Photo by Lisa Fotios on Pexels.com On Tuesday 9th June, we held our last in-person critique session of the season. Working in small groups, attendees received feedback and advice on their work, all while enjoying a hot drink and chocolate biscuits. With the season coming to a close, this was out last in-person critique session.… Continue reading Final Critique Evening of the Season
Award winning children's illustrator Matt Robertson returned to give his final adjudication for the Colin Sutton Cup for Humour. And now, to announce the winners of the competition: 1st Place: Iain Andrews: Wuffle Wants a Tail 2nd Place: Maureen Nisbet: Charlies's Castle 3rd Place: Noelia Fernandez Lens: Zoe, Left, Right and the Mystery of the… Continue reading Colin Sutton Cup for Humour 2022 Results
On Tuesday the 19th April, we held our last in-person workshop of the season - Social Media for Writers.
We're delighted to confirmed the workshops for the Summer Programme.
On Tuesday 1st February between 7:30pm - 9:30pm we were due to have Zena Leech-Calton return to reveal the winners of the Past Search Prize for Non-Fiction. This was due to be in Chantry Hall but due to many members self isolation or shielding, we have had to make a change at the last minute.… Continue reading URGENT UPDATE: Past Search Prize For Fiction Results format change
Our first meeting of 2022 sees us welcome former chair and award winning biographer Phyllida Scrivens, to talk about her latest book: The Great Thorpe Railway Disaster 1874: Heroes, Victims, Survivors (Pen and Sword Books, September 2021). However, due to increasing Covid cases in the area, we have opted to hold this meeting online via… Continue reading IMPORTANT: Meeting change – The Great Thorpe Railway Disaster
Winners of the 2021 Olga Sinclair Ptize
Are you looking for something spooky to read this Halloween? We’ve put together a list of recommendations for Halloween reading that covers a variety of different tastes. The Classics If you’re the sort who enjoys classic horror tales, here are some titles we recommend. The Woman in Black by Susan Hill If you love a… Continue reading Horror Book Recommendations For Halloween 2021
Gill Blanchard leads the first workshop of the season.
We had the pleasure of meeting Timothy Holden, author of Spirals of Fate, and adjudicator for our first in-house competition of the year - The Cooper Prize.
On Saturday we ran the last workshop of the summer.
We held our third workshop of the summer: Introduction to Writing Horror.
To help encourage everyone to get writing this summer, we're putting together a collection of prompts and writing challenges to help get those creative juices flowing.
Kathy of Fine Tune Your Fiction, a professional critique and developmental editing service, has kindly given us permission to feature her article on adverbs. We hope you enjoy. One of the most common pieces of writing advice I see is that you should never use adverbs. They make your writing weak. They’re lazy. They’re telling… Continue reading Guest Post: Are Adverbs Really The Enemy?
On Saturday 24th July, we held our second summer workshop: worldbuilding, and it proved to be the most popular summer workshop yet. Attendees learned the fundamentals of worldbuilding. "Ultimately," Kathy, the workshop leader and owner of Fine Tune Your Fiction advised. "Worldbuilding is about asking the right questions." When creating your world, you need to… Continue reading A Whole New World
Our first summer workshop went off without a hitch!
We're delighted to confirm our workshops for the summer.
There has been a last minute change to our programme.
Following the massive success of our Online Membership option which we released earlier this year, we have decided to launch a summer programme of online workshops.
A sneak peek of the Olga Sinclair Short Story Competition 2021.
Bring your short stories and we will work together as a group to find the weaknesses and try to fix it. The workshop is free to NWC members (both online and full), and £5 to non members.
Do you have a writer friend and you don't know what to buy them, or are you a writer looking for something to treat yourself to? Then, boy, do we have the list for you! #writingcommunity #christmas #giftideas
Olga Sinclair 2020 Results 1st Making the News by Clare Marsh2nd Doorstepping by Fiona Ritchie Walker3rd There’s Always a Story by Veronica SwinburneShortlisted (in no particular order) Made Up by Sherry HostlerUnder Offer by Phyllida ScrivensA Reasonable Person by Lucy PorterThe Storm by Helen MurrayRepeat Offence by Christie DaviesThe One That Got Away by Cathy… Continue reading Results of the Olga Sinclair Prize 2020
On Tuesday 20th October we're hosting an online workshop on writing science fiction. The workshop will be led by Ian Nettleton - award winning novelist and creative writing tutor for UEA and the National Centre for Writing. The workshop will be between 19:30 - 22:00. The meeting will be held via Zoom. If you are… Continue reading Science Fiction Workshop
We've decided to throw a party... a Writing Party!
Sarah Passingham joined us and officially set the Ivy Ferarri competition, and also offered help and advice on what she is looking for in a winning entry.
Due to recent government guidelines, we are not able to meet at The Chantry as previously planned. However, this doesn't mean we are cancelling our meetings. Instead, they will be held online via Zoom. Full details of our first meeting can be found on our Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/647992212789368 This meeting, where Sarah Passingham sets… Continue reading COVID-19 Update
To help you tune up any work you've managed to get done over the summer, we're hosting a self-editing workshop. The workshop will be free and will be held via Zoom. Kathy of Fine Tune Your Fiction - a critique and editing service - will be leading the workshop and using her years of experience… Continue reading Upcoming Online Workshop
Yesterday evening we ran a free online workshop on writing for children. Over 140 people registered their interest to attend this event. #writingcommunity #writingworkshop #writinggroup
Normally, we would host our launch gala in Chantry Hall, serving drinks and nibbles, however, due to COVID-19, we were unable to do so. Most of our meetings for the season had to be cancelled, but we still wanted to run the gala. So, we got creative and ran a virtual launch instead. For those… Continue reading Olga Sinclair Virtual Launch
Last night we held our very first free-writing event where we offered a distraction free environment for members and guests alike to get some writing done. This was aided by complimentary cupcakes which were kindly provided by our Vice-chair Kathy, and tea and coffee. We had a fantastic turn-out, and even had 3 guests join… Continue reading Everything is better with free cake!
We're pleased to announce the winners of the Past Search Prize for Non-Fiction, kindly sponsored by Gill Blanchard of Past Search. Winners: 1st Helen Murray with Jane Sellars 2nd Cathy Rushworth with The Wretched Life of Thomas Vaughn 3rd Iain Andrews with An account of Amelia Lightharness Runners Up Anne Funnell with How… Continue reading Results of the Past Search for Non-Fiction 2019
On Tuesday 21st we had the pleasure of welcoming Andrew McDonnell, author of The Somnambulist Cookbook - a collection of poetry. Andrew treated us to readings of several poems, including some hair raising horror sonnets. Andrew explained that a big inspiration behind the collection was a sense of vanishing, of something being missing. Then, Andrew… Continue reading Poetry Workshop with Andrew McDonnell
By popular request from our members, on Tuesday 5th November, we held a panel on self-publishing. Our panellists were: Brenda Gostling, Marketing Consultant and author & publisher of children’s book Sister Poppy at the Front. Stuart Walton, copywriter, publisher and web designer from GetProCopy Ltd. Kathy Joy, from Fine Tune Your Fiction critique service and… Continue reading Self-publishing panel
The results of the Olga Sinclair Open Short Story Competition are as follows: Finalists: 1st Place – The Serenity of Still Water by Iain Andrews 2nd Place – Cornelia by Joseph Hipgrave 3rd Place – Panorama by Alexander Sparrow Runners Up: A Flash of White by Rebecca Burton Anniversary by Louise Wilford Cover-Up by Louise… Continue reading Results of the Olga Sinclair Open Short Story Competition 2019
That's it. The deadline for the Olga Sinclair Open Short Story Competition 2019 has passed. The 2019 competition is over. Thank you to everyone who entered. We received an astonishing number of entries this year. The results will be announced at our prize giving gala on Tuesday 15th October 2019. For those who cannot make… Continue reading The Olga Sinclair Competition 2019 is closed!
This is a reminder that we are now closed for the summer. Meetings resume September 2019.
Details of the 2019 AGM held on 2nd July 2019.
On a sunny Saturday 22nd June 2019, members of our group met at the Britannia Gardens.
Tuesday 18th June was our final manuscript evening of the season. As such, we decided to go out with a bang.
Details of our upcoming meeting on Tuesday 18th June.
Results of the Colin Sutton Cup for Humour 2019
On Tuesday 21st of May, we hosted a workshop on life writing given by Margaret K Johnson.
If you weren't able to attend the launch gala of the Olga Sinclair Open Short Story Competition 2019, here is all the tips and advice you missed.
Don't forget our gala is Tuesday 16th April! Get tips and advice on what makes a winning entry.
Last evening we welcomed Lynne Mortimer, much-loved columnist with various newspapers in the Archant family.
Our meeting with award winning historical fiction writer Rory Clements.
Our evening with award winning children's author Mitch Johnson.
Results of the Past Search Prize for Non-Fiction competition.