Winter is with us already

With winter here there’s now no reason to go outside and many reasons to stay by the fire and read and write.

And there’s always an audience for what you have written among your fellow FAWSH members.

Prose you can send to join other members’ contributions at Prose from members.

Poetry? Try Poetry where you’ll be in great company.

For a bit of fun, read Writers’ fun or send your own from your reading or simply make it up!

GregT has been busy in the past few months bringing us a series of literary and etymological crosswords. Have a look at them at Etymology exercise. There are answers for all but the last if you get stumped.

Jean has suggested another prompt for a 100-word exercise. Have at look at the prompt and others’ entries at 100-word exercise.

We now have one brave soul who has offered a 250-word autobiography. Read that clever contribution at Our autobiographies. Yours could be there too!

We are still looking for the next instalment of our chain story. Eight members have contributed; read the story so far at FAWSH chain story. The challenge is there for the next instalment.

Started by GregB, our president, Grammar and other writing bugbears gives you the opportunity to rant about usage or modern grammar.

Finally, let us all know what you have loved or hated to read during lockdown. Contributions so far are at What have you been reading?

ANYONE WHO HAS IDEAS FOR OTHER ACTIVITIES WHILE WE ARE NOT MEETING SEND THEM IN!

SEND ANY CONTRIBUTIONS—WRITING OR SUGGESTIONS—TO UTA.

FINALLY, YOUR COMMITTEE IS WORKING ON RE-STARTING FACE-TO-FACE MEETINGS WITH THE SECOND SATURDAY IN JULY—11 JULY. THIS WILL DEPEND ON THE LOCKDOWN RULES AT THAT TIME; ON WHERE WE CAN MEET TO PROPERLY SOCIALLY ISOLATE; ON THE HYGIENE FACILITIES WE WILL NEED TO PROVIDE; AND ON THE COVID-19 REQUIREMENTS OF THE VENUE. WATCH THIS SPACE AND ALSO EMAILS FROM UTA FOR MORE NEWS.

Mid May is upon us

We’ve now missed three meetings due to COVID-19 lockdowns and there is no obvious path to getting back to normal.

Until we do, there are still ways we can keep in touch.

Chain story
We are still looking for someone brave enough to take on the next instalment of our chain story. Six people so far have taken the challenge; read the story so far at FAWSH chain story.

Poetry
Some of our poets have submitted their work for us to see at Poetry.

Prose
In the absence of face to face prose meetings see members’ contributions at Prose from members.

Autobiography
No one, not even your president has been able (or game enough) to submit their 250-word autobiography. Craft your masterpiece and send it in for it to appear at Our autobiographies.

Writers’ fun
These contributions are from members who have come across things which would amuse writers in particular. Look at Writers’ fun.

Crosswords
Etymologist extraordinaire, GregT, has produced a number of etymological and literary crosswords. See them at Etymology exercise.

Grammar and other writing bugbears
Though started by GregB, our president, this is open to anyone who wants a rant about usage or modern grammar that has been bugging them. The first contribution is at Grammar and other writing bugbears.

100-word exercise
There are three possibilities here for people who have yet to contribute. See them all, and members’ efforts at 100-word exercise. We are looking, too, for new suggestions for topics—over to you!

What have you been reading?
We have all been reading (we hope) over the lockdown. Let us all know what you have loved or hated. Contributions so far are at What have you been reading?

ANYONE WHO HAS IDEAS FOR OTHER ACTIVITIES WHILE WE ARE NOT MEETING SEND THEM IN!

SEND ANY CONTRIBUTIONS—WRITING OR SUGGESTIONS—TO UTA.

Self editing and more

Ron has written some more useful tips for self editing our work—an essential activity during and after the writing process.

The latest tips and Ron’s previous ones are at Dots and dashes and suchlike things on the Members only page.

We also have

Remember that we are looking for our next volunteer for our chain story. Decima has added her contribution so it’s now over to you. Check out the story so far at FAWSH chain story

And our Success book is waiting more contributions from members.

The latest from FAWSH

A lot has happened since our last post.

POETRY
We now have several more poems added to our poetry page.

Check them out at Poetry.

100-WORD EXERCISE
We have had more entries to Nellie’s exercise to write exactly 100 words on the phrase ‘… alone doesn’t have to mean lonely …’.

They are at 100-word exercise.

In addition, our new 100-word exercise is from Pamela who suggests the topic or phrase ‘… don’t waste words …’.

Send your entries to Uta.

WRITERS’ FUN
This section is growing, with two submissions from President Greg.

They are at Writers’ fun.

FAWSH CHAIN STORY
Following Kathryn’s entry we are looking again for volunteers to progress the story.

Read the story so far at FAWSH chain story.

Uta is waiting for our next volunteer.

PROSE
Our prose section has grown with a strong entry from Kathryn.

It and others are at Prose from members.

MEMBERSHIP FOR 2020
If you haven’t paid your membership for 2020 because we haven’t been meeting face to face have a look at FAW membership 2020. It will tell you how to rejoin in a time of isolation.

Remember to send all suggestions, submissions and offers to Uta.

And if you have successes to add to our Success book send them soon to Uta; they will be included in the next edition of Writers’ Voice.

The weekend cometh

You should, of course, as good writers be making your own writing opportunities, particularly now we’re all locked up at home.

However, for a bit of a diversion, or for some inspiration, there are plenty of opportunities with your FAWSH web site.

100-WORD EXERCISE
We have a new 100-word exercise courtesy Nellie. We have one entry already. Check it out at 100-word exercise.

FAWSH chain story
The chain story is going well but we need someone to be the author of the next bit. Check out the story at FAWSH chain story.

The plot is thickening so it’s time to add your contribution.

250-WORD AUTOBIOGRAPHY
Time to add yours at Our autobiographies.

CROSSWORD
Greg T’s latest crossword is at Etymology late April.

There is another crossword coming so it’s time to get stuck into this one.

WRITING BUGBEARS
Send your Grammar and other writing bugbears in to Uta for them to appear on this page.

POETRY AND PROSE
If you would like your poetry or prose work added to the website send it through; it will help us keep in touch and encourage us to keep writing.

WRITERS’ FUN
If you come across some amusing writing related material, send it through. There are two entries already at Writers’ fun.

WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN READING?
Add your reading recommendations, or works to avoid, to What have you been reading?

SUCCESS BOOK
If you’ve had any successes you can send them in to be added to our online Success book.

TO CONTRIBUTE YOUR WORK SIMPLY SEND IT THROUGH TO UTA.

Writers’ week

It’s nearly mid-week and some of our writers have submitted more of their work.

250-WORD AUTOBIOGRAPHY
Rebecca [aka Pamela Waugh] has submitted to Our autobiographies page.

BUGBEARS
President Greg Baker has had another brain snap and talks about the word ‘shut’ on the Grammar and other writing bugbears page.

THANK-YOU
Josephine Challenor has thanked FAWSH for the flowers and card we sent to her when Ken passed away. Her thank you card is at Thank you from Josephine.

POETRY
Our poetry section is growing. Check it out at Poetry.

Remember that anything members submit to the private, members only, password protected part of our FAWSH web site is not considered to be “published”.

To see your work on our web site submit it to Uta; there are plenty of opportunities.

But wait there’s more

CHAIN STORY
Ingrid has now added her contribution to our growing chain story.

Read it at FAWSH chain story.

Now it’s over to you for the next instalments; volunteer to Uta now and see how you can contribute to our evolving story.

PROSE
There are opportunities too to submit your prose to Uta.

Your contribution will appear at Prose from members.

POETRY
FAWSH poetry is at Poetry.

Remember that anything members submit to the private, members only, password protected part of our FAWSH web site is not considered to be “published”.

100-WORD EXERCISE
FAWSH writers’ contributions to our two 100-word exercises are 100-word exercise.

Maybe it’s time for another. If you want to volunteer the next exercise contact Uta by email.

250-WORD AUTOBIOGRAPHY
We’re still looking for people brave enough to submit their 250-word autobiography.

They will appear at Our autobiographies.

WRITERS’ FUN
We’re also looking for contributions to our new Writers’ fun web page. Check out the first entry there now.

Your writing weekend

NEW CROSSWORD
Greg Tome has sent us another crossword and answers to the last.

The answers are at Etymology exercise archive and new crossword is at Etymology exercise.

NOTE ON SUBMITTING MATERIAL TO THIS SITE
Anything members submit to the private, members only, password protected part of our FAWSH web site is not considered to be “published”.

In general, “published” means “made publicly available for distribution or sale”, which this is not.

[Thanks to Pamela Waugh for finding this information.]

Success and more

SUCCESS BOOK
In the absence of our hard copy success book, members need to keep Uta up to date with their literary successes.

And in the meantime, the success book for 2020 is now online at, wait for it, Success book.

PROSE
Lorraine James and Uta Purcell have started our page for prose writers.

Their contributions can be found at Prose from members.

POETRY
Three FAWSH poets have now contributed to our Poetry page.

See them via Poetry.