Here is the latest Yorkshire Writers Newsletter, featuring competitions and events:
Newsletter June 2015
Yorkshire News & Events
Writing Yorkshire provide regular workshops, writing
groups, masterclasses and open mic sessions throughout the Yorkshire
area, here's a brief list of current sessions that we are running
and further details can be found within the newsletter or via
Get Writing with
Writing Yorkshire - Writing Group - Sheffield. More info HERE Onwords and
Upwords - Writing group - Barnsley. More info HERE Doncaster Church
View Writers - Writing Group - Doncaster. More info HERE Rotherham
Riverside Writers - Writing Group - Rotherham. More info HERE The Tom
Treddlehoyle Sessions - Open Mic - Barnsley. More info HERE Laugh Away your
Inner Critic - Masterclass - Leeds. More info HERE
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
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Aarrgh! That horrible inner critic
voice! At its worse it can seem relentless – nagging and whispering –
sowing self-doubt, fear and an urgent need to vac the living room.
It’s a serious challenge for so many of us and hardly surprising that
procrastination, writers’ block and uncertainty are such frequent
and unwelcome companions.
Thankfully inner critics aren’t nearly as invincible as they’d have us
think. There are plenty of effective ways to beat them. This 3 hour
workshop with writer and life coach Andrew Leigh will show how laughter
and irreverence can send your horrible inner critic running for cover
– leaving you the freedom to be the productive, creative person you
deserve to be.
We’ll look at your inner critic’s sneaky tricks and the way it hates the
idea of risk, mistakes and even success. We’ll explore some handy
tools to shift your negative thoughts and boost your positive ones. And
we’ll introduce a new and powerful friend to your internal landscape
– so say a big hello to your Good Inner Critic.
While the approach may seem light the results can seriously change the
way you think, feel and react to that horrible inner critic. Andrew Leigh
is a member of the Writing
Yorkshire coaching team. He is a full-time life coach
with over a decade’s experience of helping people achieve powerful,
positive change. Andrew is founder and chairman of The Sheffield Coaching
Prior to qualifying as a coach Andrew taught English and Creative Writing
at Barnsley College and headed the college’s Creative Writing
distance learning course. Andrew has an M.A. in Writing and for four
years was Chair (or co-chair) of Sheffield Hallam University
Writers’ Group. When:
Saturday, 20 June 2015 from 14:00 to 17:00 Where:
Venue: Alumni Room, 1st floor, School of English, University of Leeds,
Woodhouse Lane, Leeds, LS2 9JT More info
and to book please click HERE
How to Write
Your First Song - Course
Get a practical introduction to the
mechanics of songwriting and meet established songwriters with this free
online course provided by The
University of Sheffield.
Ever wanted to write a song, but not known how? This free online course
will give you the practical and theoretical understanding you need
to create a finished song of your own.
Over six weeks, we’ll be exploring the basic musical concepts that
underpin successful songs. From the fundamental elements of melody,
rhythm, harmony, metre and key, to the relationship between words and
We’ll uncover the tools and techniques that songwriters use to create
effective melodies and discover how chords combine to give shape and
structure to your songs. We’ll also learn how giving your song a musical
form or structure can help to make it captivating and memorable.
As well as experts in music and psychology at the University of
Sheffield, we’ll be talking to established musicians to find out
what makes their songs successful.To help get you started, we have
commissioned Sheffield poet Matt
Black to write some song lyrics. Each week, we’ll be
using these lyrics to build up a song and encouraging you to do the same:
setting the words to rhythm; writing a melody; harmonising the
melody with chords; and structuring your ideas into a satisfying musical
form. More info
and to enrol click HERE
Launch of Verse Matters: a Feminist Arts Event (Including
a reading by poet Helen Mort and performance by playwright andactress Dina Mousawi)
Verse Matters is a new feminist arts
event in Sheffield. Verse Matters provides a platform for poetry, spoken
word, storytelling, puppetry, music and comedy, showcasing the work
of talented women in a friendly, supportive environment. Come and
join us for our launch, and see two extremely talented artists: the
wonderful Sheffield-based poet, Helen Mort, and the fantastic
performance poet Victoria Garbutt. Events are open to all. There’ll also
be an open mic with six performers (5 minutes each). Some of our
performers tell stories that have been erased by society: refugees,
detainees, prisoners. Others might read a page of their favourite
book, speaking in public for the first time. Others are experienced
poets, dramatists and performers. All are respected and appreciated.
We look forward to welcoming you to Verse Matters! More info: Click
HERE or contact Rachel Bower email@example.com Where:
The Hide, Scotland Street, Sheffield, S3 7AA When:
Thursday 9 July 2015, 7.30pm (and then every first Thursday of the month) Cost:
Pay what you can. Suggested donation of £3. Free for anyone taking part
in the open-mic. All door profits split between featured performers.
Toad Tales Revisited - Get your short story/verse published, Larkin 25
Larkin with Toads was a huge hit in
Yorkshire – and indeed with visitors from further afield - back in 2010.
Marking the 25th anniversary of the death of Philip Larkin, 40 giant
Toads appeared on the streets of Hull and East Yorkshire,
each individually decorated, each with its own story. Five years on,
the Larkin Toads are back - for a limited time only. To mark this,
we are looking for new short stories and verse aimed at children, to
appear in new book later this summer, published by Wrecking Ball
Press. 'Toad Tales'
will tell the stories of what the toads have been up to since 2010.
Stories or verse must be 750 words or less, aimed at 5-10 year olds. Closing date
- 14th June, 2015 More infoHERE
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. Here
are further details of some of our groups.
Writing Yorkshire Group -
Get Writing with Writing Yorkshire - Sheffield
A group for all
writers, experienced or beginners who want to experiment with different
Facilitated by 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. Dates:
Every Wednesday, 11.00 am-1.00 pm. Venue:
Mugen Tea Rooms, The Hide, Scotland Street, Sheffield. S3 7AA Cost:
Pay what you can afford (recommended price £5 per session) Please email:firstname.lastname@example.org to
register or for more information.
Yorkshire Group -
Doncaster Church View Writers
This group meet
monthly on Tuesday evenings, 6.30 pm, at Church View, opposite Tesco,
next to St George's House (Minster).
Members are mostly people already busy in various aspects of the creative
arts who want to extend their existing skills but the group is open
to all who are interested. More info:
Ray Hearne *Please contact Ray to confirm the latest dates &
07903 24 1947 / Email:email@example.com
Yorkshire Group -
Onwords & Upwords Group - Barnsley
If you have health
issues, or perhaps feeling stressed, then the Onwords and Upwords group
is for you. It's a friendly and supportive writing group, which
meets up in Barnsley town centre to explore both ideas for getting
started and ways of developing creativity and imagination.
New members are always welcome to join the group, the sessions and
refreshments are all free. Venue:
The Civic Theatre, Barnsley, Mondays 1.00 - 3.00pm Dates:
June 1st, 15th and 29th & July 6th (Writing On Location Day Trip-all
welcome). More info:
Email Sue Shaw, Writing Yorkshire - firstname.lastname@example.org
Yorkshire Group -
Rotherham Riverside Writers
A writing group for
all writers, all styles, all levels of experience and all welcome. When:
Fridays, 2.00 pm Where:
Rotherham Central Library @ the Riverside, Main Street, Rotherham. More info:
Ray Hearne *Please contact Ray to confirm the latest dates & times Tel:
07903 24 1947 / Email:email@example.com
Like Cries Group Are you grieving
for a loved one?
Would you like to join a Sheffield/Derbyshire-based monthly support group
focused around writing about your grief in a confidential peer
If the answer is
yes, please get in touch with
Ingrid or Tricia
Both our husbands died in summer 2014. We have got through the first
months of our desolation by writing about it, both privately and
online. We have started this grief writing group in order to meet in
person with others who’d like to express their feelings through
writing together and then, should we choose to, sharing what we write
(although sometimes we might wish to write but not share it – this
is a safe space where we can talk or not talk as we choose).
It’s not about beautiful or skillful or experienced writing but about
finding ways to face and express the many emotions of grief and sharing
with others in doing so. “You think that their dying is
the worst thing that could happen. Then they stay dead”.
If you run a group that you would like us to
mention 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).
Strut your Stuff at the 2015 Buxton Fringe
Writers, and especially those from community
writing groups, are welcome to strut their stuff, through reading or
performing their writing and promoting and selling their publications.
These 3 free events, hosted by TheFED – a network
of writing and community publishers, will take place from
2.30-5.30pm on 15, 16 and 17 July at the Buxton Tap House, George Street,
Buxton, Derbyshire SK17 6AT, as part of the celebrated 2015 Buxton
There is no charge to audience members, so people can just come
along and listen, and there is no pressure to join TheFED
but membership application forms will be available. To book
a slot, please telephone Louise on 07549862495 or email: email@example.com More info:www.thefed.btck.co.uk
Life-Writing Classes - Todmorden
Two writing classes on creating
poetry, prose or writing for performance out of personal stories and
experiences with local writer and performer Emma Decent.
These courses use writing techniques to connect you with your
stories and get your pen moving. Every week writing exercises will
draw new words out of you on different topics and themes. You will
uncover tales you never knew you had, as well as discover new ways
of expressing the old stories you know so well. We will look at how to
turn the personal – rants, diary entries, etc – into something fit
to share with others, and what’s more that others want to hear! The
course will build confidence in sharing your work, and work towards
opportunities to do so. All forms of writing welcome, poetry, prose, or
‘I-don’t-know-what-it-is’. The course aims to inspire an on-going writing
practice that is personally fulfilling as well as creatively
productive. All levels of writing experience welcome. Refreshments
included. 6 week daytime
class – £60.00
Tuesday 1pm-3pm – from 9th June to 21st July, no class 7th July 8 week evening
class – £80.00
Tuesday 7pm-9pm – from 2nd June to 21st July. Where:
Todmorden Community Resource Centre, Lever Street, Todmorden, OL14 5QE More info
or to book a place mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
two events taking place as part of the Broomhill festival in Sheffield -
June 5th - June 21st - more festival info HERE
Sheffield Poets: Helen Mort and Ben Wilkinson
What: Carol Ann Duffy has described Helen Mort as 'among the
brightest stars of the sparkling new constellation of
British poets'. Her collection Division Street was shortlisted
for both the Costa and the T. S. Eliot Prizes. She is the
Poet Laureate of Derbyshire.
Ben Wilkinson's For Real won both the Poetry Business Competition and a
Northern Writers' Award. He reviews for the Guardian and the TLS and
works for the Poetry Archive. When:
June 13th, 1.30 pm - 3.00 pm Where:
The Beacon Methodist Church, Fulwood Road, Broomhill Admission:
Donations please to Festival charities
Birtwhistle - Psalms for the Partisans
presents his new verse translations from Yannis Ritsos, one of the great
poets of twentieth century Greece. These are poems of intense
lyrical beauty which are also political statements about war and
imprisonment. They have disquieting implications for us today. When:
June 16th, 7.30 pm Where:
The Beacon Methodist Church, Fulwood Road, Broomhill Admission:
Donations please to Festival charities.
The Tom Treddlehoyle Sessions-
All Writers and
listeners are welcome to join us for an open mic session of poetry, prose
and performance that, all done, will leave everyone with a smile on
their face and words a-plenty! A welcome will be waiting for you so come
along and be amazed by the Words Abound in Barnsley. When:
The last Tuesday of every month, 8.00 pm, next session June 30th. Where:
The Tom Treddlehoyle is at 73 Pogmoor Road, Barnsley, S75 2DX More info:
Phone Ray Hearne on 07903241947
Writers in The Bath
literature at The Bath Hotel in Sheffield, with outstanding writers from
around the north, second Tuesday of each month at 7.30 pm.
The Bath Hotel, 66 Victoria St, Sheffield. S3 7QL
More details: Cora Greenhill: email@example.com
Rotherham and Doncaster Young Writers Groups are always open and
welcoming to new members (13s to 19s), here are some details.
Groups 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
4th, 11th and 25th; July 2nd, 16th and 23rd.
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.
The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award - 31st July,
The Foyle Young
Poets of the Year Award is for poems written by any young poet aged
11-17. Since it began 15 years ago the Award has kick-started the
career of some of today’s most exciting new voices. It is the largest
competition of its kind and is free to enter.
Each year 100 winners (85 Commendations and 15 Overall Winners) are
selected by a team of high profile judges. The winners receive their
awards at an annual prize-giving event on National Poetry Day.
More info: CLICK HERE
Words in the City, Bradford, 6-7 June 2015
With everything from emergency poems and
edible poetry to masterclasses and a Mushaira Words in the City is a
weekend of exciting events taking place in Bradford. Tony Harrison
and John Hegley headline the weekend and there are also readings from Don
Paterson, Jo Shapcott, Imtiaz Dharkar and Zaffar Kunial as well as FREE
events for the whole family. More detailsHERE
The 2015 Festival of Writing - York
4th - 6th September 2015
A complete creative writing course for all writers. More info:
Click HERE to visit the
Poems about the Sea
The Emma Press has launched an open call
for submissions to a sea-themed poetry anthology due for release in
The independent publisher, based in Winnersh, is inviting poets to send
in up to three poems by 21st June 2015. According to the publisher's
rules, all people submitting must be a member of the Emma Press Club,
whereby they must either have bought a book/ebook/set of postcards
from the publisher's website in 2015 or already have been accepted into
an Emma Press publication.
The brief for submissions states: 'We want poetry to bear witness to the
ocean's harvest and wreckage, and writers to record the sea that
leaks into their lives. […] We want to read verse that follows fishing
trawlers and perilous crossings, charts the Middle Passage and the
Bermuda Triangle, and to hear how coastlines differ for islanders and the
land-locked, migrants and the lost-at-sea.'
The Emma Press Anthology of the Sea is the latest in the publisher's
series of themed and illustrated poetry anthologies, more details
and submission requirements HERE
COMPETITIONS The National
Poetry Competition 2015 is open for entries!
This year's intrepid judges are David Wheatley, Esther Morgan and Sarah
Howe and the prizes are £5,000 for the overall winner, £2,000 for
the second, £1,000 for the third, with seven commendations of £200! The
top three winners are also published in the Poetry Society's leading
international journal, The Poetry Review, as well as having the
possibility of reading at some of the UK's top literature festivals.
Get your entries in before the deadline of the 31st October online or by
post for a chance to be the 2015 champion!
Since its launch in 1978, the Poetry
Society’s National Poetry Competition has marked a milestone in the
careers of many of today’s leading poets. Previous winners include
Philip Gross, Jo Shapcott, Tony Harrison, and the Poet Laureate, Carol
More info HERE
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including mentoring, writers advice sessions, and membership then click here.
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