Verulam Writers’ Circle was founded over 50 years ago (we are so uncertain of the exact date that, as a precaution, we celebrated our half century twice). We are very much a writers group, not a reading group but we do not assume that every writer sees the multi-novel deal as the ultimate ambition: some people write because it makes them feel good and we welcome them as members exactly as we welcome aspiring best-sellers.
This blog is the latest of many initiatives on the internet that began with our home page, continued with a password protected members area and is now moving to looking outwards and, frankly, showing off a bit. Because the past two years have been stunningly successful for VWC, with members securing book deals, TV deals, competition wins and placings and all of the things that help people realise that we are really rather good at writing.
It is by VWC members but not about VWC (other than in passing); it is about writing and writers and all manner of sundry related stuff. Hmmm. I like “sundry”. It is a good word
You are now most welcome to come and chat: only current and former VWC members can create articles but anyone is welcome to comment. A few thing to bear in mind:
- You do have to register to comment and we have spam controls in place (you are doubtless familiar with prompts to type in a string of letters. Did you know that these are called “CAPTCHAs”?);
- We have a strict “real names” policy. Writing, and the industry around it, provokes extra-ordinary passions, and if things get heated it seems reasonable to ask that you stand behind your own reputation, not an anonymous one. There may, from time to time, be valid reasons for using a pseudonym but “I prefer to” is not one of them;
- Your first post will be “moderated” (ie it will have to be approved), but once that is done you can comment freely;
- You are legally responsible for what you say, to the maximum extent permissible by law.