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New E-Course In Writing Your Family History

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Author of ‘Writing Your Family History: A Guide for Genealogists’ and other books, Tutor and Professional Genealogist, Circle member and sponsor of the Past Search in-house competition, Gill Blanchard is delighted to announce she has launched a new E-Course in Writing Your Family History for those who cannot attend her popular face to face courses.

This is a practical writing course that guides participants through the process of bringing their ancestors to life in an entertaining manner. It will enable students to choose the most suitable format, decide what to include (and exclude) and how to find and integrate relevant background context.

The course consists of two ten week modules, although module one can be taken as a stand alone unit. Lessons are delivered electronically. Students will receive individually tailored in-depth feedback throughout the course. There will be regular live discussions between tutor and students and unlimited access to an online learning hub to share work, ask questions and post news.

Module One starts 25 September 2016. 10 Weeks. £125

Introducing Your Project

Using Archival Resources – Context

Bringing It To Life

Time And Place

Finishing Off – The End?

Module Two starts 29 January 2017. 10 Weeks. £125

This module develops the themes introduced in Module One. Students will focus on developing a specific writing project. The emphasis will be on writing and critique, both with the tutor and through peer to peer sessions.

N.B: Module two can only be taken after module one has been completed.

Future courses in development include: Publishing Your Family History on Kindle; Producing Facebook, Website and Blog Family Histories; Mind Mapping for the Family History Writer; Writing a House History; Writing a Local History and Research Techniques and Sources for Authors.

Contact Gill for more information on gill@writingyourfamilyhistory.co.uk

Or see the website at: www.writingyourfamilyhistory.co.uk

About Gill:

Gill is an historical biographer, writer of local histories, professional genealogist and tutor. Her guide to Writing Your Family History was published by Pen and Sword Books in 2014. She also holds an MA with Merit n Biography and Creative Non Fiction (University of East Anglia). See her website for more details: www.pastsearch.co.uk

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Happy Easter

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Wishing you a very Happy Easter from everyone at Norwich Writers’ Circle.

Join us on Tuesday 5th April at Anteros Arts Foundation, when we will be welcoming back spoken word poet Ejike Ndaji. The poetry competition adjudication will begin at 7.30pm, with doors open from 7.00pm.

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In anticipation of the performance of his short play ‘Pedigree‘ at the Maddermarket Theatre on Thursday 14th April, Norwich Writers’ Circle member James Dimelow has relaunched his website.

On the new look newplays.org.uk visitors can discover more about the author, along with the plays he has written. At the site visitors will also have the opportunity to watch the Assembly House animation, James wrote on behalf of the Norwich 12 tourism and heritage initiative.

In addition to his revamped website you can also follow James on Facebook and Twitter.

On Tuesday 5th April at Anteros Arts Foundation we will be welcoming back Ejike Ndaji. The spoken word poet will be adjudicating our poetry competition. Everyone is welcome to join us at 7.30pm (doors open from 7.00pm).

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Nick Williams Reveals Research Techniques

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On Tuesday 15th March, Norwich historian and writer Nick Williams gave a presentation to Norwich Writers Circle, detailing his research techniques whilst preparing a number of publications. These included a series of heritage walks, The Blue Plaques of Norwich, a Guide to Rosary Cemetery and Trades and Industries of Norwich. A former Volunteer Co-ordinator for the recently disbanded Norwich Heritage Economic And Regeneration Trust (HEART), Nick still retains a strong interest in local history and is currently preparing a further book.

In an entertaining and informative talk, Nick stressed the benefits of using local archives, including Norfolk Record Office, Norfolk Heritage Centre and the Archant archives. Nick spoke of the importance of having a plan, close editing and the value of a comprehensive index. Members listened attentively, listening for tips to improve their chances of success in the annual non-fiction competition, the Past Search Trophy, sponsored by Gill Blanchard.

Nick will adjudicate the competition at our meeting on 17th May. Entries must be a narrative of no more than 1,000 words, detailing and justifying the writers’ choice of a person, place or event that deserves a Blue Plaque in Norwich, because of the part played in the history of the city. Nick will be looking for evidence of research, conclusions clearly based on research and whether such a plaque would grab the attention of a passer-by. Sources should be listed at the foot of the document (in addition to the maximum word count). Deadline for entries is 19th April. For full details of how to enter our competitions please click the Competition tab. Members can enter for free; non-members are welcome for a  fee. One entry only per person.

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Past Search Prize Launch

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15th March the Circle welcomes Nick Williams to launch Competition 4. Nick is a local historian and author of Norwich: City of Industries and Blue Plaques of Norwich. This year’s Past Search Prize for Non-Fiction. This is a competition sponsored by member, Gill Blanchard’s Past Search business. For more information click “Past Search” above.

Nick will be enlightening us with his research techniques and giving us insight into the comprehensive and acclaimed Norwich HEART website. We look forward to Nick expanding the guidelines for the competition, whose theme this year is a mock nomination for a blue plaque.

As ever, visitors are welcome, and for £3 they may also enter our in-house competitions.

Please read the information provided on the right-hand side of our homepage, including door fee, which covers room hire.

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Brush Up Your Shakespeare

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Following on from its publication in Fine City magazine late last year, Norwich Writers’ Circle member James Dimelow‘s Shakespeare-inspired short play ‘Pedigree‘ is being performed at the Maddermarket Theatre next month.

On Thursday 14th April at 7.30pm, James’ deliciously dark tale is being featured in a night of new writing which forms part of the city theatre’s ‘Shakespeare At 400’ mini-festival. This evening of rehearsed readings has been organised by Red Duck Producktions.

Discover more by going here, visiting James’ Facebook page, following the writer on Twitter, or by calling the theatre Box Office on 01603 620917.

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Six Honest Serving-Men

Ben Scott02For our meeting on the March 1st 2016 author of childrens books and creative writing tutor, Benjamin Scott took inspiration from Rudyard Kipling. Specifically, Kipling’s poem naming What and Why and When, How and Where and Who. And then he told us what to do.

The workshop’s theme was how perspectives of one event differ from character to character. Benjamin had us coming up with scenarios inspired by postcard images, giving voice to objects and landscape features, switching tenses and heads – first person to third. A very insightful exercise as it turned out.

Paul Taylor gave the vote of thanks.

Successes: Patricia has been commissioned to do another article for Flora International Magazine.

Notices: Things are moving along nicely in preparation for this year’s Olga Sinclair Open Short Story Competition. We’ve secured an adjudicator and sponsors, including Van Dal Shoes. More information will follow closer to the launch date. And again, if any members have someone they’d like to hear as guest speaker and can be approached, or would themselves like to present a workshop to the Circle, please tell the committee.