Happy Easter to all our followers and below a special invitation from Wendy
A date for your Diary?
I wondered if you would like to join me for wine and a few French canapés to celebrate the launch of ‘Writing at the Maison Bleue’, my brand new novel about writing and writers.
At the Lafkaido Hearn Culture Centre in Durham City On May 1st .
Some of you are counties, cities, even oceans away, so I do realise you might not make it to my launch in person. But I am sending this invitation to all the people whose company, one way or another – in the flesh, at workshops, discussions or lectures, over wine or on line – I’ve so enjoyed in the last few years, during the process of moving from the capacious umbrella of a major publisher into the sunshine of independent publishing under the parasol of the RoomToWrite collective.
It goes without saying that I have loved writing this novel Writing at the Maison Bleue, reflecting as it does my love of France and my passion for writers, readers and the writing process.
If you can’t make it I really hope you will raise your glass, a coffee or a tea-cup on May 1st to Francine and her fellow writers at the Maison Bleue. You will then be there with me at the launch in spirit. If you manage to read the book perhaps you’ll let me know how it strikes you.
If you can make it (Hooray!) here are the details.
It takes place on Friday 1st May (7.30 – 9.30)
The Lafkaido Hearn Culture Centre* at the University of Japan
County Durham DH1 3YB
(Opposite the Oriental Museum)
STOP PRESS: Over at LIFE TWICE TASTED – Wendy Robertson reveals how she has taken the self-publishing bull by the horns..
Click HERE to read – A Writer’s Creative Leap Forward – in which a mid-list writer takes control of her professional life.
‘Like many writers who enjoyed a wide and responsive readership during two decades, I was more than crestfallen to discover that I was part of the great mid-list cull of the Noughties. It dawned on me that I had been abandoned for more sensational, genre-distinct and lucrative novelists…’
Coming soon from RoomtoWrite the launch of Wendy’s latest novel – Writing at the Masion Bleue
As the festive season draws near, at RoomtoWrite we’ve been out celebrating with delicious italian food and plenty of red wine. We’ve also been discussing our programme for 2015 which in March will include two events (dates to be confirmed) : the evening launch of Avril Joy’s short story collection – Millie and Bird, Tales of Paradise from Iron Press and a workshop come open mic event to celebrate the life and work of the late Julia Darling. Both events will be free, watch this space for futher details.
In the meantime what better gift can you give a writer this Xmas than an Amazon review? But how to do it? For more on this and for a free offer to celebrate the 12 days of Christmas read Wendy Robertson over at LifeTwiceTasted
Happy Christmas and a Great Writing Year ahead – from all at RoomToWrite
Thank you for your patience and in answer to all the queries the winning and shortlisted stories will be online just as soon we clear final permissions etc from our writers.
In the meantime we’re delighted to say our Novella course has proved very popular and is currently full! But – if you are very keen – we can probably still squeeze in an extra one or two (definitely no more – so hurry if you want a place)
Wendy has been posting about J L Carr’s novella A Month in the Country over on her blog, do take a look…
‘Some writers might need a hundred thousand words to weave this amount of meaning and literary magic into a story. H.L Carr managed it on thirty five thousand words. That is the potential power of the novella. No small thing.’