Tales of the DeCongested

As every actor knows, work can be spotty.

And so over the past year I've been testing the writing waters as another creative outlet. The acting career is still very much the priority, but I'm tired of waiting for creative work to come to me. I've taken two fiction writing courses (The Complete Creative Writing Course), helped form a writing group that meets monthly, wrote my first short story (on a bet), started working as a freelance copy writer and now I'm working on draft 6 of a screenplay.

I tell you this to give you a context for what comes next - a plug for Emma from my writing group. Emma is a mother of three and working on the final draft of her Novel and lots of short stories. I think her writing is fantastic, and now Foyles does too. One of her short stories was just chosen to be read at Tales of the DeCongested in Foyle's bookshop, 113 Charing Cross Road on Friday 27th March from 7-9pm. Entrance is £3, £2.50 concessions.

We - me and the other two women in the writing group - are particularly excited for Emma because one of our goals for 2009 is to submit our short stories to various competitions and get published or chosen to be read at a literary event. She's done it, and it's only March.

So for all of you readers that write or wish to write - here's a great way to get started.

The Mission Statement for Tales of the DeCongested is:
1. To raise the profile of the short story in London
2. To encourage and showcase new talent in the form
3. To develop Tales of the DeCongested as far as possible
4. Eventually to produce an anthology of the stories performed at events

You can read all the stories chosen for past events here.


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