Sunday, 3 August 2014

Yorkshire Writers Newsletter

Here is the latest newsletter Yorkshire Writers That I thought my followers would be interested in seeing:

Yorkshire Writers' Newsletter

Summer 2014


Writing Masterclasses at Yorkshire

Yorkshire are Continuing Writing With our series of masterclasses through the summer and into the autumn, the series we've Outlined below, for more information click on the links or visit our website here

Dramatic Approaches to Creative Writing Masterclass with Emma Adams

Emma has-been running creative writing sessions with a focus on dramatic writing for the last 10 years. She has worked with beginners right through to MA students, and has run sessions for Organisations: such as Script Yorkshire, Emerge, Keats House, Leeds University as well as being a visiting lecturer at Northern Film School, Leeds. Emma's writing is Often fantastical and surreal , ranging from dark political satire for adults through to adventure comedy for children. She has had two plays tour Nationally: Forgotten Things, shortlisted for the 2009 Meyer-Whitworth Award and Ugly, published by Oberon in 2010 (both Red Ladder). In 2012. Was Writer in Residence Emma West Yorkshire Playhouse During New Writing Season's Emma's work During the last 12 months includes: A site specific play Northern Big Board performed in Shipley Pool (Chol / Slung Low). A one woman sci-fi show Freakoid (Nominated for an Off West End Theatre Award) performed at Ovalhouse, London, Brimming (part of The Enough Project) That toured the north, summer 2013 and Home Sweet Home (Freedom Studios & Entelechy Arts). A magic-realist, multi sensory, immersive theater experience for older audiences about the joys and trials of aging. . On in April 2014 and then touring Autumn 2014 . The Masterclass will be held at Bank Street Arts on Saturday 9th August Between 10:00 a.m. and 1:30 pm  In this session you will explore:  • How to get ideas, and how to Develop them for . eleven drama You have them  ! • The 'how' 'what' and in particular, the 'why' of your writing ... and why all of that matters  . • The Differences Between writing prose and drama  • And there will be surprises ... When: Saturday 9th August - 10:00 am and 1:30 pm Where: Bank Street Arts, 32-40 Bank Street, Sheffield, S1 2DS Cost: £ 18.00 / £ 13.50 (Writing Yorkshire Members) More info & booking here

Novel Writing Masterclass With Gavin extence

This Masterclass will be held at Bank Street Arts on Saturday 8th November, between 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 pm Gavin extence is a multi-award winning novelist Whose work has-been translated into seventeen languages. His first novel, The Universe versus Alex Woods, was selected as one of the best debuts of Waterstones 11 2013, was part of the Richard and Judy Summer Book Club, Amazon Kindle topped the Christmas charts, and went on to be an international bestseller. Gavin has just finished writing his second novel, due to be published in March 2015, and is working on a third. This masterclass is suitable for all aspiring novelists, Whether you are just starting out or Have Been writing for years. It will include: . An in-depth look at the craft of novel-writing: beginnings, endings, plotting, research, structure, characterization, dialogue and editing Advice on getting a first novel published: how books are bought and sold; how to approach agents and editors; how best to pitch your work; . the pros and cons of self-publishing Practical writing tips: beating writer's block; finding and develop developing new ideas fitting your writing around other Commitments; how to Write with an audience in mind; working with your own strengths and Weaknesses. Five key writing skills and how to Develop them. More info & booking via the Writing Yorkshire website here .

Writing Groups Fair 2014 - a Community Event for Off the Shelf

The Fair Writing Groups, Organised Jointly by Jenny King and Writing Yorkshire, will be returning to Sheffield this autumn as part of the Off the Shelf literary festival. It will take place on Saturday October 11th. from 1.30 to 4 pm at the Central United Reformed Church, Norfolk Street, Sheffield, opposite the Crucible Theatre. You May have taken part in last year's very successful event and this one will follow a similar pattern but with a more even writing groups. Running at the same time will be an open mic session, open to all and Which, This Year, will be hosted by our very own Ray Hearne. If you and your members would like to take part by taking a stall, and to show what where your group is, to perform and, if you wish, to recruit more members then all you Have to do is contact us to reserve a space. Tables are free but space is limited, so groups need to book in advance - on a 'first come, first served' basis. To book a table or a performance slot, please contact Geoff Briggs at Writing Yorkshire: Email: info @ writingyorkshire. org Phone: 0114 3830456 Post: Writing Yorkshire, Bank Street Arts, 32-40 Bank Street, Sheffield S1 2DS For other inquiries or more information please contact Jenny King: Email: ednjenny.king @ Phone: 0114-2366225


PhotoFiction 2014 Young Writers Competition - Closing date: 31st August 2014
. For all young writers aged 13 to 24 presents PhotoFictions Writing Yorkshire 2014 - a creative writing competition open to young people from anywhere in Yorkshire. Be you into poetry or prose, any form of creative writing goes!
You are asked to write a short piece sparked by one of twenty thought-provoking photos. Find out everything you need to know on the website including PhotoFictions 2014 Ideas and tips to help you make your writing the best it can be.
Great prizes include a Kindle Fire HD and first to third place winners with be published in a Young Writers Writing Yorkshire 'anthology in the near future.
For more details visit the website here  .

Winners Announced for 'bike' writing competition with Yorkshire Writing, Reading Matters and NAWE

Earlier This Year, Yorkshire Writing , Reading Matters , and NAWE joined up to mount a major creative writing competition for all ages under the title of 'bike' both to celebrate the 2014 Tour De France passing through Yorkshire, and to Encourage Both young people and adults to engage with creative writing. The competition was open to schools for foundation / key stage 1 , & key stage 2, as well as being open to single entries for 11-16 year olds and adults (16 +). Char March was the 1st prize winner in the adult category, with her ​​poem 'Confession and Plea'. Jasmine Simms came second with her ​​poem 'A Woman Without a Bike', and a joint 3rd prize was Awarded to Bruce Barnes for his poem 'A Life In The Bus Lane', Diana and Rachel Rowlands for her poem 'Penny Farthing'. Each winner was Awarded a share of £ 350.00 prize money. Zachary McCormick was the winner of the Individual award in the 11-16 category, and Annabelle Debra Fuller, Molly Powell & Sam Varley Were the three writers Commended in this category. Winners in this category will be Awarded book tokens and will be taking part in a workshop led by The Poetry Business at Bank Street Arts. rookeries The Junior and Infant School (Pontefract) Were the winners of Both the Foundation / Key Stage 1 and the award Key Stage 2 award. The school has won at Reading Matters Reading Course Leaders for its pupils, sponsored by Reading Matters, as well as a visiting writer to the school to run a workshop for students who PARTICIPATED in the competition sponsored by NAWE. Were Also Awarded Book tokens as prizes Individual award to the winners in Both the Foundation / Key Stage 1 category and the Key Stage 2 category. You can read full details of the results, as well as to judges report can be found on the results page of the competition website, and the winning poems in the adult category. Writing Yorkshire would like to thank Ian Enters & Reading Matters, NAWE, Rhyme & Reason Booksellers, and The Poetry Business for Their support and for sponsoring the prizes for the competition.

We welcome your details of events, writing groups, courses, workshops, open mics, in fact anything to do with creative writing. If you have anything you would like us That to publicise then please send the details to us at this address:   - we'll be happy to pass the details via the newsletter or on our website. If you know of anyone That you think may be interested in the newsletter then please do forward a copy on to them.

Beside the Seaside Weekend Writing

On this residential Writing Weekend for writers of prose and poetry, Participants, who practised May be writers or beginners, will write, read to each other, discuss and use the world outside of town and sea as stimulus for writing. Students will be able to choose Their Own genre - prose or poetry. . They will be Encouraged to try out new ways of writing, and to think acerca structure, viewpoint, setting and language The weekend will be led by Liz Cashdan - lecturer and writer. . Regional She was Arts Bursaries Awarded in 1984, 1985, 1990 and 1993 in a Travel Bursary Which took her to Scandinavia in the footsteps of Mary Wollstonecraft She has poems in New Women Poets edited by Carol Rumens for Bloodaxe 1990; a narrative sequence, The Mariner's Tale, in Troublesome Cattle, Smith / Doorstop 1991; The Tyre-Cairo won The Jewish Quarterly Letters Poetry Prize. Her sequence, Tour of Mont Blanc was published by Smith / Doorstop Almost Like Talking in 1993. When: Friday 26th October at 5.00pm to Sunday 28th October 2014 at 4.00pm at Victoria House Hotel, Bridlington Tutor: Liz Cashdan Cost: £ 175: . Free For Those on benefit, some help available For Those on less than £ 15,000 per annum Booking or for more details: Email:  or phone: 0113 245 3304 Web link: Writing by the Sea

Inspirational Writing Courses

Sheffield author, Linda today, has discovered a perfect writing retreat on the isle of Malta. . Famous for its rugged coastline and clifftop walks, Mellieha Bay has inspired her much-acclaimed book, The Effect, and Linda now offers to share this Retreat with others in a series of inspirational workshops The first: Kick-starting Creativity runs from 15 - November 18, With prices from 199 for all-inclusive accommodation with discounts for early booking and non-participatory partners. course on writing Character Another runs from 29 to 31 March 2015 for £ 259. . All courses link partnership with FlipKey-cost flights from the local airports More info: / inspiration

6 month FREE membership to Eye the Prize

The Arvon Foundation has recently partnered with eye the Prize, an innovative platform and community That Helps people unlock the gateways to success and advance Their creative careers. connects the Prize Eye You With all the Opportunities you need internships from competitions, commissions and funding to professional training / events, paid / apprenticeships and residencies - to support yourself on your creative journey. To claim your FREE 6 months memberships, sign-up here : with the code ETPARV0614 . .

Script Yorkshire - Sheffield Branch 
If you're a scriptwriter (or you want to Become One), then this is your chance to be a part of an exciting collective right here in Sheffield.
Sessions are held on a monthly basis and the aim simply is: To Increase the number of Opportunities available to scriptwriters in Sheffield - Whether that's in terms of learning, mentoring, making connections with Both Local artists and key players in the industry, producing work, collaborating on projects, or simply celebrating Successes each others'.
To sign up for updates or for more information, just email Chloe at Timperley: include your name and whether or not you are currently a member Script Yorkshire. We invite writers of all ages and experience levels to come along, of so expect a warm welcome from a host like-minded individuals.
More info here
And ...............
Verbal Script are gearing up for another series of Scratch Nights for scriptwriters , starting this autumn. They supply a space and an audience so That You can try out your work. You get ............ · four weeks to write a script · to use the 'theme' or your imagination · to present a short extract of script or longer piece · a submission deadline two weeks before the night · read-through meeting one week before · up to ten mins and three characters. More info: / groups / verbalscripts


Editing Workshop with Emma Bamford
Saturday 6th September 2014, 10am to 1pm at Ilkeston Library Do you have a first draft of a manuscript That You Want to polish up before sending out? Are you planning to publish your own ebook and want it to be the best it can? Or do you feel you're not really a writer Because You 'are not very good with grammar and punctuation'? Unlock the mysteries of editing With This workshop led by Emma Bamford, an author and a former news editor at the Independent. The Real three-hour workshop will be held with Examples on 6th September 2014 and Emma will edit a 250-word extract of your writing in advance and talk it through with you During a one-to-one session afterwards. The cost for the workshop is £ 10.00. Tea and coffee will be provided. To book a place please email Ali Betteridge , Literature Development Officer or ring her on 01773 831359. .

Writing Poetry with Sarah Corbett Course
This is a course for poets with writing experience who are preparing poems for publication or working towards a collection. interest in contemporary poetry An is essential, as is the willingness to work under Develop your critique. There will be prompts for new poems every week around a theme and a list of required reading. Alongside work-shopping work in progress, we will read and discuss a range of contemporary poetry, look in detail at what makes a good poem and discuss where and how to get your poems published. Sarah Corbett has-taught creative writing in higher education since 2004 and currently tutors on Lancaster University's Distance Learning MA in Creative Writing. She is an award winning, Critically Acclaimed poet and has published three collections of poetry with Seren Books, The Red Wardrobe (1998), shortlisted for The Forward First Collection Prize and TS Eliot, The Witch Bag (2002) and Other Beasts (2008) . Sarah holds a PhD in Critical and Creative Writing from Manchester University and runs the PoetryNites @ TheBookCase reading series in Hebden Bridge. When: Mon October 13, 2014 to Mon 8 Dec 2014 Where: Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire. Cost: £ 240.00 More info:  Email Sarah Corbett or phone: 01422 842031

Writing Yorkshire Website
If you'd like to find out more about the full range of services we offer That, including mentoring, writers advice sessions, memberships and then click here .

* The Writers Resource Centres Which Usually take place in the regional libraries are on hold for a short time but will return, In The Meantime Also do not forget we offer -

Free one-to-one Advice Sessions Writers
Writing Yorkshire are offering free, bookable, one to one advice sessions to all writers from our database in Sheffield. You May be a full-time writer, part-time, occasional or just interested in the notion of trying some writing for fun, we're here and looking forward to helping you. We have information on all aspects of creative writing, be it writing groups, courses, events, publications, or just getting started keeping going, info we have plenty of advice and support to help you on your writing journey. thirty minutes We are offering sessions from our offices at Bank Street Arts in Sheffield and though based, the sessions are open to anyone from anywhere in Yorkshire, in Addition, if you have a long journey to reach us then we'll be happy to book you a longer session to make it . worth your while Each session is booked in advance for a special time slot at 30 minute intervals from 5.30 pm to 7.30 pm on through Wednesday evenings. If you would like to book a session then all you need to do is email us:  info @  (preferred method for the fastest response) or phone: 01143830456 (answer machine) and we'll get back to you to arrange a booking. Just to confirm again the sessions are free and open to all, if you need any further details then just get in touch, we look forward to hearing from you. More info here .

Skipton Library Poetry Competition - Closing date: 26 September 2014
For poems of up to 40 lines on any subject. 1st prize £ 100, 2nd Prize £ 50, 3rd prize £ 25, £ 10 prizes each 5 5 Highly Commended.
Entry fee £ 2 per poem. Adjudicator Isobel Thrilling and one other to be appointed. Poem to be typed on single sheet of A4 in single spacing, enclose separate sheet with your contact details, name, address, email, telephone number.
Send entries and checks or Postal orders (payable to North Yorkshire County Council)) to Skipton Library Poetry Competition, Skipton Library, High Street, Skipton, North Yorks, BD23 1JX. . Sae Send to above address for details

The National Poetry Competition - Closing date: 31st October 2014
Established in 1978, the Poetry Society's National Poetry Competition is one of the world's biggest and Most prestigious poetry contests. Winners include established and emerging poets Both, and for many the prize has proved Please an important career milestone. Win, and add your name to a roll-call that includes the current UK Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, Tony Harrison, Ruth Padel, Philip Gross and Jo Shapcott.
1st: £ 5000, 2nd: £ 2000, 3rd: £ 1,000, Plus Seven Commendations: £ 100
The top-three winning poems are published in the Spring issue of The Poetry Review. The winners will be invited to Appear at various events and festivals around the country, including Ledbury Poetry Festival. Up to 150 longlisted entrants are offered Preferred Also a discount on selected activities from the Poetry School. Winning and Commended poems will are published on the Poetry Society website.
Entry Fees:  £ 6 for your first poem and £ 3.50 for each subsequent entry in the same submission. FREE 2nd entry for Poetry Society members.
More details here .
SASH Charity Writing Competition - Closing Date: 10th October 2014
Prevents SASH young people from becoming homeless by offering them a room in the home of a volunteer. Our nightstop Provide emergency accommodation service for young people at a time of crisis.
The theme of the competition is 'Homeless' and the aim is to help raise awareness of youth homelessness THROUGHOUT Within Yorkshire and the UK.   
We would like to Encourage Those Who Have or are experiencing homelessness to enter but you do not have experienced homelessness To Have personally to submit an entry.
We have a very special judge in Ross Raisin, Yorkshire born, award winning author of 'Gods Own Country' and 'Waterline'. The first prize is a week-long residential writing course kindly donated by Arvon.
Submission can be in any genre (including poetry) up to a maximum of 3000 words and the closing date is on World Homeless Day, 10 October 2014.
More info here .   

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Writing Yorkshire Provide information about The writing events in the region, and run a variety of writing activities THROUGHOUT the Yorkshire box. If you would like more information please email or ring Geoff on 0114 3830456 (answerphone, but Geoff will ring you back). Thanks to all who provided information posted here. We will always endeavor to make sure That the information included is accurate but apologies in advance for any errors or Omissions Which May Occur, any corrections or suggestions will be welcomed. That We hope you enjoy the newsletter. Yorkshire Writing is a limited company incorporated in England and Wales under company no: 7475298 and is proud to be a National Portfolio Organisation for Arts Council England.

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