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Guest Post: Are Adverbs Really The Enemy?

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?

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A Whole New World

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

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Results of the Olga Sinclair Prize 2020

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

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Science Fiction Workshop

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

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COVID-19 Update

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

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Everything is better with free cake!

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!

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Results of the Past Search for Non-Fiction 2019

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

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Poetry Workshop with Andrew McDonnell

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

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Self-publishing panel

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

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Results of the Olga Sinclair Open Short Story Competition 2019

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

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The Olga Sinclair Competition 2019 is closed!

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!

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Unexpected coincidence, luck and fate

On Tuesday 15th January 2019, in place of the advertised speaker, Chairman Phyllida Scrivens gave the Circle the very first showing of her new illustrated talk called: ‘When the Past collides with the Present – Remarkable true stories of unexpected coincidence, luck and fate when researching biography.’

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Winners of the 2018 Olga Sinclair Open Short Story Competition

First, our adjudicators have their thoughts on the entries. Alison Bruce, had this to say: https://youtu.be/Ne10lr_6x5A Then Linsay White offered these thoughts: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvuea7M_nOg&t=7s   Without further delay, we are pleased to announce the results of the Olga Sinclair Open Short Story Competition 2018! Main Competition:   1st Place: Guernica by Sue Ryder Richardson Adjudicator’s Comment:I… Continue reading Winners of the 2018 Olga Sinclair Open Short Story Competition

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Jumpin’ Jack Flash

Our first meeting of new season kicked off in style with our speaker Keiron Pim, where he discussed how got started in his career, from starting out working for the EDP, to how he came to write a book about dinosaurs, to finally getting to work on his life's obsession. At the end, he graciously… Continue reading Jumpin’ Jack Flash

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Winner of the Colin Sutton Cup For Humour 2021

We're proud to show Carolyne Nashaat holding the Colin Sutton Cup For Humour. Her story Life, Death, and Volvo's won the competition, and here she is holding the cup and standing in front of her Volvo. Adjudicator Jeremy Cameron's feedback: Please remind me never to get in a Volvo driven by the author. Or a… Continue reading Winner of the Colin Sutton Cup For Humour 2021