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Penguin Random House The Writers’ Academy – webinar invitation

The Writer’s Academy will hold their first webinar of 2017 on Monday 13th February.

This will cover point of view and narrative voice – Further details and free registration here.

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Writing workshop – Motivation and Moving Forward: how to make your book happen

Motivation and Moving Forward: how to make your book happen
A three-hour workshop aimed at those with a work in progress (novel, non-fiction or short story collection) who are determined to complete but are seeking help with motivation or practical issues.

Date: Saturday 11 February 2017

Venue: Stratford-upon-Avon ArtsHouse

Cost: £25

Book tickets at

There is a discount of 20% on the workshops for members of local writing groups, creative writing students and those over 60.
Anyone who wants to attend the workshop and benefit from the discount should email:

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Centre for New Writing: Writers’ Retreat

Leicester University’s Centre for New Writing is pleased to announce its Writers’ Retreat, which will take place on 27 and 28 March, 2017.Led by creative writing specialists from the University of Leicester, the sessions focus forensically on literary craft and form. There will be group sessions, tailored individual feedback and writers’ talks. Places are limited to 12.

The Retreat will be held at Lake Isle Hotel in the peaceful market town of Uppingham, Rutland. The Lake Isle hotel is easily reached by public transport and close to several nature reserves.

Dates: 27 & 28 March, 2017

Prices: Includes tea, coffee and meals, including dinner at Lake Isle Hotel on the Retreat’s first evening. Payment by instalments can be made by arrangement at but requires a non-refundable deposit.

£249 Residential (early booking recommended to secure your hotel room)

£174 Non-residential

£156 Non-residential: students and hourly paid tutors (places limited to 5 people)

See the website for more details


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Saturday, 5 November 2016 from 14:00 to 18:00 (GMT)

RSC’s The Other Place
Southern Lane
CV37 6BB Stratford-upon-Avon
United Kingdom

What makes a good film great? In this inspiring, all-new workshop, illustrated by clips from the action adventure classic Raiders of the Lost Ark, screenwriters Adam and Barbara Fox share how to structure, write and craft a compelling story for the screen.

A new movie, a new genre, new techniques and a new script type.

This workshop is limited to just 30 places so book your ticket early to reserve your place.



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Jo Bell poetry workshop at Kenilworth Arts Festival

52 Ways to Write a Poem (Jo Bell)

Date: Saturday 17th September, 10am – 1pm

Venue: The Clarendon Arms, Kenilworth

Ticket link:

‘Are you sitting comfortably? Never mind. Let’s begin anyway.’

Jo Bell’s 52 Project began as a blog-based poetry workshop offering, in her words, ‘a weekly kick in the arse for your Muse.’ Writers were given a new prompt every week throughout 2014; the whole thing is now collected into a new book along with fresh prompts from Helen Mort, Philip Gross and others, as well as inspirational poems from writers including John Donne and Sharon Olds.

In this workshop the former director of National Poetry Day reveals some of the techniques that made the project such a success, exploring the notion of a mental discourse between poets living and dead, as well as opening up her workbook and sharing some tips. If your Muse needs a kick in the nether regions, this is the place to be.



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Reading and Being Read: Making Books at Birmingham Box

TWO events:

Thursday 22 September 2016, 6-8pm
Café Mezzanine, Library of Birmingham

If you think it’s fine to judge a book by its cover – and typeface, paper and page layout! – this is the event for you. Come for an evening of discussion, demonstration and investigation into all that goes into make books as objects with other keen readers, practitioners and local small press publishers.

Tickets are £3

Event arranged by The Contemporary Small Press and the Library of Birmingham.

Friday 23 September 2016, 6-8pm
Café Mezzanine, Library of Birmingham

The last few years has seen an explosion of new small presses and independent publishers around the country, publishing new and exciting fiction and poetry. If you are a keen reader and want to know more about the difference being a small press makes to how they work and what they publish, come along to hear from two local small presses, The Emma Press and Ayebia Press. They will each be presenting one of their writers, who will read from recently published work.

Event arranged by The Contemporary Small Press The Contemporary Small Press and the Library of Birmingham.


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Penguin Random House seek writers from under-represented communities

In an initiative called Write Now, Penguin Random House are looking for writers from under-represented communities.

This might mean you’re from BAME (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic) or LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer) communities, or have a disability.

They are hosting a series of insight days (one of which is in Birmingham).

Find out more at the website

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Spoken word event – Books and Beer

You’re invited to Books & Beer at The Gunmakers Arms, Birmingham city centre 7-9pm on Monday 12th September. There will be fantastic live fiction and Two Towers’ brilliant craft beers, and tickets are free. Book them at and be sure to bring your friends!

The evening is loosely themed around Birmingham’s heritage and its history of gun-making.

The pub is the Two Towers’ brewery tap. Its beers are wonderful and very reasonably priced.? Free snacks will be provided and you can order pub grub too.

If you’d like to perform a short piece of fiction, please contact Helen at



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Links & Shifts – event in Birmingham

Links & Shifts
Sunday 21st of August, 2:30-5:30
Birmingham Open Media, FREE

Links & Shifts brings together three practitioners to discuss the similarities and differences in their working processes.

Nikki Pugh (artist), Kat Jungnickel (sociologist) and Emily Chappell (writer) have all taken the experience of cycling as the  starting point for their work. Through a combination of presentations and panel discussion, they will explore how they go about understanding things through doing and making. They’ll also talk about the methods they use to move between the practical stage and the final outcome.

Come and join us if you have an interest in practice as research, embodied modes of knowing, storytelling, or just enjoy a good bike ride. There’ll be tea, cake, book signing and a chance to wear Kat’s research whilst pedalling a suitably aged bicycle.

Tickets are free, but strictly limited. Reserve your place at

Emily had her first book published in January and is well known in cycling circles for her blogging; winning Travel Blogger of the Year at the 2012 British Travel Press Awards. She also writes for the Guardian. She’ll be ‘fresh’ back from taking part in an endurance cycle race across Europe and will be talking about (or rather doing) the bit between living the experience and turning the memories into stories and the written word.


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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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