Thursday, 12 February 2015

Yorkshire Writers' newsletter part II

Here is the second part of the Yorkshire Writers' newsletter for February:

Yorkshire Writers' Newsletter

February 2015

(Part Two)

Writing Yorkshire News
A few more items too good to miss so a short supplement plus a correction to an incorrect link for the Songwriting with Ray Hearne Masterclass in part one of the February newsletter.

Writing Yorkshire Masterclass

Song Writing Masterclass with Ray Hearne - Sheffield - 21st March 2015.
Our very own Ray Hearne will be running this song-writing masterclass. For beginners and experienced writers alike, this will be a masterclass set to music. Anyone interested in trying to put their stories into song is invited to come along and join in this practical session, during which we will ALL write. We'll look at some of the key issues in songwriting and agree together some impromptu themes/subjects before spending some time on practical writing and sharing drafts with the group.
Don’t worry, you won’t have to sing unless you really want to!
Writer and performer of songs and poems at concerts, festivals, conferences in UK and abroad, Ray Hearne has been working with schools and community groups across South Yorkshire and beyond for many years, helping them to find and write their own poems, performance pieces, songs and anthems, and to publish and perform, as well as record and broadcast.
There was an error with the link in the previous issue, this is now corrected, for more info and to book a place please click here - Apologies to all for the error.


Writing Weekend by the Sea - Bridlington  
When: 27th - 29th March 2015
Tutor: Liz Cashdan.
Cost: £165.00 includes dinner, B&B in ensuite rooms & workshops.
More info: Liz Cashdan - email: / phone: 01142 368361

The Story Forge - Open Mic
New monthly storytelling night. Bring a story (prose or verse) to share!
When: Tuesday 17th February 2015, 8:00pm (3rd Tuesday of every month).
Entry: Free
Venue: - The Fat Cat, 23 Alma Street, Sheffield, S3 8SA,
More info:

The Bell Jar Open Mic
Come along and be entertained by Yorkshires and Derbyshires finest writing talent. Be part of the open mic by chucking your name into the hat.Its guaranteed to be a top night showcasing our wordy beauty.
When: Monday, February 23rd 2015 at 19.30 pm. (Usually held every 4th Monday of each month)
Entry: Free
Venue:  The Bell Jar, 75 London Rd, Sheffield, S2 4LE
More info:

Well Spoken Sessions
What: Well Spoken – an evening of spoken word
When: 2nd Thursday of each month from 7.30pm
Where: Doncaster Brewery, 7 Young Street, Doncaster, DN1 3EL
More info: Phone: 01302 376436 / 07770 958394

There are lots of writing groups in South Yorkshire and beyond, all waiting to welcome you and to find out the details just click - here - this will take you straight to our group listings on the Writing Yorkshire website where you'll find all of the information that you'll need.

If you run a group which isn't included then just send the details to us at: and we'll be happy to add them to our listings (thanks to those who have already sent details on to us).

Young Poets Network
The Young Poets Network is an online resource from the Poetry Society for young poets up to 25. Here you’ll find features about poets and poetry, writing challenges, new writing from young poets and a list of competitions, magazines and writing groups which particularly welcome young poets.
The Young Poets Network is for everyone interested in poets and poetry – whether you’ve just started out, or you’ve been reading and writing for ages.
For more info: CLICK HERE


Verb New Voices - Deadline: Sun 1st March 2015
Verb New Voices 3 is looking for four artists based in the North of England who would like to make a new piece of work for BBC Radio.
Created by Arts Council England in partnership with the BBC and arts organisations from across the North, Verb New Voices 3 will support four artists to receive professional development to create innovative work for radio. We particularly encourage applications from artists with diverse perspectives.
Each artist will receive a commission from the BBC to create an eight-minute piece for Radio 3’s The Verb. Part of the commission will include spoken word or written narrative. Your broadcast on The Verb may be a short piece or an excerpt from a longer project. We are particularly interested in hearing from artists who want to integrate multimedia forms to enhance the audience’s experience of their work.
More info: CLICK HERE  

Mslexia Women's Short Story Competition 2015 - closing date: Monday 16th March 2015
Mslexia Women's Short Story Competition 2015 is for previously unpublished stories of up to 2,200 words by women writers.
Judge: Alison MacLeod
1st Prize: £2,000 plus two optional extras: a week's writing retreat at Ty Newydd Writers’ Centre* and a day with a Virago editor**
2nd Prize: £500
3rd Prize: £250
Three other finalists win £100 each.
All winning stories will be published in issue 66 of Mslexia, published in June 2015.
Entry fee: £10 per story.
More info: CLICK HERE 
International Welsh Poetry Competition - 31st May 2015
More info HERE

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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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