Monday, 27 October 2014

Writers' Centre Norwich newsletter, October

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 don't delay!

We've also 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 more advanced.

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.

Starting to Write Fiction (Online) with Anjali Joseph
12 week course: 12th Jan – 30th March 2015, £450 payable on being accepted onto the course. 
Learn the foundation skills of writing fiction by looking at how to craft a good short story.

Writing Poems: Intermediate (Online) with Helen Ivory
24 week course: w/c 12th Jan – w/c 6th July 2015, £900 payable on being accepted onto the course. 
Develop an understanding of your poetic abilities, and discover your voice.

Writing Fiction: Intermediate (Online) with Anjali Joseph
24 week course: w/c 12th Jan – w/c 6th July 2015, £900 payable on being accepted onto the course.
Take the next step with your fiction writing, and gain the skills  necessary to reach that final draft.

Starting to Write Fiction (Face-to-face) with Ian Nettleton
10 week course:13th Jan – 17th March 2015 (Tuesdays), WCN, NR3 1AE, 7-9pm, £230/£195 concs
Get into writing and gain the necessary tools to understand and tackle fiction writing.

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.

These will undoubtedly be popular – find out more and apply today.
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.

Agent Juliet 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 / author relationship.

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 Raisin. Further information

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 information

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 Smith who 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)

Having opened 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 Festival.

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 snowballed!

He was joined onstage by PEN's Maureen Freely, WCN's Chris Gribble, and Dan Franklin of Penguin Random House.Read WCN Chief Exec Chris Gribble's blog to find out how things went.

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.

With readers 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 Norfolk.

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 programmes.

To register as an attendee please complete the registration form.
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. 

The EDP, 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 talent.

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 shortlisted books.
It's all going well for Escalator Alumni

We're pleased 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. 

Other News

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 anthology Words And Women: Two, published in conjunction with Unthank Books.

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 already underway.
With an hour talk, followed by a book signing in the campus Waterstones, this is a great opportunity to hear more from your favourite writers. 
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