Who are we?
We are a group of writers of mixed ability who meet in Llandudno on the second Wednesday of each month from 2pm to 4pm - except for August when we take a summer break.
There is also a regular Critique Group meeting at 2pm on the fourth Wednesday of each month.
*** Currently, 2020-2021, all our monthly group meetings have been taking place online on Zoom, owing to the global Coronavirus outbreak.
**However, we are planning to resume our regular 2pm Wednesday meetings in the lounge at the Trinity Centre in Trinity Avenue, Llandudno, as from October 13th; the success of this of course will depend on developments over the next several months in the progress or regress of COVID-19 and any changes in local restrictions.
**Members wishing to take part need to book in with our Secretary, Steve Baker, as numbers will have to be limited until restrictions are eased. His contact details are on the back page of the Moving Finger.
Members can also keep in touch and support each other through the recently formed Llandudno Writers Facebook group. ***
The club does its utmost to arrange as varied a programme as possible, as our members’ writing interests range widely from poetry, journalism and short stories to drama, novels and books for children, across many genres. We include as many workshops with published authors as we can; these are always very popular, with repeat visits. The aim is to encourage and develop our writing skills; so at each meeting everyone round the table gets involved in creative exercises, writing short pieces from scratch, then reading them out for comment. This is usually a lot of fun!
Members are also encouraged to bring their ongoing work to the club's Critique meetings on the fourth Wednesday of each month, for help and suggestions. Novice writers will always find the more experienced members happy to give them the help they need to raise their standards and to increase their enjoyment in the craft of writing.
Every month a competition is held, in which members may test their developing skills in short story writing and/or poetry; the entries are sent to an independent judge, and cash prizes are awarded to the best in each category. The best of these stories and poems are collected regularly in the club's exclusive in-house magazine, "The Moving Finger." (This, in PDF format, is exclusively available to the club's members.)
Last, but not least, the annual December meeting is always a Christmas party!
If you are interested in meeting a friendly, happy and talented bunch of writers, just turn up - your search is over, and your first meeting is free.
Llandudno, North Wales is the seaside home of book-lovers, poets and writers!
Lewis Carroll is said to have visited here with young Alice Liddell and her family when they stayed at Penmorfa, their holiday home on Llandudno's West Shore; and it is she who became the inspiration for his famous 'Alice in Wonderland' and 'Alice Through the Looking Glass.'
Alas, Penmorfa (seen above in 2002) no longer graces West Shore, but the Alice in Wonderland link with Llandudno remains as strong as ever.
(Photos: Pam Crane)