I’ve just got back from a fun and interesting weekend away in Nottingham, attending the Other Worlds writing residential run by -the Derby based Edge Lit/Sledge Lit conventions -co ordinator and horror writer/film buff Alex Davies. It was held at the Nottingham Writers Studio https://www.nottinghamwritersstudio.co.uk/ which is also a creative hub with amazing sketches and artwork graffittied onto the walls, making a trip to the toilets an artistic journey, as it’s home for a group of print makers and their posters.
My fellow writers and companions were Otley writers Alex Williams https://www.amazon.co.uk/Firna-Rex-Shaw/e/B00BCK8LOY
and Martin Fuller; great company for the weekend and on the train journeys there and back.
New writing contacts were made over the course of the weekend, including Australian sci fi writer, and interesting dinner companion, one Steve Cameron, whose blog entry I am stealing. (see below)
“I’ve just arrived home from a wonderful writer’s workshop in Nottingham. Organised by Alex Davis, the force behind Edge-Lit in Derby, Other Worlds had four guest presenters, published authors and specialists in their subject. Mark A Latham presented on Planning & Plotting, Andrew Bannister on Politics & Science Fiction, Sophie Draper on Psychological Thrillers and Charlotte Baker on Atomspheric Scenes. In between and around all this, Alex ran sessions on a range of aspects regarding writing and the publishing industry.
Thank you all.
Even though I have encountered some of this before, I always manage to find new take-aways. And this weekend there were plenty of those from all guests. New ideas, new techniques, things to consider, and pitfalls to avoid.
But it’s the participants who can make or break these workshops. We had an excellent crew, with a high level of involvement, no-one dominating the discussions, and a level of mutual respect amongst us all.
A few others had likewise chosen to stay overnight, so I was able to have dinner with Martin, Aly and Alex. It was a fantastic evening of laughs, shared stories and experiences. And like any other group of writers, it soon turns out there are mutual friends.
Thank you for your time, and for inviting me to join you for dinner.”
Thank you Steve for the mention on your blog and your company.
Happily by coincidence I had read Sophie Draper’s debut thriller, Cuckoo, set in Derbyshire, the week preceding the workshop and really enjoyed its many twists and turns. Sophie was lovely, open, honest about the whole writing a book and getting it published saga and spot on in her discussion of the key points in writing a thriller. I have her second novel on my kindle, Magpie, an advanced E-Arc courtesy of Net Galley to read. Looking forward to it.
Charlotte Baker, taught a thought provoking workshop later in the afternoon on creating atmosphere in your horror/crime writing- which for me, was very useful.
I heard over the weekend that I’d received my $30 payment from US magazine/anthology publisher Mortal Realm, so we all ( me Alex Martin and Steve) raised a glass to celebrate over dinner at Pizza Express.
Then when I got home there was a drabble of mine up on the Horror Tree site- https://horrortree.com/trembling-with-fear-09-15-2019/ Sacrifice, which is a prose poem drabble ie exactly 100 words and Siren’s Call ezine issue 47 have accepted 3 of my dark fiction/poetry pieces for publication.
So a pretty fab full on writing weekend. It’s so wonderful to be able to have the luxury of pursuing my hobby, passion and joy to such an extent.