MORNING WORKSHOP : SARA-JANE ARBURY, VERONA BASS, SUE CHADD, CLAIRE COLEMAN, MARILYN FRANCIS, LOUISE GREEN, MIRANDA PENDER, GRAEME RYAN, JUNE WENTLAND, SHIRLEY WRIGHT, EILEEN CAMERON (11) and HARRY THURSTON booked in but unconfirmed
AFTERNOON READERS CONFIRMED : SUE CHADD, GRAEME RYAN, LINDA SAUNDERS, PETER REASON, ANDREW LAWRENCE with a bit of luck, FLORY WISDOM, PENNY GARDINER , AMA BOLTON
Order of afternoon ‘concerts’
FIRST 25 minutes ?
Five 2018 subscribers drawn by lot who have not been in the morning workshop : five of Linda Saunders, Ama Bolton, Sue Sims, Andrew Lawrence & any others not yet booked in
SECOND 25 minutes ?
New and intending subscribers : Peter Reason, Flory Wisdom, Penny Gardiner, Ali Bacon, Eileen Cameron
THIRD 20 minutes ?
Five Readers ( from morning workshop ?) drawn by lot
FOURTH 20 minutes ?
Five readers (from morning workshop?) drawn by lot
Final set of readers drawn by lot
email sent out 9th December :
The January morning workshop is the last of the planned Bath Writers & Artists and we are going to use part of the time to put together your views and ideas about what our wonderful group would like to do after its meetup in March. ( Whose skeleton programme is already well advanced on the blog, and eager to be fleshed out with all your inputs and ideas. Please take a look.)
BUT WE ALSO WANT TO SPEND A GOOD PART OF THE MORNING CELEBRATING OUR WONDERFUL HABIT OF ENGAGING CONSTRUCTIVELY WITH EACH OTHER’S WORK.
Please will you look out a short piece of writing ( prose or poetry) which in your opinion showcases you at your most interesting and best. Showcases in fact the writer you aspire to be and the strengths you want to build on in 2019. It needn’t be a new piece. It should be something the rest of the group will enjoy to read and hear. 25 lines of poetry should be the upper limit, or 300 words of prose.
EMAIL this piece at your earliest opportunity to all the other people in the workshop group, who are listed in the address bar and whom you can reach easily by using ‘reply’ all. I am included in the address bar so you don’t have to do anything special to get your piece to me. Give us all as much time as you can manage, please. You all have so many marvellous pieces of writing behind you, you can afford to make your choice without much angst. Send as WORD DOCS so it will be easy for everyone to print out.
WHEN YOU RECEIVE THE WORKSHOP SUBMISSIONS, please read them carefully and come to the workshop with your printouts and 2 or 3 pertinent things to say about each of them. This might be things you have liked, as Verona and Shirley have just finished doing for the November exercise. It might be questions you would like to ask the writer. It might be parallels you might like to draw with your own or other writers’ work. It might be comments about the subject matter. It might be suggestions how the writer could go deeper into the subject, or extend the piece forwards into new writing. Anything a good reviewer might home in on. You might like to jot your thoughts down as notes, or simply bring them in your head.
WE WILL CONSIDER ALL THE PIECES WHICH WERE SUBMITTED IN ADVANCE TO THE GROUP – but NOTHING that only turns up on the day!
This will be a lovely watershed occasion, celebrating the writers you are, and planning forward for the how our wonderful group can go on supporting the writers you want to be.
ALL GOOD GREETINGS
AFTERNOON PROGRAMME : FURTHER DETAILS TO BE ANNOUNCED
INTENDING TO COME FOR THE AFTERNOON: conor whelan, sue sims, sarah gregory (?), ama bolton
For personal reasons, I will not be able to organise/manage a themed or structured programme for the afternoon session on 26th January and there is at the moment no one obviously poised to take my place.
I have therefore decided to make this a discussion and planning session for our future Bath Writers & Artists programmes and our first ever ‘Subscribers and Regular Contributors’ showcase open mic. We have booked the Duncan Room, which can be set up with the laptop projector for anyone who can take COMPLETE AND CONFIDENT control of their own technology. We will also have the usual lectern with fixed mic.
I will assume (until told otherwise ) that all the morning workshop participants will like to put something together for this open mic session. This looks like 10 people at the moment.
I will invite all the other subscribers and our three regular contributors, Andrew Lawrence, Margaret Heath and Conor Whelan.
When we know who will be coming, I will get a couple of people to volunteer to compere the open mic afternoon. It is probable that lots will have to be drawn for the reading slots.
The previously announced contribution by FLORY WISDOM has been moved forward into March. More details on the March programme page.