Start your day with a burst of creativity!

Write & Shine runs a programme of writing workshops that embrace the inspirational power of the morning.  Writer Gemma Seltzer will guide you through the sessions, waking you up with words & energising you for the day ahead.

Our workshops take place bright & early in peaceful central London locations & are open to everyone, whether you’re new to writing, have some experience or simply want to add more creativity into your life. You won’t be expected to share your work, which offers great freedom & encourages all kinds of unexpected ideas to emerge.

For the summer series of workshops, we’ll find inspiration in sunshine, the lighter mornings & the 200th anniversary of Emily Brontë’s birth. Join us from 5 July.

Workshops cost £19 or you can purchase our seasonal membership to motivate you to enjoy all the workshops, events & online sessions we have on offer this summer. Find out more on our website: www.write-and-shine.com

National Flash Fiction Day celebrations

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National Flash Fiction Day 2018 falls on Saturday 16th June, with events across the UK and a special trio of celebrations in Bristol.

The day kicks off at 10.30am with the #FlashWalk.

We invited competition entries on the theme of Urban Landscapes. Submissions arrived from all over the world. The winning entries will be shared by actors during the Flash Walk.

The Flash Walk begins just outside the harbourside entrance to Bristol’s M Shed. It will finish at the GreenHouse, Hereford Street, BS3 4NA (just under a mile’s stroll away), around 12.30pm.

The GreenHouse will be the venue for the afternoon’s free writing workshops. There will also be an evening of flash fiction performances at Bedminster Library, and the launch of the 2018 National Flash Fiction Day anthology.

You can find more details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/178868469594679/, here https://www.facebook.com/events/177406499633651/ and here: https://www.facebook.com/events/2106124046323877/

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Leicester Writes: Short Story Festival

SHORT STORY FESTIVAL, SATURDAY 30th JUNE 2018, 10.30 AM – 6 PM

LCB Depot, Rutland St, Leicester, LE1 1RE

Join us for a wonderful celebration of all things small and wonderful as part of this year’s Leicester Writes Festival. The day will kick off with a two-hour workshop on writing and editing short stories with writers, Divya Ghelani and Rupert Dastur. The afternoon will be packed with author talks: award winning writers Rebecca Burns and CG Menon will be sharing their experiences of putting their short story collection together, and Jon McGregor and Alison Moore will be in conversation with Mahsuda Snaith to discuss taking the leap from writing short stories to novels. The evening will end in style with our Leicester Writes Short Story Prize anthology launch, where we will be celebrating the talents of this year’s longlist.

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM – ‘The Art of the Short Story’ Workshop

ln this session, Divya Ghelani will introduce and discuss several prizewinning short stories to assess short fiction techniques that are classic as well as experimental. She’ll cover aspects of character, voice, language, and intrigue within the short story form. This workshop is perfect for anyone looking to understand how the short form works and wants to write a successful short story. This session will include a number of writing exercises.

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM – Short fiction: An Editor’s Perspective

How do editors assess short fiction submissions? What are they looking for from short stories and flash fiction?

In this session, Rupert Dastur, senior editor at The Short Story will discuss what he likes and doesn’t like to see from manuscripts. He will offer an insight into how writers can edit their stories so they are ready for publication and offer suggestions on how to manage submissions. Rupert will also share his ultimate list of who to follow and what to read so you can learn from the best. With useful tips and tricks, this session is a must for anyone looking to build their career as a writer.

1:30 – 2:30 PM – How to Publish a Short Story Collection

Join Dahlia Publishing editor, Farhana Shaikh and award winning short story writers, Rebecca Burns and CG Menon as they discuss the process of putting together a short story collection. This session will discuss the publishing process as well as how writers select, organise and write short stories for a collection. Featuring readings with both authors and a book signing.

3 PM – 4 PM In Transit: From short stories to novels

How do writers transition from writing short stories to writing a novel? What skills do they develop in the process and what is it really like to work across forms? In this session, writers share their experiences of starting their careers by writing short stories before turning their hand to novel writing.

Featuring readings from award winning writer, Jon McGregor and Man Booker prize shortlisted, Alison Moore. Chaired by debut novelist and award winning short story writer, Mahsuda Snaith.

4:30 PM – 6:00 PM Leicester Writes Short Story Prize Anthology Launch

Join us to celebrate this year’s winning short stories in our prize giving ceremony and anthology launch. With readings from some of this year’s winners. Leicester Writes Short Story Prize was launched in 2017 to celebrate original short story writing. The judging panel included writers Rebecca Burns, Jon McGregor and last year’s first prize winner, CG Menon.

Tickets: Purchase your all-day festival ticket for just £20, workshops are included in the price.

To book your ticket please visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/leicester-writes-short-story-festival-tickets-45782026273

For more information please contact Farhana on f.shaikh@dahliapublishing.co.uk

Inside Fictional Minds: psychology for writers workshop, Chester

A weekend workshop ‘Inside Fictional Minds’ will take place 30th June to 1st July in central Chester. It aims to use psychological theories to add depth to your fictional character development. Topics covered include attachment theory, character change and growth, and psychological defence mechanisms. A mixture of tutorials, group work, individual writing time and one-to-one support, will help you to develop intriguing and authentic characters based on psychological theories. Suitable for character development in short stories or novel-length.

 

Dr Stephanie Hutton (Clinical Psychologist) and Liz Kay (Integrative Counsellor, Occupational Therapist) have years of training and therapy skills to add to their knowledge as writers to help you develop your fiction and deepen your understanding of character.

Suitable for all levels of writer, from beginner to published. However, you will get the most out of the weekend if you have specific fictional characters in mind to work on.

 

Two half-price places available for low-income writers.

Reductions for friends booking together.

 

To find our more about the course and instructors, or to book, please go to:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/inside-fictional-minds-psychological-theory-for-writers-tickets-45415747724

Haringey Literature Live – a wealth of Masterclasses and Short Writing Courses coming up

North London’s HARINGEY LITERATURE LIVE has an inspiring range of writing courses & Masterclasses coming up from April – June 2018.

Energising writing workshops on the Short Story, Life-Writing, the Novel and Poetry can be found here: http://haringeyliteraturelive.com/workshops-programme-autumn-2016-springsummer-2017/

Fabulous Masterclasses from successfully published writers kick off with novelist Helen Gordon here who will be giving expert advice to writers of both short and long fiction on Sunday April 29th: http://haringeyliteraturelive.com/writing-masterclasses/

http://haringeyliteraturelive.com

Creating Short Fantasy Fiction from Dartmoor Myths and Legends – A free workshop

Creating Short Fantasy Fiction from Dartmoor Myths and Legends – A free workshop led by Myfanwy Cook www.myfanwycook.com as part of the 15th Tavistock Festival www.tavistockmusic.co.uk

Come along and be inspired to write the opening to or a mini-short story based on a selection of the myths and legends such as Old Dewer’s ‘Wisht Hounds’ and cream eating pixies.

Venue: Tavistock Library

Start time: 10.30 am am till 12.15 pm

Date: 25th of April, 2018

Booking is essential through: tavistock.library@librariesunlimited.org.uk

Telephone: 01822 612218

St. John’s Well, Tavistock

Bursaries for Arvon Flash Fiction course for BAME/Low income writers

Hello, I’m Tania Hershman and I run ShortStops! I’m also a short story writer and teacher – and I have crowdfunded so that I can now offer three £250 bursaries for BAME writers or writers on low income who would like to attend the Arvon foundation 5-day residential flash fiction course I am co-tutoring, with the amazing Nuala O’Connor, in Devon in November. More details about the course here – there are only a few places on the course left. This funding is coming directly from me –  if you’d like to be considered for one of the £250 bursaries (you will need to pay for the remainder of the course fee yourself) or you know someone who is not on social media who might like to apply, please email me taniah@gmail.com as soon as possible and let me know why you’d like the funding! It’s going to be a wonderful week, come join us!

 

Tania