Words And Women Launch Writing Sundays – All In A Good Cause

Words and Women, which supports and celebrates women writers is launching a series of Writing Sundays in the community to support their bid to raise funds for a virtual office and website.

The series of exciting writing workouts in Norwich are designed to be an energizing dip into creativity and will be held on 3 Sundays in September and one on the first of October led by professional writers in prose, poetry, scriptwriting, and devised theatre. Learn how to kickstart your first novel with Sarah Ridgard, join poet Julia Webb on the theme of family and childhood in poetry, devise theatre with Hannah Walker and transform a Suffragette text into a contemporary script with Belona Greenwood. Book up for all four or fix on one that sparks your imagination.

The workshops take place in The Old Hospital Chapel, Fellowes Plain, Norwich, NR1 4DL all between 10 and 12 a.m (except for week 3 which will run between 9.45 – 12.15).

The workshops are just £20 each. They are open to all levels of women writers – there really is something for everyone. Book all four and get a 10% discount. Bookings open from August 19th at www.wordsandwomennorwich.blogspot.co.uk

If a workshop doesn’t appeal then Words and Women are asking supporters to dip into their pockets and support their crowd-funding appeal.

The voluntary organisation run by Lynne Bryan and Belona Greenwood are seeking to raise £3,500 by the end of September 2017 by asking people to become supporters offering donations of £5 and £25.

In return for their generosity, £5 supporters will receive advance notice of events and competitions planned for 2018.  The supporter’s name will also appear on the sponsors’ page of a new 2018 publication, the Words & Women compendium.

Become a Super Supporter for £25 and receive all of the above and a free copy of the compendium which will be published on the 8th March, International Women’s Day. Their name will also be entered in a prize draw for a bumper selection of books by women writers, published in the UK.

For more information and to donate go to: www.wordsandwomennorwich.blogspot.co.uk

Story Fridays Call for Submissions

We’re looking for your stories!  The next Story Fridays in September has the theme the Speed of Light. Take it literally or metaphorically… Perhaps we’ll go to the dark side of the moon, or the furtherest far away star, or perhaps we’ll get caught up in the state of the nation, and enjoy how political fortunes can change at the speed of..well. You get the idea. Story Friday – The Speed of Light will be on Friday 22nd September at Burdall’s Yard in Bath, deadline for submissions is the 11th September.

We are looking for short stories or monologues, fact or fiction (but mainly fiction), maximum 2,000 words. If you want to enter a flash piece that can work too. No poetry, thank you. Please check that you are available to come along to Bath on the 22nd September before you submit. We like the writers to be in the audience for these events.

We have some wonderful professional actors who are very happy to read your story if performance gives you the jitters. Let us know when you submit if you’d like someone else to read your piece.

For more information, or to listen to the kind of stories we like, click here.

Bunbury Magazine in the flesh.

Hello to you all from Bunbury Magazine. We hope you are well and enjoying what passes for summer! The clouds may be filling the sky but we are here with news that will help the sun shine strong on your day.

For the very first time, Bunbury Magazine can be yours in physical form! We have been working tirelessly to get our back catalogue of issues into print and we are so proud to be able to bring you the very first issue. You can get your actual hands on the actual magazine by actually clicking on the beautiful front cover below.

In other news, our inbox is still open to submissions for our ‘Fallout’ themed issue. We are looking for your poetry, short stories and flash fiction. The deadline is 16th August and we still have plenty of room for your work. Find out more about our submission guidelines below:

We will be back in September with more news, themes and a new issue!

Much love,

Christopher and Keri.

Fictive Dream call for Submissions

Fictive Dream, now in its second year, is open to submissions from emerging and established writers.

We especially like stories that give an insight into the human condition. Your writing may be experimental, conventional, dramatic, playful, or cryptic. Above all, it must be well-crafted and compelling.

Check out our website here.

See our submission guidelines here.

We look forward to receiving your best short stories and flash fiction (500-2,500 words).

Happy writing!

Laura Black
Editor

Twitter @fictivedream
Website www.fictivedream.com

How to turn a short story into a novel

Have you ever had a short story get a little… out of hand? Perhaps it starts out as a mere spark of an idea, maybe just a little piece of flash fiction, and then it grows, and grows, and evolves and morphs and mutates into this enormous monster that’s too huge to possibly be contained in a few thousand words.

So what then? How do you move from writing short stories into the great big daunting world of novel writing?

The short story and the novel are two very different beasts, but the writer’s brain is a wonderful thing, and if the thought of churning out 80,000 odd words leaves you in a cold sweat, what you need is some serious PLOTSTORMING.

novel writing course

Writers’ HQ’s online novel outlining course will teach you the fundamentals of plotting your story from start to finish. Designed to fit around everyday life and a busy schedule, all you need to get started is an idea, and after six weeks’ furious plotstorming, you’ll finish with a comprehensive outline of your novel, so that you’re rip-roaring ready to get that first draft out.

This in-depth online plotting course contains everything you need to expand your short story into a novel. You’ll learn the fundamental elements that make up every good plot and the basics of story structure:

  • Explore who’s in your story, what their roles are, and how to make compelling characters
  • Learn how to add tension and conflict so that your novel is unputdownable
  • Break your story down into chapters and scenes so that it feels more manageable
  • And find out what to do with your outline once you have it (hint: a whole lot of writing lies in your future…)

Exercises, examples, group discussion, tutor feedback, swearing and productive procrastination (eg: research, day-dreaming, tea-drinking) will enable you to grow your fictional world and build your story plan into a detailed outline, taking it from ‘random idea in your head’ to ‘actual real story that’s ready to be properly written’!

The next Plotstormers course starts on the 7th of August. Get ready to help that epic short story reach its full potential and take the leap into novel writing!

If you’re still not sure, try a FREE one-week primer course here, or get in touch with the procrastination-busting whip-crackers at Writers’ HQ who will soothe your fevered brow and bribe you with gold stars. BOOK YOUR PLACE NOW!

And if you’re absolutely, positively sure novel writing isn’t for you, check out the WHQ Writing Short Fiction course instead. It might help you find a way to contain that behemoth of an idea into a self-contained piece of short fiction, and help you make the most of each idea that springs into your head, covering everything from characterisation to structure to narrative voice to getting your stories published.

Find out more about Writers’ HQ online courses and regional writing retreats at www.writershq.co.uk or chat with the WHQ crew on Facebook or Twitter.

 

Submissions open for Shooter’s “New Life” issue

Submissions have reopened for Shooter Literary Magazine‘s issue #7 with the theme of “New Life”.

As always, the theme is open to interpretation. In addition to the subject of birth, writers might like to consider themes to do with renewal, invention and reinvention. “New Life” could conjure starting over later in life; giving someone a chance at a critical time; rescuing animals or people, perhaps through adoption; second chances and opportunities that radically change someone’s circumstances. Non-fiction to do with trying to get pregnant, birth or parenting (from either a personal or political perspective) is particularly welcome. Poetry should incline to the observational rather than experimental end of the spectrum.

Literary fiction, creative non-fiction and narrative journalism should fall between 2,000 and 7,500 words. Please submit only one story or up to three poems per issue. Simultaneous submissions are welcome but let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere. All work must be previously unpublished either in print or online. Successful writers receive payment and a copy of the issue.

Please read the guidelines at Shooter’s Submissions page before sending your work. The deadline for issue #7, which comes out this winter, is November 5th.

In addition to general submissions to the magazine, poets might like to submit verse on any theme to Shooter’s 2017 Poetry Competition. Further details can be found at https://shooterlitmag.com/poetry-competition.

How can you #resist a new Bunbury? Issue 16 is here!

WELCOME

Roll up! Roll up!

Welcome one and all, to this, the 16th issue of Bunbury Magazine.

The theme of this issue was #resist and, unlike Trump around the ladies, we just couldn’t. We wanted to shake it up a little this time as we usually don’t dabble in the greasy world of politics and the wonderful people who submitted did not disappoint.
We hope you enjoy reading this as much as we enjoyed editing and yes, I know we say it every time but every time it is a genuine pleasure and honour to be taken on such fabulous journeys.

You can get your virtual hands on this new piece of loveliness by clicking on the gorgeous front cover below (artwork provided by Marina Iks/Semina Arts). We run the magazine on a Pay-What-You-Feel basis. We recommend £3 which we can put back into the magazine and other projects we have in the pipeline. It also goes to thank those people that help us put it all together. Click now, follks!

 

INTRODUCING

We’re growing and changing at Bunbury. We are very proud to welcome into the fold a long term friend, respected writer and editor and now, colleague, Dean Rhetoric!
He will be on the editing team for poetry and will be out and about spreading the good word of Bunbury throughout, well wherever he goes really. He has also put together a phenomenal feature for this issue entitled The Best Kept Secrets in Poetry. His finger is on the pulse of what is up-and-coming in the poetry world and this is well worth a read.

SUBMISSIONS

Our inbox is now open for submissions. The theme is for issue 17 is Fallout. As always, we are looking for short stories, poetry, flash fiction, art, photography and basically any form of creativity.

Please send your submissions to submissions@bunburymagazine.com.

You can find all of our guidelines at https://bunburymagazine.com/submit-to-us/.

INTREGUE

As we’ve already said, we’re growing and changing so over the next few months, look out for exciting announcements, opportunities and other fun stuff.
But where will you be announcing these amazingly awesome things?! We hear you cry! Well you can follow us on Facebook and Twitter by clicking the buttons below.

 

SUPPORT

We now have a Patreon too. As we have said, everything we do for the magazine, our events and the support we give to grass-roots creativity comes out of our own pockets. In order to make this support even better, we are looking for YOUR support. We are on the verge of getting the magazine into print and we want to launch more anthologies and a podcast. None of this can be done for free. With your donations, we can expand our network and put more resources into Bunbury Magazine. You can get to our Patreon page by clicking our logo below. There are fabulous incentives and the chance to get involved in the magazine.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this,
We’ll leave you to it. Much love,

Christopher and Keri.

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