Oh dear… I didn’t want to come back. Of course I love you all, and I love NWS, but I had such a lovely time in France. Wrote lots of words, ate lots of food, drank lots of wine, and swam under the stars with bats flying overhead. Pure bliss!
Holly has been working hard to put our 2015/16 workshop programme in place and, barring a few final details, it’s nearly ready to reveal to you. Watch this space.
We’ll be running Summer Taster events again this year, as follows:
- Mon 20 July: Flash Fiction with Giselle Leeb
- Mon 27 July: Interview Your Characters with Sunita Samra
- Wed 5 August: Creating Irresistible Characters with Deborah Bailey
- Mon 10 August: Haiku with Pippa Hennessy
- Tue 18 August: Relationships & Issues in YA Fiction with Kim Slater
- Wed 26 August: Five Easy Steps to Plan Your Novel with Deborah Bailey
All Summer Tasters run from 7-9pm and cost £5 (£3 if unwaged). Booking will be available through the website soon, but you might want to put one or two in your diary now.
Don’t miss Adrian Reynold’s scriptwriting treatment course running in July which is subsidised by our Arts Council funding and gives you two one-day workshops and one-to-one coaching. He’ll make sure you have all the tools and techniques you need to develop and write a saleable treatment for a feature film or TV series, and the 30-word logline that will get your treatment noticed. See below for details.
28th June, Lowdham Book Festival Last Saturday, Lowdham Village, Notts
It’s the 16th year of Lowdham Book Festival. You can download the programme as a PDF here. The Last Saturday is a free day of talks, stalls, children’s events and music to end the week. NWS members taking part include Niki Valentine, Paula Rawsthorne, Megan Taylor, Shreya Sen Handley, Alison Moore, Rod Madocks, Jamie Mollart, Teika Bellamy, Rory Waterman, Kim Slater, and Di Slaney, and as usual there’ll be our regular NWS stall. Drop by and say hello!
Thursday 2nd July 8-10pm BLACKDROP Spoken Word Open Mic Night The Lofthouse, Nottingham
Featuring Slam Champion: Vanessa Kisuule from Bristol.
All welcome 16 and over.
Rap. Poetry. Song. Storytelling. Verse. Comedy … All contributors welcome. 3-5 minute open mic slots. Sign up on the night. Arrive before 8pm if you want to perform as slots get taken up quickly.
More info on the Facebook Page
Thursday 2nd July 7:15-9:45pm, Sherwood Storytelling Club, The Robin Hood Pub at 540 Mansfield Road
Yeah yeah yeah! – It’s a night of swashbuckling antics, heroic adventures, mythical creatures and legendary outlaw deeds in a night of the good, the bad and the strange! Cath Edwards brings you a performance of story and song, pirate style. Cornish seafaring tales at their best. Meanwhile Amanda Smith opens a treasure chest of Greek myths and legends. These tales and more in a night of epic story, sea shanty humour and legendary life in a heart of Sherwood night of tales.
Tickets £7 from here. Quick bite from 6:30pm, stories from 7:30pm
Friday 3rd July 7:00-10:30pm, Big Screen’s Don Giovani, Wollaton Hall
An outdoor screening of Mozart’s Don Giovani, live from the stage of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. More info can be downloaded here.
Bar and food available on site, bring your own chairs/picnic rug and wear suitable clothing for being outdoors. Please note no BBQs or open fires, glass bottles will be permitted in the park.
Free admission, car parking £5 per car
3rd to 5th July, Southwell Library Poetry Festival
Highlights of this year’s fantastic poetry celebrations include an evening of live music with a difference from music and poetry band LiTTLe MACHiNe, the hugely popular poet and comedian John Hegley, and a range of workshops. Full programme and booking info on the website or call the library on 01636 812 148.
Saturday 4th July 7:30pm, Beeston Tales presents a double bill, The White Lion, Beeston
Featuring Out of the Silence, a brilliantly moving show by Simon Heywood, bringing the lives of the Conscientious Objectors of WW1 into sharp focus. And with The Chilwell Munitions Tragedy, we invite Excavate to Beeston Tales to share their memorial drama of the disaster of 1918,where 131 local people lost their lives. Excavate are working with a number of local groups to provide a host of events over the weekend, and Beeston Tales are excited to be a part of this project. Music by Angela Warren.
Tickets £5 in advance, £6 on the door, available from The White Lion or online
Inclusive meal and stories ticket £12, available only in advance from The White Lion. Advanced tickets must be purchased before noon on the day of the performance.
Friday July 10th 7.30pm, Gravity’s Eye book lauch with Ian C. Douglas at NWS
Join us at the Studio for the launch of Gravity’s Eye, the thrilling sequel to sci-fi adventure The Infinity Trap by local author Ian C Douglas. On Mars, your best friend can sometimes be your worst enemy. Zeke Hailey is failing at psychic school and there’s an alien robot out to kill him. At least he has a new mate, Fitch Crawley. Only there’s more to Fitch than Zeke realises. An A-plus student at mind control and armed with a deadly invisible pet, Fitch has plans of his own. Plans that will unleash an apocalypse. Ian will be in interview with Pippa Hennessy, the Studio’s Development Officer. Free bar and snacks
Saturday 11th July, Edge-Lit Convention, QUAD, Derby
Not only can you pop along to the convention, with full details of workshops here, but Ian Douglas, who will be selling his two sci-fi novels at the event, would like to offer other NWS members the chance to sell their sci-fi books as well. If you’re interested in the opportunity, you can arrange things through Ian at [email protected]
Saturday 3rd October, Wolves & Apples, College Court Conference Centre on Knighton Road, Leicester
Wolves & Apples is a new annual event for writers focussed on on writing for children and young people across books, tv and theatre, involving panels, talks and practical workshops from experienced practitioners. Confirmed guests include Debbie Moon, writer and creator of the CBBC series ‘Wolfblood’, Tanya Landman, children’s author, winner of the 2015 Carnegie Medal for ‘Buffalo Soldier’, and Juliet Forster, Associate Director at York Theatre Royal. For further information and booking visit the website.
Saturday 26th September 10am-1pm, Deborah Bailey at Worksop Library
Join Nottingham Writers’ Studio to look at how you can find opportunities and markets for your writing, such as competitions and magazines. Plus, get tips on how to prepare your work for submission. £6 per person, and booking is essential so please contact the library to reserve a spot. Here’s the website.
Thursday 15 October, Dawn King Playwriting Workshop, Nottingham Playhouse
In this workshop for adult writers with some experience, Dawn King, award-winning writer and adapter of ‘Brave New World’, will lead the group in writing from their emotions and finding a theme to inspire a new piece of writing. Writers will participate in a series of warm-ups and exercises before writing a scene. Booking link here, click on the ‘Education/workshops’ tab.
Tickets: £12, including a buffet lunch
Job Vacancies at Writers’ Centre Norwich
Our friends in Norwich are advertising for several positions; Programme Manager, Learning and Participation (0.8 FTE), Communications Officer (FT) and Business Development Assistant (a Weston Jerwood Creative Bursary-funded position, available only to recent graduates who were fully funded through their degree). (FT, 1 year, fixed term contract)
Full job descriptions and iapplication info are available on their website
10th July 7:15-9:15pm, Words at the Wharf at Wheatcroft’s Wharf Cafe, Cromford Mills
Cromford Mills is launching its new season of spoken word nights. Mark Gwynne Jones will be performing a selection of his poetry and there’ll also be the opportunity for other writers to come along and showcase their own work in the relaxed atmosphere of Wheatcroft’s Wharf Café.
Free entry, no advanced booking required
Writing East Midlands mentoring scheme
A well-matched mentoring relationship can give momentum to writers, helping to develop their craft and their awareness of the market they wish to enter. Our mentoring scheme will offer support and advice to 3 writers each year that, in our view, are able to demonstrate great promise and commitment. The scheme matches the selected writers to sympathetic, established, professional writers. Find out more and apply here. Deadline is 20th July
The Carers UK Creative Writing Competition 2015
While we’re inviting entries about all aspects of caring, this year we’re particularly interested in poems and short stories that respond to our 50th Anniversary message: no one should have to care alone. Prizes: A total of £300 in high street vouchers, plus others from leading literary organisations. The judge is Cheryl Moskowitz. You can submit up to three poems, each being no longer than 40 lines. Short story: you can submit one short story of up to 1,000 words. Entries must be unpublished, in English, and not a translation of another author’s work. Submit online here.
Free entry. Closing date 31st July
Torbay Open Poetry Competition 2015
The judge this year is John Greening. Poem Length: In English, typed and up to 50 lines. Prizes: 1st prize: £700 plus a weekend’s accommodation and Festival Pass for the Torbay Festival of Poetry 22nd – 26th October 2015, 2nd Prize £400 plus a Festival Pass to the Torbay Festival of Poetry, 3rd Prize: £200 plus a ticket for two to the Festival Supper, Saturday 24th October 2015. Poetry books/ subscription to Acumen Literary Journal for short-listed poets.
Entry Fee: £5.00 per poem or 5 poems for £20.00
Closing date 28th August
Nine Arches Press and The Poetry School have announced a new scheme called ‘Primers’. This aims to give three new poets a platform through the publication of Primers Vol I in April 2016, and an accompanying series of readings and events, plus mentoring and tutoring to support and develop their poetry with Jane Commane at Nine Arches, and with poet and tutor Kathryn Maris.
Submissions close on 1st September 2015 Details on website
Women’s Novel Competition 2015
This year, we’re on the lookout for novels of at least 50,000 words written for adults (and young adults) in any genre by previously unpublished women novelists. The 1st prize is £5,000.
£25 fee per novel. Details on mslexia website.
Deadline 21st September
The National Literacy Trust poetry prize
An exciting new Poetry Prize with Bloomsbury Publishing! Enter your poems and one of them could feature in a poster campaign across the country. There’s also an iPad and £250 of books up for grabs. All proceeds go to the work of the National Literacy Trust.
Open now, closes 31 August 2015 with an announcement of the shortlist on 2 October, National Poetry Day.
The Oxford Brookes International Poetry Competition
Prizes: £1000 for winners in each category; £200 for second place in both categories. Categories: English as a Second Language (ESL) Category & Open Category. Judges: Bernard O’Donoghue and Hannah Lowe.
Entry Fee: £5 to submit a poem or £4 per poem for more than three entries. You may enter up to ten poems, providing they are unpublished. Enter online
Closing date 31st August
The National Poetry Competition 2015
Now open for entries, the Poetry Society’s annual National Poetry Competition is for previously unpublished single poems and has a first prize of £5,000.
Deadline: 31 October
Early 2016, Brave New World writing challenge
Simply speaking, the challenge is to Write a short final scene for the play ‘Brave New World’ of no more than 5 minutes playing time. All submissions have the opportunity to win a free all day free writers workshop with Nigel Planer and Dawn King which will take place in Birmingham in early 2016. PLUS you win the opportunity of having your Brave New Ening given a rehearsed reading on stage by the actors of ‘Brave New World’ at one of the theatres on tour.
All submissions whether they win or not will be published on our website
Script Submissions, Nottingham Playhouse
A call for submissions to discover, nurture and develop writers who will represent Nottingham, and the East Midlands. They expect writers who submit work to to be aware of their programme, the spaces in the building and to know why they are sending them that play in particular. We will only read complete versions of full-length or one-act, original plays written for the stage. We do not accept work written for TV, radio or film.
Full details about how to submit on their website.