The Itinerant Writers Club
The two main reasons for setting up this website were to meet other like-minded people and improve my writing skills. If you live in a house, flat, bungalow or palace – or anywhere in one place – the chances are somewhere not too far from you there will be a ‘creative writing group’ where you’ll be able to attend regular meetings and submit writing exercises for feedback. But what if you live on a boat, in a camper van or out of a backpack – or anywhere that never stays still? Where can you hone your skills in the company of other would-be writers if you’re a rolling stone?

And all for free.

How it works
The club will remain small enough to keep it manageable and large enough to keep it interesting, so I’m looking initially at a around twelve members.

Every month we will write up to 500 words on a given theme and critique each other’s work. So that means being committed to writing an essay and giving feedback on around eleven other pieces of work every month.

All stories will be visible to visitors to the forum, but only club members may post and make comments.

I’ll set the first theme, but it would be great if members could suggest ideas for future themes. We will concentrate on travel writing, but it might be fun to stray into other areas of writing occasionally: flash fiction, life writing, short stories etc.

Still interested?

How to enter

Write up to 500 words on the theme ‘The Itinerant Writer’.
Give your entry a title (do not use ‘The Itinerant Writer’)
Register as a New User on the forum
Post your entry as a ‘A New Topic’ under ‘WRITING COMPETITION on the forum
Deadline: 31st January 2012.
Be as creative, sombre or funny as you like, but remember the genre is travel writing.

Tell me why you want to join the writing club:
Please send me an email, of not more than 150 words, explaining why you want to join the club. In the subject bar please put ITINERANT WRITERS CLUB COMPETITION. Please head up the body of the email with the TITLE OF YOUR ENTRY exactly as it appears on the forum (your title will not be included in the 150 maximum word count). This part of your entry will not be published on the website.
My email address: [email protected]

What qualifies me to judge? Nothing, other than I have lots of enthusiasm, like writing, have had some success in writing competitions and my work has been in print. I hope that in the future, if I run other competitions, other writers will be able to help.

And finally…
If you know anyone who you think might be interested in joining the club please forward them this link.