Next week’s critique workshop

critique reminder

Critiquing other’s work can be a great way to identify problems in your own work, and become a better writer, so we are running a constructive criticism and critique workshop on Tuesday 6th February. The workshop will be led by Kathy Joy, who runs her own critique business at www.finetuneyourfiction.com.

The workshop will include:

  • What makes a good critique?
  • What is constructive criticism?
  • How to give constructive criticism.
  • How critiquing others work can help you become a better writer.
  • How to fix issues found.

To participate, simply bring a 500 minimum – 1000 maximum word extract of a piece of work you wish to be critiqued. This can be from a short story or part of a novel/novella. Participants will swap work with each other and critique it in the workshop.


Manuscript guidelines:

To help with the critique process, please ensure your manuscript sample is:

  • Printed.
  • Double spaced.
  • 12pt.
  • Times New Roman font.
  • From the beginning or near the beginning of your work, rather than in the middle or at the end. This is to help make it easier to work with.

If you do not have access to a printer, please email your work to norwichwriters@hotmail.co.uk before 3pm on Tuesday 6th February. Be sure to include your name and the story title in the email.


Other things to bring:

A red pen, a blue pen, and a black pen.

Entry is £3 for member, £5 for non-members. Event is at 7:30pm on Tuesday 6th February at Anteros Arts Foundation in Norwich, near Fye Bridge and The Ribs of Beef pub.


If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us at norwichwriters@hotmail.co.uk

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An Evening with Heidi Williamson

Members of Norwich Writers’ Circle were delighted to welcome award-winning poet and mentor Heidi Williamson to our meeting on Tuesday 16th January.  Heidi led an instructive and entertaining workshop on how the use of poetic techniques can improve both our prose and poetry.


The group was challenged to join a number of free-writing exercises, demonstrating the use of sound, patterning, editing and silence.  Heidi encouraged us to experiment with the length of sentences, to read our work out loud when editing (where we get bored, the reader will get bored!), to seek stronger words to replace overused verbs.  We should look to improve both the rhythm and vocabulary in our sentences.


Heidi recommended us to become absorbed in a different world, seeking out occupations or places that are out of our life experience, in order to expand our range.  Why not to go the dictionary, find ten random words and try incorporating them into a paragraph of free writing? Do not be afraid to repeat words for emphasis – poets often use patterning repetition to great effect.

Finally the group discussed the use of silence, pauses and tension in our writing, techniques more often found in poetry than in prose.

The workshop was inspiring and enlightening and Robin Parkinson thanks Heidi on behalf of the group.  During our refreshment break Heidi signed copies of her two anthologies, Electric Shadow and The Print Museum.