PWG Minutes of the Meeting 22 February 2018

February 23, 2018

Venue:  Neo’s Sports Club, Peyia

 

Present:

 

John Goodwin       Jennie Rook   Dee Leigh      Maurice Holloway       Beryl Lowe    Mary Duffy

Nicola Simpson    Caroline Harman-Smith     Peggy Barnes (MBE)    Gill Ainsworth

 

Greetings Scribes,

A well-attended meeting with a couple of past, welcome faces returning to the group.

 

John welcomed Peggy Barnes back, who was a member of the very first Writers group in Paphos.

Peggy has spent 12 years on her book ‘The Chinese Connection’ and it is now in print. The book is about her experiences as a Women’s Voluntary Service Overseas member at a new hospital in South West China. Subsequently, she taught not only nurses but also doctors and learnt Mandarin, finally setting up an AIDS/HIV centre called Peggy’s Health Centre to help sufferers of the disease. She wanted to share her story with the world. Peggy has now returned to Cyprus and is working on her biography.

 

Readings:

 

Nicola        Foreword ‘The Golden Flower Girl’ from the book ‘The Chinese Connection’

                   by Peggy Barnes

 

Nicola then introduced herself to the group. Many knew her from 2009 when she first joined PWG. Her book ‘Abigail’s Rainbow’ has been published and Nicola has now set up her own publishing company, Yellow Rose Publishing Ltd. She helps other writers tell their stories to aid their journeys of healing, after she herself went on an extensive healing journey. Now, Nicola has settled in Cyprus and is currently a wedding and event planner for Laura Beach Hotel in Paphos.

 

Readings:

 

Gill Ainsworth     One Vision       Horror story       Explaining through lines of story, with                                                                                                    analysis and feedback

Maurice                From his story Titus                   Explaining through lines of story, with                                                                                                     analysis and feedback

Maurice               3rd in Series of

                             The Alphabetti Quartetti              Explaining through lines of story, with                                                                                                     analysis and feedback

 

Coffee break:  11.00 am to 11.15 am

 

Readings:

 

Dee                       Where did it all go?                        Story                              Discussion and critique

 

Caroline               Then she found out                        Story from prompt of                                                                                    her first PWG h/work. Discussion and critique

 

John                    Prologue from The Governor          Explaining through lines of story, with                                                                                                   analysis and feedback

 

A short discussion followed on publishing and the ‘Festival of the Sea’ event in Ireland, where John will visit and support Ann.

 

Homework:

 

Write an ending to a story.

You may write any kind of ending for example; two endings or endings with a twist. In any genre and any setting. (300/500 words).

John will be putting notes about Endings in the Tutorial section of the website.

 

Next meeting will be on Thursday 1st March at Neo’s Sports Club.

 

Thanks to all who attended and happy writing.

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