From 7.30 – 9.30 pm on 1st and 3rd Tuesdays September to July


17th SEPTEMBER 2019. OPENING NIGHT when we welcome historical novelist RALPH JACKMAN, author of Actium’s Wake and Agrippa’s Wake, creative writing tutor and former adjudicator of the Olga Sinclair Open Short Story Competition.   Ralph will outline our in-house fiction competition for THE COOPER PRIZE (Deadline for entries 15th October 2019)

1st OCTOBER.  WORKSHOP ON CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT, a key requirement in both fiction and non-fiction. In this workshop, led by IAIN ANDREWS and KATHY JOY, we will use a Murder/Mystery Game as the basis for fleshing out participants, identifying virtues, vices and personal goals that complement and enhance the plot.

15th OCTOBER. ADJUDICATION AND PRIZE-GIVING for the Olga Sinclair Open Short Story Competition 2019, themed to ‘Spooks’ Meet our adjudicators, writer and environmentalist PIERS WARREN, author of Black Shuck: The Devil’s Dog & Jarrold Book Buyer HOLLY AINLEY. The top three winners will receive cash prizes and signed books with the top ten stories published in the 2019 Anthology. Reading of top three stories. Wine Buffet.  All welcome.

5th NOVEMBER. Join us as we host a PANEL discussion on Self-Publishing and Marketing. The panel will consist of BRENDA GOSTLING, Marketing Consultant and author & publisher of children’s book Sister Poppy at the Front, STUART WALTON, copywriter, publisher and web designer from GetProCopy  Ltd, and KATHY JOY, from Fine Tune Your Fiction critique service and author and publisher of Last One to the Bridge and Shop of Liars.

19th NOVEMBER. STEPHEN CARVER, literary historian, editor and novelist will talk about his writing career, his titles, love of motorbikes and of horror books, before setting the brief for THE PAST SEARCH PRIZE FOR NON-FICTION. (Deadline for entries 21st January 2020)

3rd DECEMBER. RALPH JACKMAN returns to assess and adjudicate entries for The Cooper Prize.

10th DECEMBER. 7.30 pm.  Members’ Christmas Party Night & BYO shared buffet at The Chantry Hall.  Light-hearted quiz. Partners and friends welcome.

21st JANUARY 2020.  We start the New Year by welcoming Poet ANDREW McDONNELL, whose first full poetry collection, The Somnambulist Cookbook was published by Salt in March 2019, receiving much acclaim in the city and beyond.  Andrew will talk about his work and lead a poetry workshop.

4th FEBRUARY.  MANUSCRIPT/CRITIQUE EVENINGYou are welcome to share excerpts (maximum 1,000 words) from current projects or past work.  Working in small groups you will receive feedback from fellow writers while practicing your critiquing skills. If possible bring 6 print outs of the extracts you would like discussed.

18th FEBRUARY. STEPHEN CARVER returns to assess and adjudicate entries for The Past Search Prize for Non-Fiction.

3rd MARCH.  FREE WRITING EVENINGEither 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.

17th MARCH.  Enjoy a FLASH FICTION WORKSHOP led by Norwich writer and tutor HELEN RYE, winner of the Bath Flash Fiction Award 2016.  Helen will also be outlining her competition for the COLIN SUTTON CUP FOR HUMOUR. (Deadline for entries 21st April 2020)

7th APRIL. 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 FICTION.  Bring paper, pens and an open mind!  All welcome. 

21st APRIL. GALA LAUNCH OF OLGA SINCLAIR OPEN SHORT STORY COMPETITION 2020. An evening of inspirational speakers, tips from the adjudicator and refreshments, as we launch our 6th international short story competition.  All welcome to join the party!

5th MAY. HELEN RYE returns to assess and adjudicate entries for The Colin Sutton Cup for Humour.

19th MAY WORKSHOP on WRITING FOR CHILDREN’, led by writer and popular creative writing tutor AMANDA ADDISON. Bring paper and pens.

2nd JUNE. JOHN BALLS, local historian and organiser of the Norfolk Titanic Association, will intrigue us with his research techniques and findings for his book Titanic – The Norfolk Survivors, before exploding some of the myths arising about the disaster since 1912.

16th JUNE. FINAL CRITIQUE EVENING OF THE YEAR including fun and inspirational writing exercises.  Prepare for your summer of writing!


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