Online meetings: Teams

Meetings are from 7.30 – 9.30 pm on 1st and 3rd Tuesdays, September to July

 6th September at Chantry Hall

We open the season with a “Speed Dating” event at Chantry Hall. Nothing romantic, simply an opportunity for members to meet each other, and spend a few minutes discussing their writing lives in face-to-face encounters.                                                 

20th September – Online

We welcome Judi Dakin, author of the DS Sara Hirst Novels, who’ll discuss her work and set the theme for the Ivy Ferrari Prize, the biennial competition featuring a strong female protagonist. Could be crime related but who knows?

Entries for this are due by the 18th October.

4th October at Chantry Hall

Our guest speaker is Liz Harris, who translated Congolese writer Sophie Kasiki’s  In the Shadow of Daesh, a harrowing true-life story of a woman’s journey to the Islamic State and her subsequent escape.  Sophie is still in hiding from ISIS, and Liz will reveal the fascinating issues in creating an English version of her tale.

18th October at Chantry Hall

Critique Evening: Bring up 6 hard copies of up to 1500 words (ideally double spaced to give room for notes) to be worked on in small groups. Can be prose, poetry, or screenplay/stage play.

1st November at Chantry Hall

Judy Dakin returns for to announce the winner of the Ivy Ferrari prize.

15th November – Online

Member Phil Vine discusses his sport-related work, including his latest – The Immortals: Two Nines and Other Celtic Stories. He will also be setting the theme for this season’s Past Search Prize.        

6th December at Chantry Hall

Ralph Jackman and Shane Brown return to announce the winner of the Olga Sinclair Prize. Wine and nibbles for all attendees.

13th December – venue to be determined

NWC members’ Christmas party.  Partners and friends welcome. Details TBA.

17th January 2022 – Online

Workshop: Understanding Tropes – Tropes these days have become a bit of a bad word, synonymous with clichés, but the truth is tropes are a vital and inescapable aspect of writing. Through a series of talks and exercises learn how to tame the tropes in your work and make them work for you while avoiding the dreaded cliché.

7th February – Chantry Hall (In-person)

Donna Louise Bishop returns to announce Past Search Prize for Non-Fiction winners

21st February – Online

Molly Naylor sets the brief for the Colin Sutton Prize.

7th March – Chantry Hall (In-person)

Workshop: Ghost Writing with George Harrison.

21st March – Online

The launch of the Olga Sinclair Prize 2023. Join our adjudicators (tbc) to reveal to theme for this years competitions and receive tips and advice on what our judges are looking for, and also some pointers on how to interpret the theme.

4th April – Chantry Hall (In-Person)

Critique evening. Bring up to 2000 words to be critiqued in small groups. Led by Kathy of Fine Tune Your Fiction – a professional editing and critique service. Bring 6 hard copies, and pens and paper. The 2000 words can be an extract of a longer piece, or a completed short story.

18th April – Online

Character Building Workshop. Chairman and published crime writer Iain Andrews delivers a workshop which introduces an innovative technique for character and plot development.

2nd May – Chantry Hall (In-person)

Molly Naylor returns to announce the winner for the Colin Sutton Cup for Humour.

16th May – Chantry Hall (In-person)

Workshop: Creating social media content that promotes your book – Through a series of exercises and brainstorming in small groups, come up with social media and blog content which will promote and sell your book.

6th June – Chantry Hall (In-person)

Writing Sprint – Do you struggle to find distraction-free time for writing? Bring whatever you’re working on the the hall and get some work done, surrounded by fellow writers. Snacks and tea and coffee will be provided.

20th June – Online

Workshop: How to write an effective plot twist – What makes a good plot twist? Is your plot twist really as good as you think it is? If not, how do you improve it? Learn this and more in this workshop given by author Kathy Joy – author of Last One to the Bridge, a sci-fi novella with a scintillating twist at the end.

Saturday 24th June – In-Person

Member’s Summer Social. Venue and time tbc.

4th July – Chantry Hall (In-person)

Annual General Meeting (AGM), Prize Giving and End of Season celebration. More details TBA. No door fee. Raffle.