What do we mean by “Thanet’s writers”?

woman typing writing

A term that we have used on this blog a lot is “Thanet’s writers”. What do we mean exactly?

It could, for example, be taken to mean the historical writers from Thanet’s past. People like Dickens, for example. This is, I hope you might guess, not exactly what we mean.

For some people, “Thanet’s writers” might be taken to mean only full-time writers from Thanet. This is not what we mean. Obviously, we include full-time writers but for us, the phrase means so much more.

Others might assume we mean only those who self-identify as writers and are from Thanet. again, this is not what we mean but it is closer and does include these self-identified writers.

When we say Thanet’s writers, we are always talking about everyone who expresses themselves with words; especially if they do so creatively. Writing has two stages:

  1. The art of coming up with something to say
  2. The act of writing it down

We are almost always talking about the art, not the act.

For us, Thanet’s writers include (among others) poets, spoken word performers, journalists, playwrights, bloggers, essay writers, songwriters, musicians that compose, and of course fiction writers too. All of these are forms of writing and most of these are creative too.

For us, the act of writing is so much than putting words on a page. Writing something down is the mechanical action of writing – that is rarely creative in and of itself. However, the art that goes into choosing the words, beats, or notes – that is creative; at all levels.

This is why we changed our name from Thanet Creative Writers to Thanet Creative. While we will probably continue to talk about Thanet’s writers, we want to be clear we are talking about the creative drive, not the physical act of making marks on paper (or typing).

Thanet Creative (formally Thanet Creative Writers)

Thanet Creative Writers is now Thanet Creative. If you want to know what’s up with the new name, keep reading.

At our AGM yesterday members voted unanimously to simplify our name from Thanet Creative Writers to Thanet Creative. This was in order to better express the breadth of creative activity that we hope to support.

We are still the same charity. We are still just as keen as ever to support writers and authors but we feel that the new name better encompasses the fact that we are a charity that cares about poets and other forms of creative expression too.

As an added bonus, this neatly side-step the cybersquatting problem where mean people have purchased domain names that we should have been using and then directed them to websites that were not us.

In short, this is just a minor rebranding to fit with our wider identity as creative souls. After all, creativity has – and always will be – at the heart of what we do.

As part of that change, we are setting up shop with a new website. Over the next few weeks, we will be moving the best and most important content (that is still relevant) to this new website.

We hope that you will continue with us on this next stage of our creative journey.

Hello world!

Welcome to Thanet Creative on Author Buzz Blogs. This will be the new home of the site of the charity previously known as Thanet Creative Writers.

Here we will be posting the same great stuff that we had been sharing on our wordpress.com website but with the added power of Author Buzz UK.

Give us a week or so to get all the best and most relevant stuff moved across from our old site. The old site is still there but it will be slowly packed into mothballs and serve as an archive. That way all the lovely links you have given us will not become “dead links”.