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January 2018

Creativity and the Historical Novel w/ James Aitchinson

The Stripe Theatre Winchester

Tue 9 January 2018, 19.30-21.30

James Aitchinson, author of four books set in the period of the Norman Conquest, talks about the historical novel and how to create an exciting and convincing story.

How To Edit Your Book

Bloomsbury Publishing London

Sat 27 January 2018, 09.30 - 14.30

Learn how to become a more objective reader of your work with a day of advice and practical exercises from professional editors in the publishing industry. You will receive help and guidance on how best to approach the editing process, and develop the tools you need to make your work the best it can possibly be ahead of submission to an editor, literary agent or publisher. Along with an invaluable...

Learn how to become a more objective reader of your work with a day of advice and practical exercises from professional editors in the publishing industry. You will receive help and guidance on how best to approach the editing process, and develop the tools you need to make your work the best it can possibly be ahead of submission to an editor, literary agent or publisher. Along with an invaluable one-to-one session with an editor of your choice, find out how to take your editing to the next level.

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Writers' & Artists' Short Story Competition 2018

Sun 1 October 2017 - Tue 13 February 2018

For published and aspiring writers alike - enter our free annual short story competition and be in with a chance of winning a place on one of Arvon's four- or six-day Clockhouse writing retreats, as well as seeing your story published on www.writersandartists.co.uk.

To enter, all you have to do is submit a short story (for adults) of no more than 2,000 words. And that's it. Unlike...

For published and aspiring writers alike - enter our free annual short story competition and be in with a chance of winning a place on one of Arvon's four- or six-day Clockhouse writing retreats, as well as seeing your story published on www.writersandartists.co.uk.

To enter, all you have to do is submit a short story (for adults) of no more than 2,000 words. And that's it. Unlike previous years, there's no theme for you to base your story on; all you have to do is make sure you're registered with the website, the subject line of your email reads 'W&A Short Story Competition 2018' and you send it to competition@bloomsbury.com.

The closing date for entries is midnight on Tuesday 13th February, 2018. The winner of the competition - along with two runners-up - will be announced on the blog pages of this site in March 2018.

Remember you MUST be registered with www.writersandartists.co.uk in order for your entry to be eligible. For full terms and conditions, please visit www.writersandartists.co.uk/competitions

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Ten Winchester Writers' Festival Writing Competitions

Mon 1 January 2018 - Wed 11 April 2018

Enter one or more of the ten writing competitions offered by the Winchester Writers' Festival:

Poetry
Flash Fiction
Writing Can Be Murder
Picture Book
Children's Funny Fiction
Short Stories
First Three Pages of a Novel
Skylark Soaring Stories for middle grade and YA readers
Memoir
Young Writers' Competitions for writers...

Enter one or more of the ten writing competitions offered by the Winchester Writers' Festival:

Poetry
Flash Fiction
Writing Can Be Murder
Picture Book
Children's Funny Fiction
Short Stories
First Three Pages of a Novel
Skylark Soaring Stories for middle grade and YA readers
Memoir
Young Writers' Competitions for writers in school years 1 - 11

Details on all competitions: www.writersfestival.co.uk/competitions

Some competitions offer constructive feedback for an additional fee.

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February 2018

Residential Reading Retreat - Suffolk

Suffolk Cottage Thorpness

Fri 2 February 2018 - Mon 5 February 2018, 5pm

Do you dream of immersing yourself in reading without distraction? We are not talking about those snatched moments of holiday reading. Imagine not having to stop to prepare meals or answer emails. No interruptions, no phones, no access to those must-do jobs around the home? Most importantly, absolutely NO guilt about just sitting and reading.

Welcome to our Reading Retreats - We...

Do you dream of immersing yourself in reading without distraction? We are not talking about those snatched moments of holiday reading. Imagine not having to stop to prepare meals or answer emails. No interruptions, no phones, no access to those must-do jobs around the home? Most importantly, absolutely NO guilt about just sitting and reading.

Welcome to our Reading Retreats - We offer you a fully pampered getaway in the country or by the sea. Our small group retreats take place in lovely houses around the country. Our single priority is to give you space and time to read. All your meals are prepared, speciality teas, freshly brewed coffee and soft drinks are on tap and you can choose solitude or shared time with other readers.

Reading Prescription - You may already have your stack of books selected but, if you are looking for inspiration, we offer you a 'Reading Prescription'. Following a discussion with you, we will prepare a personally tailored reading list.


Come and join us in this stunning beach facing house in Thorpeness, Suffolk. With breathtaking sea views from most rooms and a 30 metre walk to the beach, this retreat is idyllic. With cosy rooms and wood-burning stoves, this house offers the perfect Winter Reading Retreat.

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Writers' & Artists' Short Story Competition 2018

Sun 1 October 2017 - Tue 13 February 2018

For published and aspiring writers alike - enter our free annual short story competition and be in with a chance of winning a place on one of Arvon's four- or six-day Clockhouse writing retreats, as well as seeing your story published on www.writersandartists.co.uk.

To enter, all you have to do is submit a short story (for adults) of no more than 2,000 words. And that's it. Unlike...

For published and aspiring writers alike - enter our free annual short story competition and be in with a chance of winning a place on one of Arvon's four- or six-day Clockhouse writing retreats, as well as seeing your story published on www.writersandartists.co.uk.

To enter, all you have to do is submit a short story (for adults) of no more than 2,000 words. And that's it. Unlike previous years, there's no theme for you to base your story on; all you have to do is make sure you're registered with the website, the subject line of your email reads 'W&A Short Story Competition 2018' and you send it to competition@bloomsbury.com.

The closing date for entries is midnight on Tuesday 13th February, 2018. The winner of the competition - along with two runners-up - will be announced on the blog pages of this site in March 2018.

Remember you MUST be registered with www.writersandartists.co.uk in order for your entry to be eligible. For full terms and conditions, please visit www.writersandartists.co.uk/competitions

...more

Ten Winchester Writers' Festival Writing Competitions

Mon 1 January 2018 - Wed 11 April 2018

Enter one or more of the ten writing competitions offered by the Winchester Writers' Festival:

Poetry
Flash Fiction
Writing Can Be Murder
Picture Book
Children's Funny Fiction
Short Stories
First Three Pages of a Novel
Skylark Soaring Stories for middle grade and YA readers
Memoir
Young Writers' Competitions for writers...

Enter one or more of the ten writing competitions offered by the Winchester Writers' Festival:

Poetry
Flash Fiction
Writing Can Be Murder
Picture Book
Children's Funny Fiction
Short Stories
First Three Pages of a Novel
Skylark Soaring Stories for middle grade and YA readers
Memoir
Young Writers' Competitions for writers in school years 1 - 11

Details on all competitions: www.writersfestival.co.uk/competitions

Some competitions offer constructive feedback for an additional fee.

...more