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August 2017

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We are an Edinburgh-based, international award for unpublished and self-published novelists, in any genre for adults and young adults.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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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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Character and Motivation with Laura Wilson and Mel McGrath

Enterprise Centre, University of East Anglia Norwich

Fri 15 September 2017 (date unconfirmed), 11am - 1pm or 2 - 4pm

Using exercises and photographic prompts, we will explore ways of creating credible protagonists and antagonists, as well as how to avoid stereotypes and how to ensure that your characters have sufficient and plausible motivation for their actions.

Writing a Police Procedural in the 21st Century with Stav Sherez

Enterprise Centre, University of East Anglia Norwich

Fri 15 September 2017 (date unconfirmed), 11am - 1pm or 2 - 4pm

Do you want to create the new Rebus or Bosch? Police procedurals account for some of the most iconic, enduring and successful novels in the genre but what does it take to write a procedural in the 21st Century? The internet has changed crime, as each newly-revealed hack makes us all too aware – but it has also fundamentally changed policing. We’ve gone from hunches and shoe leather to data...

Do you want to create the new Rebus or Bosch? Police procedurals account for some of the most iconic, enduring and successful novels in the genre but what does it take to write a procedural in the 21st Century? The internet has changed crime, as each newly-revealed hack makes us all too aware – but it has also fundamentally changed policing. We’ve gone from hunches and shoe leather to data mining and screen scanning and the modern-day police procedural must follow in these footsteps.

Looking at the structure of the police procedural, we’ll examine what it is that makes it such a popular and perennial sub-genre as well as going into the pros and cons of choosing to write one. We’ll walk through the main elements necessary for the creation of a realistic procedural, then ask whether realism is as important as it’s perceived to be. In the second half of the class, we’ll chart the evolution of the police procedural and how modern electronic detection has changed the form and, finally, ask how do we breathe new life into the police procedural?

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