Writers’ Centre Norwich

Writers’ Centre Norwich
14, Princes Street
Norwich
Norfolk
NR3 1AE
England

Website

www.writerscentrenorwich.org.uk

E-mail

info@writerscentrenorwich.org.uk

Telephone

01603 877177

Fax

01603 625452

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Writers' Centre Norwich

Writers’ Centre Norwich is a literature development agency based in Norwich. We are interested in both the artistic and social impact of creative writing, and work with writers, readers and diverse communities on a wide range of ongoing and one off projects and events. We work locally, regionally, nationally and internationally, and have developed productive partnerships with many organisations.

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Synopsis, Submission and Slushpiles: A Guide to Finding a Literary Agent

  • 1 November 2014 10am-4pm *on now
  • 22 November 2014 11:30am-12:30pm

The Art of the Synopsis with Nicola Perry
Saturday 1st November, 10am-4pm

Lessons from the Slushpile with Juliet Pickering
Saturday 22nd November, 11am - 12.30pm (with one to ones taking place in the afternoon)

Scared your submission will end at the bottom of the slushpile?

Not sure where you’re going wrong with your pitch?

Invest in your novel with this professional development package, made up of two essential workshops led by novelist and former commissioning editor Nicola Perry and literary agent Juliet Pickering of Blake Friedmann.

About the Finding a Literary Agent Package

Made up of two workshops a month apart, this unique package will help you polish your agent pitch to perfection. The first workshop, taught by Nicola Perry, will give you vital industry understanding and help you to hone your synopsis, whilst Juliet Pickering will reveal an agent’s biggest turn-offs and give one-to-one feedback on your agent submission.

About the Art of the Synopsis with Nicola Perry

Saturday 1st November, 10am-4pm

Gain a vital editorial insight into your novel with this workshop taught by author and publishing professional Nicola Perry. Nicola will use her extensive experience to help you to identify the successes and flaws in your own submission and share her expert wisdom on industry standards and expectations.

Working with the group you’ll explore common mistakes made in agent submissions and learn how to avoid them. Nicola will share her essential tips and tricks for honing your submission, and will give you advice on how best to do justice to your book with your synopsis.

Make sure your book gets the best start in life- book your place now.

(Participants will be required to send in their submission package by Monday 20th October. Find out more)

About Lessons from the Slushpile with Juliet Pickering

Saturday 22nd November, 11am - 12.30pm (with one to ones taking place in the afternoon)

Juliet Pickering, literary agent to authors such as Kerry Hudson and Laurie Penny, will provide a relaxed and friendly guide to what agents actually want from a submission and give you one-to-one feedback on how to improve yours.

In the morning Juliet will lead a discussion around how best to approach an agent, using examples from her own experiences, and giving you an essential insight. You’ll discover a series of top tips, create useful checklists and get valuable advice on making sure your book is ready to be sent out.

Juliet will also read your freshly revamped submission and provide one-to-one feedback from an agent’s perspective, offering a critique of your opening and your submission as a whole.

This workshop package is designed to help you advance with your novel and find an agent- get prepared and book your ticket now.

(Participants will be required to send in their submission by Friday 14th November. Find out more.)


About Nicola Perry
Nicola’s wide-ranging knowledge and experience makes her the perfect tutor for aspiring novelists -
at various points in her life, Nicola has been a bookseller, novelist, editor, story developer, collaborator, commissioning editor, writing tutor and mentor. She has also worked as Commissioning Editor at Amazon and Head of Writers' Services for Bloomsbury.

She currently runs The London Novelist’s Salon, a tailored series of talks for aspirant novelists.
http://thecraftywritermethod.webs.com/
https://twitter.com/lostlessons

About Juliet Pickering

Juliet is an experienced agent with the Blake Friedmann agency. She previously worked at AP Watt for nine years, and as a Waterstones fiction buyer, giving her a unique multi-perspective view of the literary industry. She represents a wide range of writers, from fiction to non-fiction, which include Costa, Guardian First Book Award and Commonwealth Prize shortlisted authors.

Her interests range from literary and well-written commercial fiction to mystery, crime and thrillers and in non-fiction across the board, including memoir, pop culture, social history, feminist and political commentary, cookery and food writing.
You can find Juliet on the Blake Friedmann agency website.
Follow Juliet on Twitter @JulietPickering


Additional Workshop Details

Participants are asked to send their submissions in twice- once for The Art of the Synopsis by Monday 20th October, and again by Friday 14th November for Lessons from the Slushpile.

The Art of the Synopsis submissions must be sent by Monday 20th October to lauren.farley@writerscentrenorwich.org.uk as a word document or PDF. The submission must include an example query letter for agents, one page synopsis and 3 chapters (of up to 30 pages) double-spaced, Times New Roman, font sized 12.

Lessons from the Slushpile submissions must be sent by Friday 14th November to lauren.farley@writerscentrenorwich.org.uk as a word document or PDF. The submission must include a covering letter, one page synopsis and opening chapters (of up to 3,000 words) double-spaced, Times New Roman, font sized 12.


Payment is non-refundable on this workshop unless it is cancelled.

Attendees of this workshop will also receive free entry to 'Agent & Author with Kerry Hudson, Ben Johncock and Juliet Pickering' on 7th November at Cafe Marzano.
An opportunity to gain valuable insight into the Agent/Author relationship. Click here for more information.
About the Venue

This workshop will take place in the workshop room situated on the ground floor of the Writers’ Centre Norwich office, on 14 Princes Street.

The room provides an ideal environment for creative thinking and learning with plenty of space and natural light. We also provide a range of teas, good strong coffee and the vital ingredient: biscuits.

14 Princes Street is fully accessible. Please let us know if you have any access or other special requirements by calling 01603 877177 or email: info@writerscentrenorwich.org.uk

Admission

£150/£120

Website

http://www.writerscentrenorwich.org.uk/events-all/synopsissubmissionandslushpilesaguidetofindingaliteraryagent.aspx

kerry hudson

Agent & Author with Kerry Hudson, Ben Johncock and Juliet Pickering

  • 7 November 2014 7:30-8:30pm

Working hard to find an agent? Or questioning whether you even need one?

Every writer is told to find an agent, but not every writer is told about what happens when you actually get one. Here’s your chance to find out.

Agent Juliet Pickering of Blake Friedmann will form a panel with two of her authors: Ben Johncock, whose debut novel The Last Pilot was recently sold in the US and Kerry Hudson, whose second novel Thirst was published this year. From working collaboratively on a manuscript to negotiating offers with publishers, they will give you a valuable insight into the agent / author relationship.

You’ll also get to ask your burning questions in a Q&A session and hear both Hudson and Johncock read from their books.

This is a rare opportunity to delve into the nitty-gritty of a literary relationship like no other – book today.

Juliet Pickering is an experienced agent with the Blake Friedmann agency. She previously worked at AP Watt for nine years, and as a Waterstones fiction buyer, giving her a unique multi-perspective view of the literary industry. She represents a wide range of writers, from fiction to non-fiction, which include Costa,Guardian First Book Award and Commonwealth Prize shortlisted authors.Her interests range from literary and well-written commercial fiction to mystery, crime and thrillers and in non-fiction across the board, including memoir, pop culture, social history, feminist and political commentary, cookery and food writing.

Kerry Hudson developed the WoMentoring Project, a free mentoring scheme for women writers, and is a mentor on Inspires, Writers’ Centre Norwich’s fiction mentoring scheme for under 30’s.

Benjamin Johncock is a novelist and writer. His debut novel, The Last Pilot, will be published in hardcover by Picador USA in Spring 2015. Benjamin’s short fiction has been published by The Junket and The Fiction Desk. He has won an American Literary Merit Award and the National Short Story Day competition. He also writes for the Guardian.

Where

Cafe Bar Marzano
Norwich

Admission

£2

Website

http://www.writerscentrenorwich.org.uk/events-all/agentauthorevening.aspx

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UEA-WCN Writing Programme: Writing Fiction: Intermediate (Online) with Anjali Joseph

  • 12 January — 6 July 2015

A suite of creative writing courses, online and face-to-face, offering high quality teaching in both fiction and poetry. Building upon Norwich and UEA’s proven record of literary excellence, Writers’ Centre Norwich and the UEA are teaming up to offer courses in creative writing, both online and face-to-face. Led by writers, with excellent records in teaching, the UEA-WCN Creative Writing Programme offers courses in both poetry and prose fiction and caters for beginners as well as for those who are more advanced.

This 24-week course, run by prize-winning author Anjali Joseph will help you to take the next step with your fiction writing, and give you the necessary skills to reach that final draft. You will benefit from one-to-one feedback throughout the course, and varied modules helping you to move your writing to the next level.
Level 2, 24 week course.

Admission

£900

Website

http://www.writerscentrenorwich.org.uk/writer/emergingwriters/writingfictionintermediateonlinewithanjalijoseph.aspx

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UEA-WCN Writing Programme: Writing Poems: Intermediate (Online) with Helen Ivory

  • 12 January — 6 July 2015

A suite of creative writing courses, online and face-to-face, offering high quality teaching in both fiction and poetry. Building upon Norwich and UEA’s proven record of literary excellence, Writers’ Centre Norwich and the UEA are teaming up to offer courses in creative writing, both online and face-to-face. Led by writers, with excellent records in teaching, the UEA-WCN Creative Writing Programme offers courses in both poetry and prose fiction and caters for beginners as well as for those who are more advanced.

This 24-week course, run by Bloodaxe poet Helen Ivory will help you develop an understanding of your poetic abilities, and discover your voice.
You will benefit from one-to-one feedback throughout the course along with varied modules covering the range of elements involved in good poetry.
Level 2, 24 week course

Admission

£900

Website

http://www.writerscentrenorwich.org.uk/writer/emergingwriters/writingpoemsintermediateonlinewithhelenivory.aspx

Photograph of Anjali Joseph

UEA-WCN Writing Programme: Starting to Write Fiction (Online) with Anjali Joseph

  • 12 January — 30 March 2015

A suite of creative writing courses, online and face-to-face, offering high quality teaching in both fiction and poetry. Building upon Norwich and UEA’s proven record of literary excellence, Writers’ Centre Norwich and the UEA are teaming up to offer courses in creative writing, both online and face-to-face. Led by writers, with excellent records in teaching, the UEA-WCN Creative Writing Programme offers courses in both poetry and prose fiction and caters for beginners as well as for those who are more advanced.

This 12-week course, run by prize-winning author Anjali Joseph will show you how to write fiction by looking at how to craft a good short story.
You will benefit from one-to-one feedback throughout the course, along with varied modules covering the range of elements involved in good writing.
Level 1, 12 week course.

Admission

£450

Website

http://www.writerscentrenorwich.org.uk/writer/committedwriters/startingtowriteprosefictiononlinewithanjalijoseph.aspx

Photograph of Helen Ivory

UEA-WCN Writing Programme: Starting to Write Poems (Online) with Helen Ivory

  • 12 January — 30 March 2015

A suite of creative writing courses, online and face-to-face, offering high quality teaching in both fiction and poetry. Building upon Norwich and UEA’s proven record of literary excellence, Writers’ Centre Norwich and the UEA are teaming up to offer courses in creative writing, both online and face-to-face. Led by writers, with excellent records in teaching, the UEA-WCN Creative Writing Programme offers courses in both poetry and prose fiction and caters for beginners as well as for those who are more advanced.

This 12-week course, run by Bloodaxe-published poet Helen Ivory will help you get to grips with key elements of writing poetry - learning how to explore the power of language and as a result, begin to develop your own voice.
You will benefit from one-to-one feedback throughout the course.
Level 1, 12 week course.

Admission

£450

Website

http://www.writerscentrenorwich.org.uk/writer/committedwriters/startingtowritepoemsonlinewithhelenivory.aspx

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UEA-WCN Writing Programme: Starting to Write Fiction (Face-to-face) with Ian Nettleton

  • 13 January — 17 March 2015

A suite of creative writing courses, online and face-to-face, offering high quality teaching in both fiction and poetry. Building upon Norwich and UEA’s proven record of literary excellence, Writers’ Centre Norwich and the UEA are teaming up to offer courses in creative writing, both online and face-to-face. Led by writers, with excellent records in teaching, the UEA-WCN Creative Writing Programme offers courses in both poetry and prose fiction and caters for beginners as well as for those who are more advanced.

Get into writing, with this ten week course that will take you through the basic foundations of writing in a supportive environment, leaving you with the necessary tools to understand and tackle fiction writing. You will benefit from one-to-one feedback throughout the course.
Level 1, 10 week course.

Admission

£230 / concessions £195

Website

http://www.writerscentrenorwich.org.uk/writer/committedwriters/startingtowritefictionfacetofacewithiannettleton.aspx

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UEA Live presents Dea Brøvig

  • 19 February 2015 7:15-8:15pm

A series of Live Literature events from the University of East Anglia run in collaboration with Writers’ Centre Norwich.

Join us for the second season of UEA Live; a series of free readings by established writers who are all graduates of UEA’s Creative Writing Programmes. The established writers will be supported by current Creative Writing undergraduates, bringing together talented writers at all stages of their careers for your delectation.

The events are a chance to enjoy quality writing in a relaxed atmosphere as well as the chance to chat to each other and the writers over a drink (or two).
There’s no need to book, just turn up on the night to enjoy readings from Dea and selected undergraduate Creative Writing students. We look forward to seeing you there.

About Dea Brøvig

Dea Brøvig moved to the UK from Norway just before her seventeenth birthday. She started reading Japanese at the Queen's College, Oxford, but left after a year to live above an ice cream parlour in Edinburgh and to study Italian in Florence. After graduating from Leeds University in 2000, she worked in publishing for eight years, first as Editorial Assistant for The Erotic Review magazine and - via several other roles - finally as a Foreign Rights literary agent. She graduated from UEA's MA in Creative Writing in 2009. Dea has lived in nine countries, thirteen cities, three houses, twenty-three flats and on one canal boat. The Last Boat Home is her first novel.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

Cafe Bar Marzano
Norwich
Norfolk

Website

http://www.writerscentrenorwich.org.uk/Events-all/uealivedeabrovig.aspx

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UEA Live presents Will Boast

  • 19 March 2015 7:15-8:15pm

A series of Live Literature events from the University of East Anglia run in collaboration with Writers’ Centre Norwich.

Join us for the second season of UEA Live; a series of free readings by established writers who are all graduates of UEA’s Creative Writing Programmes. The established writers will be supported by current Creative Writing undergraduates, bringing together talented writers at all stages of their careers for your delectation.

The events are a chance to enjoy quality writing in a relaxed atmosphere as well as the chance to chat to each other and the writers over a drink (or two).

There’s no need to book, just turn up on the night to enjoy readings from Will and selected undergraduate Creative Writing students. We look forward to seeing you there.

About Will Boast

Will Boast was born in England and grew up in Ireland and Wisconsin. His story collection, Power Ballads, won the 2011 Iowa Short Fiction Award. His fiction and essays have appeared in Best New American Voices, Virginia Quarterly Review, Glimmer Train, The American Scholar, and The New York Times, among other publications. He’s been a Stegner Fellow in fiction at Stanford and a Charles Pick Fellow at the University of East Anglia in the UK. His memoir, Epilogue, is forthcoming from W.W. Norton/Liveright in the US (September 2014) and Granta Books in the UK (January 2015).

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

Cafe Bar Marzano
Norwich
Norfolk

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UEA-WCN Writing Programme: Starting to Write Fiction (Online) with Anjali Joseph

  • 20 April — 6 July 2015

A suite of creative writing courses, online and face-to-face, offering high quality teaching in both fiction and poetry. Building upon Norwich and UEA’s proven record of literary excellence, Writers’ Centre Norwich and the UEA are teaming up to offer courses in creative writing, both online and face-to-face. Led by writers, with excellent records in teaching, the UEA-WCN Creative Writing Programme offers courses in both poetry and prose fiction and caters for beginners as well as for those who are more advanced.

This 12-week course, run by prize-winning author Anjali Joseph will show you how to write fiction by looking at how to craft a good short story.
You will benefit from one-to-one feedback throughout the course, along with varied modules covering the range of elements involved in good writing.
Level 1, 12 week course.

Admission

£450

Website

http://www.writerscentrenorwich.org.uk/writer/committedwriters/StartingtoWriteFictionApril2015.aspx

Photograph of Helen Ivory

UEA-WCN Writing Programme: Starting to Write Poems (Online) with Helen Ivory

  • 20 April — 6 July 2015

A suite of creative writing courses, online and face-to-face, offering high quality teaching in both fiction and poetry. Building upon Norwich and UEA’s proven record of literary excellence, Writers’ Centre Norwich and the UEA are teaming up to offer courses in creative writing, both online and face-to-face. Led by writers, with excellent records in teaching, the UEA-WCN Creative Writing Programme offers courses in both poetry and prose fiction and caters for beginners as well as for those who are more advanced.

This 12-week course, run by Bloodaxe-published poet Helen Ivory will help you get to grips with key elements of writing poetry - learning how to explore the power of language and as a result, begin to develop your own voice.
You will benefit from one-to-one feedback throughout the course.
Level 1, 12 week course.

Admission

£450

Website

http://www.writerscentrenorwich.org.uk/writer/committedwriters/startingtowritepoemsonlinewithhelenivory2.aspx

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UEA Live presents May-Lan Tan

  • 23 April 2015 7:15-8:15pm

UEA Live is a series of Live Literature events from the University of East Anglia run in collaboration with Writers’ Centre Norwich.

Join us for the second season of UEA Live; a series of free readings by established writers who are all graduates of UEA’s Creative Writing Programmes. The established writers will be supported by current Creative Writing undergraduates, bringing together talented writers at all stages of their careers for your delectation.

The events are a chance to enjoy quality writing in a relaxed atmosphere as well as the chance to chat to each other and the writers over a drink (or two).

There’s no need to book, just turn up on the night to enjoy readings from May-Lan and selected undergraduate Creative Writing students. We look forward to seeing you there.

About May-Lan Tan

May-Lan Tan grew up in colonial Hong Kong and was educated in British and American schools. Her parents are Dutch-speaking Chinese immigrants from Indonesia. She holds a BA in Fine Art and an MA in Creative Writing from Goldsmiths College. May-Lan's fiction has been published in Zoetrope: All-Story, Areté, and The Reader. Her debut collection, Things to Make and Break, was published by CB editions in March 2014. Her chapbook, Girly, was published by Future Tense/Scout Books in 2014.

Where

Cafe Bar Marzano
Norwich

Website

http://www.writerscentrenorwich.org.uk/Events-all/uealivemaylantan.aspx

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