Saturday, 25 October 2014

Yorkshire Writers newsletter October 2014

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

Yorkshire Writers' Newsletter

October 2014

Just a bite sized newsletter this month but it includes some very tasty treats.

Writing Yorkshire presents:

"Write Through The Winter"
A series of free writing sessions at Experience Barnsley,
Town Hall, Church Street, Barnsley, S70 2TA

Do you fancy an opportunity to write that poem or story, start that book that you've been meaning to, or finish the one that's been waiting forever for the final full stop?

If that's a yes then this is your opportunity - come along and join prize winning poet Suzannah Evans at our series of monthly writing sessions - they go through the winter, delivering you safe and sound on the edge of spring and feeling all the better for it.

The sessions are for new writers, old writers and all of those in-between (including those who haven't picked up a pen since their schooldays).

Everyone is welcome and all of the sessions are FREE.

When: Saturday mornings 11.00am to 1.00pm
November 1st
December 6th
January 17th
February 21st
March 21st

If you would like more details the just contact us:
Phone: 07903 241947      

Not sure, then just come along and give it a try, we'll keep an eye out for you.

The Free Read Opportunity Returns
Want some professional feedback on your writing? Writing Yorkshire may be able to help through our Free Reads scheme (in partnership with The Literary Consultancy and Arts Council England).

Writing Yorkshire is delighted to announce that we will again be offering free feedback on manuscripts this autumn, through our participation in The Literary Consultancy's Free Reads scheme. The scheme allows writers from our region to receive expert feedback from a team of freelance readers who are selected by The Literary Consultancy for their experience as writers and/or readers for publishers and literary agents.

To be eligible to apply for a Free Read, you need to be over 16, living in Yorkshire and on a low income.  Unfortunately, writers who are currently on creative writing programmes (e.g. the MA in Creative Writing at SHU) are not eligible to apply.

The process is simple. Initially, we will ask for a sample of your writing and a paragraph which gives us more information about you as a writer, what you hope to get out of the scheme and why you think you qualify to take part. The sample of writing should be no more than 5 pages long and, in the case of novels, there should also be a synopsis attached.

We are open to submissions until 30th November 2014. Writing Yorkshire will assess your work against the criteria set by TLC and notify you if you have been selected or not before Christmas. Successful work will be sent off to the readers in the New Year and feedback should be received by the end of February.

If you are interested in applying or would like to know more about the scheme, please contact Beverley on

Write about your Wild Side of Life
Come and join this Wild Writing Project for the over 50's and write about what wildlife and nature mean to you.

This friendly group, led by local writer Nell Farrell, is open to all, it doesn't matter if you haven't written much before, you'll be very welcome and it's FREE!

When: Thursdays 2.00pm - 4.00pm.
October 23rd & 30th
November 13th, 20th & 27th
December 4th
Where: The Bramall Centre, Sheffield Manor Lodge, Sheffield.
Cost: Free
To book a place, contact Jan:
Tel:   0114 2634335

Making The Sheffield Zine
Write, print and illustrate a collaborative story about life in Sheffield. Create your own text or artwork and publish these works in an anthology.

When: 2pm - 6pm, Saturday 25 October.
Where: Theatre Deli, 17 - 19 The Moor, Sheffield, S1
Cost: Admission free but registration is essential. Sign up by email:

Barnsley Writers Resource Centre
A reminder that the free advice sessions are up and running again in Barnsley following the relocation of the Central Library.

The Resource Centres are friendly advice sessions where you can obtain information on all aspects of creative writing. We have information on writing groups, courses, events, publications, or anything to do with writing. You may be a full-time writer, part-time, occasional or just interested in the idea of trying some writing for fun.

The next session is booked in for Saturday, November 8th, 11.00 am - 1.00 pm, there's no need to book, just drop in at any point.

Where: Central Library, Wellington House, Wellington Street, Barnsley.
Please contact us for further details:

We welcome your details of events, writing groups, courses, workshops, open mics, in fact anything to do with creative writing. If you have anything that you would like us to publicise then please send the details to us at this address:  - we'll be happy to pass the details on via the newsletter or 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.



Book Buddies
Love books? Love talking about books? Here's your chance to enjoy tea (and cake if you will) and some stimulating conversation with other enthusiastic readers. Bring your favourite tome and your zest for literature and make some new book buddies. Hosted by reader development consultant and writer, Beverley Ward, the evening will include lively reading activities suitable for all readers.
When: Friday 24th October, 7.00 pm
Where: Coffee Revolution, University of Sheffield Student's Union, Western Bank, S10
Cost: Admission free.


Author-Entrepreneur Group
A Writers’ Group for non-fiction/informational/instructional writers

This is a new Writers’ Group for people who are wanting to share their knowledge, experience, and expertise with an audience and potentially generate a platform or income from this.
We will explore a range of different approaches and resources from which we can learn writing, self-publishing, and entrepreneurial techniques to launch our own platforms that create our skill or knowledge-based brand.
We will support each other to:
Write a non-fiction book to form the basis of our platforms and demonstrate our expertise
Get it into a published form to share through our platforms
Explore ways to generate business or other income streams through it
This is a newly forming group and ideas for ways to approach this will be shared and welcomed.  Participants will be encouraged to guide the development of the methods of the group.  Those interested in writing non-fiction without an entrepreneurial/platform intention are also welcome.  For more details contact Elizabeth at or 07850117797.

Writers in The Bath
Writers in The Bath have recently been re-baked from the former Sticky Bun poetry group. The result is a large sumptuous feast of live literature to be held in the city centre every month.

Meetings will be held in the Bath Hotel, 66 Victoria Street, Sheffield S3 7QL. Buses from the City Centre stop at the Glossop Road/Gell Street bus-stop. Victoria Street runs down the side of the old Public Baths building with the Bath Hotel on the right.
Meetings will be held on the second Tuesday of the month, at 7.30pm. There will be a charge of £4.
The programme to Christmas is as follows:
November 11th readers will be Kathy Towers and Cora Greenhill, with an Open Mic session on Peace.
December 9th visiting poets will be Kim Moore, Noel Williams, and Linda Goulden.

Sheffield, Rotherham and Doncaster Young Writers Groups are looking for new members (13s to 19s) to start mid-September! 

Four new writing workshops for young people aged 13-18 in Doncaster.
Interested in creativity, imagination, words, images and objects? Want to explore new starting points, develop ideas, tell stories, create characters and meet other young writers? Then come to The Point Community Arts Centre (16 South Parade, Doncaster),  on Thursdays:

October 9th and 23rd;
November 13th and 27th
We Meet up in the cafĂ© area at 4.45. and share our writing between 5.00 - 7.00 pm. Workshops are free and refreshments are provided.
For more info contact SueShaw: or just turn up and join in.

And if you're in Sheffield or Rotherham ............

Are you aged 14 to 19? Then we have groups starting in mid september for you as well! You don't have to think you're an amazing writer to join, you just need an interest in creative writing and having a go. The groups are very supportive, relaxed and informal and everyone is welcome. Workshops are generally once a fortnight, 5 to 7 or 5.30 to 7.30 with a munchies break in between  As well as writing workshops, we let groups know about other writing happenings like competitions, events and festivals. If you're interested or you know someone who is, say hello to Vicky:
If you're too old for a group but want to know what's happening in Yorkshire for under 25s, drop Vicky a line too.


Off the Shelf Festival of Words
11th October - 1st November

This is the 23rd Off the Shelf Festival of Words and is our biggest festival yet with more than 200 events plus pre-festival tasters and post-festival specials for all to enjoy.
The festival has attracted some of the best known names in literature and media and is your chance to meet the writers and thinkers who have created the books that you enjoy.
Pick up a brochure at any library or visit the website at: to download a PDF version.
More info:
Phone: 0114 273 4400


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

If you want to send us an item for inclusion please email it to: with "Newsletter" in the subject line.
Writing Yorkshire provide information about writing events in the region, and run a variety of writing activities throughout the Yorkshire area. If you would like more information please email or ring Geoff on 0114 3830456 (answerphone, but we will ring you back).

Thanks to all who provided information posted here. We will always endeavour 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.
We hope that you enjoy the newsletter.

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Contact Details and information to:
Geoff Briggs - Office & Information Manager
Writing Yorkshire
Bank Street Arts, 32 - 40 Bank Street, Sheffield, S1 2DS.  
Phone: 0114 3830456. (Answer Machine)

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