Here is the latest Writing Yorkshire newsletter for my followers to peruse:
Newsletter April 2015
We have one more workshop left in our
first masterclass series of 2015, details below.
Delivering Writing Workshops Masterclass
with Beverley Ward - Sheffield - 25th April
Whether you're in a writers' group that's losing focus, wanting to start
a new one or thinking that you might like to turn writing into a career,
this masterclass is for you. We'll look at the nuts and bolts of running
writing workshops: how to inspire others, giving positive and
constructive feedback, managing group dynamics and promoting yourself as
a facilitator. You'll leave the masterclass with new tools, exercises and
confidence that you can take with you to share with children and adults
in a wide range of contexts. Beverley Ward
is a writer, literature development consultant and trained teacher with
20 years experience of running workshops and creative projects in
schools, youth groups and community settings. She was the founder of the
Sheffield Young Writers' project and works as Writing Yorkshire's
Professional Development Manager.
For more info and to book a place click here Details: Venue:
All of the masterclasses take place at Bank Street Arts, 32-40 Bank
Street, Sheffield, S1 2DS. Cost for each
masterclass: £13.50 / £18.00 (WYmembers/non-members) +
booking fee via Eventbrite More info:email@example.com
Get Writing with Writing Yorkshire!
Our new writing group has got off to a flying start and we still have a
few places left so if you're an experienced writer who has hit a rut, a
beginner wanting to experiment with different forms of writing or someone
who wants to be inspired to get back to writing, this new writing group, organised
Yorkshire, is for you.
Facilitated by Writing Yorkshire's Professional Development
Manager, experienced writer and teacher, Beverley Ward, the group
offers writing prompts and exercises to generate new writing and provide
space for writers to share works in progress. When:
Every Wednesday, 11.00 am - 1.00 pm. Venue:
Bank Street Arts, 32-40 Bank Street, Sheffield. S1 2DS Cost:
Pay what you can afford (recommended price £5 per session) More info or to
register: Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Upwords Writing Group
The Onwords &
Upwords writing group sessions are ongoing at the Civic
Theatre in Barnsley and are open to anyone who would like give the group
If you have health issues or are feeling stressed then this may be the
group for you - Onwords
and Upwords is a friendly and supportive writing group,
which meets up in Barnsley town centre. we explore ideas to help you to
start writing and look at various ways of developing creativity and
imagination. Drinks and biscuits provided. Venue:
The Civic Theatre, Barnsley, Mondays 1.00 - 3.00pm Next Dates: April
13th and 27th, May 11th, June 1st, 15th and 29th
Interested? Want to know more? Please contact Sue Shaw,
Writing Yorkshire, at email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org - 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.
Tom Treddlehoyle Sessions Take Off!
The first Words
Abound open mic session got off to a flying start last
month, a big success and so much so that another session is booked in for
Barnsley Writers and listeners squeezed into the back room at the Tom
Treddlehoyle pub for a session of poetry, prose and performance that, all
done, left everyone with a smile on their face and much chatter of doing
it again, so we are, and this time in a bigger room so that we can
squeeze YOU in as well.
So, writers and listeners in and around Barnsley, come and hear words,
purified, distilled and straight to the point and, if you wish, share
yours with us, we want to hear them!
A big Writing
Yorkshire thank you to Sam Morgan and Ray Hearne for
getting this off the ground and for organising the next session which
will be on
Tuesday 28th April, starting at 8.00 pm. Sam and
welcome you on behalf of Writing
Yorkshire and will host the evening for you. Ray will
compile an impromptu list of those wishing to read, recite or sing. All
are welcome, come along and be amazed by the Words Abound in
Tuesday 28th April 8.00 pm Where:
The Tom Treddlehoyle is at 73 Pogmoor Road, Barnsley, S75 2DX More info:
Phone Ray on 07903 24 1947
Yorkshire Poetry Festival
In May 2015, Arts Council England are
supporting an exciting week of poetry events in and around Sheffield,
culminating in a weekend of headline performances at the Showroom
Workstation in Sheffield city centre on 23-24 May.
South Yorkshire Poetry Festival follows two successful Sheffield Poetry
Festivals in 2011 and 2013 which showcased work by both local writers and
established poets from the UK and Ireland. This year, we’ve extended the
scope of the festival to reflect the wealth of poetry events going on
across the whole of South Yorkshire. More details will be posted on our WEBSITE over
the next few weeks.
We often get enquiries from writers who
have self published - "Ok, I've written and published my book, what
now, how do I get it onto the shelves of booksellers?" It's a
qestion which has a long answer but David Faulds of Dulwich Books has
created a brief guide to help you on your way. The article looks from the
angle of their own shops but a lot of the tips are useful to consider
before approaching any outlet. Have a look at the website HERE for the
complete list of helpful pointers.
& Publishing Course
A six week course for
self-publishers looking at the initial thoughts of writing a book through
to the printing then publishing and marketing of the book.
The course is intended to go through in detail the planning and
preparation needed to successfully write, produce then sell the book to
the public whatever the subject is. On completing the course, the
writer should also be equipped with the knowledge to market their book
We will examine in detail the design and presentation of the book along
with the layout, content and tricks of the trade to enable the
writer/publisher to produce a marketable book to fit the
requirements of the intended readership.
The course will be run by Brian Smailes an author/publisher of walking,
cycling, maps and family history books. He has produced over 50 books now
including some 3rd, 4th and 5th editions and had 2 books in the top 10
bestselling books for internet sales several times over the past few
years. He does the writing, arranging then organises the printing of his
books after which he sells them both direct to customers, via the
internet and to shops as well as wholesalers. Course dates:
27th April, 11th, 18th May, 8th, 15th, 22nd June Time:
9.45 to 11.45 Cost:
7, Earlsmere Drive, Ardsley, Barnsley, S71 5HH
Please contact Brian Smailes on 01226 217695 for more details or to
reserve a place.
Through writing exercises, workshops,
analysis of published stories, and a one-to-one tutorial, you’ll work on
and develop your own short story in this supportive and friendly
By the end of the course you will have completed, or nearly completed, at
least one short story. Suitable for beginner writers and those with some
Bestselling author Susan Elliot Wright (The Things We Never Said, The
Secrets We Left Behind) is an experienced creative writing tutor and
Associate Lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University. James Russell is a
novelist and short story writer, whose debut novel, Firewatching won the
2010 Waterstones Booksellers Bursary. Both have MAs in creative
Tuesdays 7-9pm from 21st April until 7th July Where:
Wesley Hall, Crookes, Sheffield S10 1UD Cost:
£100 (£80 concs) More information
or to book: email email@example.com or visit www.susanelliotwright.co.uk
and go to the 'workshops' page.
'Poetrynites On Tour' presents:
Jane Routh & Mike Barlow
Hosted by Sarah Corbett & Carola
April 30th 7 - 9pm, Venue:
Keighley Library, North Street, Keighley, BD21 3SX Cost:
£5 and £1 concessions (includes refreshments).
Tickets can be purchased from Keighley Library or you can reserve a
ticket and pay on the night. More info or to
reserve a ticket: Tel: 01535 618211 / email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Reading at The Albert
Burnett, Jo Haslam, Steve Ely and Noel Williams Where:
The Albert, Victoria Lane Huddersfield (opposite the Library) When:
THursday, 9th April, 8.00pm Cost:
Free and all are welcome
Monthly live literature at The Bath
Hotel in Sheffield, with outstanding writers from around the north.
Tuesday April 14th at 7.30pm - Berlie
Doherty and Bryony Doran, with Open Mic of flash fiction.
The Bath Hotel, 66 Victoria St, Sheffield. S3 7QL
More details: Henry Cornford – email@example.com
There are lots of groups out there, all waiting to welcome you. 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.
required for Children’s Writers North
Writers North is a group of
practising writers in the early stages of our professional writing
careers, whose output is aimed at a younger audience. This includes early
readers’ chapter books through to teen and YA fiction, and all fictional
film, television, radio and theatrical content. We are open to and
welcoming new members, if you are interested or require some more details
then just contact Sue Bodnar by email: firstname.lastname@example.org When:
Meetings of Children’s Writers North are on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of
every month. Where:
Bank Street Arts, 32 – 40 Bank Street, Sheffield, S1 2DS
Don't forget..... New Group - Write On Mexborough!
A new Creative Writing group for Mexborough and the Don & Dearne
Valleys. Write On
Mexborough! is a new creative writing group designed
to nurture and develop the talents of aspirant writers of all ages and
stages of development, experienced or complete novices, all are welcome.
Led by Steve Ely, Write On Mexborough!
will develop according to the needs and interests of the writers joining
— it’s a flexible programme with the over-riding aim of helping each
participant to identify and liberate their own unique voice.
Write On Mexborough! meet every fortnight on Tuesdays at 7.00pm-9.00pm at
Mexborough Resource Centre, Dolcliffe Road, Mexborough, S64 9AZ. More details and
dates: Contact Steve Ely at email@example.com or give him a
ring on 07799404155.
If you run a group which isn't included then just send the details
to us at: firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll
be happy to add them to our listings (thanks to those who have already
sent details on to us).
NEW WRITING by
Mermaids and Other Devices by Nell Farrell
The first poetry
pamphlet to be published by Moormaid Press - http://www.moormaidpress.co.uk/
Nell is an award-winning poet from Sheffield. Her pamphlet A Drink With
Camus After The Match was published by Smith/Doorstep in 2011 and The
Wrong Evangeline with Panshine Press in 2003.
Nell Farrell shares her birthplace with DH Lawrence and was once told off
by Philip Larkin. She now lives in Sheffield and works at Abbeydale
Industrial Hamlet and as a creative writing tutor. She is a trained
social worker and a lapsed Catholic and likes in her poetry to play
around in the places between what’s seen as ‘normal’ and acceptable and
what’s regarded as odd or ‘mad’.
There are two sections to the pamphlet: a sequence telling the funny and
poignant story of when some mermaids moved in with a woman in Sheffield,
historically a place friendly to outsiders, a city of sanctuary. The
mermaids go to school, learn about buses, boys and Christmas. The second
section, ‘Other Devices’, is darker, almost gothic in tone, peopled by
individuals on the edge of or even outside ‘normal life’.
Nell’s poems show us the fanciful in the prosaic, the other worlds that
reside within or just outside what we think of as ‘ordinary’. They are
startling, intriguing and often funny.
We have never seen mermaids, nuns, tightrope walkers and librarians like
this before. But now we can.
The pamphlet costs £5 plus p & p (£1.50 for up to 3 pamphlets).
People can order it by emailing email@example.com
and saying whether they'd like to pay by cheque or Paypal.
WRITERS - Groups
and a Workshop
Rotherham and Doncaster Young Writers Groups are always open and
welcoming to new members (13s to 19s), here are some details.
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 the following
23rd, May 7th and May 14th.
We Meet up in the café area at 4.45. and share our writing between
5.00 - 7.00 pm. Workshops are free and refreshments are provided.
More info: Sue Shaw: firstname.lastname@example.org
And if you're in
Sheffield or Rotherham ............
Are you aged 14 to 19? Then we have groups 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: email@example.com
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.
Workshop - Horror Stories in a
An evening of supernatural tales and scary writing. Learn how the
internet has changed horror stories and have a go at writing your own.
Suitable for ages 14 - 19
When: Wednesday 29th April, 6.00pm - 7.45pm Where:
the Carpenter Room, Central Library, Surrey Street, Sheffield, S1 1XZ Cost:
Places are free but must be booked in advance - Phone: 0114 273
4712 / Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Literature Festival 2015
The Festival takes place from 8th to
17th May 2015 and is packed with exciting author events, workshops and
exhibitions taking place across the county.
This year’s line-up includes writers Matt Haig, Kate Williams, Richard
Benson, Sathnam Sanghera, Angela Buckley, Cath Staincliffe, Robert Shore,
Jules Howard and Jill Dawson.
As part of Made in Derbyshire celebrations the Festival features: Dennis
Skinner MP; Derbyshire Poet Laureate Helen Mort; Christine Robinson,
housekeeper at Chatsworth; up and coming writers – Tracy Bloom, Emma
Bamford and Joanna Courtney; folk group Mills & Chimneys; and a
performance of The Lunar Men.
Tickets are now on sale and details of all of the events can be found on
the festival website HERE
Don't forget........ The 2015 Festival of Writing - York - 4th - 6th
A complete creative writing course for all writers.
Bringing all the expertise of the country's finest writing tutors, book
doctors and publishing professionals together to guide you to a stronger
manuscript, greater industry savvy and hopefully an agent and future book
deal; it does happen!
With loads of "how to" courses and workshops taught by top
class writers experienced in teaching, with publishing professionals and
agents by the cartload to talk to you about the book industry from their
perspective, and “one-to-ones” where you can pitch your work direct to an
agent or editor of your choice.
Keep in touch as booking will open soon and places are filled very
York University, York Cost:
From £175.00 More info:
Click HERE to visit the
OPPORTUNITIES AND VACANCIES
Magazine submissions requested
ZOOMORPHIC – is a new magazine dedicated to writing that deepens our
connection with wildlife and the more-than-human world.
We are currently looking for submissions from writers of fiction,
creative non-fiction, science or conservation journalism and poetry
that celebrates and defends the animal world.
We would like to see prose of up to three thousand words and poetry of a
of maximum forty lines. We are happy to hear from experienced
writers as well as those who have been previously unpublished. We would
also like to work with scientists or conservationists with
fascinating research to share, who would be willing to collaborate with
the editors to create non-fiction features in our magazine style. We
would be delighted to hear from artists and photographers with
images suitable to complement our stories.
We will be launching in spring 2015. If you would like to contribute
please then please visit our website HERE for
Workshop Proposals –
Writers and Teachers Skills Sharing Symposium – Creative Writing
Story and The
Poetry Society are running a Skills Sharing Day on
Saturday 4th July, 2015 aimed at writers who work in schools (any
age range) and teachers with an interest in creative writing or who teach
the subject. This event is hosted by the University of Bolton, which
runs a thriving creative writing programme, BA and MA.
We are looking for 12 writers and/or teachers to run workshops as part of
this event, which will be a fantastic
opportunity to bring educators together, to network with other writers
and teachers and to share valuable knowledge and experience. Venue:
The University of Bolton, Deane Road, Bolton, BL3 5AB Date & Time:
10.30am – 4.15pm, Saturday 4th July, 2015
Anyone running a workshop will get a free place (places otherwise charged
at £45.) We particularly welcome writers and teachers involved in
delivering the creative writing ‘A’ level, and those working in secondary
Please send Anne Caldwell, Deputy Director, NAWE email@example.com the following:
200 words outlining your workshop proposal.
150 words describing yourself and the work you do (and any publication
The proposal needs to be for a practical, hands on workshop aimed at
other writers and teachers, including exercises and ideas to try
with young people themselves. Please outline the suitable age range or
target group if appropriate, and the genre if applicable.
If you would like to book a place at the event, please email Tom
MacAndrew, Education Manager, Poetry Society and he will book your
Buxton Poetry Competition - Closing Date: 20th April 2015
The Buxton Poetry Competition is coming to a close, there's just enough
time to send your entry in on the theme of "Time" Details:
Judge: Helen Mort. Prizes: £300, £200, £100 for Open Poetry (over 19s).
Young People (12-18) and Children (under 11s): receive book tokens.
Winning poems will be exhibited in Buxton in July and printed in the
Buxton Festival programme book. 15 finalists informed after June 1.
Length: 40 lines. Patron: Lady Jasmine Cavendish. Entry Fee:
£5; FREE for under 19s Contact:
Tel: 01298 70395. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Full details:HERE
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find out more about the full range of services that Writing Yorkshire offer,
including mentoring, writers advice sessions, and membership then click here.
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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).
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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.
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