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Chichester Writers' Circle

  the meeting place for Chichester’s writers


 April 2022

Christine took the chair for this evening’s meeting, in the absence of Robbie.  Christine introduced Sue Shattock, a retired TV scriptwriter, who gave us a short bio.  Sue always wanted to be on TV, and she started her career making tea for TV directors and producers.  After graduating from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama Sue went on to stage management.  On the spur of moment one bank holiday weekend, she decided to write a script.

Sue always starts a TV script by writing headings – like chapters in a book.  To promote her script she wrote a one paragraph synopsis.  She emphasised that for writers to promote themselves they must to be able to write a synopsis in a single paragraph.  When she toted her synopsis around she was told at first that it was rubbish.  Having spoken to her spiritual teacher she re-wrote it and then the reviewers loved it.

About 30 years ago Sue decided she had had enough of the cut and thrust of submitting work and having to wait months to hear whether it was loved or rejected.  Sue now concentrates on writing poetry and she loves it.

Sue read a poem for us titled ‘Tricks of the trade’ taken from her new book – ‘My voice in verse.’

After our tea break Sharon read her work entitled ‘Number 3 Erskine Gardens.’  Members discussed Sharon’s ideas with interest.  Then John read his work ‘The Angelus Bell.’  Christine read out Ten tips for writers and to wrap up the evening we listened to another of Sue’s poems, from her work in progress, entitled ‘Peace.’ 


March 2022

The AGM was held on March1st when we welcomed a prospective new member, Shirley, a playwright. There were apologies from Joe, Piers and Janet.

It had been a successful year with several prospective new members two of whom had since joined.

Treasurer Nicky reported that we had higher reserves in the Bank due to fewer expenses this year, mainly because of holding several zoom meetings.

There was a discussion about the website and how we could publicise it more.

Robbie outlined the programme for the coming year with several known speakers returning and discussion and workshops led by members. A varied and interesting programme.

The main business of the evening was the election of officers and committee. John stood down as Chairman and Christine was elected to take over. Robbie had said she wanted to stand down as Secretary but there were no nominations. She agreed to carry on for the coming year but wanted to ‘farm out’ some of the jobs she does as she was finding it difficult to cope. She had circulated a list of what was involved and it was decided to discuss this at the forthcoming committee meeting.

The John Murray cup was presented to John in recognition of his long spell as Chairman.


February 2022

Eleven members were present for the February meeting where we discussed Self-Publishing. There was no speaker and members who had experience of self-publishing shared their experiences.

Lesley explained how she went about it for the publication of her late husband’s book and more recently her own young adult novel ‘Idwal’s Bell’.

Johnathan also spoke about getting ‘Shadow Walker into print and Barbara passed round copies of her children’s books about Chestie Nut, a squirrel, and talked about illustrations.

There was a lot of discussion and we learned a lot about self-publishing – print on demand etc.


January 2022

There were only six members present due to illness and Covid shielding.

The speaker was Joan Secombe a poet and former creative writing teacher. She spoke about her experiences as a teacher and how she encouraged and motivated her pupils, encouraging them to read their own work aloud. Everyone present read some of their own work and after Joan left there was time for some discussion. 

Joan set a competition to write a 12 line piece on the topic of an animal or a landscape to be handed in at the February meeting.