Great news from DSW member Richard, whose short story Coming of Age in Fairy will be featured in City Limits Publishing's latest collection, Another Place, Another Time: A Collection of Short Stories -congratulations, Richard!
Our final meeting of 2020 was over the internet again, with a great deal of discussion about the merits of outdoor performances alongside DSW member Johns ghostly tale in the park. And as a new, and hopefully brighter new year is around the corner , a number of DSW members have been awarded Bursaries and will be attending Quad courses in January 2021. Wishing you all a happy and safe Christmas and New Year!
DSW continue to share writing opportunities and support each other during these difficult times. Our November meeting happened via Zoom and members who were awarded a bursary towards the cost of Quad will be receiving cheques shortly. The bursary was used to attend Alex Davies' excellent Ghost Writing session - and the group is looking forward to being able to work with local actors on a ghostly project in the future. Two members enjoyed being part of a lively online reading group hosted by another DSW member. Next month we will be meeting on line, and look forward to having a ghostly script to critique.
Meeting in the sunshine was rather different from our usual meetings held in the Museum. We enjoyed being able to discuss our different experiences of writing (or not writing) and responses to our lockdown experiences. Several of us found it difficult to write initially, some 'recovered' their muse quicker than others, some confessed to a short writing frenzy, which then stopped - feast or famine. Some members have written and read more poetry, some members have been inspired to write about problems which have emerged due to the lockdown experience. We enjoyed working together to critique two short scripts and wish RL every success with these pieces. We look forward to a further meeting - outside in the sunshine. Date to be confirmed.
Derbyshire Scriptwriters have continued to support each other and critique scripts over recent difficult months. Some DSW members will be meeting in a member's outdoor space, weather permitting, on Sunday 12th July to critique two short scripts and deal with a short business agenda and have a sociable catch-up. Anyone interested in coming should contact the Secretary for details on email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Derbyshire Scriptwriters has had to postpone the monthly meetings and put our plans on hold due to the current Covid-19 Pandemic, but we're still here, still writing, and still supporting each other by exchanging information and opportunities and critiquing scripts.
Several lucky DSW members were awarded bursaries from DSW funds and enjoyed two recent workshops at Derby Quad - 'Directing and Performing' and 'Scriptwriting from Page to Performance'. The morning and the afternoon sessions were interesting, helpful and well timed for DSW as members are looking forward to bringing their own short plays 'from page to performance' later this year. Local writer Tina Jay and Director Jack Brett Anderson were generous and helpful and inspirational. Jack will be Directing Tina's current play 'Syndrome' at the Tristam Bates Theatre in London in February and we thank them, and wish them every success with the play. Also thanks to Alex Davies at Quad for hosting these two excellent workshops.
DSW Chair Chrissie Hall will be leading a residential course 'Creative Writing For Beginners' at Denman College, Oxford from 26th to 28th February. For details go to www.lifestorywriting.co.uk and click on ' courses and events '.