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Free online courses for poets and fiction writers

What better time to focus on your writing than the Easter bank holiday weekend? The National Centre for Writing’s new, short, free, online writing courses will help boost your confidence, increase your productivity and demystify the writing process. Bite-sized chapters make it easy to progress even while balancing work, school or family commitments. All you need is a computer and a love of writing!

  • Make fast progress with bite-sized chapters
  • Fits in around your busy life and responsibilities
  • Study from anywhere on your computer or mobile device
  • No deadlines, no pressure, take it at your own pace
  • Gain new techniques and insights

See their website for further information.

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Writers’ Weekend

Memoir, Non-Fiction and Self-Publishing at the Writers’ Weekend 

24-27 June 2021

Are you writing about your life experience, exploring childhood memories, or documenting an important moment in your life? Or are you researching an over-looked historical event or writing a book about a scientific interest? Whether you’re writing memoir or non-fiction see how the Writers’ Weekend can help you develop your book, from planning to publication. 

The Virtual Writers’ Weekend is for writers working at all levels and in every genre who want to improve their writing, get their manuscript published, and network with agents, published authors, and other writers.  Due to the success of the 2020 virtual event, we’ve decided to hold the 2021 Writers’ Weekend as a virtual event again. We are based in the lovely and historic city of Winchester, England, but due to the virtual nature of our event, you can attend from anywhere in the world!

Information and booking on their website.



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Harper’s Bazaar short-story competition 2021

Bazaar has celebrated original fiction within its pages since its foundation, having published the work of everyone from Virginia Woolf and Thomas Hardy to, more recently, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Ali Smith. Continuing this literary legacy, we are once again launching our short-story competition in celebration of original fiction, this year adjudicated by a panel that includes the author and former Man Booker International Prize judge Tahmima Anam, who is renowned for her Bengal trilogy of novels. Joining her on the panel are the editor-in-chief of Bloomsbury Publishing Alexandra Pringle, the literary agent Caroline Michel, our contributing literary editor Erica Wagner and our editor-in-chief Lydia Slater.

To enter, submit up to 2,200 words on the theme of ‘Threads’ to by midnight on 15 March. If possible, please submit as a Word document attachment, titled with your own name, and please provide a wordcount.

The winner will receive a two-night stay at The Mitre in Hampton Court, plus the chance to see their work published.

For full details please see the competition page.


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