. The address is 12 Havelock Square, Swindon, SN1 1LE. Map link:  http://goo.gl/MtqIJD

The agenda includes writing time, discussing what we’ve been reading, catching up on each other’s writing and hopefully launching an exciting new project! You have to come along to hear the details. There will also be some time to work on your own projects – as well as a chance to meet other Swindon writers.

If you are a current member of SFW, remember to submit any work that you want critiqued to the forums, and mention what kind of critique you are looking for.

Hope to see you there!