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Subgenres: Experimental , Flash Fiction. Apogee Journal. Reading Period: Jun 1 to Jul Appalachian Heritage. Reading Period: Aug 15 to Dec Apple Valley Review. Apricity Magazine. Apricity Press. Those who want an action-packed thriller with one main protagonist and an easily recognisable villain and simple linear storyline. Anyone adverse to poetic, philosophical reflections, or a lace-work of parallel, then inter-twining plot lines may be on a new adventure. We assume that it will one day be published to universal acclaim and that a Hollywood blockbuster will be made from it. Which actors will play the principal roles?

Octavia Spencer would be a bit more mystical than the characters she plays, and Robert Downey Jr. Albert Dupontel would be able to step right into the role with due ageing creams. For Celeste, Newton and Clementine, it gets more difficult. Wait no more! This collection of short stories, poems, book chapters and screenplay is a work of 34 authors from 19 countries. On Thursday 22 November you can meet the authors, hear them read from the anthology and get your hands on your own copy of The Circle, still fresh from the print. One core theme of the anthology is naturally Brussels.

Other themes include travel and immigration, life, love, and loss. Come and listen, come and read, and discover the voices behind the themes. Who are the authors? The Circle brings together new emerging voices and prize-winning authors , including:. Mauricio Ruiz, a poet, short story writer and novelist, has been short-listed for numerous prizes, including the Bridport Prize, Myriad Editions Competition and the Fish Short Story Competition. Arkenberg, Hamed Mobasser and Ocean Smets, have won prizes. Martin for short stories, Todd for his novels, Hamed for film-scrips, and Ocean for poetry.

It is only a matter of time for the other emerging writers in The Circle to have their voices recognised. Who will be reading?

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Many of the other authors will be there too — so come and ask them about their work, their dreams and their secrets as to why they write about what they write! And maybe you can get them to recite a poem or extract between the shelves of books while you sip a glass of wine. Commission en direct talked to David about his experience. What drew you to writing? I think it started off with an interest in reading.

And then the more geeky side of my personality has always been interested in imagined worlds, and wondered, how do I go about interesting other people in the products of my own imagination? So, that drew me inevitably to science fiction and fantasy as genres for writing. And then I start analysing the world in terms of, how can I transcribe this stuff into a novel?

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But an architect or someone who aspires to the part will look at it and note the symmetry of the columns or the construction of the portico…. What have you written already? It actually came out of a dream or rather nightmare that I had one night at about in the morning. I woke up and was too scared to go back to sleep, so I noted mentally the main points and then started to write it up as a sort of post-facto rationalisation of what the nightmare was actually about.

I am also working on an epic science fiction novel. I started with the idea of the opening chapter, and the end, and worked my way to the middle from two directions. I set out with the concern that I would not have enough material for even a short novel. And I spawned a monster in the act of writing it! I started going to the Circle in about , and took over running the group in until It was a once-a-week group that subsequently expanded to two, and even three sessions a week, for a while.

During my time, the BWC blog was launched and the annual retreat became a fixture. Very close to where I live. That may not be a total coincidence, I concede…. How has being part of the Circle helped you develop as a writer? So my back is against the wall. Sometimes seriously good writers come along to the group. Some of the feedback is well intentioned but not very useful. This teaches you to filter advice and that is an amazing advantage if you can do it. Filter too little and you will be blown about by the wind. The trick is to find the golden spot in between. Are there any upcoming events?

Prose writers, poets, playwrights, memoirists, screenwriters and bringers of silly bits and pieces, we sweep in from all different occupations and locations twice a week to share our scrawlings with one another. Well, maybe not that last bit. This week we will hear from Jay Harold , brand new co-chair of our Tuesday meetings. When did you join the group? I joined the Circle in February I learned my lesson in the meantime. The prospect of an upcoming BWC meeting leaves me just as enthusiastic and excited today as it did back then. What have you published so far? I was seventeen and very proud at the time.

It described the life of young American hippie with a dark past. I think my most productive time has to have been my year in Essex, though. I had several poems published in anthologies of the University of Essex Writing Society a fantastic gang of merry misfits who were crucial to my creativity at the time. Finally, I post poetry, short stories and sometimes essays on my blog, jayharold. It features characters loosely based on Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Arthur Rimbaud, and my writing professor at AUP, all of whom have had a significant influence on me as a writer. Their close relationship to jazz captivates me.

As a result, the exploration of the relationship between writing and music, in the broadest sense possible, is a key point in my work. Some would say that my reverence for the Beats has taken on unhealthy proportions. Inspiration, feedback, validation, motivation — everything that should come along with a collective of writers, does in the case of the BWC. Mimi Kunz — portrait by Maite Morren.

Results so far? Why did you want to work with an external editor on the project? At what stage should a writer consider getting an editor? What did an editor bring to the process? What is usually your biggest challenge when editing? What do you think a writer should look for in an editor?

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