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


18th SEPTEMBER 2018. OPENING NIGHT. SPEAKER KEIRON PIM, Norwich journalist and writer, author of the award-winning biography Jumpin’ Jack Flash: David Litvinoff and the Rock ‘n’Roll Underworld (Vintage Publishing 2017) and the Bumper Book of Dinosaurs (Vintage 2013).  GUESTS: £7

2nd OCTOBER. SPEAKER EMMA HEALEY, winner of the 2014 Costa first novel award for Elizabeth is Missing (Harper 2014), will give a talk. Emma is a graduate of the UEA Creative Writing MA and her latest book Whistle in the Dark (Viking, May 2018) was described by the Guardian reviewer as  “a satisfying and cathartic mystery”.  Emma will also be setting our first competition of the year for the coveted Ivy Ferrari Cup (a unique opportunity to have your writing appraised and adjudicated by Emma).  Deadline 6th November 2018.  GUESTS: £7

16TH OCTOBER. ADJUDICATION AND PRIZE-GIVING for the Olga Sinclair Open Short Story Competition 2018, themed to ‘Markets’Meet our adjudicator, popular Cambridge crime novelist ALISON BRUCE. Winners will receive their cash prizes and signed books. The NWC Members’ Challenge Cup will be adjudicated by award winning author LINSAY WHITE.  Wine Buffet.  All welcome.

6th NOVEMBER. MANUSCRIPT/CRITIQUE EVENING.  You 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.

20th NOVEMBER.  SPEAKER GARETH DAVIES, East Anglian historian, writer and proprietor of Poppyland Press joins us to talk about his latest career as a publisher. He will set our second competition of the year for The Past Search Prize for 15th January 2019. GUESTS: £7

4th DECEMBER. EMMA HEALEY returns to adjudicate entries for the Ivy Ferrari Cup.

TUESDAY 11th DECEMBER. 7.30 pm.  Members’ Christmas Party & Buffet at The Chantry Hall.  

15th JANUARY 2019.  SPEAKER – CHRIS RUSHBY, Book-buyer at Jarrolds in Norwich since 2012, following nearly 30 years working with national leading booksellers.  Responsible for the legendary Jarrold Literary lunches and the popular in-store book launches, Chris will entertain us with stories from the bookstore.

5th FEBRUARY.  WORKSHOP ON SELF-EDITING led by KATHY JOY of Fine Tune Your Fiction critique service.  Bring approximately 1500 words of your work and discover tips and techniques for tightening and improving your manuscript.

19th FEBRUARY. GARETH DAVIES returns to assess and adjudicate entries for The Past Search Prize for Non-Fiction.

5th MARCH. SPEAKER – Norwich Writer MITCH JOHNSON. Following his success in the inaugural Olga Sinclair Open Short Story Competition in 2015 with his short story ‘Yellow’, Mitch returns to talk about his first novel Kick (Usbourne Books 2017). Aimed at middle grade readers and hailed as ‘illuminating and upholding the rights of children’, it is the story of an Indonesian boy who dreams of becoming a footballer. GUESTS: £7

19th MARCH.  SPEAKER – An Evening with award-winning Sunday Times Best Selling author RORY CLEMENTS, former national journalist and creator of eight John Shakespeare thrillers set in Tudor England and two novels set in WW2 featuring Professor Tom Wilde. GUESTS: £7

2nd APRIL. Announcing the welcome return of much-loved local writer, newspaper columnist and humourist LYNNE MORTIMER.  On her previous visit, Lynne inspired us with amusing tales of her time writing pantomimes.  This year Lynne will discuss her techniques and inspiration for her regular columns, before setting our third competition for the Colin Sutton Cup for HumourDeadline 7th May 2019.  GUESTS: £7

16th APRIL.   GALA LAUNCH OF OLGA SINCLAIR OPEN SHORT STORY COMPETITION 2019. An evening of inspirational speakers, tips from the adjudicator and refreshments, as we launch our 5th international short story competition.  All welcome to join the party!

7th MAY. MANUSCRIPT/CRITIQUE EVENING. Bring a sample of your work, past or present (about 1,000 words maximum) to be discussed with fellow creative writers.

21st MAY WORKSHOP on ‘Writing From Your Life Experience’, led by novelist and creative writing tutor MARGARET K. JOHNSON.  GUESTS: £7

4th JUNE. LYNNE MORTIMER returns to assess and adjudicate entries for The Colin Sutton Cup for Humour.

18th JUNE. FINAL MANUSCRIPT EVENING OF THE YEAR including challenging and fun writing exercises.  Includes a chance to hear any as yet unread competition entries.


2nd JULY. ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING AND PRIZE GIVING.  Visitors Welcome.  No Entrance Fee. Prize Raffle.