The next 12 months: provisional timetable

I thought members might like a look at what we are planning for the year ahead. Things may change and speakers may not be able to do the dates, but this is what we are aiming for: We have still to confirm with speakers so things might change.

Group 2012 Sessions
August 2015 – July 2016

Wednesday 26th August 2015 at Blackwell’s Bookshop
Rebecca Wait
Our guest is Rebecca Wait, author of the novels The Followers and The View on the Way Down. She’ll be talking us through her experiences as a novelist, the creative process, how to (try to) make a living from being a writer, the author’s relationship with their editor and agent, and other aspects of being a published writer.

Wednesday 30th September 2015 at Friends Meeting House
Feedback session
This will be a feedback session so please bring something to share if you wish, or just come and offer your feedback. We will try and have two authors there so we can divide into groups to ensure everyone has a nice long time to read and talk.

Also: 4pm-7pm, Saturday 12th September at Blackwell’s Bookshop
Philip Davies’s book launch: Destiny’s Rebel
Philip Davies has been a Group 2012 member since its inception. You’re invited to join him on the afternoon of Saturday 12th September for the launch of his Young Adult novel, ‘Destiny’s Rebel’. There will also be cake!

Wednesday 28th October 2015 at Blackwell’s Bookshop
Writing for Children
Join us for this session on Writing for Children and get the lowdown from our panel of experts – children’s writers Sally Nicholls and Susie Day and Julia Churchill, Children’s Agent at literary agency A.M.Heath

Wednesday 25th November 2015 at Blackwell’s Bookshop
Books We Love, Why We Love Them and How We Sell Them
Our panel for the evening consists of some of Blackwell’s finest booksellers. They will talk about the books they love, what qualities they look for in books and they’ll also demystify how books are selected for promotion and turned into bestsellers

Wednesday 16th December 2015 at Blackwell’s Bookshop
Feedback session and Christmas gathering
Our Christmas gathering where we toast the year and read to one another from our own works and from a selection of authors we love.
(please note that this is not our usual last Wednesday of the month meeting slot)

Wednesday 27th January 2016 at Blackwell’s Bookshop
Experiences from the Group; and Self-Publishing
It’s a two-parter this time around. For the first half, we’ll hear from Philip Davies who has had his first book published – he’ll tell us about his experiences so far, what the has learnt and what the potential pitfalls are. Then Judi Moore will tell us about self-publishing her three books.

Wednesday 24th February 2016 at Friends Meeting House
Feedback session
This will be a feedback session so please bring something to share if you wish, or just come and offer your feedback. We will try and have two authors there so we can divide into groups to ensure everyone has a nice long time to read and talk.

Wednesday 30th March 2016 at Blackwell’s Bookshop
Getting used to talking about you and your novel
Once you book’s been published, how do you talk about it? (and sell it!) Join us as we interview a published author for the Blackwell’s YouTube channel and then . . . it’s your turn! We’ll discuss and mentor you so that you can hone your skills in telling the world why your book is the next must-read.

Wednesday 27th April 2016 at Friends Meeting House
Feedback session
This will be a feedback session so please bring something to share if you wish, or just come and offer your feedback. We will try and have two authors there so we can divide into groups to ensure everyone has a nice long time to read and talk.

Wednesday 25th May 2016 at Blackwell’s Bookshop
The Publishers’ View
Juliet Mabey,  the editorial director of Oneworld Publications, and another top publisher (to be confirmed) will each give their perspective on the book world from the point of view of the high-quality independent publisher. They’ll explain what success means to them, what they are looking for when they decide what to publish and they’ll identify the current trends in publishing.

Wednesday 29th June 2016 at Friends Meeting House
Feedback session
This will be a feedback session so please bring something to share if you wish, or just come and offer your feedback. We will try and have two authors there so we can divide into groups to ensure everyone has a nice long time to read and talk.

Wednesday 27th July 2016 at Blackwell’s Bookshop
Creative Writing Workshop
Two guest authors will lead this Creative Writing workshop. Further details to follow.

Group 2012 is a writing group based in Oxford which meets monthly, on the last Wednesday of each month. Meetings include talks by authors, agents, publishers and booksellers, discussions on all aspects of writing and publishing, writing workshops and writing critique sessions.

There is a membership charge of £20 per year to cover our costs. Membership allows you to come to all meetings. Alternatively, you can attend individual meetings at a cost of £3 each time.

Other possible sessions may feature . . .

Writing Competitions and Courses – which are the best writing competitions to enter and why? Which writing courses are recommended and good value for money? Find out in this informative session.

We are hoping to convince Ann Cleeves to return and talk to us again – Ann is an award-winning crime writer whose books have been translated into twenty languages. She’s the creator of DCI Vera Stanhope and also writes an acclaimed series of novels set in Shetland.

Salt Publishing is an award-winning publisher of fiction and short stories with stellar authors, offering gorgeous books, serious literature and life-enhancing stories.

Crime sells, but how do you break into a crowded market? We will have a crime writer, and agent and a publisher of crime to talk about what to do and what to avoid and what teh future might hold.

July Meeting

Just to remind you all that this months had 5 Wednesdays so we are holding group on the last Wednesday.

Dear all,

Just to let you know that group is on the 29th this month:

BLACKWELL’S OXFORD Group 2012 Presents: Writing a Historical Novel- The Links Between Fact and Fiction
Wednesday, July 29th at 19:00 – 21:00
Group 2012 is delighted to be welcoming author Pat Barr to Blackwell’s for an insightful discussion on writing a historical novel focusing on the links between fact and fiction. Pat Barr has written an array of fiction and non-fiction titles including The Memsahibs and A Curious Life for a Lady.

Group 2012 is an exciting writing group in Oxford who meet monthly on the fourth Wednesday of the month at Blackwell’s and the Friends Meeting House. The group started in 2012 as a collaboration between Blackwell’s Bookshop, The Oxford Editors and Hersilia Press. Sessions include talks by authors, agents, publisher and booksellers; discussions on all aspects of writing and publishing; writing and marketing workshops and writing critique sessions. For more information about the group, visit the Group 2012 blog <https://group2012.wordpress.com/> .

Entry to this event is £3 or membership for a year costs £20. Membership allows attendance to all meetings for free. If you have any questions or need further information please email info@theoxfordeditors.com

Best wishes,

Cherry

Pat Barr on Writing a historical Novel: the Links between Fact and Fiction

Next meeting is at Blackwell’s bookshop on Broad Street on Wednesday July 29th 7-9pm.

We are delighted to welcome Pat Barr who will talk to us about Writing a historical Novel: the Links between Fact and Fiction and then lead a discussion.

Pat is a renowned writer whose books include

Non-fiction

The Memsahibs
The Coming of the Barbarians
To China with Love

Fiction

Chinese Alice
Kenjiro
Coromandel

Hope to see you all there.

Ali Shaw workshop report

I am really sorry it appears some people did not see this post about Ali Shaw’s excellent workshop, so here it is again.

 

Ali Shaw author of the prize winning novels The Girl with Glass Feet, The Man Who Rained and The Trees (out next year) led an entertaining, thought-provoking and at times just plain provoking workshop. We wrote with biros, pencils, marker pens and crayons on sheets of in landscape and portrait position, in the middle and up and down and round about – I hope you get the idea. Though he talks very persuasively Ali failed to wean me off writing direct onto my computer, but it was definitely enjoyable. Discussion flowed. Those who didn’t come missed a treat.
Barbara Hudson

June Feedback Session

The next meeting will be on Wednesday June  24th at The Friend’s Meeting House, The Oxford Quaker House, 43 St Giles, Oxford, 7-9 pm.

This will be a feedback session so please bring something to share if you wish, or just come and give your feedback. I will try and have two authors there so we can divide into groups to ensure everyone has a nice long time to read and talk.

Those who missed the favourite book evening last year may also want to bring a book to recommend.

Friends’ House, St Giles, OX1 3LW (http://www.oxfordquakers.org/)

Blackwell’s Event: Roma Tearne – The Last Pier

We though group would be interested in this event:

BLACKWELL’S OXFORD PRESENTS: Roma Tearne – The Last Pier

Thursday, June 18th at 19:00 – 20:00

Roma Tearne will be appearing in conversation with Lucy Popescu here at Blackwell’s in Oxford to talk about her latest novel, ‘The Last Pier’ – A beautiful and atmospheric novel about family, love, loss and regret.In the author’s own words, “Why should a Sri Lanken novelist with five books set in Sri Lanka choose to write a novel set in Suffolk on the eve of WWII? The answer is simply, why not. The imagination has no borders and the voyage out or the passage to india can equally be the passage to Suffolk if indeed we live in a truly global world. I have wanted for many years to write a novel steeped in the English countryside, in a part of the world I know and love. I have wanted to depict the England that is receding and that once, long ago, I read about while living beside a tropical sea. ‘The Last Pier’ is that novel.
Tickets cost £3 and can be purchased by calling 01865 333623 or email Zool.Verjee@blackwell.co.uk for a special discount.

May Meeting: Discussion on Journalistic Writing

Join Group 2012 on Wednesday 27th May, at Blackwell’s Bookshop on Broad Street, from 7pm to 9pm for an informative and enlightening discussion on Journalistic Writing. We’ll be examining how producing work for newspapers and magazines differs from other kinds of writing and how one might earn a living from this kind of writing. On the panel will be Lucy Atkins, novelist, book critic and freelance feature writer; and Fleur Kinson, travel and property journalist. In the chair will be Cherry Mosteshar, founder of The Oxford Editors, author and journalist. Entry £3 and all welcome.

Group 2012 is a writers group based in Oxford and established by Blackwell’s Bookshop, The Oxford Editors and Hersilia Press. It meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month.