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This Week on WA 9th October
Category: Site News
Tags: news updates progress

It seems to have been a week of quiet contemplation, mutual support and feedback, and general-behind-the-scenes writerly stuff here on WA this week.

 

But first of all the great news that Crilly has come through and is now recovering from her surgery with great aplomb. We’ve all been thinking of you Crilly and wish you a hasty comeback to your writing too.

 

The minutes for the meeting late September mention a number of issues that need further exploration - so check them out and input if you can. Especially the point about low meeting attendance.

 

But there’s great stuff going on too. The ‘hands’ Monday Muse brought forth a super piece from Jill, now looking for (and getting some great) feedback and a market.

 

As for the poetry project: Bruce is posting some thought provoking poems for all to enjoy.

 

And just look at the Chapters thread; getting a workout for sure. It is good to see such activity. 

 

October’s challenges and opportunities thread has some super possibilities for all. But the thread is open to more submission openings if you know of any.

 

Deadline for submissions to the next edition of WA Magazine is now closed. Any stragglers?

 

On the bragging stool this week are the usual culprits of Ad Hoccers (as Angela has aptly named us.) Going great guns as always.

 

Maggie's blog on research is filled with intrigue, and the Monday Muse from Vanessa crammed with ideas to inspire and get the juices flowing. How about the proverbs then?

 

There have been a few tweaks to the planner. Please check your dates up to Christmas again and let yours truly know if you need to make any changes.  Still looking for a blogger for November 6th.

 

If I've forgotten anything, please shout.

 

It is Thanksgiving here in Canada today. So wishing a very happy Thanksgiving to all, from me over here.

 

This Week on Writers Abroad
Category: Site News
Tags: members' news

After last weeks huge scoop of brags, this week we have news that Jill has been shortlisted in the I Must Be Off travel writing comp. This is huge and we all congratulate Jill on this success.

 

Today’s meeting was chaired by Chris and well attended and we swiftly moved through the agenda with some great input from all. Check the Meeting Room forum for minutes.  As a result the September challenges and opportunities thread will soon be up and running. If you have anything, please add the details.

 

The meeting also discussed WA Magazine submissions, the draft newsletter, and members’ visions - all in the excellent minutes.

 

There has been a little confusion again with the planner - Nigel will be adding a super Monday Muse for us this week and will delay posting his blog until September 11th - confusion sorted I think.

 

Our Poetry Project is running a challenge to write a ballad for submission to Writing Magazine deadline 15th September. Details in the Poetry Project forum.

 

I think that is it. If I’ve forgotten anything, just holler.

 

This week - June 12th 2017
Category: Site News
Tags: Writers Abroad News

 

This Week on WA

 

Another active week for members of WA.

 

Diane has posted a thought provoking blog leading into three main elements of a novel to give the reader the stuff that really matters. Well worth a read.

 

This week’s muses are up and shining thanks to Nicola. The first line prompts look extremely appetizing.

 

June's challenges and opportunities is peppered with places to send our work, some with deadlines of less than a month from now. As I continue with my judging of the Hysteria comp. (poetry category), I am more and more aware of the benefits of getting work submitted early rather than squeaking in at the last minute.

 

Chris N and I have both submitted three flashes each to Bath Flash Fiction Award. Winners will be announced at the FF Festival June 24/25. So they are very speedy.

 

Talking of super speed - Alyson got a first in Morgen Bailey's 100-worder comp with a marvellous tale called Superman and Laura got a third with her terrific 100-worder Speed Reading. I think you'll find them here. https://morgenbailey.wordpress.com/2017/06/09/results-of-morgens-100-word-competition-may-2017/#more-42745

 

Angela is over the moon (and so are all of us) at being accepted on Mslexia’s Online course. We are all looking forward to hearing all about it.

 

Nonsensically Challenged is now out and available for purchase. We do have some contributors. Lesley is behind the project. And if my memory serves me right - it all sprang from a Monday Muse last year...

 

Again our Ad Hoc submissions were accepted - five of us in this week's e-book.

 

I have now received my print copy of ArtAscent, the Orange themed issue. Both Bieke and I have poetry contributions. There is supposed to be a link to share the digital issue with friends and family - but I’m still looking for the right button! 

 

In other news: many members have now shared their five-year vision on the thread Our Writing Vision. Strong brave intentions from strong brave writers.  Members also have work posted that looks for feedback - not always posted in the WIP thread. Some under the MM and some under the month’s challenges. So if, by the time you check the site, the homepage side bar has slipped to something else, it is worth checking the forums for newish posts. It is a shame to miss some of the cracking work being posted.

 

The poetry project is limping. Maybe because it is a monthly thing. It was hoped that poetry would become a discussion topic, not an assignment/writing project. Any ideas for livening it up would be appreciated.

 

And I almost forgot. My interview with Hysteria went live this week. https://www.hysteriauk.co.uk/2017/06/06/an-interview-with-sue-borgersen-poetry-category-judge-for-hysteria-2017/ is the link. It made me laugh when I read it. WA gets mentioned - as do our anthologies and magazines, plus Jo's All Will be Well is noted as 'the novel I am reading right now'.

 

I think that is it - please forgive me if I have forgotten anything.

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