Programme

A link to the venue.  

Meetings take place at St Michael's Church Hall 8pm - 10pm on alternate Wednesdays, as listed below. 

Non-members are welcome to come along to any of the programmed events. There is a charge of £3 for non-members on "ordinary" nights, and £5 when there is a speaker.

On Wednesdays between our St Michael's meetings we informally meet for manuscripts in the upstairs room at the White Hart pub in Holywell Hill St Albans, also at 8pm. The first White Hart meeting is free to non-members but they will be asked to pay a fee of £3 for each subsequent White Hart meeting attended.

  VWC Programe 2018/19  
4 September 2019                 AGM, followed by Manuscripts  Setting of the David Gibson Comp by last year's winner, Claire Morgan
18 September 2019

Guest NightCandy Denman (TV scriptwriter and crime novelist) and Kerena Swan (author of psychological thrillers) will answer questions about their path to publication, set a writing exercise and give feedback to members and visitors.

 
2 October 2019  Deadline/Voting on David Gibson Competition Setting of the Elisabeth Philips Competition by last year's winner, Dave Weaver
Saturday 12 October

LOCAL WRITERS SHOWCASE AT ST ALBANS LIBRARY

7pm - local writers from VW and elsewhere read their work. Free entry and refreshments

 
16 October 2019 Manuscript  
30 October 2019 

Manuscript

Deadline for Elisabeth Philips Competition Entries
13 November 2019

Guest Night: Hoping to secure an agent and a publication deal? Rachael Blok, author of the St Albans-set Maarten Jansen crime series, will answer questions on the process, and talk about those all-important pitch letters - bring yours along for feedback

 
27 November 2019 Adjudicate the Elisabeth Philips Competition  
11 December 2019

Christmas Party with literary games and book swap - you are invited to bring a giftwrapped (used) book to swap for another

 
25 December 2019 CHRISTMAS - NO MEETING THIS WEEK  
8 January 2020 Manuscript  Set the President's Competition by last year's winner, Oscar Windsor-Smith
22 January 2020 Guest Night - Zoe Folbigg, Romantic Novelist  
5 February 2020

Manuscript

Deadline for President's Competition entries
19 February 2020 Workshop - Creating Convincing Characters - Phil Mitchell  
4 March 2020 Adjudicate the President's Competition  
18 March 2020 Annual Literary Quiz Night - with prizes!  
1 April 2020 Workshop with Kate Griffin, winner of the 2012 Faber Stylist competition and author of the Kitty Peck historical mystery series Set the Crystal Decanter Competition by last year's winner, Gerwin de Boer
15 April 2020

EASTER - NO MEETING THIS WEEK AS HALL BOOKED BY CHURCH 

 
29 April 2020

Manuscript

 Deadline for Crystal Decanter entries

13 May 2020 Adjudicate the Crystal Decanter Competition  Setting of the Howard Linskey Competition
27 May 2020 Manuscript  
10 June 2020 Guest NIght TBA  Deadline for Howard Linskey Competition entries
24 June 2020

Manuscript

 
8 July 2020 Adjudication of the Howard Linskey Competition  
22 July 2020

Party with literary games; please bring a small amount of food to share