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Tags: writers abroad this week

Well, it's been some time and I would just like to thank again all of you for you support and kind words over the last two weeks. Thanks to Vanessa particularly for holding the reins and Rob and Nicola for helping with the publication of the Anthology. So let's get down to business and see what's happening on what must be the most fantastic on line writing community!

  1. The first Writers Abroad Anthology of Short Stories has now been published and is available for download from our home page. There is also a very nifty version which you can read online and it will even flip the pages for you! How's that for luxurious?
  2. Jany has provided two very stimulating Monday Muses to tickle our typing fingers this week so pop on over and get writing.
  3. Alyson has written this weeks Blog on the two other anthologies which are close to our heart and in aid of very good causes. I for one shall be purchasing copies for Xmas gifts this year.
  4. Vanessa very ably chaired our meeting yesterday and has uploaded the notes in the Meeting Room
  5. The December Writing Challenge is an open one, so you can submit what you like. If you need some help with a theme or the pressure of a deadline for completion check out our Competition Calendar.
  6. There are still a few NaNoWriMo scribblers furiously tapping away. Nicola and Jill are doing very well and deserve a virtual round of applause. Maybe we'll hold our own NoWriMo in the future? Who knows!
  7. We are now paid members of Spruz and most members have agreed to a Membership Subscription fee of £5. More details will follow but if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask.

So that's it for this week, Happy Writing!

Charity Anthologies
Category: Writing
Tags: writers abroad 50 Stories for Pakistan Shamblelurking and other stories short stories

This blog has been posted on behalf of Alyson who has written this weeks blog on a subject very close to Writers Abroad heart!

Two members of Writer’s Abroad have recently been instrumental in putting together anthologies of short stories to raise money for charity.

Fifty Stories for Pakistan has been put together by Greg McQueen, after the recent widespread floods in that country.  The book is a collection of 50 short, short stories that is published by Big Bad Media and sold to raise funds for the Red Cross Pakistan Floods Appeal. The cover photo shows a man and a boy wading away from the light into the darkness and gloom. They face fear, hunger and disease. A simple way to help them is to buy the book.
It is available from the website Big Bad Media

Shambelurkling and Other Stories is an anthology of stories and poems put together by Marit Meredith to raise money for National Autism Society. It is aimed at children in the 8-12 age range, but suitable for the young at heart, too. The title is taken from the first story submitted and it's also the first story in the book. The thread running through many of the stories and poems is that of overcoming some kind of obstacle, of winning through. NAS is getting onboard with advertising the book to its members, and already the sales are going very strong.
All the royalties will go to NAS Early Learning programme Plus: £1.06 per book, whether paperback or download. The book/download is available for purchase from the Lulu website

Category: Site News
Tags: Writers Abroad writing

Jo is still away, so I’m standing in for this week’s update.

  • Countdown to our Writers Abroad Anthology publication has started! National Short Story Week starts on 22 November and our anthology will be published in a free e-book version to coincide with it. More news later this week about marketing efforts and publication details. A big thank you to everyone who has helped with it and particularly to Jo, who has kept it all together.
  • Nicola has posted a couple of pictures as this week’s Monday Muse prompts – one celestial, the other more earth-bound I think. They ought to inspire some interesting ideas.
  • I have posted this week’s Monday blog about the importance of presentation.
  • Our NaNoWriMo writers are entering week 3 – half way through. Keep going: there’s light at the end of the tunnel!
  • Still plenty of time to post something up for the November challenge (Marit’s competition or a work in progress). Reminder to self: just do it.
  • Formal meeting next Sunday, 21 November 14:00 CET. Paola is (provisionally, depending on which continent she is in) in the Chair. Agenda to follow in the meetings forum. Please feel free to add any items or email Jo or me with them.

Have a good week, everyone, and get plenty of stuff written. 



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