Norwich Writers' Circle

Writing for Children Online Workshop

Yesterday evening we ran a free online workshop on writing for children. The workshop was put together by Amanda Addison, author of Boundless Sky. Over 140 people registered their interest to attend this event.

This event was originally part of our programme of in-person meetings at Chantry Hall, but with COVID-19 and lockdown, we had to cancel all of our in-person meetings. We wanted to offer something for people to do during lock down, so we decided to offer it online. While we do miss our little get togethers at Chantry Hall, it was wonderful to meet so many new faces from all over the world.

The workshop was broken down into a series of videos. Each video was posted at a specific time. Together, we worked through the exercises, all from the comfort of our own home.

It was wonderful to see so many amazing ideas for children’s stories! We hope you will continue to work on them.

If you missed the workshop, we’ll be keeping the videos up until the end of the week, so you have time to go through them and take part in the workshop.

https://www.facebook.com/events/389643338660205/

After, we’re looking into uploading them to YouTube so they can be taken any time.

We’d like to thank everyone who took part and made the event as fun as it was. We’d also like to thank Amanda for collaborating with us to produce the workshop.

We may be considering running more workshops throughout the summer. To stay updated, be sure to follow our blog, and also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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Terrifying Tales

Congratulations to our Vice-chair Kathy Joy for having her short horror story picked up for professional narration:

 

The original story can be read here: https://www.reddit.com/r/nosleep/comments/ayhco3/my_perfect_little_boy/

Well done Kathy for an engaging and terrifying story. Perhaps it will inspire those looking to enter the Olga Sinclair Competition this year themed to ‘spooks’.

 

 

 

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Reading Up A Storm

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On Tuesday 16th May we welcomed Robert Welton, librarian of the Jane Austen College.

Robert regaled us with the journey that led him where he was today – how he started in Borders as a children’s specialist book seller.  He was the first ever national children’s book seller.  When Borders closed down, Robert moved to Jarrolds and became part of their events management team, working specifically with children and  schools.  He was later head-hunted for the job of librarian at Jane Austen College following a chance encounter with the head teacher.

He then moved on to discussing something very important: getting children and young adults to read.  Just how do you accomplish such a task?

Robert explained that at Jane Austen College, students are encouraged to be the best they be, whether that is going to university or working in a pub.  With this in mind, Robert explained that it is far more important that children are reading rather than what they are reading.

“We have this thing where if they don’t want to read a novel, if they want to read the sports page, if they want to read the Beano, The Dandy, Empire Magazine … if they’re reading the back of a cereal packet every morning, they’re reading something.  It doesn’t matter what they’re reading, as long as they’re enjoying it.”

– Robert Welton

Robert went on to explain that they have form periods and thirty minutes of that is dedicated to reading.  Students can bring in anything they want and read it – no matter what it is.

“Too many schools have this ‘you will read this and you will enjoy it!’. And what’s the best way to put children off reading?  By forcing them to do it …  If you keep pushing children to read, they won’t do it.”

– Robert Welton

The evening was capped off with some excellent book recommendations and a slight tangent on the importance of not relying on wikipedia for information.

Overall, everyone greatly enjoyed Robert’s talk.  For most, the reading bug caught us young, so it is fantastic to know that there is at least one person out there still working hard to create a new generation of readers.

The NWC would like to thank Robert for his informative talk.  Also, a special thanks to everyone who joined us, either as a guest of a member.

We hope to see you again soon!

 

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Results Of The Ivy Ferari Cup

Tuesday 2nd May saw S.E Craythorne return to announce the winners of our fourth and last competition of the season – the Ivy Ferrari Cup.  The theme was ‘motherhood’.

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The winners were:

  • 1st place Iain Andrews with Judgement of Solomon.
  • 2nd Kim Lewis with The Sparrow.
  • 3rd Phyllida Scrivens with Especially When You Dance.

Congratulations to the winners!

The NWC would like to thank Sally for her superb adjudication.  We’d also like to thank everyone who entered the competition.

Our next meeting is 16th May.  Robert Welton, the Librarian at Jane Austen College and former bookseller, will give a talk about how his library is designed to encourage reading, what type of books youngsters read these days as well as his views on the future of printed books.

We hope to see you there!