This afternoon we had our monthly feature with Mark Clementson of the Verulam Writers Circle (VRC).
The group is now meeting at the White Hart pub on Holywell Hill over the summer each and every Wednesday at 8pm. If you are a writer based in or around St Albans perhaps seeking a little inspiration, maybe some high quality critique or would like to be among people who understand what is to to be a writer, then Verulam Writers Circle might be for you and your very welcome to join them.
Mark talked about the plans for the next Verulam Writers Circle conference called 'Get Writing' on the 19th February 2010. Here are some of the confirmed names:
Georgina Hawtrey-Woore (senior editor, Cornerstones, Random House)
Lyn Vernham (marketing director, Choc-Lit)
Ian Skillicorn (founder of Talking Bookshelf and Short Story Radio, also the driving force behind National Short Story Week)
Hilary Johnson (literary scout and freelance editor who also runs an authors' advisory service)
Professor Raymond Tallis (polymath, wit, poet, novelist and philosopher)
Jean Fullerton (best-selling author of urban historical romance)
John Jarrold (literary agent specialising in fantasy and SF genres)
Elizabeth Hawksley (historical novelist and professional reader)
Daphne Knott (of Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies)
Leigh Russell (local crime thriller author)
Christina Courtenay (author newly published by Choc-Lit, in charge of running the 'Love Story of the Year Award' for the RNA)
Sarah Duncan (award-winning script-writer, tutor and best-selling novelist - currently Royal Literary Fund Fellow for the University of Bristol - also a terrific speaker!)
They are also trying to confirm a distinguished author of many titles including a well-loved international best-seller!
The conference includes: Workshops, talks, lunch, book-signings and sales, the opportunity to mingle and chat, and a chance to pitch to a proper agent or publisher!
Bookings will be taken via the website and they expect to sell out again. Keep an eye on the Verulam Writers Circle website to see when tickets become available: http://www.verulamwriterscircle.org.uk/
If you would like to find out more information about particluar members of VWC, details of links and success stories can be found on the website. The latest edition of Veracity (the VWC newsletter) can also be found on the website and is free to all!