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July 2017

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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August 2017

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

Your Novel

Bloomsbury Publishing London

Wed 13 September 2017 - Tue 14 November 2017, 6.00 - 8.30pm

Join us for a ten-week course dedicated to helping you transform your novel idea into a fully-fledged manuscript.

Whether you've written half a draft or on your third edit, we've designed this course to help you progress as a writer. Along with giving you the ‘how-to’ writing tools you need to hone your novel-in-progress, your work will be assessed along the way by experts in...

Join us for a ten-week course dedicated to helping you transform your novel idea into a fully-fledged manuscript.

Whether you've written half a draft or on your third edit, we've designed this course to help you progress as a writer. Along with giving you the ‘how-to’ writing tools you need to hone your novel-in-progress, your work will be assessed along the way by experts in their fields, all designed to help you take your writing to the next level.

Led by author and creative writing tutor William Ryan, the course will look at essential elements of the writing craft and how you can apply them to your own manuscript, including writing exercises that directly involve the material of your novel-in-progress.

Based at our Bloomsbury offices, evening sessions will last for two and a half hours, from 6-8.30pm, making it ideal for those with full-time jobs and other commitments. There will be opportunities at the beginning and the end of the course to get to know the other writers, as well as William himself.

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Your Children's Book

Bloomsbury Publishing London

Wed 20 September 2017 - Wed 8 November 2017, 6.00 - 8.30pm

Do you aspire to be the next Julia Donaldson or Liz Pichon?

If so, join us in the heart of literary London for five stimulating weeks of practical workshops and expert advice from some of the top names in children’s fiction. Led by the editor of the Children’s Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook Alysoun Owen and author Lucy Courtenay, this course looks at the essential elements of...

Do you aspire to be the next Julia Donaldson or Liz Pichon?

If so, join us in the heart of literary London for five stimulating weeks of practical workshops and expert advice from some of the top names in children’s fiction. Led by the editor of the Children’s Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook Alysoun Owen and author Lucy Courtenay, this course looks at the essential elements of writing for children, in particular how to successfully combine text and illustration, and how you can apply them to your own writing.

This course welcomes writers at all stages in their writing. Whether you have an initial idea and want to know where to start, or have a full draft and need help with revising and making it the best it can possibly be, this is the course for you.

Each week will combine a tutored session and a hands-on workshop format with practical exercises and discussion from your course tutor and special guest speakers. You will be given takeaway practical exercises based around your own writing to complete for the subsequent week.

Based at our Bloomsbury offices, these evening sessions will last for two and a half hours each, from 6-8.30pm, making it ideal for those with full-time jobs and other commitments. There will be opportunities at the beginning and the end of the course to get to know the other writers, as well as Alysoun and Lucy.

For a full course outline and speaker profiles, please visit https://www.writersandartists.co.uk/events/your-children-s-book

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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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October 2017

Writing Picture Books with Tessa Strickland

Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution Bath

Tue 3 October 2017, 09.30 - 12.00

Join best-selling picture book author and founder of Barefoot Books, Tessa Strickland, for a workshop on writing picture books. Bring your picture book ideas and get advice on developing key themes, creating strong characters and structure. Tessa will help you sharpen your technique and develop your own unique style, giving you the confidence to let your imagination fly.