Thursday, 30 of March 2017

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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Commissions for Adrian Mole’s 50th birthday

There are some paid commissions to celebrate Adrian Mole’s 50th birthday.

There will be three five-minute radio plays or monologues which will be performed at Adrian Mole’s birthday party, hosted by Literary Leicester on 2 April 2017 in partnership with Penguin.

See the instructions here

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Kent & Sussex Poetry Society Open Poetry Competition

First Prize: £1000,  2nd: £300,  3rd: £100,  4th: 4 x £50

Judge: Catherine Smith

Entry fee: £5 per poem. 3 or more poems: £4 each

Closing date: 31 January 2017

Entries to: The Competition Organiser, 13 Ruscombe Close, Tunbridge Wells, TN4 0SG

Put name and address on separate sheet – not on poem

or enter on-line and pay by Paypal

For more details, go to:

Leave a comment Publishing Opening to Fantasy Novellas on October 12th Publishing will soon be reopening to unsolicited novella submissions!

Starting October 12, Lee Harris and Carl Engle-Laird will be reading and evaluating original novellas submitted by hopeful authors to

You can find full guidelines here.

Be sure to read the guidelines, as they are on the lookout for a specific type of novella.

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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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Hometown Tales

Weidenfeld & Nicolson (part of Orion group) is launching a series of short books – Hometown Tales – featuring new voices from regions that are under-represented in the UK book market.

Each book will include a work by an unpublished writer and one by a high-profile author, both writing about the same place.

The series will promote greater inclusivity and provide a platform for new writers, helping them to launch the first step of their careers, edited and mentored by editors at W&N.

Find out about the submission process at their web page

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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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