I’m very much looking forward to welcoming Kate Fox and Alfie Crow to Nottingham on Saturday. There are only two places left on the Comic Writing Masterclass, so if you’re thinking of signing up, you’d better do it now! And you’re most welcome to come and see them perform in the evening – book in advance or just turn up and pay on the door. There will be a bar, and much hilarity is promised.
I’ve nearly finished typesetting A Sense of Place, our third Journal, and it’s looking pretty good. It will be launched at NWS on March 6th – all welcome.
Congratulations to Di Slaney of Candlestick Press, one of our institutional members, for her commended poem – ‘How to Knit a Sheep’ – in the Cafe Writers Competition 2014.
Poet Deborah ‘Debris’ Stevenson invites you to subscribe to her new e-newsletter!
This will be a monthly newsletter specifically aimed at creative individuals looking to stay updated on creative writing, poetry and performance opportunities/resources in Nottingham and beyond…As well as updates on the exciting projects, performances and collaborations Debris has been up to with her poetry. To sign up to the e-newsletter please email: [email protected] with SUBSCRIBE in the subject box!
Forthcoming Workshops & Courses at NWS
Contact me ([email protected] or 0115 837 2248) to book on any of these, or use the new Paypal secure payment facility to book online! We strongly advise booking as far as possible in advance – we’ve had to cancel a couple of workshops due to low take-up, only to hear that a few people were planning to sign up but hadn’t got round to it a couple of days beforehand.
Comic Writing Masterclass with Kate Fox and Alfie Crow
Saturday 10th January, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Two highly-skilled and experienced comic writers for the price of one! In this masterclass you will: learn how to write and spot a punchline, learn how to develop the underlying humour in a poem or story, learn techniques and tools for brainstorming comic material, and practice invigorating writing through humour and comic imagery/bathos. A must for any writer who would like to include elements of comedy in their work.
£40 NWS Members, £60 non-members, book at NWS or book online.
Novel I and Novel II
Starting Saturday 17th January, 10am-12noon
This intensive course takes place in two parts. To gain the maximum benefit from the course, you’ll need to sign up to both parts. If you sign up for both at once, you’ll get a reduced rate.
Novel I: 8 Saturday mornings 10-12 from 17 January to 7 March
Novel II: 8 Saturday mornings 10-12 from 11 April to 30 May
Over the 16 weeks you’ll: learn various approaches for conceptualising the novel, use character and plot development techniques to build character and plot arcs, draft and develop scenes from your novels, learn the function of various elements of a novel and how to implement them, and learn and practice using the fundamentals of critiquing and editing
Novel I or Novel II: £80 NWS members, £120 non-members, both courses £140 / £210. Book at NWS or book online.
Aspects of the Writing Craft
Starting Monday 19 January, 7-9pm
A series of 8 related workshops delivered by a range of tutors covering several aspects of the writing craft, from setting goals to putting it all together, via character development, dialogue, structuring a novel and more.
£10 NWS members, £15 NWS members for each workshop, or £70 / £105 for all eight. Book at NWS or book online.
NWS Workshops at County Libraries
Developing Your Crime Novel with Nottingham Writers’ Studio, led by Angela Foxwood
Worksop Library Saturday 24 January, 10am – 2pm
Following on from the summer’s popular Starting Crime Writing Workshop, this extended session looks at how you can develop your crime novel. Led by Nottingham Writers’ Studio, you’ll look at plotting, character and building suspense. Booking essential.
£6, booking essential.
Information and booking at Worksop Library or on 01909 535353 or [email protected]
Novel Writing with Nottingham Writers’ Studio, led by Christy Fearn
West Bridgford Library Saturday 31 January, 10am – 2pm
Following this summer’s sell out workshop, Nottingham Writers’ Studio return with a session that looks at components of writing a novel. Explore techniques for developing plot, structure, character and dialogue. A must for all levels keen to develop their writing craft.
£10, booking essential.
Information and booking at West Bridgford Library or on 0115 9816506 or [email protected]
Blogging for Writers with Nottingham Writers’ Studio, led by Shreya Sen Handley
Mansfield Central Library Saturday 28 February, 10am – 2pm
A blog can be a good way to establish yourself as a writer, giving your writing a platform and connecting you with audiences. Join Nottingham Writers’ Studio to explore blogging, including developing your online profile and writing great content.
£6, booking essential.
Information and booking at Mansfield Library, or on 01623 651337 or [email protected]
Tuesday 13 January, 3.30 & 7.30, All Schools Should Be Art Schools, Nottingham Castle
A specially commissioned play written by NWS member Michael Eaton, written to explore the questions and critical debates around Art and Design Education and the establishment of the Art School at Nottingham Trent University.
Tickets are free but booking is essential as capacity is limited
See the website for further details
Wednesday 14th January, 8:00-10:40pm, ‘Steps’ Mark Goodwin & Chris Jones, Guitar Bar.Jazz and Poetry including rising poet Di Slaney of Candlestick Press (one of our institutional members). Free to attend. For information see the Facebook page:
Thursday 15th January, 7:00-8:30pm, Complete Write a Novel Course:Book Launch, Clephan Building (De Montford University).
The launch of Will Buckingham’s new guide for aspiring novelists: Will will be in conversation with novelist and NWS member Nicola Valentine, and there will be a chance for audience questions and discussion. Also free wine and snacks! For more information go to: https://www.facebook.com/events/772200132854516/
Thursday 15th January 2015, 7:00-8:30pm, Book Launch: Getting by: Estates, Class and Culture in Austerity Britain by Lisa McKenzie, City Arts, 11-13 Hockley.
A book written based on the author’s experiences of living in St Ann’s for over two decades. Lisa will be in conversation with Bill Silburn (co-author of Poverty: The Forgotten Englishmen) and Nick
Friday 23rd January 2015, 4:30pm AND 7:30 pm, Two sing-along screenings of Frozen, Lowdham Village Hall. son.
Entry by donation. All donations will go to POW Nottingham and St. Ann’s Food Bank. Please RSVP to: [email protected]
See the Five Leaves website for more information.
There will be a bookstall plus refreshments, including ice cream, popcorn, home made cakes, hot and cold drinks, and a licensed bar at the evening screening.
Tickets available from The Bookcase on the Box Office line: 0115 966 3219
£5 full, £3 children, Festival friends and concessions (plus £1 to meet the characters).
Sunday 25th January 2015, 2:00pm, On the Edge of Blue, Nottingham Writers’ Studio. An uplifting, hard hitting, engaging event showcasing the talents of those living with depression. At least two NWS members will be performing! Free to attend, but would be useful to register via the Eventbrite link on the Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/events/811173738953341/
Wednesday 28th January 2015, 7:00-8:30pm, In Solidarity, with Kim Moody, Five Leaves Bookshop. Kim Moody was a founder of Labor Notes in the USA and is the author of several books including US Labor in Trouble and Transition, Workers in a Lean World, and An Injury to All. His latest book In Solidarity in an expansive collection of essays exploring the present state and future possibilities of the US labour movement.
In collaboration with Nottingham Trade Union Forum.
Admission £3.00, including 15% off any purchases made on the night.
See the Five Leaves website for more information.
Saturday 28th March 2015, The Writers’ Conference: Building successful writing careers, University of Nottingham.This one-day conference gives the East Midlands’ writing community access to leading professionals from the industry. Panel events, debates and activities cover a range of writing disciplines including fiction, poetry and scriptwriting for screen & theatre, and explores topics and trends on all aspects of writing and publishing, from writing in the digital age to reaching audiences.
Whether you’re an established or emerging writer, The Writers’ Conference is an invaluable opportunity for you to make new contacts, learn more about getting published, take part in workshops, be guided through the murky waters of funding, and apply to have your work read by a nationally-acclaimed literary agent or critiqued by a professional writer. Keep an eye on the Writing East Midlands website for updates. Tickets are now on sale. See also information regarding applications for Agent One-on-One sessions in the Opportunities section.
Join The Public Reviews: If you are a regular theatre-goer then you may be interested in becoming a reviewer of various theatre productions and performances through The Public Reviews. Their main focus is on reviews of Thea
A 350 word review of a recent production/live event or a link to any already published writing is to be included.tre/Comedy/Music & Live performance. They are always looking for new members and you can join on the website at http://www.thepublicreviews.com/join-tpr/ and filling in the form.
“Anti-Apocalypse”, Plasma Frequency Magazine
DEADLINE: Thursday 15th January 2015 A magazine of speculative fiction published bi-monthly, celebrating the best in science fiction, fantasy and horror. Accepts submissions fr works of fiction on a continuous basis. Visit the website at: http://www.plasmafrequencymagazine.com/
The Basil Bunting Poetry Award, Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts
DEADLINE: Thursday 15th January 2015
The poetry competition is open internationally to any poet writing in English. Each poem should be no longer than 40 lines. Cost of entry is £6 for one poem, £10 for two poems, and an extra £5 beyond that. The maximum number of entries per poet is 10.
See the website for further details: http://www.ncl.ac.uk/ncla/competitions/bunting
The Mother’s Milk Books Writing Prize
DEADLINE: Sunday 18th January 2015
Mother’s Milk Books is a local independent press managed by Dr Teika Bellamy, a member of NWS.
Mother’s Milk books is now inviting entries for its annual writing prize, the theme being: ‘The Story of Us’ (in a family context). Both poetry and prose submissions are welcomed. The sole adjudicator of the poetry category (open to both adults and children) is the prize-winning poet, Cathy Bryant. Milli Hill, freelance writer, editor and founder of the Positive Birth Movement, will be judging the prose category. Cash prizes, as well as copies of JUNO (a natural parenting magazine) will be awarded to the winners, and the winning and commended entries will be published in an anthology.
For more information about entry fees, word counts etc, please visit:
Last year NWS member Kim Jamison’s entry, a poem called ‘Troubled Mother’, was commended in the competition, and the anthology of all the winning and commended entries of 2014, entitled Parenting, has gone on to receive many favourable reviews. The Mother Magazine wrote: “Any mother can pick up this book and read the same lines I have read and be touched…because a good poem will meet you where you are, and where you’ve been and the poems in this book tell the story of all mothers.”
“Drenched: An Anthology”, Stories about water, Nocturnal Press
DEADLINE: Monday 19th January 2015 “Drenched” will be a themed anthology of horror, fantasy or science fiction, the theme is ‘Water’ and your submission should reflect some aspect of this theme. Visit the website at: http://www.nppublications.com/open-calls/
Nottingham Writers’ Club, 2015 National Short Story Competition
DEADLINE: Saturday 31st January 2015 A competition primarily for new and less experienced writers, the theme is: Water. Stories must be no longer than 2000 words.
For more information visit: http://nottinghamwritersclub.org.uk/national-competition.php
“Embattled: The Ramifications of War”, Bellview Literary Review
DEADLINE: Sunday 1st February 2015 The Bellview Literary Review is seeking submissions of previously unpublished fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for an upcoming special issue on war and military experience. Visit the website at: http://blr.med.nyu.edu/
and visit their call for submissions page at: http://blr.med.nyu.edu/news/2014/call-submissions-theme-issue-war
“Myths and Legends”, Litro Mag
DEADLINE: Wednesday 11th February 2015 Litro Magazine traditionally focus on short fiction, but also publish nonfiction and poetry. “Myths and Legends” is for their IGGY and Litro 2014/15 Young Writers’ Prize, for all writers between the ages 13-18, and a cash prize of £2000 for the winner. Visit the website at: http://www.litro.co.uk/ and find more information about “Myths and Legends” at: http://www.litro.co.uk/2014/09/myths-legends-the-2014-iggy-litro-young-writers-award/
Opening Lines, BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio Drama Readings Unit
DEADLINE: Friday 13th February 2015 Welcoming submissions from writers new to radio for their annual series ‘Opening Lines’ which is broadcast on BBC Radio 4.
For more information visit: http://www.bbc.co.uk/writersroom/opportunities/opening-lines
Applications are open for Agent & Writer One-to-Ones at The Writers’ Conference 2015
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: Thursday 26th February 2015
Apply for an Agent One-to-One where you’ll be able to discuss your work, address any issues and assess where your work is placed on the current literature and genre market.
In a Writer One-on-One you’ll be given feedback on your work by a professional writer and get their advice on how to develop it.
You will need to book a place at the conference in order to apply for a One-on-One as a selection shortlist will be made, the decision of which will be notified to applicants on Monday 16th March 2015.
For more information visit: http://www.writingeastmidlands.co.uk or visit the submissions page at: https://writingeastmidlands.submittable.com/submit/564205e4-302f-4f9b-b77a-8c3b843184a3
Young Creative Awards 2015 – Now open for entries
CLOSING DATE FOR ENTRIES: Monday 23rd March 2015
The main event takes place at Nottingham Playhouse on Friday 15th May 2015
Entrants must be aged 13-24 and be living, working or studying in Nottingham.
The theme for 2015 is: “Made in Nottingham”, and the categories are as follows:
Animation & Digital Media, Architecture and Design, Creative Writing, Dance, Fashion & Textiles, Film, Graphic Design, Music, Photography, Visual Arts.
Entrants will have the opportunity to win a mixture of cash and other prizes, including valuable work experience which will enable them to further their creative career and have their work displayed around the city.
Any enquiries please email: [email protected]