Friday, 3 April 2015

Writing Yorkshire Newsletter April 2015

Here is the latest Writing Yorkshire newsletter for my followers to peruse:

Writing Yorkshire



Yorkshire Writers' Newsletter

April 2015


Writing Yorkshire News

Masterclass Series

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
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:

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 by Writing 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 
Onwords & 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 a try.
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 

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.


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 this month.
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 Ray will 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 Barnsley.
When: 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

South 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.

Tips for self-publishers

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.


Book Writing & 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 successfully.
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: £50
Venue:  7, Earlsmere Drive, Ardsley, Barnsley, S71 5HH
Please contact Brian Smailes on 01226 217695 for more details or to reserve a place.

Nail that Short Story!

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 environment.
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 experience.
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 writing.
When: 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 or visit and go to the 'workshops' page.


'Poetrynites On Tour' presents: 

Helen Burke, Jane Routh & Mike Barlow

Hosted by Sarah Corbett & Carola Luther.
When: 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:

Poetry Reading at The Albert

Four exciting readers: Lucy 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

Writers in The Bath

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 –


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.

New members required for Children’s Writers North 

Children's 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:
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 ElyWrite 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 or give him a ring on 07799404155.

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).


Mermaids and Other Devices by Nell Farrell

The first poetry pamphlet to be published by Moormaid Press -
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 and saying whether they'd like to pay by cheque or Paypal. 

YOUNG WRITERS - Groups and a Workshop

Sheffield, Rotherham and Doncaster Young Writers Groups are always open and welcoming to new members (13s to 19s), here are some details. 

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 the following Thursdays: April 23rd, May 7th and May 14th.
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.
More info: Sue

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:

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 Digital Age
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:


Derbyshire 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 September 2015
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 quickly.
Where: York University, York
Cost: From £175.00
More info: Click HERE to visit the website.


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

Call for Workshop Proposals –  Writers and Teachers Skills Sharing Symposium – Creative Writing

NAWE, First 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 education.
Please send Anne Caldwell, Deputy Director, NAWE the following:
200 words outlining your workshop proposal.
150 words describing yourself and the work you do (and any publication track record).
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 place:


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:
Full details:  HERE   

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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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