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Final Critique Evening of the Season

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

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Colin Sutton Cup for Humour 2022 Results

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

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URGENT UPDATE: Past Search Prize For Fiction Results format change

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

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IMPORTANT: Meeting change – The Great Thorpe Railway Disaster

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

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Horror Book Recommendations For Halloween 2021

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

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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!