What’s new 2013

Looking back on 2013 and forward to 2014

Last year, we gained a number of new members: keen, enthusiastic, full of ideas and energy. It has given our group a whole new lease of life. Long may it continue.

We’ve written a book and published it independently. It’s been hard work, but we are immensely proud of our achievements. Joyce has worked very hard to bring the book to fuition. Davena has also worked hard on the design front, creating the front and back cover as well as illustrating the short stories in the anthology. Mike Le-Baigue and Vanessa have spent considerable time on editing the book. And then there are the contributors. The stories in our book reflect the diversity of styles and talent in our group.

If you haven’t already bought a copy of Peak Voices, get yourself down to Bakewell Bookshop or the Tourist Information Centre. Alternatively, come along to one of our sessions and ask one of our members for a copy. You won’t regret it.

And we believe this is only the beginning. 2014, we hope, is going to be a very exciting year for us in terms of getting our work out in the public arena. Watch this space!

In the meantime, our sessions have very much been about improving our writing. We’ve shared our work, and more and more, we are learning to give constructive and specific feedback. We’ve also been given a lot of pleasure just by listening to each other’s writing: we’ve laughed and cried – and often we’ve been moved.

We’ve also enjoyed workshops from members as well as guests. We’re coming to grips with punctuation, story structure, characterisation and dialogue. There’s still more to come, and we’re looking forward to another year of workshops to help us move on as writers.

So happy New Year all. May it be a successful and prolific one for all our writers.

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