Wednesday, 27 of July 2016

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Verve – A Birmingham Festival of Poetry and Spoken Word

Poetry Competitions now open:
Verve is Birmingham’s first Festival of Poetry and Spoken Word, launching in February 2017. In the run up to Verve, we’re launching a poetry competition for both adults and children. Entries are welcome from anywhere, both in the UK and abroad, as long as they relate to Birmingham, UK.

Dates for your diary:
Submissions open: 11th July
Submissions close (Adults): 11th September
Submissions close (Children): 30th September

See website for details


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National Writers Conference (Birmingham)

Saturday 16 July 2016, 9.30am – 4pm, Bramall Music Building, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT

This July Writing West Midlands is launching its first ever National Writers’ Conference in Birmingham, featuring inspiring keynote speeches and specialist subject sessions for emerging and established writers.

In partnership with University of Birmingham, this intensive day of talks, discussions and presentations brings together the individuals and organisations to help creative writers in a range of genres get the best from their talents.

The conference succeeds the annual Writers’ Toolkit run by Writing West Midlands, the region’s literature development agency, and will take place at Bramall Music Building, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston. Previous events have drawn a wide audience from across the region and beyond.

The conference gives writers the pick of nine sessions with industry professionals including an exploration of the book trade, financial management, how to write for broadcast and podcast, and how to get booked onto festival programmes.

For the first time, the conference also offers one-to-one sessions with an agent, a bookseller and a literature festival programmer.

This year’s closing keynote speech is from award winning writer for children and young people, Bali Rai. Most of Rai’s stories are about modern Britain and his first novel (un)arranged marriage is a recommended read for KS3, whilst Rani & Sukh is now a set text for GCSE. He is a charismatic and inspiring speaker who has appeared on television and radio.

Jonathan Davidson, Chief Executive of Writing West Midlands, said:

“One of the many events, activities and projects run by Writing West Midlands, the National Writers’ Conference is an invaluable opportunity for writers to make new contacts, share ideas, and celebrate the world of writing.

“This event brings them into contact with industry professionals, including agents, editors and publishers as well as providing a rare opportunity for peer networking and support.”

The National Writers’ Conference is programmed and produced by Writing West Midlands, and supported by University of Birmingham.

Tickets cost just £50 / £45 (concs) and includes a buffet lunch. To book, and for the full programme, see http://www.writingwestmidlands.org/event/the-national-writers-conference/


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WRITERS DAY – MEET THE PUBLISHING EXPERTS (Derby)

Saturday 11th June, 1pm-2:30pm
QUAD, Market Place, Derby
Tickets £8/£6 conc.

From http://www.derbybookfestival.co.uk/whats-on/writers-day-meet-publishing-experts/ or from QUAD Box Office on 01332 290606

Ever wondered what an agent does for an author? Or how a publisher decides on the next big thing? Or what the publicity and marketing team do to get a book out there? Well here’s where you can get the answers!

Join us for a fascinating panel session giving an unparalleled insight into the world of publishing with author Antonia Hodgson, who is also a publisher of twenty years’ experience, Penguin Life publicist, Julia Murday (both from Derby!) and a literary agent, Ella Kahn.


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Yoga for writers

25 June at 14:00–17:00
Simply Be YOGA
Quaker Hall, Kenelm Road (off Manor Hill), B73 6HD Sutton Coldfield

A dedicated workshop to introduce yoga to writers who spend a lot of time sitting and working at computers.

This practical workshop will work on the physical issues faced by writers but also we will use the breath to ease the mind and to help us concentrate.

Finally the workshop will introduce ways we can access out own creative energy by working on the energy centres that influence communication and creativity.

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SCREENWRITING WORKSHOPS @ RSC’S THE OTHER PLACE

“IF YOU HAVE A STORY TO TELL, THIS IS HOW TO TELL IT”

With more than twenty-five years experience writingfor radio, television and film in the UK and in Hollywood,screenwriters Adam and Barbara Fox share how to structure,write and craft a compelling story for the screen.

In this inspiring workshop, illustrated by Academy Awardwinning movie ‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid’, you will discover the skills and techniques that make a good script great.

£45

RSC’S THE OTHER PLACE
SOUTHERN LANE, STRATFORD-UPON-AVON CV37 6BB

Saturday 21st May from 2.30 to 6.30pm.
Tickets are £45 from the box office on 01789 403493.

Full details are available on our RSC web page at  https://www.rsc.org.uk/screenwriting-workshops


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‘Writing Your City’ (Coventry) with Vanessa Oakes

Drawing on your own experience of living in and/or visiting Coventry, this workshop will help you to engage with the unique physical properties, qualities and meanings of your city.
It will encourage you to start to find your voice, hone your writing skills and turn your personal experiences into a story.

And like all the best things in life, it’s FREE!

Book Here

Please note this workshop is 16+

This is part of Shoot Festival, 11th-12th March, to find out more about Shoot Festival please take a look at the website:

www.coventryshootfestival.com


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PowWow Festival of Writing

The PowWow Festival of Writing takes place on the 24th April this year in Moseley, Birmingham:

“Rather than being a book festival where authors promote their latest novel, our aim is to focus on the craft and the industry around writing and we invite speakers with expertise in topics we hope will be of interest to writers in the West Midlands. We also aim to be affordable and inclusive. There’s plenty of time to chat to other authors in between the talks and the whole event is very informal.

www.powwowfest.com

We also have a Facebook page and are on Twitter as @powwowlitfest if you’d like to ask any questions or follow us for updates.”

 


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Free workshops for 16-25 year olds (Birmingham)

From Sampad arts:

“Do you want to tell your story by writing a short story, poem, blog post, article or script?

Sampad Arts is holding FREE writing & storytelling workshops in Birmingham on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th February 2016 with respected British / Bangladeshi writer / actress Leesa Gazi.

This is a great opportunity which is likely to interest young women of Bangladeshi origin.

Email: anne@sampad.org.uk

or call 0121 446 3260 to register your interest”


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Birmingham Horror Group launches this week

Next Meeting: Saturday, December 5th 2015, 7:00pm

Venue: The Spread Eagle, Acocks Green, Birmingham B27

Interested in the dark fantasy fiction of such writers as MR James, Shirley Jackson and Stephen King? Or perhaps the horror films of George Romero, Sam Raimi and Guillermo del Toro? From Bride of Frankenstein to It FollowsThe Haunting of Hill House to The Books of BloodThe Twilight Zone to Ash vs Evil Dead, the Birmingham Horror Group offers a relaxed forum for all fans of the genre to meet and discuss their favourite writers, artists and film-makers, with occasional special guest appearances from leading creators.

See website for more details


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Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee – event in Birmingham

Waterstones have invited us to an event at their New Street store:

On the 29th July at 7pm in Waterstones’ Birmingham New Street store, the release of Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee.

THE EVENING WILL INCLUDE

-A READING FROM THE NEW BOOK

-A HARPER LEE QUIZ

-A PRIZE FOR THE BEST PERIOD FANCY DRESS

-DRINKS AND NIBBLES

-PRIZES THROUGHOUT THE EVENING

 

LET US KNOW IF YOU’RE INTERESTED

-TWEET US @WSTONESNEWST

- CALL US 0121 631 4333

-ASK A BOOKSELLER IN STORE

 

 

 


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