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Wednesday Writers was established in 2018 by Anne Rainbow and Christine Cooke. We met eight times a year at the Cottage Hotel TQ7 3HJ to enjoy an ARTIST’S DATE as recommended by Julia Cameron in The Artist’s Way.

The inspirational view from the Cottage Hotel, Hope Cove

Our aims were simple:

  • To explore fresh techniques in creative writing, self-editing and marketing/publishing
  • To share our writing journeys in a supportive, safe environment
  • To meet and network with other new and experienced writers
  • At literary lunches, to talk with published authors/experts about their craft and experience

The Covid-19 pandemic brought to an abrupt end our face-to-face meetings and the programme for 2020 was shelved.

On 1 July 2020, the Wednesday Writers met via Zoom and discussed how to proceed. The result is Wednesday Writers Online.

Wednesday Writers Online

Three online workshops are planned for 2020. Hosted by Anne Rainbow, these sessions will be presented by Kerry Hadley-Pryce.

  • 23 September: Psychogeography – Taking place into account 
  • 21 October: Flash fiction – Editing your text to fit a set word count (1 place available)
  • 18 November: Character creation- Making believable characters (2 places available)
Each session will start at 10am and aim to complete by 12.15pm but will most likely run to 12.30pm to make sure everyone has time to share their work.
The content of each session will be designed to suit those attending, so there is a questionnaire to complete ahead of time to provide Kerry with the information she needs. Please click on the links  below .

Session cost (limited to 12 places): £20 per session

Payment can be by bank transfer, or via PayPal.

For more details and/or to book your place, contact Anne Rainbow on 01548 844020 / 07721 695044 or by email at anne.rainbow@btinternet.com

Your hosts

Anne Rainbow moved from Surrey to Salcombe in 2006 with her husband, artist Stephen Thomas.

Ha-ha retired, Anne wears three hats: writer, mentor and teacher.

As a writer, Anne has published under two names: Jenny Lawson and Anne Rainbow. Her extensive publishing career of text books in Mathematics, and IT/Computing can be viewed on her LinkedIn profile: www.linkedin.com/in/anne-rainbow-69b3945/

Since moving to Salcombe, Anne has completed NaNoWriMo more times than she cares to remember and has several unfinished novels that keep her busy. She took on the role of Municipal Liaison (ML) for Devon and Cornwall for several years, encouraging the formation of writing groups that would meet monthly rather than just for November. Several of these groups still meet and the Truro group have recently published an anthology of short stories. Anne was involved, hosting a full-day editing workshop when the stories were at the first draft stage.

Her blog on the ScrivenerVirgin website encourages writers to use Scrivener, the sophisticated writing tool, which can take an author from blank page to self-published book.

Her website is also the door to RedPen through which Anne offers online training for writers in self-editing, publishing and marketing.  For a few students at a time, this provides access to her RedPen Mentoring scheme.

In her ebook, EDITING The RedPen Way, Anne explains her tried-and-tested approach to self-editing.

Anne’s objective is always to help budding writers to learn how to edit their own words, and therefore to maximise their chances of having their manuscripts accepted for publication. And, she makes it sound fun!

When Anne is not working with other writers, or devising courses, she makes time for her own writing: writing plays and editing those NaNo novels.

She has written three short plays and had all of them performed, script in hand. Running Wild Though Barren Ground was performed at TR2 in 2013, Coming Clean had two nights at The Drum in 2015, and When I have Fears was performed at Bridport Arts Centre in 2017 and then in Kingsbridge in 2019.

Anne is currently working on a full length play Waving, Not Drowning.

Kerry Hadley-Pryce has written fiction for as long as she can remember.  She has had a thousand jobs ranging from dinner lady, petrol pump attendant, secondary school teacher to company director, but writing is the best job she’s had. Kerry was born in the Black Country and is currently a PhD student at Manchester Metropolitan University, researching Psychogeography and Black Country Writing. She focuses on ‘writing with a sense of place’: how walking practice is linked to the art of writing.

Kerry has enjoyed holidays in the South Hams and attended a Wednesday Writers workshop. She was then invited to be a presenter for 2020 and, on the day we had our Zoom session to decide how to proceed, it should have been her workshop at the Cottage Hotel: Psychogeography as Inspiration for Writing.

Instead, the Zoom session resulted in the decision to create Wednesday Writers Online.

Kerry is now in the process of moving to this area and had been looking forward to attending Wednesday Writers in person regularly.

Kerry’s novels and short fiction tend to be dark and unsettling, and are usually set in the Black Country, or at least have a sensation of the place.

Kerry wrote The Black Country as part of her MA at Manchester Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University, for which she gained a distinction and was awarded The Michael Schmidt Prize for Outstanding Achievement 2013-14.

Her second novel, Gamble was shortlisted for The Encore Second Novel Award 2019. She has had short stories published in anthologies and online. She has been appointed the first woman editor of The Black Country Society’s quarterly magazine, The Blackcountryman.

When Kerry isn’t writing, she researches for her PhD in creative writing, or can be found teaching creative writing on Creative Writing Ink and as a visiting lecturer at the University of Wolverhampton, or walking alongside the canal thinking about writing, or running, thinking about writing.

Her two dogs, Rufus and Fflei, often assist her.

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