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Speed Dating

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3rd May: Returning this week by popular demand is the manuscript evening with a spin.

Bring along any work in progress or a short piece you’d like feedback on, or simply your ideas for a plot. We’ll begin with a brief workshop. Then, modelling the rest of the evening on the traditional speed dating procedure, attendees will be divided into two groups, one stationary, one in motion. You know how it goes.

Flash fiction, missile missives, stories on steroids. Frenzied fun and feedback.

Usual house rules re: door fees applies.

Just to remind you that the time to get working on your entry for this year’s Olga Sinclair Open Short Story Competition is NOW. Click here for more details and guidelines. But please, we ask, do not bring your entries Tuesday. We’d rather have no clues as to who is submitting what.

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Prize Performances

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6th April’s meeting was another enjoyable evening. Ejike Ndaji is sad he was unable to be there to convey his appraisals and announce the winners in person, but our Competition secretary, Ana Pope, did a sterling job in his stead.

This competition stands as one of the most popular of the current programme, receiving a large number of entries. Out of these came the following:  1st place, Phyllida Scrivens, Romance Versus Rugby; 2nd, Andrew Heron, Decline Of A Rock Star; and 3rd place, Elizabeth Taylor with Magdalen Street.

In addition to the well deserved kudos of coming top, Phyllida can also look forward to picking up the Colin Sutton Award for Humour at the AGM – a cup she gets to keep proud custody of until the next winner arises to claim it.

All three winners were happy to perform their pieces and there was time as well for other entrants to come to the front. Thanks to everyone brave enough to do so. You were a hoot. Mickie Dann! What can one say? Bingo wings and other things a-shaking. A hilarious show-stopper if ever there was one.

And so we look forward to the 19th when we will be launching this year’s eagerly awaited Olga Sinclair Open Short Story Competition. This promises to be quite a party with no less than two guest presentations and an expansion on what is expected of submissions by the adjudicator, Rachel Hore herself.

More details to follow shortly.

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NEWSFLASH!

5th April update: Unfortunately we have to report that Ejike Ndaji is now unable to attend tomorrow’s meeting, for which the committee accepts his apology on behalf of the memberWordPress Word Powers.

All who entered this competition are urged to still bring copies of their entries as we plan to keep to the programme.

For those who’ve not entered, please also feel free to bring along any work in progress or completed creation as this slight adjustment to proceeding may afford you time to have your labours appraised. There may even be time for a writing exercise or two, as well of course, refreshments, banter, inspiration and cross polination of ideas, and the customary bottle of wine to win.

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Be Prepared!

April 5th we welcome back Ejike Ndaji to give his appraisals for those who entered January’s Amusing Poem for Performance Competition and announce the winner(s). If you yourself entered please bring along a copy of your poem.WordPress Ejike Ndaji

Be brave. Rehearse in front of the mirror. Be as confident as you’re prepared to be. Knock us dead with your delivery. All good practice for future passage readings and book signings. Before your public, your fans, your peers and fellow scribes. This Tuesday night you’ll be amongst friends. There’ll be no hecklers. There’ll be no jibes.

Even if you’ve found to time to write a verse, upon you there will be no curse. Just come along with your door fee and join in our revelry.

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Happy Easter

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Wishing you a very Happy Easter from everyone at Norwich Writers’ Circle.

Join us on Tuesday 5th April at Anteros Arts Foundation, when we will be welcoming back spoken word poet Ejike Ndaji. The poetry competition adjudication will begin at 7.30pm, with doors open from 7.00pm.

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Nick Williams Reveals Research Techniques

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On Tuesday 15th March, Norwich historian and writer Nick Williams gave a presentation to Norwich Writers Circle, detailing his research techniques whilst preparing a number of publications. These included a series of heritage walks, The Blue Plaques of Norwich, a Guide to Rosary Cemetery and Trades and Industries of Norwich. A former Volunteer Co-ordinator for the recently disbanded Norwich Heritage Economic And Regeneration Trust (HEART), Nick still retains a strong interest in local history and is currently preparing a further book.

In an entertaining and informative talk, Nick stressed the benefits of using local archives, including Norfolk Record Office, Norfolk Heritage Centre and the Archant archives. Nick spoke of the importance of having a plan, close editing and the value of a comprehensive index. Members listened attentively, listening for tips to improve their chances of success in the annual non-fiction competition, the Past Search Trophy, sponsored by Gill Blanchard.

Nick will adjudicate the competition at our meeting on 17th May. Entries must be a narrative of no more than 1,000 words, detailing and justifying the writers’ choice of a person, place or event that deserves a Blue Plaque in Norwich, because of the part played in the history of the city. Nick will be looking for evidence of research, conclusions clearly based on research and whether such a plaque would grab the attention of a passer-by. Sources should be listed at the foot of the document (in addition to the maximum word count). Deadline for entries is 19th April. For full details of how to enter our competitions please click the Competition tab. Members can enter for free; non-members are welcome for a  fee. One entry only per person.

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Past Search Prize Launch

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15th March the Circle welcomes Nick Williams to launch Competition 4. Nick is a local historian and author of Norwich: City of Industries and Blue Plaques of Norwich. This year’s Past Search Prize for Non-Fiction. This is a competition sponsored by member, Gill Blanchard’s Past Search business. For more information click “Past Search” above.

Nick will be enlightening us with his research techniques and giving us insight into the comprehensive and acclaimed Norwich HEART website. We look forward to Nick expanding the guidelines for the competition, whose theme this year is a mock nomination for a blue plaque.

As ever, visitors are welcome, and for £3 they may also enter our in-house competitions.

Please read the information provided on the right-hand side of our homepage, including door fee, which covers room hire.

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Six Honest Serving-Men

Ben Scott02For our meeting on the March 1st 2016 author of childrens books and creative writing tutor, Benjamin Scott took inspiration from Rudyard Kipling. Specifically, Kipling’s poem naming What and Why and When, How and Where and Who. And then he told us what to do.

The workshop’s theme was how perspectives of one event differ from character to character. Benjamin had us coming up with scenarios inspired by postcard images, giving voice to objects and landscape features, switching tenses and heads – first person to third. A very insightful exercise as it turned out.

Paul Taylor gave the vote of thanks.

Successes: Patricia has been commissioned to do another article for Flora International Magazine.

Notices: Things are moving along nicely in preparation for this year’s Olga Sinclair Open Short Story Competition. We’ve secured an adjudicator and sponsors, including Van Dal Shoes. More information will follow closer to the launch date. And again, if any members have someone they’d like to hear as guest speaker and can be approached, or would themselves like to present a workshop to the Circle, please tell the committee.

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Meeting Report

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An emotive evening is how one might best describe that of the 16th February. Phyllida Scrivens, as billed, presented us with background to her research trip through the life of WWII survivor and former Sheriff of Norwich, Joe Stirling. It certainly made a difference to see Phyllida’s snapshots of the various locations in which Joe’s early and later life played out – from the horrors of the Kristallnacht to his fondly remembered Travel Agency business in the 1970s.

All listened, silently spellbound until time was given to questions and answers. And many there were too, as well as anecdotes and thoughts stimulated by the whole talk.

Andrew Heron expressed the gratitude of everyone gathered, for the work Phyllida had put in to making the evening an enthralling one.

Of course, leading into the proceedings was the customary invitation to members wanting to share their most recent successes. Our other historian, Gill Blanchard reported two forthcoming projects, and Patricia Stammer has had another article published, this time in Issue 243 of Flora International Magazine.

Requests rather than notices were made. These were: 1) A request for ideas and suggestions for our next programme, either naming prospective guest speakers or members offering themselves as guest speaker or workshop runner; 2) A request for those wanting to get on board with this year’s Olga Sinclair Open Competition to let Subcommittee Chairman, Sean Hindle know.

Our next meeting is on March 1st when we shall be joined once again by Benjamin Scott, creative writing tutor and children’s book author.

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Phyllida And The Kindertransport

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Tuesday 16th February is sure to astound in more ways than one as Circle member, Phyllida Scrivens takes us back along the twisted tracks of Nazi Germany, and the journey made by Joe Sterling and the Kindertransport. Phyllida’s presentation is inside story of her bestselling debut biography, Escaping Hitler.

Please be reminded also that, if you’ve an amusing performance poem for The Colin Sutton Cup For Humour (Competition 3), tomorrow is the deadline for entries.

Refreshments will be available towards the end of the 7.30pm meeting at Anteros Arts Foundation, so feel free to stay around for a cuppa and a catch-up if you can.