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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!

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A Promising Proposition

On Tuesday 17th January we had our first meeting of 2017.  We kicked the new year off with a bang when our very own Phyllida Scrivens and Gill Blanchard launched the third competition of the year: Impressing the Publisher.

To begin, Gill and Phyllida offered some excellent advice on how to create a proposal with a good hook that will pull the publisher or agent in, offering samples of their own proposals to help.

The evening was capped off with a workshop.  First we wrote the start of our proposal synopsis, focusing on ‘the hook’. Gill and Phyllida advised that the hook could be a quote, the first couple of sentences or short an extract from the book that conveys something of what it is about and makes the reader want to know more.

Next came the hard part: giving and taking criticism from the group.  This went very well, with many participants receiving helpful pointers and suggestions from their peers.

Finally, Gill and Phyllida rolled out the competition.

To enter the competition you must submit a proposal for either a fiction or non-fiction book.  The guidelines are as follows:

1,000 words maximum

These 1000 words should consist of:

1). Synopsis: 200 – 300 words

  • Chapter outline & synopsis of plot/premise

2). Author Biography: 50 to 100 words

3). Marketing 50 to 100 words

  • Concept, audience, social media

4). Sample (remainder up to 1,000 words)

  • If you choose to submit a proposal for non-fiction, your sample should consist of a detailed chapter plan.
  • If your proposal is for a fiction story, your sample should be an extract from first chapter.

The maximum size of your sample will depend on how many words you used for the synopsis, author biography and marketing.

For example, if your synopsis is 250 words, your biography 100 words and your is marketing is 50 words, you will have used 400 of your 1000 words, leaving you 600 words for your sample.  There is no minimum for the sample, so you could write less than the amount of words you have left, but you need to ensure that what you have written has a good hook and captures your story.

Phyllida and Gill also offered a little advice on what publishers and agents are looking for when considering a proposal:

  • Originality.
  • Fresh voice and new insight.
  • Why you, and only you, can write this particular story.

If you want to enter the competition, email your entry to norwichwriters@hotmail.co.uk

The deadline is 21st February.  For more details visit the contest page.

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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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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.

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Encore!

2nd February saw the return of James Dimelow to the front for his adjudication of the short playwriting competition. But before we got down to business, we had four successes to announce.

The EDP has published two more of Margaret Turner’s poems, My Friend and November. These Margaret read out to an appreciative audience. Another East Anglian title, Suffolk Norfolk Life accepted not just Patricia Stammers’ Snowdrops at Walsingham article, it included her scenic photos too. Phyllida Scrivens was also featured with her recent biography, Escaping Hitler. And it’s not all been reading matter. On the 11th, Mr Dimelow and audience are set to see the first scene of his latest play perfomed as part of the Maddermarket Theatre’s latest talent showcase.

Which all brings us back to James’ adjudication…

James summed up again his guidelines and his own strict adherence to them when choosing his winners. In fact he had four top quality entries. These were: (Commended) We Have Ways by Phyllida Scrivens; (3rd) Easy To Love by Olive Riseborough; (2nd) Dreaming Of Her Majesty by Andrew Heron; (1st) By Appointment by Mickie Dann.

It was a fun night, both for performers and audience as the winners entries were enacted.

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Escaping Hitler

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Exciting news about another member in the spotlight. This time it’s Phyllida Scrivens, our recently elected chairman with her biography of Joe Stirling. Escaping Hitler: A Jewish Boy’s Quest for Freedom and His Future has its official launch event at Jarrolds Department Store in the centre of Norwich on Thursday 4th February from 6.00pm.  Both the Lord Mayor and the Sheriff will be attendance.  I will be making a brief presentation on Joe’s life and how the book came about, followed by a Question and Answer session with both Phyllida and Joe.  A book signing will follow.

Tickets are on sale NOW! They can be purchased both in Store from Customers Enquiries on Floor 2, and from the Events page on Jarrolds website. A glass of wine is included.
Phyllida wants to be sure that everyone who has either helped with the creation of the book or has shown an interest has an opportunity to come along.  “It would be lovely to see you there to share our big moment!” she says.
Here is the link to the online events shop: http://www.jarrold.co.uk/events-diary/events-list