January Round-Up II

Greetings, short story lovers!
Here’s what’s been on a packed ShortStops blog over the past few weeks…

Tania x

Live Lit
We welcome a new live lit event to our list, Verbose, Manchester: “bring words to the ‘burbs – prose and poetry, with special guests and an open mic”.

Verbose invite you to their first event, Jan 26th.  White Rabbit want your short stories for their Curioser and Curioser storytelling tea party on Feb 20th in London. Stand-Up Tragedy’s next event, Tragic Winter, is in London on Feb 28th and they are calling for submissions for the SUT blog.

Lit Mags

We’re delighted that 2 new lit mags have joined our list: Trafika Europe, which “brings you some of the best new literature from Europe… and later in 2015 the first “online” literary radio station”; and Shooter Literary Magazine, “supporting emerging writers of literary fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry and narrative journalism”. Welcome, both!

Shooter Literary Magazine is already blogging, with a call for submissions for Issue #2, on the theme of ‘Union.’ On the theme of themes, Brain of Forgetting’s first issue, Stones, is now available, and submissions for Issue 2 open shortly. Neon Magazine has opened submissions for Battery Pack II, its second anthology of tiny stories.  Other mags still want your stories too: The Manchester Review has is calling for your submissions. Jotters United is calling for submissions.

Anthologies
Freight Books wants short story submissons for an anthology inspired by Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity.

Competitions & Festivals
Ann Summers has launched an erotic fiction-writing competition, deadline Jan 23rd, so get your skates on! The Short FICTION short story prize is open for entries, deadline March 31st, as are the Felixtstowe Book Festival’s 2015 short story competition, deadline May 16th and The Moth’s International Short Story Prize, deadline June 30th. Words and Women announced the winners of their writing competition.

Workshops and Courses
Clevedon Community Bookshop is holding a flash fiction workshop taught by Gail Aldwin this Thurs, Jan 22nd. Paul McVeigh is running a one-day workshop on That Killer First Page- Submitting to Competitions and Journals, in London on Jan 31st. Alison Clayborn is running a Focus on Fiction course at the Brunel Museum in London.

And Ireland has a new national residential writing centre – The Story House in County Waterford, which is running a short story course from Mar 23-28th.

Last Minutes and Gentle Reminders
You have until Jan 23rd to submit stories on the theme of ‘Outsiders’ to Popshot, and January 25th is the deadline for prose pamphlet submissions for The Emma Press.

If you are eager for even more short-story-related news, do follow ShortStops on Twitter where, when we should be writing, we spend (far too) much time passing on news from lit mags, live lit events, short story workshops and festivals! If you’d like to review an event or a publication, drop me a line.

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Focus on Fiction course at the Brunel Museum starts Jan 12

The next run of Focus on Fiction at the  Brunel Museum SE16 (near Rotherhithe Station) starts Jan 12, booking deadline is Jan 9th.

I’ve been running this course for several years now- 6 Monday evening sessions fortnightly – lovely setting and a small supportive group, covering the building blocks of fiction with plenty of time for feedback.

There is quite a lively writing community in Rotherhithe – I offer other courses and workshops there too: see my Facebook page

 

 

AUTUMN FOCUS ON FICTION COURSE AT THE BRUNEL MUSEUM STARTS SEPT 22nd

Hello- this is Alison Clayburn:  alisonboydclayburn@hotmail.co.uk.  I’m a poet, short fiction writer and tutor in both plus Writing for Self Discovery. Having worked for quite a few London colleges (latest Birkbeck for ten years) I now run my own programme of courses and workshops, with small group sizes and an emphasis on mutual support. I live in a lovely part of London by the Thames and focus on developing courses locally. So – my Facebook page is CreativeWritingInRotherhithe

The new focus on fiction course at the Brunel Museum, London SE16, starts on September 22nd and continues fortnightly to Dec 1st. The time is 7-9.30pm, the cost is £95 (concessions negotiable) and the booking deadline is Sept 15th. It’s suitable for both beginners and those with some experience.

I have been running these courses for four years at the museum, a great venue near Rotherhithe Overground, and, as a short fiction specialist, have refined the format to cover all the basics in 6 fortnightly sessions. The purpose of fortnightly is to allow time for producing work to bring to the next session, when there’s plenty of time for feedback and for exploration of a new topic.

I have found that, because the groups are small, people appreciate both the attention their writing gets and the opportunity to get to know other writers.  I always offer  the opportunity to do a follow on course called ‘further skills’, tailored to participants’ needs.

If you’d like to know more have a look at the Brunel Museum website . My Facebook page gives more information too. If you have any questions, would like a course description and/or want to book, do email me on alisonboydclayburn@hotmail.co.uk.

FLASH FICTION WORKSHOP Sept 8, Brunel Museum

Hello- this is Alison Clayburn:  alisonboydclayburn@hotmail.co.uk.  I’m a poet, short fiction writer and tutor in both plus Writing for Self Discovery. Having worked for quite a few London colleges (latest Birkbeck for ten years) I now run my own programme of courses and workshops, with small group sizes and an emphasis on mutual support. I live in a lovely part of London by the Thames and focus on developing courses locally. So – my Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/CreativeWritingInRotherhithe I studied writing for personal development as part of my Sussex MA and am particularly interested in the crossover between self exploratory writing and powerful, effective poetry or prose. Many of my ongoing writers attend a variety of the workshops and courses I offer- fiction, poetry, self discovery.

I sometimes organise one-off workshops so – if you are within easy travelling distance of Rotherhithe Overground Station (East London line) you are invited to a Flash Fiction workshop on the evening of Monday Sept 8th, 6.30-9.30pm at the.  iconic Brunel Museum by the River Thames: the location of my short fiction courses. This workshop is open to all, with an appropriately short Flash Fiction writing activity, discussion and an information and advice session with Jay Merill, Flash Fiction specialist, resident writer at Women in Publishing and winner of the Salt Prize for fiction. If you’d like to know more about this growing field, including online publishing opportunities, do contact me by email to book. Cost is £12.00, booking deadline Sept 1st. You’ll also find information on the Brunel Museum website.

If you are interested in Writing for Self Discovery I’ll be running a fresh set of three monthly Saturday afternoon workshops at Canada Water library  (right by Canada Water station) on Sept 13, Oct 11 and Nov 8. These have been running for quite a while- with a core group and new faces always welcome. This series’ theme is SHAPES. The cost is £75 for three, if booked together, £60 for two or £30 for one. The group is small, confidential and supportive. If you’d like to know more do contact me alisonboydclayburn@hotmail.co.uk and/or check out  https://www.facebook.com/CreativeWritingInRotherhithe And for poets – there’s a poetry workshop suitable for both beginners and those with some experience on Saturday Nov 22nd. These workshops offer the chance to do one free verse poem and one using form. The November theme is SURVIVAL  AND SYLLABICS.