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October 2017

The Asian Writer Festival

Royal Asiatic Society London

Sat 21 October 2017, 10:00-18:00

We're celebrating our tenth birthday with an all-day festival on Saturday October 21st 2017 at Royal Asiatic Society in London...

We've dipped into the archives, unearthed some treasures, and put together a programme that will inspire and delight.

For one day only, The Asian Writer will bring together the contents of its website – interviews, masterclasses and...

We're celebrating our tenth birthday with an all-day festival on Saturday October 21st 2017 at Royal Asiatic Society in London...

We've dipped into the archives, unearthed some treasures, and put together a programme that will inspire and delight.

For one day only, The Asian Writer will bring together the contents of its website – interviews, masterclasses and features on literary trends - in a live format. The festival aims to support and encourage writers, by offering advice and inspiration and seeks to raise the profile of emerging voices.

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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We are an Edinburgh-based, international award for unpublished and self-published novelists, in any genre for adults and young adults.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We are an Edinburgh-based, international award for unpublished and self-published novelists, in any genre for adults and young adults.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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£225 / £200 concession Other writing events Workshop Poetry

Beginner's Poetry with Helen Ivory

Norwich School Norwich

Tue 26 September 2017 - Tue 28 November 2017, 7 - 9pm

Whether you’re taking up poetry for the first time or you’ve already started but could do with extra support – this course is for you. Led by Bloodaxe poet Helen Ivory, this ten week course will help you get to grips with key elements of writing poetry, from imagery and metaphor to how the poem looks on the page and sounds to the ear.

Through a combination of group discussion...

Whether you’re taking up poetry for the first time or you’ve already started but could do with extra support – this course is for you. Led by Bloodaxe poet Helen Ivory, this ten week course will help you get to grips with key elements of writing poetry, from imagery and metaphor to how the poem looks on the page and sounds to the ear.

Through a combination of group discussion and one-to-one feedback, Helen will lend her 15 years’ teaching experience to ensure that you come away with an excellent framework for developing your writing. Your efforts will be rewarded with a Certificate of Attendance from the University of East Anglia.

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Open for Entries

Words and Women Norwich

Thu 5 October 2017 - Wed 15 November 2017

WORDS AND WOMEN ANNUAL NEW WRITING COMPETITION IS OPEN FOR ENTRIES

Deadline Midnight, 15th November 2017

Offers a national prize for women over 40 of £1,000 and a month’s writing residency provided by Hosking Houses Trust and a regional prize (East of England) of £600 and a mentoring session with Jill Dawson of Gold Dust.
The winning entries will be...

WORDS AND WOMEN ANNUAL NEW WRITING COMPETITION IS OPEN FOR ENTRIES

Deadline Midnight, 15th November 2017

Offers a national prize for women over 40 of £1,000 and a month’s writing residency provided by Hosking Houses Trust and a regional prize (East of England) of £600 and a mentoring session with Jill Dawson of Gold Dust.
The winning entries will be published online and in a Compendium of Words and Women’s best entries from the last 4 prize-winning anthologies.
Entries can be fiction, memoir, creative non-fiction and life-writing on any theme.

2,200 words

Guest judges: Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney, authors of A Secret Sisterhood: The hidden friendship of Austen, Bronte, Eliot and Woolf.

National prize open to women writers over the age of 40. Regional prize open to women writers over the age of 16 living or working in the East of England.
For more details email wordsandwomencomp@gmail.com or visit our blog at www.wordsandwomennorwich.blogspot.co.uk

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November 2017

Romantic Fiction: From Kiss To Completion

The Hurst Clunton

Mon 13 November 2017 - Sat 18 November 2017

The course of true love never did run smooth’, and neither does the writing of a romantic novel. Like any strong relationship, a romantic novel needs firm foundations: a strong plot, secure framework and credible characters. Guiding you through all these elements and more, acclaimed romantic fiction writers Alison Mercer and Elizabeth Enfield will help you explore the broad genre of romance and...

The course of true love never did run smooth’, and neither does the writing of a romantic novel. Like any strong relationship, a romantic novel needs firm foundations: a strong plot, secure framework and credible characters. Guiding you through all these elements and more, acclaimed romantic fiction writers Alison Mercer and Elizabeth Enfield will help you explore the broad genre of romance and the market for it. Whether you’re newly embarked on a relationship with romantic fiction or much further along the path, we will help you deal with the bumps along the way and steer you towards a smooth path to completion.

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Publishing: Past, Present and Future w/ Mitchell Symons

St Alphege, Room 303 Winchester

Tue 14 November 2017, 19.30-21.30

Mitchell Symons, writer, broadcaster, journalist, columnist and author of more than sixty books on the most unusual subjects imaginable, talks about the way in which publishing has evolved over recent years and offers some hard-earned advice.