19th SEPTEMBER 2017. OPENING NIGHT. Welcome back! Don’t forget to complete your new membership form. We welcome ELLY GRIFFITHS, popular crime writer and creator of forensic archaeologist Dr Ruth Galloway, to open our 2017-18 season, alongside crime author ALISON BRUCE, on her third visit to the Circle, to launch our in-house competition for the Cooper Prize.

3rd OCTOBER. GILL BLANCHARD of Past Search, Historian, Researcher, Tutor and Author, will talk about her writing career, research techniques and latest publications, I Therefore Post Him as a Coward (Poppyland Publishing, April 2017) and Lawson Lies Still in the Thames (Amberley Publishing, May 2017)

17th OCTOBER. GALA NIGHT – THE OLGA SINCLAIR OPEN SHORT STORY COMPETITION 2017 – ADJUDICATION AND PRIZE GIVING. Led by our adjudicator, historical fiction novelist RALPH JACKMAN, this is the culmination of our 2017 Open Short Story competition themed to ‘Strangers’. Winners to receive cash prizes and signed books from Ralph Jackman and historian Frank Meeres. The inaugural Members’ Challenge Cup, adjudicated by author S.E. CRAYTHORNE. Buffet. All welcome.

7th NOVEMBER. MANUSCRIPT/CRITIQUE EVENINGWe open with some fun writing exercises, followed by short readings from your current projects or a piece of past work.  Working in small groups you will receive feedback from fellow writers and in turn practice your critiquing skills.

21st NOVEMBER. ALISON BRUCE returns to adjudicate the Cooper Prize.

5th DECEMBER. HAYLEY LONG, award-winning writer of teen fiction, will describe how she stumbled by accident into the world of children’s publishing, her experiences within that world and the very specific challenges faced by those who write for young audiences.  LAUNCH of Competition 2 for the Colin Sutton Cup for Humour.

SUNDAY 10th DECEMBER from 4pm. Members’ Christmas social & Buffet, held at Chairman’s riverside home, Swan House, in Thorpe St Andrew.

16th  JANUARY 2018. HEIDI WILLIAMSON, award-winning Poet and Writing Mentor for Writers’ Centre Norwich, will lead a workshop offering poetic tips to improve both your prose and poetry.

6th FEBRUARY. MEMBERS’ WORKSHOP with KATHY JOY of Fine Tune Your Fiction critique service, will lead a workshop on how to give constructive feedback, both positive and negative.  We will practice this by swapping small samples of writing to be critiqued in-group.  All attendees will need to bring in a sample of no more than 500 words.  This should enhance our experience of the Manuscript Evening scheduled for 6th March.

20th FEBRUARY. HAYLEY LONG returns to adjudicate Competition 2.

6th MARCH. MANUSCRIPT/CRITIQUE EVENING. A further opportunity to receive valuable feedback on your work and develop your critiquing skills. 800 word maximum for prose. Poets please bring 6 printouts of your work.

20th MARCHDAVID HOWE, former academic and keen walker will talk about walking and wondering, people and places, as inspired by his reflective rambles around his adopted Norfolk, looking at some of the ideas contained within his unique book Wandering in Norfolk: time lines and crossing places (Mousehold Press). LAUNCH of Competition 3 for the Past Search Prize for Non-Fiction

3rd APRIL. PHYLLIDA SCRIVENS, author of Escaping Hitler: A Jewish Boy’s Quest for Freedom and His Future (Pen and Sword Books, January 2016), will share her research techniques and stories behind her second book, a group biography entitled The Lady Lord Mayors of Norwich 1923-2017 (Pen and Sword Books, February 2018)

17th APRIL. GALA LAUNCH OF OLGA SINCLAIR OPEN SHORT STORY COMPETITION 2018. An evening of inspirational speakers, tips from the adjudicator (TBA) and refreshments as we launch our 4th international prose competition.  All welcome.

1st MAY. GETTING TO KNOW YOUan opportunity to share your writing projects, past successes and future dreams.  Learn more about your fellow members. Visitors welcome. (If you would like to give a brief presentation to the group, please apply to Chairman – powerpoint facilities available).

15th MAY DAVID HOWE returns to adjudicate Competition 3.

5th JUNE. JAMES McDERMOTT, Norfolk based playwright and performer will lead a workshop when he will teach the tools and techniques he uses to generate dramatic stories, create characters, write dialogue and structure scripts.  An opportunity for aspiring playwrights to learn from ‘an emerging talent in total control of his craft’ (Boyz Magazine)

19th JUNE. MANUSCRIPT EVENING WITH FUN WRITING EXERCISES:  Bring as yet unread competition entries.


3rd JULY. ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING AND PRIZE GIVING.  Visitors Welcome.  No Entrance Fee. Prize Raffle.

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