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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UEA Live presents Emma Healey

  • 2 October 2014 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).

Emma Healey has recently launched her debut novel Elizabeth is Missing after completing her MA in Creative Writing at UEA.

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


About Emma Healey

Emma Healey wrote her first short story when she was four, told her teachers she was going to be a writer when she was eight, but had learnt better by twelve and had decided on being a litigator (inspired entirely by the film Clueless). After completing her degree in bookbinding she began to pursue a career in art until writing overtook everything. She moved to Norwich in 2010 to study for the MA in Creative Writing at UEA and never moved back again. Elizabeth is Missing is her first novel.

Suitable for

  • Any age
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Navigate Your Novel with Ross Raisin

  • 18 October 2014 10am-4pm

"Powerful, engrossing, extraordinary, sinister, comic. A masterful debut" - Observer

Have you reached a dead-end with your novel?

Or are you circling a roundabout, looking for a sign?

Come to this workshop led by prize-winning author Ross Raisin and start navigating your novel.

About the Novel Writing Workshop

Refuel your writing and receive invaluable advice on avoiding the common hazards and dangerous diversions of novel writing in this workshop taught by Ross Raisin, one of Granta’s Best Young British Novelists.

Through a series of practical exercises, you’ll learn methods to improve dialogue, and enhance characterisation. You’ll be encouraged to discuss and debate the craft of novel-writing, helping you to discover the issues which often lurk at the heart of novels.

Not only will you gain a fresh perspective on your own work, you’ll also have the opportunity to share your writing with the group, and receive constructive criticism from Ross and your peers. The session will end with a discussion on how to move a raw idea into a rough plot.

Make sure your novel gets to its destination – book your place.

About Ross Raisin

Ross Raisin is an accomplished tutor and award winning writer. In 2009 Ross was named the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year, and he was named one of Granta’s Best Young British Novelists last year. He’s an experienced creative writing tutor, and regularly teaches on Arvon courses. He had written two novels; God’s Own Country and Waterline, and is currently working on his third novel

Level

This workshop is best-suited for those who are working on a novel, or who have finished a novel and are working on revisions. Familiarity with a workshop environment and a desire to engage with peers and learn from an award-winning writer is also encouraged.


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

Admission

£75/£55

Website

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

jonathan gibbs

UEA Live presents Jonathan Gibbs

  • 30 October 2014 From 7:15pm

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).

Jonathan's first novel, Randall was published by Galley Beggar Press in Norwich and he has also had short fiction appear in Lighthouse and Gorse.

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

About Jonathan Gibbs

Jonathan Gibbs was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad in 1972, grew up in Essex and now lives in London. He works as a journalist, writes on books for The Independent and the TLS and blogs on book design for The Independent. He took the MA in Creative Writing at UEA followed by a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing. His story The Story I’m Thinking of was shortlisted for the inaugural White Review Short Story Prize, and The Faber Book of Adultery was anthologised in Salt’s Best British Short Stories 2014.

Website

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

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Apply for a TLC Free Read & have Your Manuscript Assessed for Free

  • 31 October 2014 5pm

Could you do with a professional reading service? Can’t quite afford it?

Apply for a Free Read with The Literary Consultancy.

If you're a serious writer living in the East of England but are finding that financial barriers are stunting your progress then TLC Free Reads is for you. Through this Arts Council England-funded scheme we can offer you a free opportunity to have your work read and reported back on by a professional from The Literary Consultancy. Click for application details.



The Literary Consultancy is the UK’s leading manuscript assessment service, providing expert, market-aware editorial advice to writers at all levels writing in English. The consultancy holds a strong track record of helping writers get into print.

An assessment of all or part of your manuscript could really help you progress; giving you sage industry advice and the Holy Grail – honest, constructive feedback. We offer this scheme to high quality writers of all kinds in the East of England on low incomes (for what counts as a ‘low income’ see below).

This is a competitive process and eligible applicants will be selected based on artistic merit. Writers’ Centre Norwich will select candidates from the Eastern Region, through assessing samples of your work. Successful candidates will be required to submit longer manuscripts to TLC in London, for a professional assessment, free of charge.

Free Reads is open to writers of prose (fiction, children’s, narrative non-fiction and short stories), poetry, and scripts for TV, Film, Radio or Theatre.

If you are interested in applying, please read the below carefully, register online and download the application form.

Deadline for entries: Friday 31 October 2014
Winners will be notified by: end of November 2014
Winners must submit manuscripts for TLC assessment before 9 January 2015


To apply please:

1) Register your interest with Writers’ Centre Norwich. When you have registered with our booking system, you will be automatically sent a unique booking number. You must include this in your covering letter and write it on every page of your submission. No name or contact details should be included on the pages of the submission, so we can guarantee complete anonymity and impartiality.

2) Submit:

- A completed application form.
- Three copies of a short covering letter saying why a Free Read would be useful to you at this stage in your career as a writer and addressing your qualification in the low income criteria.
- Three copies of a short sample of the work that you want to be assessed by TLC (no more than 3 pages for prose, 75 lines for poetry, 10 pages for scripts) All submissions must be typewritten and (excluding poetry) should be double-spaced, in a 12pt font, and printed on one side of the A4 page.
- Supply paperwork pertaining to low income criteria, outlined below.

Send To:

Free Reads
Writers’ Centre Norwich
14 Princes Street
Norwich, NR3 1AE

Applicants must

• Submit an extract from the same manuscript you would submit for a Free Read
• Submit consecutive work; your Free Read may not be comprised of separate extracts of work
• Submit paperwork relating to their low income status
• Be aged 16 or older
• Be resident in the East of England (Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk)
• Submit application in English
• Submit single authored works only
• Enter under your own name and home address; pen names and c/o addresses will not be eligible
• Ensure their entry is received by the closing date. Entries postmarked with the closing date will not be accepted

Applicants must not

• Be, or have been, studying for an academic qualification in creative writing during academic year 2012/13 or 2013/14. Students studying subjects other than creative writing will be eligible
• Have previously benefitted from TLC Free Reads within the last three years
• Have previously been published (in anything other than an anthology or pamphlet) or received a professional production of a script
• Be employees of Writers’ Centre Norwich
• Make more than one entry

The criteria for low income is as follows:

Job Seeker’s Allowance
Disability Benefit
Income Support
Working Tax Credit
Student
Over 60

You will be asked to submit paperwork proof of your low income criteria along with your application.

Should you be successful:

• You will be notified by end November 2014
• You must submit your manuscript for TLC, as advised, as soon as possible after accepting your Free Read and before 9 January 2015


APPLICATION FAQs

If successful, the manuscript you will be submitting to TLC may fall in any of the following categories:

Books
Up to 50 pages
Up to 100 pages
100-215 pages
216-300 pages
Over 300 pages

Children’s Picture Books
Up to 4000 words

Short Stories
Up to 3000 words
Additional words can be added (per 2000 words) as required

Poetry
Up to 300 lines
Additional lines (per 100) can be added as required

Treatments
Up to 10 pages
11-30 pages
31-50 pages
Additional pages can be added as required

Scripts
Up to 30 pages
31-60 pages
61-90 pages
91-120 pages
Additional pages can be added as required


What is a Free Read?
Free Reads is a bursary scheme to help high quality, low income writers to access the Literary Consultancy’s manuscript service. The Free Reads scheme is processed in exactly the same way as the paid manuscript assessment. This is not a copy edit but a chance to have a trusted reader working for TLC feedback on your work.

To consider if this opportunity would be suitable for you please read about Manuscript Assessment on the TLC website

What should I put on my covering letter?
Covering letters should comprise a short explanation of why a Free Read would be useful to you at this stage in your career as a writer and addressing how you fulfil the low income criteria. It should be no more than one side of A4 and include information about any writing courses you have been on and any experience with publishers or agents that you have had.

How will winners be selected?
If considered financially eligible, winners will be selected on the quality of the work submitted, with consideration also given to how useful we feel a Free Read could be at this particular stage of your writing career.

Who will judge entries?
Entries will be judged by Writers’ Centre Norwich.

Terms and conditions:
- TLC Free Reads is open to writers of prose (fiction, children’s, narrative non-fiction and short stories), poetry, and scripts for TV, Film, Radio or Theatre.
- Applicants must be resident in the East of England (Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk).
- To enter, apply online, download and complete the application form (available from our website or by post from info@writerscentrenorwich.org.uk or 01603 877177) and send the completed form along with manuscript and cover letter to TLC Free Reads, Writers’ Centre Norwich, 14 Princes Street, Norwich, NR3 1AE.
- Deadline for receipt of entries is 5pm on Friday 31st October 2014. Only entries received by this time will be accepted. We will not accept postmarked entries if they arrive late.
- WCN will not publish them or share your personal details with any third party without prior permission.
- These terms and conditions are governed by the laws of England and Wales.

Website

http://www.writerscentrenorwich.org.uk/Events-all/tlcfreereadshaveyourmanuscriptassessedforfree.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 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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