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Merry Christmas from Writers and Artists!

It's our favourite time of year at Writers & Artists, (let the Christmas book shopping commence!) and what better way to bring in the festive spirit than to run a book giveaway!

From Monday 11th to Thursday 21st December, we're giving away one of our favourite books from 2016 every single day.

To enter, it's simple: watch out for our Christmas #giveaway tweet every morning and just RT and follow to be in with a chance of winning.

Here's the line-up of books featured:

Monday 11th December: Forest Dark by Nicole Krauss

Tuesday 12th December: Moonrise by Sarah Crossan

Wednesday 13th December: Swell: A Waterbiography by Jenny Landreth

Thursday 14th December: All We Saw by Anne Michaels

Friday 15th December: Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward 

Saturday 16th December:  Odd And The Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman (Signed by illustrator Chris Riddell) 

Sunday 17th December: Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood

Monday 18th December: Sour Heart by Jenny Zhang 

Tuesday 19th December: Lisboeta …

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Exclusive Event Offer - An Evening with Deborah Cadbury

Interested in historical writing? Don't miss out on this brilliant event with an exclusive saving for Writers & Artists members...

On Wednesday 15th November, The Bloomsbury Institute will be hosting popular historian Deborah Cadbury and the fascinating, untold story of Queen Victoria's vain attempt to thwart true love, forge political unions, and bind the royal families of Europe together.

Attend this event for just £5 using the code SAVE50 when you book your place via Eventbrite. Full details below.

Event Details

Deborah Cadbury and Queen Victoria's (ruthless) Matchmaking…

Bloomsbury Publishing, 50 Bedford Square, London

Wednesday, November 15th 

From 6:30pm to 8pm with drinks served from 6pm 

In an exclusive presentation, Emmy award-winning writer and former BBC producer, Deborah Cadbury shares the inspiration and research that led her to writing Queen Victoria's Matchmaking: The Royal Marriages that Shaped Europe. The fascinating, untold story of Queen Victoria’s …

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Retreat West Short Story Competition: And The Winner Is...

We're delighted to reveal the winner and two runner-up entries for our short story competition with Retreat West!

Jane Elmor – author of My Vintage Summer and Pictures Of You, and Creative Writing tutor for the Open University – has very kindly judged the competition, and selected the winning entries.

The overall winner receiving an exclusive free place on Retreat West's November retreat in West Bay, Dorset, benefitting from essential workshops led by Richard Skinner and Amanda Saint.

Both runners up will also be the lucky recipients of the Writers' & Artists' Yearbook 2018, a Writers & Artists Writing Companion Guide of their choice, and a Retreat West Anthology of stories from the annual Retreat West Short Story Prize and Flash Fiction Prize.


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Winning entry: Louise Taylor with Of Cabbages And Wreckers


Feedback from Jane Elmor: 

I’ve chosen this for its unusual and intriguing premise – a modern/futuristic wrecking …

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Retreat West Short Story Competition Shortlist Announced!

Our short story competition with Retreat West received quite the response - perhaps it was something to do with the brilliant prize of a free place on one of their writing retreats?

We received hundreds of entries, however a shortlist had to be settled on. After a whole lot of reading and whittling down, here they are!

Amazing Grace by Liv Sandwell

Courage by Linda Jorgenson

Educated Virgins by EK Haralambous

Of Cabbages and Wreckers by Louise Taylor

Paradise Lost by Michael Gordon Smith

Resume by Alexis Wolfe

Returning to Rester Lake by Anne Marie Dade

The Commute by Sarah Anne Juckes

The Song of the Rolling Sea by Phillip Stuckey

Watching It Go by Mark Mayes


The winner and two runners-up will be announced here by October 18th, with judge Jane Elmor due to provide feedback on each of the chosen entries.


The W&A Team

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What Is A Writer's Conference?

Linda Strachan, Chair of the Society of Authors in Scotland discusses their exciting new conference ScotsWrite and what writers attending can expect...

The Society of Authors in Scotland has created what is expected to be one of the most exciting events in the 2017 writing calendar. ScotsWrite is a weekend conference for all writers at all stages in their writing life. 

But you may be wondering what is a conference for writers and why is it an exciting place to be?

There’s nothing quite like listening to someone speak passionately about the job they love, especially if they’re experts in their field. At ScotsWrite you can expect to hear from experts talking about writing and publishing, because that is what they do - but we think that’s not enough!

We know there are so many different kinds of writers out there, writing in a whole range of field from translation to poetry, from graphic novels to crime fiction, writing for children and young adults. So, we've brought together …

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