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!


3rd Open MSS and Book Sale

17th Adjudication of the Poetry competition

31st Theme – ‘Starting the Year’ – a piece of Comic writing

14th Valentine’s day theme – ‘Dear John’ or ‘Dear Jane’

28th Instant Inspiration (write at the meeting – committee to provide the inspiration)
Closing date for the Short Story competition

14th Theme – A short play of up to five minutes length

28th Theme – ‘Escape’ (This theme is linked to the Swanwick competitions.)

11th Adjudication of the Short Story competition

25th Open MSS and Book Sale
Selection of six words suggested by members to inspire writing for 23rd May

9th Speaker – Poet Sue Hardy-Dawson

13th Saturday workshop with Steve Toase: The Dark Side. 10-4 at St Wilfrid’s Community Centre, Trinity Lane, Ripon HG4 2AB. The cost for the day will be £15 and
participants are requested to bring a contribution to the shared lunch. Members of other writers’ groups and the U3A are very welcome to join us. Please email
our Secretary for joining instructions. (The venue isn’t easy to find if you’re unfamiliar with Ripon.)

23rd Theme – A piece incorporating all the words selected on 25th April
Closing date for the Article competition
Announcement of challenges for 20th June

6th Open MSS and magazine sale

20th Theme – An evening of challenges (set by Sheila and Susan on 23rd May)
Announcement of closing line for 1st August
4th Adjudication of the Article competition

18th Open MSS and Book Sale

Saturday 22nd – Outing to Kingston upon Hull, 2017 City of Culture

1st Theme – A piece with the closing line announced on 2oth June

15th Theme – ‘My Four Dinner Guests’
Closing date for entries to the Mini Saga competition – a story exactly 50 words long excluding the title

29th Theme – ‘What I Did on my Holidays’
12th In house session on ‘Publishing Then and Now’. This will draw on members’ own experiences of getting work published.

26th Poetry Evening including Poetry sub-group showcase
Nominations for 2017/8 Committee
10th Adjudication of the Mini Saga competition

24th Theme – ‘Food, Glorious Food’ and Cookery Book Sale

7th AGM and adoption of 2017 accounts – subscriptions for 2017-18 due – followed by Open MSS and general Book Sale

21st Theme – The Dark Side – a non-humorous piece (2017 is the 200th anniversary of the publication of ‘Frankenstein’)
Closing date for the Poetry competition

5th 35th Birthday Meeting. Theme – ‘The Next 35 Years’.

12th Christmas Event including panto scenes

9th Adjudication of the Poetry competition

23rd 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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