Here is the latest Writer's Centre Norwich newsletter for my followers to peruse:
We've been busy bees this month,
launching a suite of creative writing courses with the UEA which
will run online and also face-to-face, starting from this January. With
poetry and fiction to choose from, in two levels, run by Helen
Ivory, Anjali Joseph and Ian Nettleton, it's a great opportunity to fit
your learning around your lifestyle - applications are open, so
been continuing the occasionally
controversial, and consistently interesting, National
Conversation - this time at the Cheltenham Literature
Festival with a provocation from Will Self.
Plus, we've launched Free Reads which is offering serious
writers who are short on funds the opportunity to benefit
from a free manuscript assessment.
So, to find
out more, scroll down!
Join our New Creative Writing
Programme - offering the opportunity for worldwide study!
UEA and WCN have created a suite of creative writing courses, online
and face-to-face, offering high quality teaching in both fiction and
poetry. And with the first courses starting in January, this is
certainly one way for you to ensure that your New Year's resolution
to put pen to paper, is upheld! But if that's too soon for you, don't
worry, the next round of courses start in April.
Building upon Norwich and UEA’s proven record of literary excellence,
we're offering courses in creative writing, both online and
face-to-face. Led by writers with excellent records in teaching, the
UEA-WCN Creative Writing Programme offers courses in both poetry and
prose fiction and caters for beginners as well as for those who are
Starting to Write
Poems (Online) with Helen Ivory 12 week course:12th Jan – 30th March 2015, £450
payable on being accepted onto the course.
Get to grips with key elements of writing poetry - explore the power
of language and begin to develop your own voice.
Each course will give you: the opportunity to benefit
from extensive one-to-one criticism and feedback; bespoke course
materials written by the tutor; a Certificate of Completion from the
UEA. You will be able to learn the craft of writing whilst fitting
your education around everyday life.
Apply for TLC Free Reads A bit of
love for your manuscript
If you're a serious writer of poetry, scripts (for TV, Film,
Radio or Theatre) or prose (fiction, children’s, narrative
non-fiction and short stories) living in the East of England but
finding that financial barriers are stunting your progress then TLC
Free Reads is for you.
Through this Arts Council England-funded scheme we can offer you a
free opportunity to have your work read and reported back on by a
professional from The Literary Consultancy. Click for application details.
Find out the facts about the Agent and
Author relationship 7th November 2014, at Cafe Bar Marzano, Norwich, £2 Book now.
Pickering of Blake Friedmann will form a panel with two of her authors:
Ben Johncock, whose debut novel The
Last Pilot was recently sold in the US and Kerry Hudson,
whose second novel Thirst
was published this year.
From working collaboratively on a manuscript to negotiating offers with
publishers, they will give you a valuable insight into the agent /
You’ll also get to ask your burning questions in a Q&A session and
hear both Hudson and Johncock read from their books. Find out more, and book.
Sign Up for our Forthcoming Workshops
Navigate your Novel with Ross Raisin Saturday 18th October, Writers’ Centre Norwich,
10am-4pm, £75/£55 conc Has your novel
lost its way? Get back on the right track, at this workshop with Ross
The Figures Poems Make Saturday 29th November, Writers’ Centre Norwich,
10am-4pm, £75/£55 conc Join leading
poet Frances Leviston to explore the shapes and structures of poetry,
in this perfectly formed poetry masterclass.Further
Synopsis, Submissions and Slushpiles: A Guide to Finding
a Literary Agent The Art of the
Synopsis with Nicola Perry -Saturday
1st November, 10am-4pm
Lessons from the Slushpile with Juliet Pickering - Saturday 22nd November, 11am
- 12.30pm (with one to ones taking place in the afternoon) Made up of two
workshops a month apart, this unique package will help you polish your
agent pitch to perfection. The first workshop, taught by Nicola Perry,
will give you vital industry understanding and help you to hone your
synopsis, whilst Juliet Pickering will reveal an agent’s biggest
turn-offs and give one-to-one feedback on your agent submission. Find out more, and apply now. Attendees of this workshop will also receive free entry
to 'Agent & Author with Kerry Hudson, Ben
Johncock and Juliet Pickering' on 7th November at Cafe Marzano.
The National Conversation continues...
...on Dec 3rd
at the Southbank Centre, as we get lost in language with Ali Smithwho will
be discussing the value of literary translation
with Xiaolu Guo, Daniel Hahn and Margaret Jull Costa. (Dec 3rd at
the Southbank Centre, London, 7.45pm. Book now)
our National Conversation at the Edinburgh
International Book Festival, with Michael Rosen's provocation on the Point of Books, we took the
conversation off to its next location - Cheltenham Literature
And boy did the conversation heat up!
Will Self, known for his habit of causing a bit of an intellectual
ruckus, gave his provocation on the rise and impact
of the e-reader on deep reading. Debate got heated and with his
provocation published in the Guardian, too, the conversation
If you've not yet read Will's provocation, be sure to do so, along with
reading Dan Franklin's opening response. And let us know
whether you agree with him or not, by sharing your comments on our website, or on twitter via #NatConv.
Enjoy a new season of UEA Live 2014
A new season
of UEA Live launched on 2nd Oct in fine style, with possibly the
biggest turn-out so far.
from UEA's new incumbent of Undergrad Creative Writers, and also Emma
Healey, this was a real celebration of the work of both UEA and it's
students past and present. We're looking forward to enjoying the rest
of these events over the coming months, including readings from
Jonathan Gibbs (30th Oct), Emily Berry (27th Nov) and Tash Aw (11th
Dec). See the full line-up of events here.
Attend our Young People and Literature
Symposium Friday 31st October 2014, 13:00-16:00 with
networking time until 16:30 Vernon Castle
Room, Millennium Library, Norwich
Join us for a
spot of (free!) lunch and an afternoon of discussion and networking for
literature organisations, education providers, artists and volunteers
working with young people in a literature setting. A forum to express
opinions and ideas on literacy and literature, we will be exploring the
role of creative writing and reading provision for young people in
Featuring presentations on Literacy and Literature learning
Opportunities Available to Schools in Norfolk (Bridge report by Roxanne
Matthews) and Engaging Young People in Creative Reading.
The event will create awareness of gaps in literature and literacy
provision in Norfolk; provide networking to encourage collaborative
discussion and a means of advocacy for successful projects and
Join us at the Jarrold East Anglian
Book Awards Thursday 20th November 2014, Jarrolds. Tickets £20,
including 2-course meal with coffee, and drink on arrival.
Jarrold and the Writers' Centre Norwich are once again joining forces,
with the support of UEA, to celebrate the pick of the region's literary
Now in their seventh year, the awards will feature their best-ever
prizes. From the category winners, an overall East Anglian Book of the
Year will be chosen.
The overall winner will receive a prize of £1,000, sponsored by the
PACCAR Foundation, and East Anglian Writers will also be supporting a
new prize this year, with £100 for the best-designed cover from all the
It's all going well for Escalator
and proud to announce that previous Escalator winner Robert Mason has
been shortlisted for the Manchester Fiction Prize 2014. We wish him the
best of luck!
Meanwhile another past Escalator winner Guinevere Glasford-Brown has
sold the German rights to her book
The Words in My Hand after an exciting bidding war at
Frankfurt Book Fair. She will be published in 2015.
Congratulations to both, and we look forward to hearing news of further
achievements in the future.
The BFI Film Academy Residential Programme in
Screenwriting is seeking 16-19 year olds, passionate about writing for
film! Apply now, for
a chance to attend this intensive and exciting residential training
programme that will kick-start a career in the film industry. With
exclusive insider views on how to break into the film business,
producing your own short film script with a mentor, learning the
craft skills necessary to succeed as a screenwriter and networking
with leading industry professionals. Find out more about applying. Deadline
Mon 1st Dec 2014.
The Rialto and RSPB Nature Poetry Competition. The RSPB is
teaming up with The Rialto poetry magazine and publisher, to run this
competition celebrating all things nature. Judged by Simon Armitage,
you have until March 1st 2015 to submit your masterpiece. For more
information visit their website.
Daljit Nagra's Ramayana tour. Join Daljit
Nagra as he retells the tale of Ramayana for the 21st Century.
Described as 'rumbustious storytelling, [with] beautiful language and
an introduction to a revered cultural artefact all rolled up together',
this will be an exciting poetry performance with projections, confetti,
colour and audience participation! Click here for tour dates.
Words & Women Writing Competition. Are you a
prose writer? Do you write fiction, memoir, creative non-fiction? Do
you enjoy life-writing? Then enter your work for 2014's Words And Women Writing Competition. There
is a prize of £600 for the winning entry along with being featured,
alongside twenty commended entries, in Words & Women's second
And Women: Two, published in conjunction with Unthank
Great Line-up at UEA Literary Festival. The UEA has
once again put together an exciting series of talks with the
likes of Ian McEwan for their 2014 Literary Festival, which is
With an hour talk, followed by a book signing in the campus
Waterstones, this is a great opportunity to hear more from your