By Nicole J. Simms
On Saturday 17th December 2016, we decided to celebrate our third Christmas together by having a Christmas meal.
Before we went for our meal, we had a little party in the library. We ate biscuits and chocolate. Angela brought in Buck’s Fizz and crackers to get us in the party mood, and I (like the true horror writer that I am) entertained the group with a horror film quiz. We also had two visitors: Brendan Jackson came to say Merry Christmas, and our virtual member Michelle McLean came in to introduce herself to the group – it was really nice to meet Michelle.
After our morning session, we headed to The White Swan pub for our Christmas meal. Like last year’s Christmas meal, we pulled crackers, ate a fulfilling meal, talked, and laughed non-stop thanks to the jokers of the group – I won’t name any names. It was a lovely day, and it made me realise how lucky I am to have found such an amazing writing group.
2016 has been another brilliant year for the Oldbury Writing Group: we went to the Pow Wow festival, we finished the draft of our WW2 anthology, we’ve taken part in events to help promote our anthology, we’ve gone on group trips, and we’ve been to the theatre, plus so much more. It has been a great year, and I can’t wait to see what’s next for the Oldbury Writing Group.
Our 2017 Writing Goals
It’s a good idea for all writers to have goals because it helps to keep you focused and motivated. So for the first time O.W.G have decided to create a list of goals:
- Finish our WW2 anthology – we have to do a final edit and then publish.
- Do a book tour – once our book is completed, we will need to promote it, and one of the ways we will be promoting our books is by doing a book tour. We’ll let you know the details closer to the time.
- Work on our performance skills – this will be important for the book tour and our play.
- Go on more inspirational trips – these trips have always helped to inspire our writing, and they’re also fun to go on.
- Start working on our play – our next project together (after the anthology) will be a play.
As you can see, we will be very busy next year, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
We would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.