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!


8th Adjudication of the Poetry competition by Carole Bromley

22nd Open MSS and Book Sale

5th Theme – ‘Sweet and Sour’ or ‘Sweet or Sour’ or ‘Sweet and/or Sour’

19th Instant Inspiration (write at the meeting – Peter Page to provide inspiration re dialogue and writing drama)

5th Theme – ‘A Desert Island Book’
Closing date for the Article competition – a prose article on the theme ‘Houses and Homes’

19th Theme – A short play of up to five minutes in length

2nd Theme – ‘Time to Rhyme’ – song lyrics especially welcome

16th Adjudication of the Article competition by Graham Chalmers

30th Open MSS and Book Sale
Display of six objects provided by the committee to inspire writing for28th May.

14th Speaker – to be announced

Saturday 11th – Workshop on ‘Crafting Writing’ to be led by Andy Croft

28th Theme – A piece incorporating all the objects displayed on 30th April
Closing date for the Mini Saga competition – a story in exactly 50 words excluding the title

11th Open MSS and book sale – including an opportunity to share polished pieces from the workshop

25th Theme – a review of a play, TV or radio programme, book, exhibition, product or service

9th Open MSS and Book Sale

Saturday 20th Outing to Littlethorpe Pottery

23rd Adjudication of the Mini Saga competition by Anne Powell
Distribution of postcards to inspire writing for 20th August

6th Theme – ‘Inspired by . . .’ – including pieces inspired by the Outing

20th Theme – a story from one of the postcards distributed on 23rd July
Closing date for the Artistic Licence competition – a piece of prose non-fiction on a subject related to the arts – visual art, drama, music, etc.

3rd Speaker – to be announced

17th Poetry Evening including Poetry sub group showcase
Nominations for 2019/20 Committee

1st A series of writing challenges set by the Chair.

15th Open MSS and Book Sale

29th Theme – ‘There has been a murder’
Selection of a colour to form the theme for 26th November

12th AGM and adoption of 2019 accounts – subscriptions for 2019-20 due – followed by Open MSS

26th Adjudication of the Artistic Licence competition by Anne Carrick
Closing date for the Poetry competition


10th Christmas event

7th Adjudication of the Poetry competition by Sue Hardy-Dawson

21st Open MSS and Book Sale

Writing sub-groups where small groups of members come together to critique each other’s work will meet at times arranged within themselves – ask one of the Committee for details.

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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