Monday, 27 March 2017

Writers' Centre Norwich

The latest Writers' Centre Norwich newsletter features competitions, calls for submissions, events including the International Literature Showcase, the Norfolk and Norwich Festival, London Book Fair and more:

Norfolk & Norwich Festival, London Book Fair, International Literature Showcase and much more
Are you writing the next bestseller?
Apply for Escalator - our nine-month talent development scheme open to all fiction writers (novel or short story) living in the East of England. 

We've already supported 90 writers in their creative projects, with many going on to sign with agents, publish and receive awards for their work. Read their stories here.
EVENT 15 - 28 May
City of Literature 2017: Revolutions
We're thrilled to announce our biggest City of Literature programme yet - 22 events across two weeks, including a three-day festival extravaganza in Chapelfield Gardens! Tickets on sale now. 
International Literature Showcase
Apply for ILS: Norwich - meet UK writers and kick-start new creative projects. Deadline: 20 March 2017.
Watch: Fiercest Light
Created by schools and community groups, this series of videos explores the legacy of World War One.
BBC Podcast:
Mary Beard
Hear a panel of experts, including Professor Mary Beard, debate the pros and cons of living in a digital world.
KESHIKI: Voices from Japan
Explore unusual perspectives on contemporary Japan from well-known names and new voices.

Workshops. Courses. Agent days.
The New Year brings new and exciting opportunities to practice, experiment, and build confidence in your writing skills. 

Our 2017 programme has been announced, packed with writing workshops, day schools, evening courses and agent days, led by critically acclaimed writers.
March - April 2017 highlights

Publishing Day School
Hear from industry experts on the changes to traditional publishing and the impact of digital technology. More >>

Agent Day with Sophie Lambert
Your opportunity for a one-to-one session with Sophie Lambert, an agent at Conville & Walsh Literary Agency  More >>


Beginners' Fiction with Ian Nettleton
Take those exciting first steps into fiction writing with this ten week course led by published writer, Ian Nettleton. More >>


The Royal Society of Literature
Spring/Summer Season
Now booking! Events include: Coming Out: 50 Years of Gay Literature, The Art of Non-fiction, Why Writing Matters with Michael Rosen and What’s So Good About Jane Austen? More info >>

A Great Feast of Languages 2016
Our first podcasts from the Worlds Literature Symposium are up - featuring Ros Barber, Amit Chaudhuri, Charles Nicholl and Edward Wilson-Lee.
Listen now >

Unpicking Wattpad


What is Wattpad, and how has it created a new space for readers and writers? Part of #LitShowcase
Arvon 5-day residential creative writing courses
Throughout 2017
Arvon's renowned programme of creative writing courses has been announced for 2017. Including writing and editing fiction, playwriting, poetry, children's television and ghostwriting. More info >> 

The future of literature: what next?



Joanna Walsh talks cyber feminism, post-humanism and exploring digital narratives at Worlds Literature Festival 2016.


What will books look like in the future? What do digital developments mean for literature as an artform? Explore podcasts, interviews and articles that address the future of creative writing beyond the printed page.



Want to know more about the contemporary publishing landscape? Our new Publishing Day School is led by innovative speakers from Jonathon Cape, Unbound and more.


Hourglass Magazine International Writing Competition
Submit a short story, poem or essay for the chance to win $5000, and have your work recognised internationally!
Closing date: 30 April 2017
Poetry on the Lake Competition
The 17th annual poetry competition will include a category judged by poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy.
Closing date: 30 April 2017
Gladstone’s Library Writers in Residence 2018
Gladstone’s library offers writers an opportunity to spend a month as a Writer in Residence at their historic library. They are seeking writers whose work engages with liberal values, whether through fiction or non-fiction.
Closing date: 31 May 2017
The Bridport Prize 2017
With prizes for novels, poetry, short stories and flash fiction, the Bridport Prize is a versatile and prestigious opportunity.
Closing date: 31 May 2017           

Take an exclusive peek at an extract from Denise Mina's new novel, The Long Drop, over at

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