Terms & Conditions of Membership

Thank you for your interest in the Bognor Regis Write Club.   We are not a beginners group, although we are certainly not professionals either, but we are all fiction writers. 

We used to meet at 6:30 – 9:30 in The Waverley usually about the 3rd Monday of the month. Due to Coronavirus, we don’t know when will be the next time we can meet safely.  Currently, we are conducting our monthly meeting via Zoom and using email to post out fiction to each other for comment. We would be reluctant to add a stranger’s email to this list and I doubt we will be meeting up again before Easter 2021.

  1. If you would like to be added to our waiting list, ready for when we physically meet again, could we ask you to send two examples of your recent writing to bognorwriters@gmail.com.  Only Julia will see these pieces.  It will help to know if you  will fit in.  Julia will send you by return email a copy of the terms and conditions, as set out below,  and invite you to try us out at a future meeting.  Members must have had work published or are aiming to get work published
  2. Members pay £2 each time they attend, plus a £10 joining fee at their second meeting.  Currently, once £30 has been paid into the kitty by the member, no more fees will be requested.
  3. Members will be asked to leave if two or more members make a formal request to the organiser that a member be deselected for a specific reason (e.g. rudeness to another member).
  4. While we understand that people may not be able to attend every month, as we are sharing copyrighted creative material with each other, members have agreed that there must be an active relationship with the group.  Members will be considered to have resigned from the group if:
    1.  we have not heard from them for 3 months unless they have extenuating circumstances that they have communicated to the organisers.
    2. or have not attended for 6 months, no matter what. 
  5. The non-attender may be able to rejoin at a later date, when they are better placed to attend regularly.
  6. The session will start promptly at 18:30 – members should aim to be in the bar area, with refreshments bought beforehand.
  7. As the room is being provided free, all members will be expected to purchase at least one drink from the venue.
  8. A typical meeting will include:
    • welcome and introductions;
    • news (members’ successes, upcoming opportunities);
    • reading out of members’ work;
    • date and theme/challenge of next meeting;
    • A half-time comfort/ refreshment break will be included. 
  9. The theme or challenge is not homework but an optional inspiration if you want it.
  10. The session will be divided up fairly between members present to allow time for reading out and discussion/feedback of each piece.
  11. Pieces of work should take no longer than 5-10 minutes to read out: about 1,000 – 1500 words).
  12. Priority to read out work will be given to those members who have emailed their work to the organisers prior to the meeting, so that a copy can be distributed to members.  This will enable more considered, and hopefully useful, feedback.
  13. Members will not be expected to read out at every session, nor should they expect that time can always be allotted to them to read out, but those who are unable to read out at one session, despite having submitted beforehand and attended,  will get priority at the next that they attend.
  14. Members will be encouraged to share information on competitions, publishing opportunities and tips on the writing and publishing process.

STEPS FOR NEW MEMBERS

  1. You request or are invited to join, usually via email: bognorwriters@gmail.com or via our Meet-up group: https://www.meetup.com/Bognor-Regis-Writers-Group/events.
  2. Julia sends out the terms and conditions to you and asks you  to submit 2 pieces of written work (about 1500 words each) to see if you will ‘fit’ with the group.
  3. If approved, you will be invited to attend the next meeting you are available for.
  4. If we all like each other, you will be invited to join by email.
  5. You must agree by email that you are happy for your email to be shared with the rest of the group.
  6. Once this has been received, you are a member!  At your next meeting you will pay a £10 joining fee.  At the next meeting to that you will pay £2 membership fee.
  7. You will pay £2 every time you attend until you have paid in £30, at which point you will be a fully paid-up member.

REFERENCE GUIDE TO SUBMITTING WORK TO READ OUT

If submissions do not comply with this, they will be returned with a reminder that these are the guidelines.

  1. The piece to read out should be 1500 words maximum.  Less is fine – more is not.
  2. If your piece is longer than that, you can send it to the group as the complete piece for comment or to help with the bigger picture but I still need the  1500 words as a separate document
  3. It should be a Word doc or docx only.
  4. Your work  needs only your name and story title at the top.  You don’t need to show word count as Word tells me that at the bottom of the screen.  Copyright is implied.
  5. Single line spacing, please, unless there is a time lapse in which case 1 line space will do.
  6. No more than 12 size font – any typeface you like – but no bigger than 12.
  7. Novel segments – we need your precis as a  separate document. 
  8. The whole piece should be in regular font – not BOLD all the way through.
  9. No colour, please – in background or in text, unless it is absolutely integral to the plot.

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