Author Buzz UK

Author Buzz is a new website which Thanet Creative Writers is strongly supporting.

The site aims to be both a networking and profile building platform for authors. A place for writers to interact with readers. A place for readers to find great books. In short, a place to catch “the buzz” about emerging and established authors.

It is early days yet and we are still getting set up. Even so, we already have a  growing network of blogs (including this one now), a forum, groups, and so much more.

Thanet Creative: Sunday Writers

This is the second writer’s group run by Thanet Creative but unlike the Tuesday Tea and Chat event, Sunday Writers is focused more strongly on training and learning.

We will start with a short presentation before moving on to discussion and critiques. The exact details are subject to refinement by Simon and Victoria as we work out the details.

Everyone is friendly, welcoming, and just a little bit odd (which makes us quite understanding). Nobody is judged based on their skill level, or their abilities to spell, read, or write.

How long you have been writing is not an issue – new and established writers alike are welcome. Some of us are dyslexic and so struggle with spelling while others of us are great at providing spelling corrections. Some of us are a bit shy, others quite the opposite. It is the dynamic of complementary strengths that I feel makes our group so special.

There are some friendly cats and a dog in the home, so please take any meds required to deal with allergies should you suffer from them.

If you are bringing any of your work we request that you provide a few copies of each piece, this makes group reading easier and quicker than sharing a copy between us.

Please note; We do not expect you to read your work. The process is quite simple, really. We all have a (red) pen, and whoever is there reads what you have written. We go over it and make notes, based on plot, description, spelling, etc. Then when everyone has finished we go over your work with you and offer suggestions and feedback in a constructive and positive way.

5 pages maximum please to assure we get through them all.

Please try to print any written work in a double line spaced, clear black font. We suggest a reasonable limit is five sides of A4. Ideally, 12pt font and double line spaced. Make is easy to read, especially for us folks with less than 20-20 vision. This enables those with reading difficulties, such as dyslexia, to read your work without having to ask for assistance.

Remember there is no obligation to bring anything other than yourself. Some people prefer to get to know the group before they share any work. You are free to set your own level of participation according to your comfort level.

There is no charge for the evening. If at any time you would like to become a charity member we ask for a yearly donation of at least a whole £1. Charity membership comes with the right to be invited to the yearly AGM and to vote for who will be the trustees. Members also get priority registration for any limited space events. Feel free to ask about the benefits of becoming a charity member.

For more information and event schedules please check the Facebook group.

Thanet Creative: Writers Tea and Chat

Hosted by Matthew Brown at his home in Margate, this is a weekly gathering of writers. It grew out of a creative solution to delays to another event and has since become a staple of our community.

There is usually no agenda and the topic of conversation is whatever the people want to talk about. Most weeks we exchange work to read and give feedback on.

As many of our writers are more comfortable with this format, we bring multiple copies of our work which those that wish to read to themselves, write comments on if they wish and usually give some verbal feedback too.

Some writers like to focus on proofreading while others will address issues such as character or pace. The areas of feedback you will get varies from one reader to another but it is almost always very constructive and encouraging.

For more information about feedback and critique events check out the guide posted to our Facebook group.

This event is currently on hiatus so Matthew can catch up on writing while he also ties to decorate his home. Feel free to offer to lend him a hand with the DIY.

Thanet Creative: Charity

About the Charity

The charity exists to support projects that promote creativity (especially all forms of creative writing) in and around Thanet. How much support we can offer depends on the generosity of our members, the time members volunteer, and any grants or funding we receive.

Thanet Creative, as a Charity, is very much a community driven enterprise. It is run by our members for both members and non-members alike. However, members gain access to a number of benefits unique to our members (see below for more on that).

For the latest charity news and press releases please see the charity news page.

Open charity membership

Having a solid membership base is important to our aims as it allows us to address governments, local councils, funding bodies, and other large organisations on behalf of our members. The more members we have, the stronger a voice the charity will have for representing the interests of our members and the promotion of creative writing in Thanet.

Subject to a few common sense prerequisites, anyone interested in promoting creative writing in Thanet can become a member of the charity.

Charity Membership has five key benefits.

  1. The right to attend and vote at AGMs and to stand for election as a trustee.
  2. The right to apply to have your event or project listed as an official Thanet Creative project. Which means:
    • The event or project will be listed and promoted on this site and in other materials published by Thanet Creative.
    • Access to financial support (if we have the funds).
    • Support and advice.
    • Permission to put the words “Thanet Creative presents” on promotional material if you wish to.
    • The option to use “Thanet Creative:” as part of your event or group name if you wish.
  3. The right to sponsor the membership of your friends and supporters.
  4. An open invitation to all official Thanet Creative events, even ones not open to the general public.
  5. Priority registration for events with limited places.

Requirements of membership

To be a member of the charity you will need one of the following:

  • sponsored by existing members; or
  • be present at the foundation of the charity; or
  • added by elected trustees

and all of the following

  • be interested in promoting creative writing in Thanet
  • willing to be a member
  • not engaged in activities directly at odds with the aims of the charity

We ask members to make a yearly donation of at least one pound (£1).

Join Thanet Creative Writers charity

A brief history of the charity

The idea that would one day become this charity was first expressed back in 2010 but it would be another three years before that idea blossomed.

Early days

The organisation (formally know as Thanet Creative Writers) was founded in 2013. Thanet Creative Writers formed as a gathering of like minded writers in Matthew Brown’s living room.

When we out grew that space, we met at various venues around Thanet before settling on the Chaple pub in Broadstairs and temporarily dropping the word “creative” from our name. If you were wondering what our relationship is with one of the groups called “Thanet Writers”, now you know. We don’t much like to talk about that chapter.

Back to our creative roots

In 2016 we restored the word “creative”  to our name because creativity was, and still is, at the heart of all we do. Rather than run events that were as big as humanly possible we elected to hold a number of smaller, more intimate gatherings hosted by members (mostly in their homes). This created a much more relaxed atmosphere – most conducive to creative conversation.

Rather than run events that were as big as humanly possible we elected to hold a number of smaller, more intimate gatherings hosted by members (mostly in their homes). This created a much more relaxed atmosphere – most conducive to creative conversation.

Becoming a charity

Having returned to our roots, we realised that the time had come for the long discussed transition to a charitable organisation. Since our charity launch on the 2nd February 2017, the organisation previously known as Thanet Creative Writers has also been a charity.

2017 has, so far, been a year of growth. We have established a number of new gatherings, held successful social events for writers and poets, and experimented with a number of new media. For example, helping to launch Author Buzz UK.

On the 8th September 2017 – at our first AGM – we elected, by unanimous vote, to simplify our name to Thanet Creative in order to better express the breadth of creative activity that we hope to support.

The future

No one knows what the future will hold – it is a chapter that has not yet been written.

Whatever our future holds, we are confident that as a community we will continue to thrive and grow.

Creative Writers’ Blog

What website for writers would not include a blog to allow writers to express themselves?

Thanet Creative features a blog to which all members of the Thanet Creative Writers charity are entitled to be contributors and indeed, all writers from Thanet are welcome too.

Unlike our old blog, the process for becoming a contributor is much more simple and straightforward. Anyone with an Author Buzz UK account can contribute. Once we are all set up we will open the blog to contributors.

Here are some of our more recent posts.

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Thanet Creative Facebook Groups

Thanet Creative Writers have been running Facebook groups since early 2013.

Thanet Creative: Writers

Our writers’ group is used to talk about writing, ask questions, and seek beta readers for feedback on our writing. It is also where our events are promoted. At the start of September 2017, there were around 96 members with 2 to 3 new members joining us each week.

Our current Facebook writers’ group was started after the original one was hijacked but most of our members simply left with us to somewhere a touch safer. We have since learned to be far more cautious about appointing admins.

Anyone may join our group but due to recent spam attacks, we like to talk to new members first, just to see that you are a real person. Talking to new members also helps us understand what we can do to help you as a writer.

Visit our writers’ Facebook Group

Thanet Creative: Poets

This is a low volume group dedicated exclusively to sharing the love of poetry and writing poetry.

This group is where our dedicated poetry events are announced. We encourage others to share events open to the public that take place in or arround Thanet.

Visit our poets’ Facebook Group

Thanet Creative: Charity

This is a closed group for charity members and supporters.

Find out more about becoming a member

Visit our charity supporters’ Facebook Group