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Riverside Writers of Wirral.
Creative Writing in West Kirby, Wirral, England.
Riverside Writers are an enthusiastic and informal group who live and work on the Wirral Peninsula in Cheshire, England. They meet each month in West Kirby Library where they hold workshops, set group writing projects and offer constructive guidance.
The group was formed in 1998, and its members include published authors plus absolute beginners, people who are developing writing careers and people who write purely for fun. Non-fiction writers, poets and fiction writers of all genres are equally welcomed.
The group also annually hosts public events, when members read their own original poetry and fiction to lively audiences.
Chair: Peter Caton
Secretary & Co-Treasurer: Tim Hulme.
Treasurer: Andy Siddle.
Riverside Writers' Aims
1) To encourage people to write.
2) To offer constructive, polite criticism of each others' work with the intention of improving writing skills.
3) To offer useful advice about the publishing industry.
4) To encourage use of the internet as a networking tool.
5) To provide a friendly and informal atmosphere where writers of all genres and abilities can socialise.
Map of West Kirby - Riverside Writers meet in the library next to the train station.
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I was closely involved with Riverside Writers from summer 2000, and was elected Chair of the meetings in 2003, a post I held until 2015 when I resigned due to moving house. The club is now Chaired by long-standing member Peter Caton.
To keep the group's focus on writing, rather than on merely talking about writing, each month Riverside Writers have a new project which involves producing a poem or short story--of any length or genre--on a set theme.
The theme could be an opening phrase, a particular location or a randomly-chosen group of words (such as piano, ballet shoe, bazooka, ufo.) Sometimes an unusual photograph is used as a source if inspiration, as with the photo of a tree in the middle of a forest which had been decorated with ladies shoes. Or perhaps there might be a set challenge (such as 'The Literary Chicken' in 200 words.) The theme serves as a starting point from which ideas can flow, and a person is totally free too take the idea in any direction.
At our meetings, members read aloud our efforts from the preceeding month. Though they have all worked from the same starting point, nobody ever produces a similar story. The sheer variety of responses to the projects is part of the fun.
No-one is obliged to join in if they don't wish to. Maybe that month they simply haven't had the time. But those who do participate regularly have found that their standard of writing has improved. Also, over time they develop a portfolio of work which they would probably not have thought of if they hadn't joined in with the monthly writing projects.
City Stories - Riverside Writers 3rd Anthology!
Love, terror and 21st century life! From the heart of cosmopolitan Liverpool come nine thrilling views of modern living.
Blood-drinkers, killers and secrets. Old sorrows and new beginnings. The light and dark of human life set against the glittering backdrop of a reinvigorated city.
City Stories. Tales of life today!
Introducing the 3rd anthology from Riverside Writers of Wirral! This FREE ebook, published in 2013, brings together a fabulous collection of original short stories and poetry.
Contributors include: Tim Hulme; Jason Barney; Carol Hubbard; Andy Siddle; William R Jones; Jack Horne; Adele Cosgrove-Bray.
Seaside Stories - Riverside Writers 2nd Anthology!
Riverside Writers are pleased to announce the publication of their second anthology, which is available as a FREE ebook.
Romance, heartache, treachery and death! Eighteen stories and poems inspired by the sea, from a group of imaginative writers who live surrounded by water on the Wirral peninsula in England.
Called Seaside Stories, it features eighteen stories and poems from Tim Hulme, Andy Siddle, Adele Cosgrove-Bray, Nikki Bennett, Peter Caton and Ruth Ann Titley.
The idea for a second anthology was mentioned early in 2012, as the group had enjoyed working on the first one and wished to produce something similar. However, wider distribution was high on the list of wants - and so the notion of publishing it as an ebook was put forward.
The seaside theme was strong enough to bind the project together as a whole, yet open-ended enough to allow for the diversity of individual tastes and styles.
And here it is! Published in October 2012, the ebook has worldwide distribution and will remain FREE permantently.
Riverside Writers First Anthology!
Riverside Writers' first anthology brings together twenty-four original short stories and poetry. This was a group project, and was published in 2010.
Contributors are: Peter Hurd; Tim Hulme; Carol Falaki; Peter Caton; Adele Cosgrove-Bray; Andy Siddle; Eileen Brown; Catherine Evans-Hewitt; Clive McLaren.
The front cover was created by Carol Falaki, and the group's new badge logo was designed by Peter Caton. Andy Siddle has worked on the layout, and several other members have helped with proofreading - so it was very much a group effort!
New Tales of Old Byways: New Wirral Fiction!
Words From Wordsmiths: An Evening with Riverside Writers!
Gifts for Writers!
More About Wirral:-
- Wirral Walks - Hilbre Island
Hilbre Island sits in the mouth of the Dee Estuary, facing the Irish Sea. Cut off from the mainland twice each day, it is one of Wirral's true beauty spots.
- West Kirby Walk
The beach wraps around the Wirral peninsula like a sandy collar stretching some twenty-five miles in length...
- West Cheshire Lad
Thomas Joseph Walton, AKA West Cheshire Lad, or simply "T", was a philosopher and poet whose work was similar to that of GI Gurdjieff.
More About Writing:-
- How To Run A Writer's Circle
I have been asked to write this HubPage by a number of people who have admired the success of Riverside Writers. This Hub shows how to start your own writing group and how to ensure it works well.
- Fiction Story Generator - A Low-Tech Writer's Aid
Do you want to write but feel short on ideas? Are you a member of a writers circle looking for monthly writing projects? This story generator will provide a huge quantity and variety of story ideas simply and quickly
- Character Charts - a Writer's Aid
Purposes of Character Charts: (a)helps create whole characters; (b)find data easily; (c)prevents errors. Why writers use character charts. Plus FREE chart!
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