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Peter James at Guildford Book Festival 2017

Here is a short video with highlights from the Guildford Book Festival 2017, featuring Jane Wenham-Jones interviewing bestselling author Peter James.

Wanna Write a Novel in 30 Days?

How do you fancy writing the complete first draft of a novel in just thirty days? That's your mission, should you choose to accept it. I am, of course, talking about…

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National Novel Writing Month

For those who've never heard of this strange beast, it's a just-for-fun challenge where you write 50,000 words in the month of November. That's an average of 1,667 words per day. It costs nothing and there are no prizes, except the glorious feeling you get on completion.

I've done this several times in past years and I can say that it greatly boosts your enthusiasm for writing by taking part. You also get to communicate with other "competitors" online, where there's a friendly and encouraging community.

I'm thinking of doing it again this year.

How about you?

Harlots & Hangers-on

More details are available from the BroadstairsLit website: broadstairslit.co.uk.

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Poster image for the event.

NAWGFest 2017

The National Association of Writers' Groups presents…

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NAWGFest 2017

1st—3rd/4th September 2017
University of Warwick

What makes a writing festival the best ever?

Tutors? Published Authors? Speakers? Agents?
Find out and learn from:
  • Peter Robinson
  • Steve Bowkett
  • Fran Flint
  • Anita Loughrey
  • Stephen Booth
  • Cressida Downing
  • Tim Wilson
  • Alison Chisholm
  • Hattie Grunewald
  • Kate Nash

To book your place and for full details…


Email: booking-festival@nawg.co.uk

For brochure by post:


Or phone: +44 173 331 1680

Book now:

to get your first choice of workshops.

Great savings for NAWG members:

join NAWG now!

Themed Chats

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There's an idea that's been kicking around for a while: to occasionally have themed chats in place of our usual general gossip.

A themed chat would basically be an informal questions and answers session, on a particular writing-related theme. This would take place over our Internet Relay Chat (IRC) on channel "#wannabe". See our chat room for details.

The regular chats are on Sundays at 10:30 (UK time), but other days and times could be arranged, depending on people's availability.

Would this be something you'd take part in? I suppose the big question is: which themes will be covered? Well, over to you. Why not tell us which writing-related themes would be useful. We can make a list and start with the most popular ones.

Wentworth Writing Weekend

Wentworth Castle, South Yorkshire

26th, 27th and 28th May 2017

Full details on the National Association of Writers' Groups' website.

Lunch at the Dickens Inn

Why not join us for lunch, drinks, and friendly chat? On Saturday 21st January 2017 at 13:00, we'll be meeting at…

Tavern Bar
Dickens Inn
Marble Quay
Saint Katherines Way
St Katherines Dock

There are also details on facebook.

Please let us know if you are coming. You can leave a comment below or email us at wannabe@darkskipper.com.

Hope to see you there.

Favourite Writing Events


I was chatting with some writer colleagues the other day, about the huge number and variety of writing-related events that take place each year. We agreed that the calendar is pretty full, if not over-stuffed, with these gatherings of literary-minded people.

There are many varieties. To name but a few: courses, workshops, retreats, festivals, book launches, readings… Plus events that combine many of these activities.

My personal experience is quite limited, though I do have some favourites:

  • Writers' Holiday – at Fishguard in Pembrokeshire,
  • NAWGFest – at the University of Warwick,
  • NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) – internet-wide, every November.

What about you?

Raffle to Win a Free NAWGFest Place

Join the National Association of Writers' Groups before the 30th June 2016 for a chance to win a free NAWGFest place worth £ 295.00.

All writers and writers' groups registered (including existing ones) on 30th June 2016 will be automatically entered into the free prize draw.

No cash alternative available.

The winner must be available to attend NAWGFest on 2nd—4th September 2016.

Writing Weekends: Should You Splash Out?

Is splashing out for a writing weekend a useful tool for aspiring writers?

You can read the article by Pam Fish, chairman of the National Association of Writers' Groups. Follow the link below to the AuthorCraft website.

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