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Writers in residence

THE writers are back! For the first time since an enforced two-year retreat to Zoom, Frome Writers’ Collective’s Writers in Residence competition (an event that’s been running since 2006) will be taking place in Frome town centre this Saturday morning, 25th June.  

An FWC spokesperson said, “We are delighted to have this fun challenge back on the streets – it’s always amazing to see the great stories that writers can come up with in such a short time.” 

Though some will still be able to compete online, a dozen local writers will be sitting in shops, cafes, pubs and the library with their pens and pads and lap-tops. Shoppers and tourists will be able to see them in action, writing a short story. They will each be given a prompt, a phrase or sentence which must be central to each tale, at 10am and will have until 2pm to complete their stories.  

Organisers, Ann Phillips and Andy Hardy will be touring the venues with coffee and biscuits to keep the creative energy flowing and the finished works will then be handed over to the judges.  

The winning writer will be presented with the Alan Somerville Memorial Trophy during FWC’s Readers’ and Writers’ Day at the ECOS stones on 10th July. This is a prestigious event, part of Frome Festival, where the winner of the Frome Festival Short Story competition will be announced. So the stakes are high but it’s fun too. 

Writers In Residence will be happening at venues in Frome town centre on Saturday 25th June, 10am -2pm. 

Readers’ and Writers’ Day 

If you fancy a go at writing a short, short story (up to 600 words), why not try taking part in this year’s Flash Fiction event? Email fromewriterscollective@gmail.com and the prompt will be sent to you on 26th June. The stories will be read by their authors at the Readers’ and Writers’ Day on 10th July. In addition to the results of Writers in Residence and the Frome Festival Short Story Competition, a special award for a young writer aged 16-21 will also be presented. The Readers’ and Writers’ Day is a FREE event and both participants and supporters are welcome. 

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