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August 2017

Swanwick Writers' Summer School

The Hayes Conference Centre Alfreton

Sat 12 August 2017 - Fri 18 August 2017, 15:00 - 09:00

Swanwick Summer School is a week-long programme for writers of all ages, abilities and genres. Offering courses, workshops, guest speakers, scriptwriting opportunity, panels and optonal one-to-one sessions.

Bracken Bower Prize

Mon 20 March 2017 - Sat 30 September 2017

The Financial Times and McKinsey & Company, organisers of the Business Book of the Year Award, want to encourage young authors to tackle emerging business themes. They hope to unearth new talent and encourage writers to research ideas that could fill future business books of the year. A prize of £15,000 will be given for the best book proposal.

The Bracken Bower Prize will be...

The Financial Times and McKinsey & Company, organisers of the Business Book of the Year Award, want to encourage young authors to tackle emerging business themes. They hope to unearth new talent and encourage writers to research ideas that could fill future business books of the year. A prize of £15,000 will be given for the best book proposal.

The Bracken Bower Prize will be awarded to the best proposal for a book about the challenges and opportunities of growth. The main theme of the proposed work should be forward-looking. In the spirit of the Business Book of the Year, the proposed book should aim to provide a compelling and enjoyable insight into future trends in business, economics, finance or management. The judges will favour authors who write with knowledge, creativity, originality and style and whose proposed books promise to break new ground, or examine pressing business challenges in original ways.

Only writers who are under 35 on November 30, 2017 are eligible. They can be a published author, but the proposal itself must be original and must not have been previously submitted to a publisher.

The proposal should be no longer than 5,000 words – an essay or an article that conveys the argument, scope and style of the proposed book – and must include a description of how the finished work would be structured, for example, a list of chapter headings and a short bullet-point description of each chapter. In addition, entrants should submit a biography, emphasising why they are qualified to write a book on this topic. The best proposals will be published on FT.com. Co-authored entries are welcome.

The deadline for submissions is September 30, 2017 (5pm BST).

Full Terms & Conditions can be found on www.FT.com/BrackenBower

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The Caledonia Novel Award

Mon 1 May 2017 - Wed 1 November 2017

The Caledonia Novel Award 2018

We are an Edinburgh-based, international award for unpublished and self-published novelists, in any genre for adults and young adults.

Judge: Madeleine Milburn, literary agent and director at Madeleine Milburn Literary, TV & Film Agency
Prize: £1,000 for winner
Extra prize: Writer of best novel from UK + Ireland will win a...

The Caledonia Novel Award 2018

We are an Edinburgh-based, international award for unpublished and self-published novelists, in any genre for adults and young adults.

Judge: Madeleine Milburn, literary agent and director at Madeleine Milburn Literary, TV & Film Agency
Prize: £1,000 for winner
Extra prize: Writer of best novel from UK + Ireland will win a free place on a week-long residential course at Moniack Mhor Creative Writing Centre
Entry fee: £25
Entries close: 1st November, 2017 | Winner announced: February, 2018
First 20 pages + 200-word synopsis and cover sheet
Full terms and contact details: http://thecaledonianovelaward.com/rules-entry/

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£5 for single short story or poem, £10 for 3 poems or £10 Novella Other writing events Competition Short stories Poetry

NAWG Open Writing Competitions

Thu 1 June 2017 - Tue 31 October 2017

Poetry Maximum 40 Lines. 1st prize £200 2nd prize £100 3rd prize £50

Short Story 500-2000 Words. 1st prize £200 2nd prize £100 3rd prize £50

Novella -First 5000 Words. Print deals worth up £300.00

Go to website for rules and details of how to enter.

London Short Story Course with Adam Marek

Free Word Centre London

Thu 6 July 2017 - Thu 7 December 2017, 19:00 - 21:00

The best stories linger long in the reader’s mind. So how can you achieve that in just a few pages? Short stories offer the writer huge creative freedoms, but they also teach great discipline and precision.

Join Comma Press, one of the UK’s leading publishers of short fiction, on one of our popular, nation-wide courses, this time run by award winning short story writer Adam...

The best stories linger long in the reader’s mind. So how can you achieve that in just a few pages? Short stories offer the writer huge creative freedoms, but they also teach great discipline and precision.

Join Comma Press, one of the UK’s leading publishers of short fiction, on one of our popular, nation-wide courses, this time run by award winning short story writer Adam Marek. Together in a series of six workshops, we’ll explore the fundamentals of great story writing, including: generating ideas, plotting vs making it up as you go along, writing convincing characters, creating conflict, starting and ending a story, and editing your work. Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, by the end of the workshops you’ll be writing stories that will hook your readers from the opening line.

You don’t necessarily need any practical experience of writing stories, nor of supervised creative writing of any kind, but it’s important that you have an interest in, and enthusiasm for, the short story form.

To get the most from the course, you should be prepared to do some background reading, and undertake writing tasks in and between the sessions.

The course isn’t geared towards any particular sub-genre within the short story form – be it literary fiction, sci-fi, or horror – we’ll be looking at techniques applicable to all these genres.

Tickets can be booked below and are listed for the start date of the course. One ticket covers the whole course, which runs on the following dates:

Thursday 6th July
Thursday 17th August (*please note: amended from 3rd Aug*)
Thursday 7th September
Thursday 5th October
Thursday 9th November
Thursday 7th December

Concessions are available for students, under 16s, over 65s, those with a disability, single parent writers and those in receipt of means tested benefits. All bookings for concession tickets, will be asked to confirm eligibility at the first session.

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Free Short Story Competition with Retreat West

Bloomsbury Publishing London

Until Sun 17 September 2017

Writers & Artists and Retreat West have teamed up for a free writing competition that offers you the chance to win a place on one of Retreat West’s incredible writing retreats. To enter, all you have to do is submit a short story (for adults) of no more than 1,000 words. The only stipulation here is that your story – which can be about anything you like – must use a beach as its setting.

Writers & Artists and Retreat West have teamed up for a free writing competition that offers you the chance to win a place on one of Retreat West’s incredible writing retreats. To enter, all you have to do is submit a short story (for adults) of no more than 1,000 words. The only stipulation here is that your story – which can be about anything you like – must use a beach as its setting.

Prizes
The author of the winning story will receive a place on Retreat West’s Plotting Retreat, taking place from 17-21 November 2017 in West Bay, Dorset. Workshops over the weekend will be led by Richard Skinner, novelist and head of the Faber Academy, and Retreat West founder and novelist Amanda Saint and novelist & Open University Creative Writing MA tutor Jane Elmor. The retreat provides a unique opportunity to hone your writing skills in a beautiful location. Full details of the retreat can be found on the Retreat Website here.

Both the winner and two runners up will also receive the latest edition of the Writers' & Artists' Yearbook , a copy of one of our Writers' & Artists' Yearbook Companion Guide series, and a copy of the 2016 Retreat West Anthology of stories from the annual RW Short Story Prize and RW Flash Fiction Prize. The winning stories will also be published on www.writersandartists.co.uk.

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September 2017

NAWGFest17.

University of Warwick

Fri 1 September 2017 - Mon 4 September 2017

Join our wonderful community of writers for a fun weekend of writing and much much more. A huge choice of writing workshops, meet the agents, market place, big prize raffle,open mic, gala dinner, award ceremony, after dinner speaker Peter Robinson (Inspector Banks) and most of all, inspiration.

Workshops.

Anita Loughrey

Writing Children's Books...

Join our wonderful community of writers for a fun weekend of writing and much much more. A huge choice of writing workshops, meet the agents, market place, big prize raffle,open mic, gala dinner, award ceremony, after dinner speaker Peter Robinson (Inspector Banks) and most of all, inspiration.

Workshops.

Anita Loughrey

Writing Children's Books Starting with Theme
Writing Children's Books Starting with Character
Creating Conflict in Children's Books
Creating Emotion in Children's Books

Stephen Booth

Let's start at the beginning
Don't tell them a thing!
Meanwhile, back at the station…
Where will it all end?

Cressida Downing

Mistakes in Creative Writing
Submission overview
Synopsis masterclass
Working with an editor

Tim Wilson

Writing Historical Fiction: Background and Structure
Writing Historical Fiction: Character and Language
Make Your Short Story Stand Out
Short Stories: Economy and Pace

Alison Chisholm

Devise your own poetry form
Underground poetry
Season's greetings
Your life in a poem

Steve Bowkett with Fran Flint

Learn Self-Hypnosis to Develop Your Creativity. Learn Mindfulness to Develop your Creativity.

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Writing and Walking Retreat

Competa

Mon 4 September 2017 - Sat 9 September 2017

Are you a walker who loves to write, or a writer who loves to walk? Writing Axarquía has teamed up with Competa Hikes to create a week-long walking and writing retreat in the heart of the Axarquía region of southern Andalusia.

Taking time out from your regular schedule to focus on nurturing your craft, is not only good for your creativity, it’s good for your health! Spending...

Are you a walker who loves to write, or a writer who loves to walk? Writing Axarquía has teamed up with Competa Hikes to create a week-long walking and writing retreat in the heart of the Axarquía region of southern Andalusia.

Taking time out from your regular schedule to focus on nurturing your craft, is not only good for your creativity, it’s good for your health! Spending time away from home, doing something you love with a group of like-minded people, nourishes the soul and gives your creative muscles a good workout. Combining your creative passions with another activity can really help to feed your imagination and awaken your creativity. This is the ideal state in which to write; when we’re in flow, when we’ve silenced the inner critic and the volume is turned right down on the noise of everyday life. That’s when the magic can really start to happen.

The landscape and her stories will provide lots of inspiration. With daily writing workshops, fabulous walks, good food, excellent company and a taste of Spanish culture, this week promises to be as relaxing as it is productive.

ALL INCLUSIVE - all meals, accommodation, writing workshops, walking guides, entertainment, airport transfers (you arrange your own fights).

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