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.
On Tuesday 5th February Kathy, owner of Fine Tune Your Fiction, a professional critique service, ran a workshop on self-editing.
Kathy Joy of Fine Tune Your Fiction, a professional critique service, is set to run a workshop on self editing.
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.’
Important information about our upcoming manuscript evening.
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
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
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