HISTORICAL FICTION WRITING WORKSHOP
WEDNESDAY 25th JUNE 2014
10.00 – 4.00
LITTLE WITLEY VILLAGE HALL
Bank Road, Little Witley, Worcs.
Tutors: Sue Johnson & Heather King
(includes tea, coffee & cake)
Please bring a packed lunch (kitchen facilities available)
For further details and to book a place, contact:
Heather King on 01886 888518 or Sue Johnson on 01386 446477
HISTORICAL FICTION WRITING WORKSHOP
The following list of events has been sent to us by Jacqui Rowe of Flarestack Poets:
WORKSHOPS AT THE BARBER INSTITUTE
I’m very pleased by how popular my workshops at the Barber Institute have become. Booking is essential (see below for details)
SATURDAY 24 MAY
1.30 – 4PM
Be inspired by the seascapes in our galleries and explore personal maps and journeys and write about the sea in its many forms…
MARBLE BRONZE WOOD STEEL
SATURDAY 28 JUNE
1.30 – 4PM
Embark on a treasure hunt for the hidden and unexpected artworks around the University of Birmingham campus! Be inspired in your writing by this diverse and eclectic range of sculpture, both inside and out, including works in the Barber Institute and the Campus Collection of Fine and Decorative Art.
Please bring suitable footwear for walking, and protection against bad weather.
FACE TO FACE
SATURDAY 19 JULY
1.30 – 4PM
In response to our Lasting Impressions exhibitions, this workshop looks at how we describe people and create characters. Explore these ideas and have the opportunity to write a dialogue by pairing two disparate portraits.
This workshop, led by Barber Write in Residence Jacqui Rowe, is suitable for writers of prose or poetry, at all levels of experience.
£6; £4 concessions & students per workshop. Limited spaces available – booking essential. To book, contact 0121 414 2261 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
POETRY BITES 7.30 pm 27th MAY
Guest poets for Poetry Bites in May are Roy Marshall and James Sheard. Floor spots are also available for you to share your own work with a supportive and appreciative audience. Kitchen Garden Cafe, York Road, Kings Heath, Birmingham B14 7SA (entry through Fletcher’s, a few yards up the road). To book a floor spot contact email@example.com or arrive before 7.15 pm on the night. £5 (£4 concs) inc readers. Poetry bites receives no public funding so a fee is charged to cover room hire and to contribute to guests’ expenses.
FLARESTACK POETS SUBMISSIONS WINDOW
Flarestack Poets press, publisher of the year 2013 at the Michael Marks Awards and twice publisher of the Michael Marks pamphlet of the year is open for submissions until 31st May. For details see www.flarestackpoets.co.uk
You are invited to enter the Short Story Competition 2014 being run by the Bedford Writing Competition. This is a new competition with the aim of providing a platform for the finest in fiction writing. BWC is a non-profit making organisation and any proceeds will be donated to charity.
This year the competition is for short stories of up to 3000 words in length, on any theme. Prizes totalling £200 will be awarded to three stories judged to be the best by award-winning novelist Leigh Russell with ten of the short-listed entries being published on BWC’ s website.
To see the entry requirements for stories which should be submitted by 30th September 2014 please click here
We look forward to receiving your entries.
The BWC Organising Committee
From the University of York:
The Centre for Lifelong Learning (CLL) has carved out a niche in offering high-quality, distance learning provision over the last decade, focusing on first-rate student engagement and flexible models of delivery. As a learning provider, we have offered a variety of educational opportunities for more than twenty-five years, and have received numerous Vice-Chancellor Awards for the standard of teaching and student support.
CLL is a thriving unit within the University, offering a variety of innovative learning opportunities both locally and globally, with a specific remit of supporting non-traditional students as they return to learn. The Centre offers around 200 evening and day classes during the academic year, receiving around 2,200 applications annually. We are based on the Heslington campus, and aim to make the University a place for everyone, priding ourselves on working in partnership with university departments, external funding bodies and local agencies throughout our work.
Since 2007, we have developed an extensive programme of distance learning to reach learners nationally and around the world, with a particular focus on creative writing. In that time, we have taught literally hundreds of students from the UK and around the globe, and have utilised that expertise to devise new, part-time postgraduate programmes of study that offer you study flexibility without compromising academic rigour. Our approach is to create vibrant and dynamic learning experiences despite students’ distance from one another, fostering a sense of community through keenly-facilitated learning.
Our technology-enhanced delivery uses the University’s virtual learning environment, Blackboard, to ensure that you receive a comprehensive learning experience regardless of whenever or wherever you engage, without the need for extensive IT knowledge. All our online learning is supported by experienced staff, and there is never a need for you to be on the course site a set time for core activities, making this the ideal way for the busy student to extend their learning journey.
Led by Elizabeth Linklater, the Postgraduate Diploma in Creative Writing is a two-year part-time programme, aimed at writers wishing to develop their creative and critical skills at an advanced level. The programme adopts an all-encompassing approach to the discipline of creative writing, taking in a variety of genres and exploring the major forms of prose, poetry and scripts. The award is delivered wholly online, in a fully-supported learning environment, and builds upon many years of experience in the international distance learning arena.
The programme comprises six 20-credit modules which will develop students’ writing skills and their critical faculties in a range of genres. These modules are:
- · Creative Practice: Creativity, Theory and the Craft of Writing
- Critical Approaches: Methodology, Research and Literature
- Compressed Fiction: The Art of the Short Story
- · Poetic Power: Theory and Practice in Contemporary Poetry
- · Sustained Fiction: The Novel as Narrative
- · Dramaturgy, Sound and Screen
The programme also includes residential weekends at York each year. Each event is an opportunity to meet teaching staff network with fellow students, engage in study activities, and hear established writers talk about specific topic areas. These weekends are free of charge, though students will be expected to meet the cost of their travel, accommodation and sustenance. For anyone unable to attend, there will also be the option to engage via real-time video conferencing or to watch recordings of the key sessions.
For more information, please visit www.york.ac.uk/lifelonglearning or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The programme launches in late September 2014, and if you have any specific questions you would like answering, please do feel free to give Iain a call on 01904 328474.
Playwright, TV screenwriter and Creative Space member Jon Barton will be hosting these open to all sessions for IdeasTap writer members.
Topics and exercises covered will include pitching, giving and receiving feedback, coping with rejection and discussing TV formats.
The session takes place at mac birmingham at 2-4pm or alternatively 4.30-6.30pm on 28 April. Free tickets can be booked at www.ideastap.com/spa
New Writing Surgery
Do you want to write but struggle to motivate yourself to start?
Are you a writer looking for a helping hand or feedback?
Do you just want to learn more about the process of writing?
If the answer to any of the above questions is yes, then come along to Blackshaw’s FREE New Writing Surgery presented as part of the Wandsworth Arts Festival + Fringe.
Please let us know you’d like to attend by emailing email@example.com.
Saturday 17th May, 4.30pm to 6pm
Upstairs@The Selkirk, 60 Selkirk Road, Tooting, SW17 0ES
Twice Man Booker Prize winning author, Hilary Mantel, will be judge for this competition.
First Prize £3000 and two Runners Up Prizes of £500
open for entries from May 1st to June 30th.
For more details, please see here
Meet Samantha Hayes, bestselling author of Until You’re Mine, which was chosen as this year’s Birmingham Big City Read. Samantha will be reflecting on the Big City Read and introducing her gripping new psychological suspense novel Before You Die.
About Before you Die:
It has taken nearly two years for the Warwickshire village of Radcote to put a spate of teenage suicides behind it.Then a young man is killed in a freak motorbike accident, and a suicide note is found among his belongings. A second homeless boy takes his own life, this time on the railway tracks.
Is history about to repeat itself?
DI Lorraine Fisher has just arrived for a relaxing summer break with her sister. Soon she finds herself caught up in the resulting police enquiry. And when her nephew disappears she knows she must act quickly.
Are the recent deaths suicide – or murder?
And is the nightmare beginning again?
Tickets £5 available from the Box – birmingham-box.co.uk
Join the Library of Birmingham to celebrate World Book Night. Authors Adele Parks, Matt Haig, Jane Fallon and Ben Aaronovitch will be joining us for a very special event.
The authors, whose books all appear on this year’s World Book Night title list, will be taking part in a special panel event in the Studio Theatre. The event starts at 7pm. Tickets are free and are available at Birmingham-box.co.uk. Everyone who attends will get a free World Book Night book!
At 5.30 – 6.15, the authors will be doing pop-up book clubs in the Library. These are not ticketed and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
There are lots of other things going on in the library during the day. See www.libraryofbirmingham.com for more details.
Birmingham Independent Book Fair will take place on Saturday 12th April
Browse, buy and discover new books, many of which are not available on the high street.
This day-long event will feature independent publishers from the West Midlands and beyond, offering you the chance to buy books directly from the publishers, who will be on hand to answer questions and introduce you to new writing. From poetry pamphlets to prose fiction, graphic novels to science fiction and fantasy, a wide range of forms and genres will be represented.
The fair is free and all are welcome!
11:00am – 5:00pm
Ikon Gallery, 1 Oozells Square, Birmingham B1 2HS