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Writers’ Day June 27th 2015

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Our speaker today is Sue Moorcroft

Sue Moorcroft writes novels of “dauntless heroines and irresistible heroes”.

‘Love & Freedom’ won the Best Romantic Read Award 2011, an award for which ‘Is this Love?’ And ‘Dream a Little Dream’ were subsequently short-listed in other years.

‘Dream a Little Dream’ was also short-listed for a Romantic Novel Award in 2013.

Sue is a Katie Fforde Bursary Award winner, a past vice chair of the Romantic Novelists' Association and editor of its anthologies.

Sue also writes short stories, serials, articles, writing 'how to' and is a competition judge and creative writing tutor.

Sue's latest book!

The Wedding Proposal

Out in ebook August 2014, and paperback September 2014.

Can a runaway bride stop running?

Elle Jamieson is an unusually private person, in relationships as well as at work – and for good reason. But when she’s made redundant, with no ties to hold her, Elle heads off to a new life in sunny Malta.

Lucas Rose hates secrets – he prides himself on his ability to lay his cards on the table and he expects nothing less from others. He’s furious when his summer working as a divemaster is interrupted by the arrival of Elle, his ex, all thanks to his Uncle Simon’s misguided attempts at matchmaking.

Forced to live in close proximity, it’s hard to ignore what they had shared before Lucas’s wedding proposal ended everything they had. But then an unexpected phone call from England allows Lucas a rare glimpse of the true Elle. Can he deal with Elle’s hidden past when it finally comes to light?

Buy your copy here.

Secretary’s Report

What a day! Members who had this date fixed in their diaries were not disappointed. Frances, our President, presided over the day and gave a warm welcome to our members, guests and, in particular, our speaker, Sue Moorcroft, who lived up to her reputation. Members and guests alike enjoyed her two sessions, questions and answers, and her involvement in the panel of BWC's published writers at the end of the day. The morning session entitled 'The Short Story Recipe' was full of detailed information together with notes for those attending.

The first lesson was to recognise that in the Encyclopedia Britannica a short story is defined as concerning a single episode - therefore, write about one conflict. Of course, there were many more lessons to be learnt before we enjoyed the buffet lunch, again prepared by our caterer Jenny Capon. Here was an opportunity to network and chat with members and guests who we only have brief encounters with at our monthly meetings.

In the afternoon session Sue's talk was entitled 'The Trickier Bits of Fiction', which proved to be just as captivating as the previous one and members resolved to overcome the trickier hurdles they encounter when writing short stories.

Ena Love, Secretary

There were many positive comments from members about the Writers' Day and the guest speaker, Sue Moorcroft. Here are just a few.

'We all enjoyed our day at Brentwood, Sue Moorcroft was a good and enjoyable speaker. I think when you have someone like this it inspires people to put more effort into their work and have a go at getting their work recognised. I'm glad we could come this year, also the food was lovely and Joan did a good job getting it all organised. Thanks for a lovely day'.

'I thought Sue was an engaging and entertaining speaker who gave valuable insight into the development of short stories and hints on how to tackle a novel. She was friendly and approachable during lunchtime and willing to continue to engage with those on her table about writing'.

'I thought it was a wonderfully inspiring day. Sue Moorcroft was super, and I read her latest book 'Wedding Proposal' on Sunday and yesterday when I was travelling to Edinburgh and back on a press trip. It made the six hour train journey fly by. It is a fabulous book, extremely uplifting and a thumping good read'.

Some members have said they enjoy a practical session of exercises they can take part in during Writers' Day and these have been popular when carried out by guest speakers in the past. The committee will bear this in mind for future events.

Julie Gowers