Norwich Writers' Circle

E-Course In Writing Your Family History

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Gill Blanchard, one of our members, and owner of Past Search, is repeating the first module of her E-Course in Writing Your Family History in May 2017.

It is a practical writing course that guides participants through the process of bringing their ancestors to life in an entertaining manner. It will enable students to choose the most suitable format, decide what to include (and exclude) and how to find and integrate relevant background context.

The course consists of two ten week modules, although module one can be taken as a stand alone unit. Lessons are delivered electronically. Students receive individually tailored in-depth feedback; have regular live discussions with the tutor and each other and access to an online learning hub.

Module One starts 13th May 2017. 10 Weeks. £125

  • Starting Out
  • Expanding a Family History Biography
  • Bringing your Family History to Life – Building Background Material
  • Developing a Family History Further
  • Introduction to Publishing, Layout and Production

For more details, please contact Gill:

gill@writingyourfamilyhistory.co.uk

Or see the website at: www.writingyourfamilyhistory.co.uk

About Gill:

Gill is a historical biographer and writer, professional genealogist and qualified tutor. She has had three books published, including Writing Your Family History (Pen and Sword). Forthcoming books include a local history based around an 1836 scandal and a biography of Vice-Admiral Sir John Lawson (1615-1665). She writes regularly for national family history magazines and  holds an MA in Biography.  She also regularly undertakes commissions to write and produce family and house histories for clients.

Writing Your Family History is part of the Past Search historical research business run by Gill Blanchard. See: www.pastsearch.co.uk

Author of Writing Your Family History: A Guide for Genealogists, BA, MA, Post Grad. Cert. Ed. (Adults).

 

 

 

 

Past Search Family, House and Local History Research and Tuition

Office 14 Meadow View House

191 Queens Road Norwich NR1 3PP

Tel: 01603 610619

E-Courses email: gill@writingyourfamilyhistory.co.uk

Work email: gblanchard@pastsearch.co.uk

Her forthcoming biography of Vice-Admiral Sir John Lawson can be ordered at: http://tinyurl.com/hak7o49

Sign up for Gill’s email newsletter at: news@pastsearch.co.uk

Twitter: http://twitter.com/GillBlanchard

Facebook: http://tinyurl.com/laqzoc7

 

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Norwich Writers' Circle

A Toast To The Happy Couple!

The Norwich Writer’s Circle would like to congratulate Anastacia Pope, our Competitions Secretary, on her recent nuptials!

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Ana and Graham were married on Saturday 29th October.  The NWC would like to wish Mr. and Mrs. Seaman all the best.  We know the two of you will be very happy!

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A Flying Start

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On Tuesday 20th September, Norwich Writers’ Circle came together for their first meeting of the season.

We were joined by Benjamin Johncock, author of The Last Pilot.  His inspiring talk delved into his inspiration for The Last Pilot as well as offering some sound advice to the group.

The NWC would like to extend a special thank you to both those who attended the meeting and to Benjamin for giving such a phenomenal talk.

Our next meeting on the 4th of October promises to be just as spectacular.  Susan Burton, UEA PhD research student, will be giving a talk on her experience of the Fukushima earthquake and its connection to her interest in oral history.

We hope to see you there!

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We’re Back!

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After breaking up for the summer, Norwich Writer’s Circle are back. Benjamin Johncock, author of The Last Pilot and winner of the Author’s Best First Novel Award 2016 , will start us off with a bang with his talk entitled: ‘Leaving Things Unsaid: the process of writing The Last Pilot and why less is always more’.

Visitors are always welcome.  Please be reminded that there is a door /admission fee for room hire which includes entry into a raffle at the end of the evening.  We look forward to seeing you at Anteros Arts Foundation at 7.30pm (doors open 7.00pm).

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Ghost Stories

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Congratulations to Norwich Writers’ Circle member James Dimelow, who can be seen in Thursday 18th August’s Evening News and Eastern Daily Press ‘Event’ section.

In the article James is discussing his forthcoming ‘Ghosts Of Gressenhall‘ play. The family-friendly half-hour drama, which has been written on behalf of Gressenhall Farm & Workhouse, is an extension of the museum’s recently revamped ‘Voices From The Workhouse’ exhibition.

It is hoped that James’ play will be performed at the national heritage centre before the end of 2017.

In addition to the above, the NWC member shall also be featured in EDP Norfolk magazine. The popular publication shall be highlighting the playwright’s ‘Ghosts’ project in its September 2016 edition.

For more information please visit James’ website at newplays.org.uk, or alternatively follow him on Facebook.

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In anticipation of the performance of his short play ‘Pedigree‘ at the Maddermarket Theatre on Thursday 14th April, Norwich Writers’ Circle member James Dimelow has relaunched his website.

On the new look newplays.org.uk visitors can discover more about the author, along with the plays he has written. At the site visitors will also have the opportunity to watch the Assembly House animation, James wrote on behalf of the Norwich 12 tourism and heritage initiative.

In addition to his revamped website you can also follow James on Facebook and Twitter.

On Tuesday 5th April at Anteros Arts Foundation we will be welcoming back Ejike Ndaji. The spoken word poet will be adjudicating our poetry competition. Everyone is welcome to join us at 7.30pm (doors open from 7.00pm).

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Festivities

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On Saturday 12th December Norwich Writers’ Circle held its annual Christmas celebration.

The well-attended social was held at Anteros Arts Foundation, on Fye Bridge Street, which will be our new meeting venue from January 2016. The party saw members enjoy a wide selection of Christmas food and drink. The fun evening was further enhanced by a ‘Secret Santa’ raffle, along with a team quiz. The festive-themed quiz was then won, appropriately enough, by ‘Santa’s Little Helpers’.

At NWC’s first meeting in Anteros, on Tuesday January 19th 2016, we will be welcoming Ejike Ndaji. The Performance Poet will be demonstrating and discussing his craft, as well as setting our latest Circle Competition. We hope to see you there.

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Exit, Stage Left

A big thank you to James Dimelow for his well-received workshop at our last meeting on Tuesday 3rd November. James’ workshop was entitled “Play Time” – and it certainly was! The playwright had members reading parts from a TV sketch or two, which had us laughing out loud. Ice truly broken, the work began.

Firstly, a workshop on character(s), for which James supplied us each with a “Simpsons” Top Trumps playing card for inspiration as we worked alone. A photograph shared then sparked inspiration in two workshops on settings: the composition of a monologue spoken by our creations, followed by a dialogue with our partners.

Punctuated by readings out, the whole evening was both productive and entertaining. And if that wasn’t enough, James also brought along handouts comprising tips, competition guidelines and suggestions, recommended reading as well as examples of script writing formats. So attendees can consider themselves well informed.

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PRIZE GIVING EVENING IS A SUCCESS!

Yes, it certainly was entertaining.

First Prize: £500. ‘Escargot Africains’ by Sarah Isaacs. Sarah lives on the north-east coast of Scotland and was unable to attend the Award Ceremony. A prolific competition entrant, Sarah has suffered from ill health and considers her writing and creativity to be important in her recovery. Mr Stokes said of her entry, “This is an intriguing and chilling story of status grabbing and manipulation, with a depiction of a cold and atomised suburban society where appearance is optimum.”Jeremy, Mitch Johnson and Ashley-1

There to collect his cheque for his second placed entry, Yellow was Mitch Johnson, pictured here with Olga’s son, Jeremy (left) and competition adjudicator, Ashley Stokes (right). Ashley said of his entry: “This is a compact, emotional story, full of understated anxiety and fine

character work; overall

it is a sharp and affecting slice-of-life.”

Third placed winner, Phillip Vine was also able to attend and be handed his prize. Summing up Chief Mustard, Ashley especially liked the story’s quirkiness, its use of mustard to explore the history of Cluedo versions and characters in the game. “The dialogue is very funny in this enjoyable and unusual love story,” he went on.

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Phillip was also pleased to pose for the camera.

Seven “Highly Commended” certificates were also awarded to Valerie Bowes from Caterham, Surrey; Greg Cook from Diss; Maggie Davies from Tunbridge Wells; D.P. Dignam from Berkhamstead; Janet Swinney from London; Stella Whitelaw from Oxted, Surrey and
Christopher Woodhall from Dereham.

Well done all!

We hope to publish the winning entries here as soon as possible. Many thanks due to all the team, including Maureen who came in at the last with her work on designing and writing the certificates. Watch this space for the 2016 Olga Sinclair Open Prose Competition.

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GALA PRIZE GIVING at ANTEROS

Important Note: 20th October 2015 sees a change of venue to our usual home. We will be welcoming members and visitors in the historical Fishergate Room at Anteros Art Foundation, 11 – 15 Fye Bridge Street, Norwich.  7:30 start.

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Everything is gearing up for the big night of our Olga Sinclair Open Short Fiction Competition. Adjudicator Ashley Stokes, local writer, tutor and cheif editor of Unthank Books will lead the prize giving. All are welcome. The competition prize giving will be followed by readings, raffle prizes and refreshments.

To help us host the event we ask members and visitors to bring

the customary door fee: £3 (Members), £5 (Visitors)