Winter Competition

December 13, 2010

The Green Turban, Tamara de LempickaThe new WordWatchers short story competition is underway!  And this time it’s a 2,500 word story based on a picture – a great Art Deco portrait:  The Green Turban, Tamara de Lempicka

Competition entries are due at the January meeting.

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December 7, 2010


WordWatchers is a collective of authors based in and around Newbury, Berkshire, United Kingdom, who meet monthly to support and promote each other’s work.

WordWatchers was created in May 2001 by a group of people who had been attending a creative writing class at Newbury College. We wanted to move on from weekly homework to more long-term projects. We each set ourselves a monthly target and report our progress in the monthly meetings. Although the membership has changed over the years, some of the founding members remain part of the group. Numbers vary between six and twelve, with an even gender split. Meet us in the authors section. we aim to provide a forum and support for those wishing to undertake more ambitious projects than could be catered for in an evening class or writers’ workshop. We welcome writers who serious about writing, whatever form that takes, from full-length novels in all genres, screenplays, travelogues, children’s books, local history and magazine articles.

WordWatchers expects a level of commitment from its members to attend meetings regularly, critique each other’s work and contribute to group discussions. The group has maintained its original character despite occasional changes of membership.

Meetings focus on a variety of topics ranging from a detailed review of the work of one of the members, to more general discussion about aspects of writing, from inspiration to getting published.

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