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, author of Jumpin’ Jack Flash: David Litvinoff and the Rock’n’Roll Underworld (Jonathan Cape 2016), the winner of the Best Biography award at the East Anglian Book Awards 2016. We will also welcome author AMANDA ADDISON, author of children’s book Boundless Sky (Lantana Publishing 2020) to adjudicate the Olga Sinclair Members Challenge Shield competition. Reading of top three stories. Entrants competing for cash prizes and publication in the 2021 Olga Sinclair Anthology.  Wine Buffet.

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. NON-FICTION WORKSHOP. GILL BLANCHARD, historical biographer, professional genealogist, house historian, tutor and author of Writing Your Family History (Pen and Sword Books 2014), will lead a Workshop on practical tips and techniques for bringing your ancestors or a biographical subject to life on the page. Bring some brief factual details to work on.

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

2nd MARCH.  FREE WRITING EVENING & NWC BOOKFAIREither bring your own projects and work alongside fellow writers without the distractions of home OR alternatively stretch your imagination as you write in response to prompts provided by our team. Fuelled by free tea and coffee throughout the evening! Bring paper and pens.  In addition there will be an exhibition of titles produced by members of Norwich Writers’ Circle. Meet the authors, be inspired!

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)

4th 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.

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.

15th JUNE PLANNING YOUR TIME FOR WRITING WORKSHOP, in preparation for summer writing projects.  Led by PHYLLIDA SCRIVENS and KATHY JOY.

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

TUESDAY 7th JULY. ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING AND PRIZE GIVING. Members only. No Entrance Fee. Prize Raffle. Refreshments.