Writers’ group meetings: they need livening up from time to time, don’t they? I can say that because I chaired one group for four years and I’m currently responsible for organising another one. (‘Chairing‘ might be too strong a word for that group!) Anyway, when you have a group of writers who meet regularly, sometimes it’s a good idea to spice things up a bit. Get in a guest speaker. Ask someone to run a workshop. Broaden your horizons. Explore new markets. Learn new skills.

Newport Writers Group In Action!

Newport Writers Group In Action!

If you’d like me to run a workshop or talk for your writer’s circle (depending upon your location – I’m based in Shropshire), please get in touch. If there’s a particular subject matter you’d like me to explore with you then let me know. Alternatively, why not consider one of my  popular talks and workshops below:

WRITING FOR THE MAGAZINE MARKET

Whether you write articles, short stories or even poems, you need to know how to write suitable material for the magazine you are targeting. This workshop shows how to analyse a magazine to identify who its readers are, and where the best ‘freelance’ slots are in a magazine.

WRITING SHORT STORIES FOR THE WOMAG (WOMEN’S MAGAZINE) MARKET

Want to write short stories and see them published? The women’s magazine market might be just what you’re looking for. Whether it’s The People’s Friend, Woman’s Weekly, Take a Break, or The Weekly News, these magazines need lots of stories, so why shouldn’t you be writing them? We’ll look at what makes a womag story, and the different requirements of the markets.

Worcester University Creative Writing Society

Worcester University Creative Writing Society

PHOTOGRAPHY FOR WRITERS
How using photographs can increase your chances of success when writing letters and fillers and magazine articles. Tip and advice on how to take a publishable photo – all you need is a compact camera, or even a mobile phone! No professional cameras required!

WRITING A NON-FICTION BOOK

We all have a book inside us apparently, so let’s hope it’s a non-fiction one because for every novel published, 5 non-fiction books are published. This workshop will show you how to increase your chances of publication by finding a suitable market for your book, and then writing a decent proposal.

MY KINGDOM FOR A COUNTY
County magazines offer a good market for local writers to target. After all, you live in the area, you’re already the expert. Find out what sort of subjects they publish and how to break into them.

COME FLY WITH ME!

Travel writing is a writer’s dream job. But it’s not all lounging in the sun with cocktail in one hand, whilst you type up your latest feature on the laptop with the other. That’s pure fantasy! You stand more chance of success writing about the Seven Wonders of Wigan! Let’s whizz around the world and find out how to write ANY travel feature, even if you’ve never set foot further than the Isle of Wight!

THAT’S BL?DY C!P!

Constructive criticism is a skill. Destructive comments hurt, but a plethora of positive plaudits from other writing group members isn’t helpful either. Writers need guidance, not insults. In this practical workshop we’ll judge some competition entries, allowing us to be impartial, and from this, discover ten top tips for giving or receiving criticism.

DISGUSTED OF TUNBRIDGE WELLS!

Dear Writer. One of the quickest routes to publication is to write a letter or filler. Financially, it can be a useful too, paying up to £200 for a top tip or even £15 for a joke you heard down the pub! Disgusted that you’re missing out? This workshop will rekindle your love affair with letter writing – guaranteed. Yours sincerely, Simon Whaley.