Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Writers' Centre Norwich newsletter

Here is the latest Writers' Centre Norwich newsletter for my followers to peruse:

Workshops and Masterclasses in our new home at Dragon Hall
Workshops, Agent Days and Masterclasses
We've a whole season of writing opportunities coming up at our new home in Dragon Hall...
From a day with top literary agent, Carole Blake, to an advanced writing masterclass with D J Taylor, from poetry masterclasses to a short fiction editing workshop, there's a course (or two!) for everyone.

Dedicate some time to your writing and enjoy a class in our new home - Dragon Hall. All courses will now take place in this medieval trading hall - a truly inspirational space to focus your creativity, in encouraging and supportive workshops.

So without further ado, take a look below to browse the full selection of writing delights on offer and pick the perfect one for you. 

Agents & Professional Development 
All courses will take place at Dragon Hall, 115-123 King Street, NR1 1QE

Face-to-Face Agent Day with Carole Blake 
Saturday 23rd May 2015, 10am-3.30pm, £85/£75 conc, at Dragon Hall
Looking for an agent, but don’t know where to start? Spend a day with highly experienced literary agent Carole Blake, take advantage of one-to-one feedback on your work and learn “How Not to Pitch”!
Course Information │ Book online

Agent Day with Lucy Luck 
Saturday 5th September, 10am-1pm with one-to-one sessions in the afternoon. £85/£75  conc, at Dragon Hall
Get inside tips on finding representation, with top agent Lucy Luck and experience the enormous benefits of a one-to-one session, and personalised expert feedback on your submission.
Course Information │ Book online

Professional Development Day for Writers - with Melanie Gow, Barry Kernon, John Prebble and Roger Robinson.
4th October, 9.30am-5.30pm, £45/£25 conc, at Dragon Hall
Four experts, four talks including ‘Unlock your Creativity’, ‘Tax and Finance for Authors’, ‘Grants and Arts Funding’ and ‘Crowdfunding’ – covering how to fund your projects, time management and taking the step into professional writing.
Course Information │ Book online

Becoming a Writer-in-Residence with Heidi Williamson 
10th October 2015, 10am- 4pm, £45/£35 conc, at Dragon Hall
Discover the world of writing residencies, and how to find the right one for you, how to apply and how to make the most of it! With experienced writer-in-residence, Heidi Williamson. 
Course Information │ Book online
Polish Your Poetry 
All courses will take place at Dragon Hall, 115-123 King Street, NR1 1QE

Poetry Manuscript Masterclass and One-to-One with Mario Petrucci
Sunday 19th July, 10am-4pm, £75/£65 conc, at Dragon Hall
Join Mario Petrucci (Ted Hughes Award shortlisted poet) for a day exploring ways to advance your manuscript, sequence or pamphlet with detailed one-to-one feedback on your submissions.
Course Information │ Book online

Poetry Workout with Tom Chivers
Saturday 21st November, 10am-4pm, £75/£65 conc, at Dragon Hall
Give your poetry a trip to bootcamp with this day of writing tips and exercises with poet and publisher, Tom Chivers. Take your work to new places and try new forms to help you progress towards professional publication.
Course Information │ Book online
Perfect Prose - Style, Tone & Editing
All courses will take place at Dragon Hall, 115-123 King Street, NR1 1QE

Writing Across Cultures with Tash Aw
Sunday 14th June, 10am-4pm, £75/£65 conc, at Dragon Hall
Interested in writing for a cross-cultural audience? Join prize-winning author Tash Aw for advice on writing in a globalised world with this masterclass exploring the difficulties and opportunities of writing for a global audience.
Course Information │ Book online

Advanced Writing Masterclass with D J Taylor 
Saturday 4th July, 10am-4pm, £75/£65 conc, at Dragon Hall
Finesse your dialogue, reflect on your style and workshop one of your current pieces in this Masterclass with prize-winning author DJ Taylor.
Course Information │ Book online

In Their Own Words – First Person Narration Workshop with Jenn Ashworth 
Saturday 11th July, 10am-4pm, £75/£65  conc, at Dragon Hall
Develop your first person narration with award winning writer and tutor Jenn Ashworth. Explore the question of narrator unreliability and dive into the diverse world of unique narrative voices.
Course Information │ Book online

A Criminal Record – Writing Historical Crime & Thrillers with Karen Maitland
Saturday 12th September, 10am-3.30pm, £75/£65 conc. at Dragon Hall
Delve into the dark world of historical crime and thriller with respected Historical Crime writer Karen Maitland. Develop ideas for a new project or improve a novel you’ve been working on. A day of personal feedback and writing exercises.
Course Information │ Book online

Editing Short Fiction Workshop with Yuka Igarashi 
Saturday 26th September, 10am-4pm, £75/£65  conc. at Dragon Hall
Uncover the secrets of editing short fiction, particularly those last problematic edits to unleash your work’s full potential with Granta editor Yuka Igarashi.
Course Information │ Book online
Writers' Coaching Sessions at Dragon Hall
June - December 2015  
Looking for some one-to-one help with your writing? Take the opportunity of hour-long professional coaching and mentoring sessions from accredited writing coaches Katherine Skala and Heidi Williamson.

Writing Coaching is great for helping you to identify short and long term writing goals; overcome creative blocks; plan time to write; focus on the next stage of your writing; find optimal balance for income vs writing time and develop strategies for overcoming stumbling blocks in your writing and writing life.

To register your interest in these sessions, and to find out more, contact Tina Garcia:  

Writing Rambles: Two Exclusive Masterclasses
Part of the City of Literature programme, at Norfolk & Norwich Festival
The Art of Seeing: A Day Course in Wild Writing
With Mark Cocker
Saturday 16th May, 10am - 4pm, Blackwater Carr, £120 (£200 for both Writing Rambles) Limited spaces.
Join celebrated author and naturalist Mark Cocker on his private marsh, Blackwater Carr, as he helps you to see, hear and experience the world around you. Explore how to turn these fleeting encounters into words.
Book Now | Book a Joint Ticket | Event Information

Lines in the Sand: A Day Course in Nature Writing by the Sea
With Patrick Barkham
Sunday 17th May, 10am - 4pm,Holkham Sands, £120 (£200 for both Writing Rambles) Limited spaces. 
Let Badgerlands author, Patrick Barkham, help you to explore ways of finding your own voice to describe what you see, harness moments of inspiration and discover sights sounds, scents and textures in the magnificent Holkham beach and nature reserve's varied landscape.
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Opportunities for Translators...
International Literary Translation & Creative Writing Summer School
The 2015 International Literary Translation and Creative Writing Summer School, will take place at the University of East Anglia and at Dragon Hall.
Run by the British Centre for Literary Translation in partnership with Writers' Centre Norwich (WCN), the summer school brings together writers and translators for an intensive, one-week, residential programme of hands-on translation and creative writing practice. This year languages on offer include Dutch, German, Italian, Korean and Norwegian. For translators working from other languages, we will be running two multilingual workshops, one for poetry and one for prose. These will be designed for translators working from any language into English.

Another addition to the programme is a series of daily creative writing workshops, for literary translators, in partnership with WCN. These practical workshops are designed to help translators focus on themselves as creative writers. Throughout the week we will explore the different idioms of English around the world, in workshops led by poets and novelists working in the English of South Africa, Singapore and Argentina, among others.

For details, and to apply, please see the BCLT website.
Deadline for applications is Friday 15th May 2015.
Literary Translation workshop in Tbilisi, Georgia
The Georgian National Book Centre, in partnership with the British Council, Writers’ Centre Norwich and the British Centre for Literary Translation is delighted to announce a call for applications for a Literary Translation workshop in Tbilisi, Georgia, led by literary translators Elizabeth Heighway and Tamar Japaridze running from 7th to 11th September 2015

Offering eight Georgian and English-language literary translators the opportunity to work together and discuss in depth the challenges of translating from English into Georgian and from Georgian into English, the programme consists of five days of intensive hands-on translation activity.

For more information, and an application form, please check the website of the Georgian National Book Centre.
Also of interest...
Norwich, a City of Refuge - Volunteer Mentors to work with Asylum Seekers
New Routes is now recruiting volunteer mentors and befrienders to work one-to-one with recently settled asylum seekers and refugees in Norwich.  The programme is accredited with the Mentoring & Befriending Foundation and volunteers will receive nationally recognised certificates at the end of their 6-month partnerships.  

All volunteers attend free 2-day training. Adults of all ages and young people aged 17+ are welcome to train and volunteer as New Routes mentors and befrienders.

Please contact Dee Robinson on 01603 662648 or via to register and find out more.
Copyright © 2015 Writers' Centre Norwich, All rights reserved.
Registered charity number: 1110725

Our mailing address is:
Writers' Centre Norwich
14 Princes Street
Norwich, Norfolk NR3 1AE
United Kingdom
Copyright © 2015 Writers' Centre Norwich, All rights reserved.
Registered charity number: 1110725

Our mailing address is:
Writers' Centre Norwich
14 Princes Street
Norwich, Norfolk NR3 1AE
United Kingdom


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