Our next meeting – publication avenues workshop

Our next meeting Wednesday 21st March will be a workshop led by Antony and Candyce. As usual we will meet at Lion Walk Church, Colchester, 7pm for a 7.30pm start.

Two years ago Antony Johae gave a presentation on how to get your poems published. This is a follow-up where members are invited to bring along a poem ready for publication, and also any journals you’ve been reading.

At the workshop several of us will introduce journals we respect, and we’ll try to shed light on the selection process and timeline involved.

The rest of the workshop will consist of working in pairs/small groups, so bring 4 copies of your poem, any literary magazines you’ve been reading; and the goal for your group will be to suggest possible publication avenues.

We will share our expertise! There will be past copies of poetry magazines to take home.

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Wunderkammer ‘Flash Write’ Workshop 25 February 2018 1pm

Take part in an exciting writing workshop at Firstsite in association with Colchester and Ipswich Museums and the University of Essex. This session will be led by writer in residence Lelia Ferro, an MA student from the University of Essex and member of MOSAIC Stanza Group.

Join Lelia to write an ekphrasis response to the Wunderkammer exhibition at Firstsite – a cabinet of curiosities featuring many interesting artefacts from the Museums’ archives.

The writing brief is ‘wonderment’ and imaginative connections between the objects. You can select any objects/artworks you wish to respond to, and you may respond in any form you wish poetry/prose.

For more details see http://www.firstsite.uk/whats-on/wunderkammer-flash-write-workshop/

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Our first meeting for 2018

The first meeting of Mosaic Stanza Group will be on Wednesday 17th January at Lion Walk Church. The room is available from 7:00pm.  This gives us time to discuss ideas for the coming year if we start the meeting early at 7:15 and follow on with the workshop. The workshop will focus on ways into writing and is aimed at stimulating ideas for both experienced and new writers.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

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Colchester Community Poetry Project – almost there

Most of the poems are already in for the book of poetry to help raise awareness for Colchester’s homeless in connection with Emmaus and the GO4 Café in Trinity Church.

Editor Alice Goss writes “Now we need just the Castle, Roman Walls and the Roman Circus. Any poems on homelessness would also be good. Again I will look at any other subjects if someone has an idea e.g. St. James Church on East Hill.  I’m closing the submissions at the end of this month for all poems, photos and art work in order to keep this project on track.”

It’s the Final Push then – if you have a poem on any of these topics, please send to  poetrywivenhoe@idztools.com  for onward transmission to Alice.

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Poetry and Music Workshop – Sunday 11th February 2018


Sunday 11th February 2018, 10.00 am – 5.00 pm

At:  Wefan House, 39 West Street, Coggeshall, Essex CO6 1NS

Cost: £25.00 to include lunch and hot drinks

For enquiries or to reserve a place please contact Anne Boileau Tel: 01376 563714

Poetry and Music have a great deal in common; above all, they are capable of moving us. But how does a poem, which takes us beyond the meaning of the words, actually do this?

On this one-day workshop we will be considering some of the ways in which a poem can be more (or less) musical, and looking at the resources poetry shares with music; sound rhythm phrase-lengths, and the cadence of the poem. Above all, what makes a poem lift off the page, and why do we remember poems that do?

Time will be given to kick start exercises and to new writing.

There are quiet places around the house for working in privacy

Poets of all levels welcome.

Numbers will be limited to 12.

Gregory Warren Wilson is a classical violinist, performing and recording internationally. He has published five collections of poetry: the first won the Staple First Edition award, and the fourth won an Arts Council Award. He has been invited to tutor at the National Gallery, the Courtauld Institute and has also tutored for Arvon Foundation and the Poetry School.


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Cafe Writers Competition – closes end of November

Just a reminder that the Cafe Writers Competition deadline is end of November.

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Critiquing session – Wednesday 15th November

Tomorrow’s Mosaic meeting (Wednesday 15th November) is a critiquing session and will be led by Candyce. If you have a poem you’d like to share please bring copies. Otherwise, just come along and join in.

As usual the meeting will be at Lion Walk Church 7:00pm for 7:30 pm.

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