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 2018
Saturday 6th – Twelfth Night Lunch

9th Adjudication of the Poetry competition

23rd Open MSS and Book Sale

FEBRUARY
6th Theme – Stories in 100 words (Reader’s Digest Competition tie-in)

20th Instant Inspiration (write at the meeting – committee to provide the inspiration)

MARCH
6th Theme – A short play of up to five minutes length
Closing date for the Artistic Licence competition – a piece of prose fiction on a subject related to the arts – visual art, drama, music etc

20th Theme – ‘Country Life’

APRIL
3rd Theme – Easter

17th Adjudication of the Artistic Licence competition.

MAY
1st Open MSS and Book Sale
Selection of six words suggested by members to inspire writing for 29th May

15th Speaker – Georgia Duffy, author and Harrogate bookshop owner)

29th Theme – A piece incorporating all the words selected on 1st May
Closing date for the Blast from the Past competition – a non-fiction prose piece on an historical theme.

JUNE
12th Open MSS and magazine sale

26th Theme – Writing for a Publication – up to 600 words

JULY
10th Adjudication of the Blast from the Past competition

24th Open MSS and Book Sale

AUGUST
7th Theme – Looking Back – a story of my life
Closing date for the Short Storycompetition

21st Theme – a historical story told on three postcards with each message no longer than 75 words

SEPTEMBER
4th Speaker – Sue Hardy-Dawson will lead a workshop session – details to be announced

18th Poetry Evening including Poetry sub-group showcase
Nominations for 2018/9 Committee

OCTOBER
2nd Adjudication of the Short Story competition

16th Open MSS and Book Sale

30th Theme – Brief Encounter

NOVEMBER
13th AGM and adoption of 2018 accounts – subscriptions for 2018-19 due – followed by Open MSS

27th Theme – Armistice
Closing date for the Poetry competition

DECEMBER
11th Christmas Event

JANUARY 2019
8th Adjudication of the Poetry competition

22nd 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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