Friendly writing evening and upcoming events

This month we were a smaller-than-usual and very friendly bunch of Group 2012 members who sat and drank wine and learned new things at Blackwell’s. Cherry Mosteshar of The Oxford Editors led a short but informative workshop on Point of View, with a demanding and enlightening exercise and a lively discussion to follow.

Then Zool Verjee of Blackwell’s gave a brief talk about booksellers’ attitudes to self-published work: they are more open minded than I’d thought, but you have to approach them in the right way and offer them a well written and beautifully presented product.

Finally Zool told us about his favourite book of the moment: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. It sounds like a worthy successor to Half of a Yellow Sun.

A very enjoyable, useful meeting. If you did, we’re sorry you missed it. Do make a note in your diary to reserve 7-9 on the last Wednesday of March.

Barbara Lorna Hudson

The March meeting will be a feedback session at Blackwell’s Bookshop again. Usual time of 7-9.

The April meeting will be on April 29th at Blackwell’s Bookshop from 7-9pm when Ali Shaw, award-winning author and great friend of Group 2012, will lead a workshop that will emind us of our relationship as writers with pen and paper. There may be crayons.

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