Saturday, 30 July 2016

News from New Writing North newsletter

Here is the latest News from New Writing North newsletter with information on jobs, workshops, competitions and opportunities:

News from New Writing North
New Writing North news
Bloggers for New Writing North website
Thank you to everyone who has emailed, interested in blogging for our new New Writing North website. We’ve been really pleased by the response and are now looking through your ideas and proposals. We’ll get back to prospective bloggers in the next few weeks.
Our new Participation Manager
We’re delighted to have appointed a new Participation Manager, Lizzie Nixon, who will develop arts projects, which encourage people to express themselves creatively and fulfil their artistic potential.
Two of Lizzie’s areas of work will be our Young Writers’ City programme, which works with young people in schools and community groups in areas of Newcastle; and our popular Creative Writing for Teachers course, which will begin a new term in the autumn. If you’re a teacher or community group leader who is interested in getting involved with our work, you can contact Lizzie at
Writer and audio producer Rachel Cochrane, who runs spoken word website, has brought together dozens of writers for the Culture Bites project: a series of audio recordings celebrating the rich heritage of North Tyneside. The podcasts are now live and available for everyone to listen to online through and the listenupnorth channels on iTunes and Stitcher as well as via a portable listening post. The listening post will be on tour at Segedunum Museum and Fort till 7 August, St Mary’s Island Visitor Centre from 8 to 21 August and the Old Low Light Heritage Centre in late August.
Young writers’ fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction and essays
This summer, NAWE Young Writers' Hub is calling writers aged 16-25, to submit entries for the eighth edition of e-magazine Myths of the Near Future. Please send your work with a brief bio, to young writers' co-ordinator, Wes Brown, by Thursday 1 September. Full submission specifications can be found at the NAWE website.
United Agents open submissions for fiction
United Agents are inviting writers of new fiction to send in their work-in-progress with a view to representation. The leading literary and talent agency is taking submissions for Children’s and YA books on Monday 1 August; Crime and Thrillers on Monday 8 August; Commercial Fiction on Monday 15 August; and Literary Fiction on Monday 22. For more information, see
Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award deadline this week
The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award is open to all 11-17 year olds and the deadline for entry is this Sunday 31 July. Prizes include the chance to win a writing course at an Arvon centre, publication in a print anthology and a pile of poetry goodies. Send in your poems for your chance to win via
Flambard Poetry Prize 2016
The 2016 Flambard Poetry Prize, which continues to honour the achievements of Flambard Press, and is run by Newcastle University, has been launched. The Flambard Prize is awarded annually to the best group of five poems submitted by a poet who has not yet published a single-authored pamphlet or collection. Each poem should be no longer than 40 lines, with cash prizes of up to £1,000. Apply via the Newcastle University website by 31 October. (The cost of entry is £5 per group of five poems.)
Workshops and networking
Children’s fiction workshop at Seven Stories
Skylark Literary, a specialist children’s and YA literary agency and creative consultancy, will be at Seven Stories on Saturday 10 September to talk about the publishing industry, what they do, and answer questions. It’s open to all, and will be followed by an optional paid manuscript one-to-one lasting 15 minutes. Places for the talk/Q&A (11.00–11.45am) can be booked for £10.50, while one-to-one appointments (12.30am–3.30pm approx.) will cost £25.
If you have any questions, please contact Marie-Claire Imam-Gutierrez and Cathy Brumby via their email:
Independent literary publisher Comma Press is seeking an engagement officer to oversee its marketing and press strategies, as well as its writer development programme. The post will also develop to include managing Comma’s research-based commission series (including ‘science-into-fiction’ projects, and people’s history projects). Email Ra Page for full a job description at, with ‘Engagement Manager Job Description’ in the heading. The deadline is 1 August.
Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse is looking to fill the roles of marketing officer and marketing and press assistant, at a time when both theatres are embarking on an exciting new chapter in their illustrious histories. Deadline for applications is Tuesday 2 August at 10am; see
Hull UK City of Culture 2017 is looking for a number of individuals who will help plan and deliver their 365-day programme. Vacancies are available for three production managers, two producers and a production assistant. For application deadlines (all in the second week of August) and job specifications, see
The Listening Post
Max Adams in Newcastle and Edinburgh
The King in the North writer Max Adams has his acclaimed In the Land of Giants published in paperback this month. He will be talking about In the Land of Giants and his new novel, The Ambulist, and signing copies at Edinburgh International Book Festival on Monday 15 August and at Newcastle Castle on Wednesday 31 August.
Fantasy writers in conversation at Newcastle landmark
Angela Slatter—World Fantasy Award winning author of The Bitterwood Bible, Sourdough, Of Sorrow & Such and many more—will be in conversation with Doctor Who screenwriter Robert Shearman on Wednesday 17 August at Newcastle’s historic Black Gate. The two writers will be talking about their craft, taking questions and signing books. Tickets cost £5 (plus booking fee), and can be pre-booked online.
Deadline for the next newsletter
If you have news that you would like to submit for inclusion in the newsletter please contact The deadline for receipt of information for the next newsletter is 8 August 2016.
While every effort has been made to ensure that the information contained in this newsletter is correct at the time of going to press, things do change, frequently at the last minute and very often without our knowledge.
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Friday, 29 July 2016

Writer's Digest Annual Conference August 12-14 New York City

For those of my followers who live in America, or those that wish to travel there to attend, please find below details of the Writer's Digest Annual Conference:

Writer's Digest Annual Conference
Time is running out and seats are filling up—make your move fast!
As a writer, you understand that deadlines are a big deal, and missing the registration deadline for the Writer’s Digest Annual Conference means missing out on opportunities that could drastically reshape your writing career. Rewrite this tragedy before it even happens—reserve your seat today!
The WD Annual is known for nurturing and inspiring writers of all genres and career paths and it has spawned countless success stories. Whether you’re an established or aspiring writer, you simply can’t miss it! Here’s why:
  • Enjoy a packed speaker roster—featuring New York Times bestsellers Kwame Alexander, David Baldacci and Emily St. John Mandel —plus an extensive selection of the best sessions geared toward both the art and business of being a writer.
  • Spend 15 minutes with the literary agent of your choice and use the time to ask them anything! Get feedback on your pitch, discover business tips, and address your writing conundrums—the 15 minutes are yours! Add an Agent One-on-One meeting for just $99!
  • Mix and match your conference schedule to achieve the perfect balance of technique and business in the track of your choice! Targeted sessions allow you to concentrate on the specialized knowledge you crave. How will you customize your schedule?
Go ahead—indulge in your passion for writing! You’ll even save a nice chunk of change by registering online prior to the August 12 deadlineclaim your seat now!
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Thursday, 28 July 2016

London Writers' Club event, 23 August 2016

The London Writers' Club have an event happing on Tuesday 23 August at 6.30pm in London, full details below:


London Writers' Club
 making connections with writers, agents and publishers
July 2016

Hi all 

In August London Writers' Club is usually on the beach but this month we have lots happening.

* August 23 is our London Writers' Club Live event all about Concept and how to inject it into your novel or non fiction work.
From August 1 we will be emailing a month of daily writing tips starting with a week of Planning and Idea, then Starting to Write, next Editing and Feedback and finally Pitching and Selling. Each Saturday morning there will be homework to do.

Irrespective of where you are in your writing, each of the tips is designed to make you think critically at your idea and what you have and to review and improve your manuscript. They are all are about getting your book in the best shape possible before you pitch. If you are early on in your writing you could take it more slowly and do a month for each of the weeks. However you use it we hope its helpful. Please feel free to forward it to writer friends.

* Aug 23 is our postponed June event. Huge apologies for any inconvenience. Our speaker was stuck on a train and over 20 people cancelled due to transport or overheating. 
Book an advance ticket here for August's LWC Live for  £15
Members come for free but

Fiction writers - our next fiction proposal workshop will be on 15 September.  Book here.  
Book now for August's event
Tuesday, August 23
speaker will start at  6.45pm 
Networking from 7.45pm to 8.15pm
The Cube, 155 Commercial Street, E1 6BJ (nearest station, Shoreditch High St.)
It's all about the concept and the hook! find out the secrets of both with agent, Jacq Burns, and publisher, Kate Adams
Members: free 
£20 for non-members for event plus a free copy of Write a Bestseller by Jacq Burns
'Informative, insightful and fun. I would recommend any aspiring writer to pop along'  Mark Morris, Speechwriter for NATO Secretary General.
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