January meeting will be Feedback

The next meeting will be at Blackwell’s Bookshop on Wednesday 28th of January at 7pm. We will kick off the New Year with a feedback meeting so bring all that work you did over the holidays.

So feedback months for first half of the year will be: January, March, May, July.

Don’t forget to sign up for the Richard Skinner workshop, he really is an amazing

writing coach.

Richard Skinner workshop returns

 

A Brief Introduction to Novel Writing

A two hour workshop with Richard Skinner
7-9pm on Monday 2nd February.
Blackwell’s Bookshop, Oxford

Richard Skinner, Director of the Fiction Programme at the Faber Academy and a tutor on its six-month ‘Writing a Novel’ course, will be running a two-hour workshop from 7pm to 9pm on Monday 2nd February at Blackwell’s Bookshop.

This workshop will involve two long exercises, one on plotting and one on point of view, both of which should shed light on these issues for those who have embarked, or are about to embark, on a long piece of fiction.

Richard Skinner is the author of three novels, all published by Faber & Faber. The Red Dancer <http://richardskinner.weebly.com/the-red-dancer.html> has been translated into seven languages. The Mirror <http://richardskinner.weebly.com/the-mirror–the-velvet-gentleman.html> consists of two short novels, The Mirror and The Velvet Gentleman. A translation of The Velvet Gentleman was shortlisted in France for the Prix Livres & Musiques. He has also written a writer’s handbook entitled Fiction Writing <http://richardskinner.weebly.com/fiction-writing.html> . His poems have been published in various magazines including Faber & Faber’s First Pressings, Staple, Brand and Magma. For many years, Richard was an Associate Tutor at Goldsmiths College, London, where he taught on the MA Creative & Life Writing. For more information, please visit Richard’s website: http://richardskinner.weebly.com <http://richardskinner.weebly.com/>

There are 20 places on this workshop, and the cost is £15. Please email oxford@blackwell.co.uk <mailto:oxford@blackwell.co.uk> or telephone 01865 333636 if you would like to register.

Richard Skinner workshop returns

A Brief Introduction to Novel Writing

A two hour workshop with Richard Skinner
7-9pm on Monday 2nd February.
Blackwell’s Bookshop, Oxford

Richard Skinner, Director of the Fiction Programme at the Faber Academy and a tutor on its six-month ‘Writing a Novel’ course, will be running a two-hour workshop from 7pm to 9pm on Monday 2nd February at Blackwell’s Bookshop.

This workshop will involve two long exercises, one on plotting and one on point of view, both of which should shed light on these issues for those who have embarked, or are about to embark, on a long piece of fiction.

Richard Skinner is the author of three novels, all published by Faber & Faber. The Red Dancer <http://richardskinner.weebly.com/the-red-dancer.html> has been translated into seven languages. The Mirror <http://richardskinner.weebly.com/the-mirror–the-velvet-gentleman.html> consists of two short novels, The Mirror and The Velvet Gentleman. A translation of The Velvet Gentleman was shortlisted in France for the Prix Livres & Musiques. He has also written a writer’s handbook entitled Fiction Writing <http://richardskinner.weebly.com/fiction-writing.html> . His poems have been published in various magazines including Faber & Faber’s First Pressings, Staple, Brand and Magma. For many years, Richard was an Associate Tutor at Goldsmiths College, London, where he taught on the MA Creative & Life Writing. For more information, please visit Richard’s website: http://richardskinner.weebly.com <http://richardskinner.weebly.com/>

There are 20 places on this workshop, and the cost is £15. Please email oxford@blackwell.co.uk <mailto:oxford@blackwell.co.uk> or telephone 01865 333636 if you would like to register.

December Meeting

The final Group 2012 session of 2014 will be at Blackwell’s bookshop on Wednesday 17th December (7pm-9pm) and, being so close to Christmas, it will be an informal but enjoyable gathering . . .

The plan is to have each member bring something to read – your own work, a poem, something Christmassy that you like, something non-Christmassy that you like . . .

There will also be a very small book quiz (and some modest prizes), and a chance to socialise and enjoy a pleasant evening.

From next year we are chnaging the regular meeting from the 3rd Wednesday of the month, so please let us know which Wednesday would suit best 1st, 2nd or 4th.

November Meeting to be held at Trinity

This Month we will be in the Fletcher room in Trinity College on Wednesday, November 19th at 19:00 – 21:00.

November’s Group 2012 session is all about how writers can use social media to their advantage. It’s not about saying to writers that they have to use social media, simply that if they are thinking about dipping their toe in the water and trying to establish a website, blogging, facebooking and tweeting presence, here’s a bit of a starter for ten on how to go about it.

Novelist and journalist Lucy Atkins will join ex-Blackwell’s bookseller and current novelist Ali Shaw, together with a third panelist tbc, to provide practical advice and demonstrations on all things social media.

Entry costs £3 which can be paid on the door. This event is free to members of Group2012, to join the writers group yearly membership costs £20.

Book list from September Group 2012 meeting

Dear All,

What a pity so many could not make it, we had a wonderful meeting full of beautiful books. Here are the choices of Group members:

“If you want to write well, there’s one thing I suggest over everything
else and that is to read well”

How many times have we heard that advice from authors, agents and
publishers? Well, our session dedicated to ‘writers we recommend you
read if you want to experience great writing’ was a thoroughly enjoyable
experience of sharing our views of wonderful books and talented writers.

Here’s a quick run-down of the ‘reading list’ that we created during the
evening . . .

Adam Foulds: The Quickening Maze
Kazuo Ishiguro: The Unconsoled
Jim Crace: Being Dead
Marilynne Robinson: Gilead
David Mitchell: Number 9 Dream
Ray Bradbury: His entire works – in particular a piece called Zen and
the Art of Writing’
Douglas Gray: His collected poetry
John Le Carre: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
John Kennedy Toole: The Confederacy of Dunces
Raymond Chandler: His entire works
Charlotte Bronte: Jane Eyre
Evelyn Waugh: Brideshead Revisited
Joseph Conrad: Heart of Darkness
Robert Byron: The Road to Oxiana
Gunter Grass: Peeling the Onion
Ken Follett: Fall of Giants

Happy Reading Everyone!