Programme

2020-2021

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we will be holding our meetings online via Zoom until restrictions are lifted. Zoom links can be found on the corresponding Event Pages on Facebook. The link to each event page can be found below:


15th SEPTEMBER 2020. OPENING NIGHT when we welcome writer SARAH PASSINGHAM. Sarah has enjoyed success in many genres and her family memoir, Push: My Father, Polio, and Me (Gatehouse Press, 2019) was listed in Jarrold’s Books Top Ten Reads of 2019. Sarah will be setting the brief for the IVY FERRARI CUP. (Deadline for entries: 3rd November 2020).

6th OCTOBER.  WRITING PARTY Previously a critique evening, this is no longer practical on Zoom, so instead our Vice-chair Kathy will be putting together some fun writing exercises and prompts to get the creative juices flowing.

20th OCTOBER. IAN NETTLETON, award winning novelist and creative writing tutor for UEA and the National Centre for Writing, will lead an INTRODUCTORY WORKSHOP ON WRITING SCIENCE FICTIONBring paper, pens and an open mind!

3rd NOVEMBER. ADJUDICATION AND PRIZE-GIVING for the Olga Sinclair Prize 2020, themed to ‘News’ Meet our adjudicator, writer and journalist KEIRON PIM. We will also welcome author AMANDA ADDISON, author of children’s book Boundless Sky to adjudicate the Olga Sinclair Members Challenge Shield competition. Due to new government guidelines around COVID 19, this meeting will be held online via Zoom. The link will be provided soon. Entry will be free to everyone.

17th NOVEMBER. PETE GOODRUM, writer and broadcaster will talk about his varied career, including researching and writing his numerous social histories featuring Norwich and his experience of writing the best selling Jarrold 250 Years (Swallowtail Print 2019).  Pete will set the brief for THE PAST SEARCH PRIZE FOR NON-FICTION,  donated by Gill Blanchard of Pastsearch.co.uk. (Deadline for entries 19th January 2021)

1st DECEMBER. Our Members’ Christmas Celebration with buffet, games and readings.  Partners and friends welcome.

19th JANUARY 2021. SARAH PASSINGHAM returns to assess and adjudicate entries for The Ivy Ferrari Cup.

2nd FEBRUARY. Iain Andrews, our Chairman, will lead a workshop on ‘How to Boost Your Chances of Writing a Winning Short Story’. Iain will discuss the factors that contribute to winning stories. Just bring yourself and writing materials.
Note: This was previously a non-fiction workshop, however, due to Covid 19 it has become necessary to postpone it to a later date. Confirmation of the new date will be provided as soon as we are able to.

16th FEBRUARY. PETE GOODRUM returns to assess and adjudicate entries for The Past Search Prize for Non-Fiction.

2nd MARCH.  PHYLLIDA SCRIVENS, published biographer, shares stories of unexpected coincidence, luck and fate arising from her research journeys over the past six years. Her illustrated presentation, entitled ‘When the Past Collides with the Present’ includes a bridge in Koblenz, a lost boy and a resurrection from the dead! Phyllida, a former Chairman of Norwich Writers’ Circle, is the author of ‘Escaping Hitler’ and ‘The Lady Lord Mayors of Norwich, both published by Pen and Sword Books
Note: This was previously a free-writing and bookfair but due to being unable to meet at Chantry Hall in person, this meeting was changed.

16th MARCH. JEREMY CAMERON, prolific crime novelist (strictly for adults) and more recently the author of Quite Quintessential (Signal Books 2019), an honest and revealing account of his five year walk around the UK, seeking out places beginning with ‘Q’. Jeremy will also set the brief for THE COLIN SUTTON CUP FOR HUMOUR. (Deadline for entries 20th April 2021)

6th APRIL. CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP led by KATHY JOY of Fine Tune Your Fiction critique service. Learn how to create and develop well-rounded and realistic characters through a series of exercises. Bring something to write with and some characters that you want to work on.
Note: The meeting will now be held on Zoom, 7:00pm-9:30pm.

20th APRIL. GALA LAUNCH OF OLGA SINCLAIR PRIZE 2021. Learn more about this year’s theme, be inspired by professional speakers, get tips from the adjudicator, enjoy refreshments and enter the raffle, as we launch our 7th international short story competition.  All welcome.

4th MAY. ALISON PRESSLEY, THE IMPORTANCE OF COVER DESIGN. Freelance Writer and Author and committee member of East Anglian Writers, will talk about the importance of a cover design, drawing on her experience of organising the coveted ‘Book By the Cover’ design award at the annual East Anglian Book Awards.

18th MAY. JEREMY CAMERON returns to assess and adjudicate entries for The Colin Cup For Humour.

1st June AN EVENING WITH GEORGE SZIRTES. The Photographer at Sixteen’, which was honoured by becoming Radio 4 Book of the Week. George will talk about his work, and read extracts.’

15th JUNE WORKSHOP: WRITING TO A THEME. Many writing competitions, magazines, and anthologies will ask for submissions written to a specific theme. Through a series of prompts and exercises, this workshop will teach you how to write to a theme, including how to start pulling ideas together and then shaping those ideas into a story. Though this workshop is designed to help entrants come up with ideas for the Olga Sinclair 2021, it can be applied to any writing brief that requires you to write to a theme.  Led by KATHY JOY of Fine Tune Your Fiction, a professional critique service. Bring something to write with,whether this is a pen and paper or a laptop. Please note there are no plug sockets available, so if you using a laptop, you will not be able to plug it in. Please ensure any necessary electrical devices are fully charged before you bring them.

TUESDAY 6TH JULY AGM, Prize Giving and End of Season celebration.