Norwich Writers' Circle

First Of The Season

1st December: We eagerly await Charles Christian‘s adjudication of Competition One. This you will remember was an invitation for short or flash fiction stories featuring a strong male character with a hidden and surprising side to him.

The winning entrant will at the end of year A.G.M. get to lift and have custody of the prestiCharles Christian1geous Cooper Prize. Additionally, points are awarded throughout the year not only for winners but runners-up too. The over-all winner is awarded the Competition Cup. So you see, even if you were unlucky to get your entry in on time for this competition it’s not too late to set your sights on the long game.

And it’s never a bad idea to attempt untried genres now and again, is it?

This year we are also accepting competition entries from non-members. Please note that as entries receive constructive comments non-members must pay £3 entry fee.

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6th October 2015 Report

Tuesday 6th saw another good turn-out with a mix of members and visitors enjoying an informative and engaging talk by Charles Christian.

Charles’ central focus were on suspension of disbelief, both within one’s fictional world and with characterisation. Fantasy worlds possess rules that should not be ignored. More than mere syphors, good characters have warts as well as likable sides.Charles Christian1

In terms of plot devices, he advised against “jumping the shark” – no cheating the reader with sudden means of escape. Consistency should be maintained. People should not behave in ways that simply serve the plot. The bottom line: Neither destroy the magic nor make people unbelievable.

Questions & answers followed, including one or two relating to Charles’ expectations for the Cooper Prize. Entrants need to come up with a well rounded male protagonist with an emerging hidden skill or surprise element to their personality. Stories can take the form of flash fiction pieces or be up to 2000 words in length. For full guidelines please visit the Competitions page.

Anne Funnell kindly thanked Charles on behalf of the Circle.

This term, for £3 we are allowing non-members to enter our in-house competitions. Remember also that all competition entries recieve a critique by the adudicator.