Events Programme

The committee racks its collective brain each year to come up with a range of themed evenings and other events to suit all tastes. Suggestions and offers of help are always welcome!

UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED, MEETINGS RUN FROM 7.30 TO 9.30 p.m.

JANUARY 2020
7th Adjudication of the Poetry competition by Sue Hardy-Dawson
Selection of a colour to provide the theme for 21st January

21st Theme – a colour to be chosen on 7th January plus ‘bring and buy’ sale

FEBRUARY
4th Instant Inspiration (write at the meeting – Sheila Whitfield to provide inspiration in the form of ten minute challenges)

18th Talk by Cathy Grimmer on the Swanwick Summer School followed by Members’ Manuscripts (formerly known as Open MSS)

MARCH
3rd 900th Meeting. Theme – ‘Vision’ – this is the theme for the Swanwick Writers’ Summer School competitions for 2020
Closing date for the Blast from the Past competition – a prose fiction piece on an historic theme

17th
Theme – ‘A Time to Rhyme’ – the evening will include some tips on song writing from Christine Summers

31st Theme – ‘Travel’

APRIL
14th Adjudication of the Blast from the Past competition by George Herring

28th Members’ Manuscripts evening and book sale
Display of six objects provided by the committee to inspire writing for26th May.

MAY
12th Speaker – Maggie Cobbett on writing ‘fillers’

26th Theme – A piece incorporating all the objects displayed on 28th April
Closing date for the Short Story competition

JUNE
Saturday 6th – Workshop – writing around a theme (to be decided) in different genres

9th Members’ Manuscripts evening and book sale

23rd Theme – ‘Solstice’

JULY
7th Adjudication of the Short Story competition by Peter Caunt

An outing may be arranged during the month

21st Members’ Manuscripts evening and book sale

AUGUST
4th Theme – ‘What if? – an alternative ending to a well-known story or historical event’

18th Theme – Writing for children, target age group to be identified
Closing date for the Article competition – the theme this time is ‘A review of something or somewhere that you have enjoyed (or not).’

SEPTEMBER
1st To be decided

15th Poetry Evening
Nominations for 2020/21 Committee open

29th
Adjudication of the Article competition by Finola Fitzpatrick from the ‘Ripon Gazette’

OCTOBER
13th Members’ Manuscripts evening and book sale

27th Theme – ‘Ghosts’

NOVEMBER
10th AGM and adoption of 2020 accounts – subscriptions for 2020-21 due – followed by Members’ Manuscripts

24th Theme – ‘A Musical Memory’
Closing date for the Poetry competition

DECEMBER

8th Christmas event

JANUARY 2021
5th Adjudication of the Poetry competition by Roger Kendall

19th Members’ Manuscripts evening and book sale

Our friendly group meets once a fortnight in the Old Deanery on Minstergate, opposite Ripon Cathedral and is always open to new members from the Ripon area and beyond. Whether your interest is in poetry or prose, novels, short stories, plays, wacky humour, a more analytical style of writing, or just listening for the time being, you're very welcome.

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