Starting a Poetry Circle

Inspired by our members’ desire to engage in more poetry writing we have started to look at setting up a poetry group.

This project is still in its early stages and open to feedback as to how exactly things will be organised. The idea is to allow new poets and more established poets to support each other and encourage the writing of verse.

The format will probably be quite like our general writers’ critique meetings but the event will only be for poetry and verse.

You can have your say in our Facebook group or on the new TCW Poetry Circle project page.

Do you write poetry? Where do you share what you have written?

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Wishing you a very happy Christmas

Happy Christmas and other seasonally appropriate greetings.

Obviously, I did not just write this post. It’s been sitting here for a while now. The picture was a snap I took of my mum’s Christmas tree.

Anyway, this post is just to hope that those of you browsing the web today have a really great day. All the best to you, writers and readers alike from Thanet Creative Writers.

While you are here, why not tell us about your day. Is it relaxed and full of joy, manic and full of laughter, or something a bit more sombre?

Creating a safe space for writers

Establishing a safe place to share work is one of the most important things a host must do.

As hosts, we have a responsibility to look after the writers that we receive into our gatherings. Some writers, perhaps many writers, are vulnerable people. For some, writing is a way to deal with a great deal of emotional or physical pain. Sharing what we have written is not so different to being totally naked.

It is very easy to feel exposed or at least a little nervous when sharing this very intimate expression of our inner self with total strangers. As hosts of events, our job is to make our guests feel safe enough to share.

 

Keep reading Creating a safe space for writers on our new website.

What are your top tips for dialogue?

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Writing is a craft that we never completely master. There is always more to learn, more to understand, and more to say. This is especially true when it comes to dialogue.

The breadth of technical and artistic skills needed can be a steep curve for new writers. That was part of why I compiled a list great articles on the subject of writing dialogue. You can read the list on my personal blog – 5 must read articles for dialogue writers

Self-promotion side, what I’d like to do now is to throw open the doors and invite everyone else to have a say.

Using the comments form, tell us what your top tips are for dialogue writers.

Thanet Writers’ groups 2016 summary

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Thanet is a big place. Well, it is not that big, but it is plenty big enough for a whole load of writers’ groups.

Here is a big old list of writers groups. Every last one I could find. The good, the crazy and the sort of okay. If I found them, then they are here.

Thanet’s Writers’ Groups

Broadstairs Writers’ Circle meet on the first and third Monday of the month (except August) at the Brown Jug Inn; 7.30pm to 9.30pm.

Dead Island Poets. We know they meet in pubs around Thanet for open mic poetry nights and are run by a lady called Penny. As I couldn’t find a page to link to your best bet is to follow the Thanet Creative Writers group were Dead Island Poets events tend to get shared.

Hilderstone Writers’ Circle is, as far as we can tell, run by Maggie Solley at Hilderstone Adult Education College, Margate. I don’t have any further details but the contact number is 01843 860860.

Isle Writers gather 2.00pm – 4.00pm on the third Wednesday of each month (except December) at Broadstairs Library.

Inspirations hold their meetings between 11am and 1pm at Westgate Library on the fourth Saturday of each month (except December).

Thanet Creative Writers hold a number of events throughout the year. Matt hosts a weekly writers gathering at his home each Tuesday at 7:30pm (address at the bottom of most pages on this site) but there are other events which should be listed here on the website and on the Thanet Creative Writers Facebook page.

Thanet Writers (a group founded by, but no longer affiliated with, Thanet Creative Writers) meet every Thursday at about 8pm at the Chapel to critique work and discuss the running of their website.

Third Thursday Writers’ is run by Peggy Rogers and is a University of the Third Age (U3A) group. There is a waiting list to join in so you’ll need to make contact in advance.

Writers’ Circle is run by Maria Brown and is a University of the Third Age (U3A) group. You should probably use the contact form to find out more information.

Writers Unleashed meet in the Ravensgate Arms, King Street, Ramsgate at 8pm on the second monday of the month. The group is aimed at writers of Poetry, Prose, Flash Fiction, and Song to read or perform or listen to others.

I’ve tried my best to get as much useful information here so you can find a writers group that suits you. Things change and the details were as reasonably accurate as the sources I was able to look them up on when I wrote this list.

Over to you

  • Have I missed any writers’ groups out? Then tell me in the comments.
  • Do you go to a writers’ group? What’s it like?
  • Anything else? You know where the comments are.

 

All my unwept tears

All my unwept tears is a very short poem that I shared recently both in the Thanet Creative Writers group (via our page) and on my personal blog – Unwept Tears (a poem).

The poem, I had been told, was too short.

As I explained in my blog post, I could make it longer but I will not do that. This is because a poem should be as long as it needs to be but no longer. Poetry is the art of saying a great deal with as few words as possible. It’s a bit like Twitter, in that sense, but for expressing emotions and not necessarily limited to a character count (exceptions exist).

The wonderful thing about sharing with fellow writers is the constant flow of great feedback. For example, I was pointed to a publication specialising in short poems. It was really good.

Sometimes, just sharing what you have is the most productive you can be.

Don’t let Imposter Syndrome stop you

Who is this guy?

Impostor syndrome is that nagging feeling that you are really a “fraud” and do not deserve your success.

For us writers, that nagging doubt that we are “not really writers” can be crippling. At Thanet Creative Writers we have been talking about imposter syndrome and how it affects us. Some of our writers expressed surprise that it was actually “a thing” but most of us have felt it at one time or another.

This post has moved. Go to Don’t let Imposter Syndrome stop you on our new site to continue reading it.

 

 

5 ways to blog from Thanet

Thanet Creative Writers is all about creating opportunities for Thanet’s many writers. Some of us writers occasionally feel like blogging.

Blogging for related sites can be a great way to get new links and generally increase exposure for a website you already have up and running. It can also be a good way to just blow off some verbal steam on an issue that has you feeling all worked up.

If the thought of setting up and running you own blog site is a bit off putting, there are other opportunities. At least, in Thanet there are.

Here are just a few places that you can submit your thoughts for publication. None of them are likely to get you paid (directly) but if you just want to get your stuff out there then this might be the list for you.

Thanet Star

Thanet Star is a blog that has been going a long time and has built a solid reputation both with readers and with search engines. It deals with topics relating to Thanet but tends to have a news or politics slant a lot of the time.

Thanet Star is a good choice if you want to write about local events, politics, or life in general here in Thanet. They often post on the Thanet Star Facebook page that they are looking for guest writers.

Facebook, etc.

If your main objective is just to blow off steam, you don’t care about links, and the only people that you want to see your work are friends and family then Facebook, G+, and similar social media sites are probably the places to do it.

WordPress and Blogger

For the brave, there is always wordpress.com and blogger.com where you can click a few buttons, set up a website and publish stuff. The advantages are that you have full control but the downside is that you have to do a lot more work to get anyone to notice what you have written.

Huffington Post

If you feel your idea has legs and might be of interest to a much wider audience you can always pitch it to the Huffington Post.

Thanet Creative Writers (yes, us)

Let’s be honest, the Thanet Creative Writers information site is run on WordPress, so we might as well take advantage of being part of a blogging platform. If you would like contributor status and have been to one of our events (or are an established writer with a connection to Thanet), then just give us a shout. The more, the merrier.

To get involved as a contributor, either as a one-off or on a regular basis all you need to do is make contact with us. The Thanet Creative Writers group or the Thanet Creative Writers Facebook page are fine places to do that. If Facebook is not for you, then you can always pitch your ideas directly to us via the Thanet Creative Writers contact form here on the site.

Over to you

Do you agree with out list of places to get a blog post published? Do you feel we’ve missed one off – what would you add? Let us know in the comments below.

About Thanet Creative Writers

Thanet Creative Writers started with a message back in 2010 when Matthew Brown posted a general request for other writers interested in starting something to get in contact. By 2013 we were meeting regularly in Matt’s home with weekly presentations on writing techniques.

By 2015 we had changed with the needs of the group’s members into a critique group for writers.

We’ve changed the format several times over the years because, as a group, we exist only to serve the needs of writers. We don’t claim to be right 100% of the time but we do listen carefully and try our best to be helpful for everyone.

We chat online at our Facebook Group, you’d be more than welcome to come and join us.

For a more in depth history of our group check out the page on our new website – Thanet Creative: Charity and to find out about the new name check out Thanet Creative.