Upcoming General Meetings

Meetings are held at Hartington Grove Friends' Meeting House, from 7.30 pm to about 9.30. Hartington Grove runs between Hills Road and Cherry Hinton Road, Cambridge.

Non-members are welcome to attend these meetings (except the Annual General Meeting) at a charge of £3.

JUST THINK - If you join, you get all this, plus the working groups, plus free to enter competitions, plus a monthly Newsletter for only £20 a year!

Tuesday, 2. May 2017 - The novel ‘The Words in my Hand’


Guinevere Glasfurd

Guinevere is a former member of Cambridge Writers whom we are pleased to welcome back to talk about her successful debut novel. It tells the true story of Helena Jans, an illiterate serving girl in 17th century Holland. A lodger is the famous philosopher and mathematician René Descartes. At first he helps her learn to write, and they then commence a romantic affair. It tells their story in a moving but unsentimental way.
Guinevere is in the Costa book award 2016 shortlist for this novel.

Tuesday, 6. Jun 2017 - Flash Fiction Competition


This is a members only competition, although non-members may attend if they would like to se what we are about. Entries may be on any theme, but must not exceed 250 words. Only one entry per member is allowed. The entry should have a title (not part of the word count), but must not identify the author. Entries will be read aloud (not by the author). The winner will be decided by vote and a box of chocolates will form the prize.

Saturday, 1. Jul 2017 - Summer Social


5.00 – 8.30 pm at 22a Riverbank, Littleport

Our member Siobhan Carew and her husband have kindly made their farm available for this event. There will be a charge of £5 per head, and members are welcome to bring guests. You must also bring a dish (sweet or savoury) and some drink (whether alcoholic or not) to share. Nearer the time a car share arrangement will be made to enable members to get to the farm. However, the farm is half a mile from Littleport rail station. The summer timetable may change, but at the moment there is a train from Cambridge at 4.35 pm which arrives at Littleport at 4.48pm, and a train back leaves Littleport at 8.58 pm, arriving back in Cambridge at 9.22 pm.

Non-members who might wish to use this chance to meet us are are also welcome, but should contact the Chair:  Harry Goode harry.huguette@ntlworld.com

Tuesday, 3. Oct 2017 - Emotional Resonance and the Short Story


Helen Marshall

Helen will give part talk, part workshop about the "Emotional Resonance and the Short Story".

Sheis a Lecturer of Creative Writing and Publishing at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, England. Her first collection of fiction Hair Side, Flesh Side won the Sydney J Bounds Award in 2013, and Gifts for the One Who Comes After, her second collection, won the World Fantasy Award and the Shirley Jackson Award in 2015. Her debut novel Everything that is Born is published by Random House Canada in 2018.

Tuesday, 7. Nov 2017 - Creative Writing Course with Cambridge Writers


Jane Phillips completed a two year MA course at City University, London - Creative Writing, Novels (Crime), in October 2016. Was it expensive – yes she says, was it worth it – yes again. What did I learn? I'll tell you in November she promises  - with some handouts from the course.

Les Brookes attended a couple of Arvon courses and is  happy to present on them. The courses he attended were widely separated in time, 1982 and 2011, and in content – the first tutored by two poets, the founders of Arvon, and the second by two novelists, Philip Hensher and Sam North. Les will focus on what he gained from them and the qualities of a good tutor.

Hannah Hooton will tell us about the Creative writing Access course she did on Creative Writing, English Literature and Journalism, and the Bachelor's course on Writing and Film Studies, and her Master's course on Creative Writing: Scriptwriting, so she has done so has plenty of resources to talk about.

Beverley Steffert  will give an overview of Pillar Alessandra’s workshop  - this was given non-stop by an effervescent American screen writer, who in typical American super-motivation style promised to stop us procrastinating, get our story into the wide world, and add zing (whatever that is) to our dialogue. This will be contrasted with a local adult education course in Cambridge who had everyone write their idea for a story in summary and then in each class had us move the story forward using a story writing framework. These seem typically American and typically English ways of doing things!