Programme

NORWICH WRITERS’ CIRCLE PROGRAMME 2021-2022

THE CHANTRY HALL, CHANTRY ROAD, NORWICH NR2 1QZ from 7.30 – 9.30 pm on 1st and 3rd Tuesdays, September to July

21st SEPTEMBER 2021. OPENING NIGHT. We welcome fiction writer TIMOTHY HOLDEN. Tim’s debut novel, Spirals of Fate, was shortlisted for the East Anglia Books Awards in 2020. This historical fiction novel, set in Norwich and Wymondham is a new telling of the story of Robert Kett in Tudor England.  Details from https://spiralsoffate.co.uk.

Tim will be talking about his new career as a writer as well as setting the brief for the COOPER PRIZE. (Deadline for entries: 19th October 2021). Light refreshments. 

5th OCTOBER.  FAMILY HISTORY WORKSHOP with Genealogist, House Historian and Writer GILL BLANCHARD. Gill enjoys a successful research, writing and teaching career, appearing at national exhibitions and has appeared on Who Do You Think You Are from the BBC. Details of her publications can be found at https://www.pastsearch.co.uk/writing-by-gill-blanchard

Gill will lead a workshop during which we will make a start on creating an engaging family history using techniques that can be adapted to writing other historical non-fiction.  She will offer us top tips of how to put these into practice.  Please bring along a family history related object or document, such as a photograph or certificate.

19th OCTOBER.  WRITING SPRINT EVENING WITH KATHY JOY of Fine Tune Your Fiction editing service. Bring in a current WiP and spend a few distraction-free hours writing. Light refreshments will be provided (if Covid restrictions allow us to do so). You are also welcome to bring your own snacks to eat while writing (nothing strong smelling please). Please note that there are no free plug sockets available so if you are bringing a laptop, tablet, or other electronic device, please ensure it is sufficiently charged.

 2nd NOVEMBER. OLGA SINCLAIR PRIZE AWARDS EVENING 2021.  With adjudicators DR. STEPHEN CARVER and HELEN RYE.  Hear the adjudications, learn who has won the £500 prize and who takes home the Olga Sinclair Members’ Challenge Shield. Readings, refreshments and past anthologies for sale. Guests welcome.

16th NOVEMBER. TIMOTHY HOLDEN returns to adjudicate the entries for the coveted Cooper Prize.  Verdict, readings and refreshments.

7th DECEMBER.  We welcome Norwich writer, chef, food consultant and blogger, ZENA LEECH-CALTON.  Zena will be talking about how she produces her blog, offering us ideas and inspiration, before setting the brief for the PAST SEARCH PRIZE FOR NON-FICTION. (Deadline for entries 18th January 2022)  More details about Zena from her blog at https://www.lovenorwichfood.co.uk

14th DECEMBER.  NWC members’ Christmas party.  Partners and friends welcome. Details TBA.

2022

18th JANUARY. UPDATE: This has been changed to an Online meeting and will no longer be held at the hall.

Award winning biographer and writer, PHYLLIDA SCRIVENS on her latest book, The Great Thorpe Railway Disaster 1874: Heroes, Victims, Survivors (Pen and Sword Books, September 2021). Illustrated presentation, copies on sale.  More details from https://thegreatthorperailwaydisaster1874.com
This meeting is free to both members and guests, however, we are asking for a suggested donation of £2 if anyone is able to do so. If you are interested in joining, please email us: queries@norwichwrites.com

1stFEBRUARY. We welcome back ZENA LEECH-CALTON to assess and adjudicate entries for The Past Search Prize for Non-Fiction.  Readings and refreshments.

15th FEBRUARY. GUIDED EDITING SESSION with KATHY JOY of FINE TUNE YOUR FICTION, a professional critique and editing service. Bring a current project you are editing, and Kathy will walk everyone step by step through editing the first few chapters of their work. Additionally, Kathy is happy to answer any burning editing questions. Bring a project to work on, either on an electronic device like a tablet or laptop, or bring a printout of the first 2-3 chapters (6000 words or less is recommended), double spaced, and some pens.

1st MARCH. Children’s Author and illustrator, MATT ROBERTSON, will talk about his work and inspiration, before setting thecompetition for the COLIN SUTTON CUP FOR HUMOUR. (Deadline for entries 5th April) More details of Matt’s wonderful characters and stories can be found at http://matttheillustrator.com

15th MARCH.  MANUSCRIPT DOCTOR EVENING & NWC BOOKFAIR:  Struggling with something in your current WiP? Maybe you can’t figure out what happens next, how to end your story, or you’re finding it hard to nail a particular scene. Bring your own projects and take turns in small groups to discuss any issues you are having and bounce ideas off each other. Fuelled by free tea and coffee throughout the evening! This evening is being led by KATHY JOY, owner of FINE TUNE YOUR FICTION – a professional developmental editing and critique service. Bring paper and pens and a project. In addition, there will be an exhibition of titles produced by members of Norwich Writers’ Circle. Meet the authors, buy the books, be inspired!

5th APRIL. Lowestoft writer SANDRA DELF on the research and collaborative approach to writing her non-fiction book,

A Long Way From Home: Evacuee Memories 80 Years On, published in January 2021.

19th APRIL. SOCIAL MEDIA FOR WRITERS 101 with Kathy Joy. Learn the fundamentals of using social media to promote your book, including how to grow a following, plus learn a few tips and tricks such as using a blog and/or website. Now more than ever, having an online presence is important, whether you’re traditionally published or self-published. Learn to use social media to your advantage to sell and promote your book. Bring something to write with and an open mind.
Note: If you are bringing a laptop or other such device, please note that we do not have any available plug sockets so please ensure your device is fully charged.

3rd MAY. We welcome novelist CLAIRE WADE, whose disturbing dystopian story The Choice was awarded the Fiction Prize at the East Anglian Book Awards in 2020.  More details from https://www.clairewade.com/the-choice.html
NOTE: This meeting has been changed to an online meeting. If you are interested in attending please email us: queries@norwichwriters.com

17th MAY. MATT ROBERTSON returns to adjudicate the entries for the Colin Sutton Cup for Humour.

7th JUNE. Our final Critique Evening of the season with KATHY JOY. 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. If possible bring 6 print outs of the extracts you would like discussed.

21st JUNE. VIRTUAL GALA LAUNCH OF OLGA SINCLAIR PRIZE SHORT STORY COMPETITION 2022 (Online Meeting). Learn more about this year’s theme, be inspired by professional speakers, get tips from the adjudicator, as we launch our 8th international short story competition via Zoom.  All welcome.

SATURDAY 25th JUNE. MEMBERS’ SUMMER SOCIAL – Venue and time TBA.

TUESDAY 5TH JULY. AGM, Prize Giving and End of Season celebration.  More details TBA.  No door fee. Raffle.