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An Evening with Heidi Williamson

Members of Norwich Writers’ Circle were delighted to welcome award-winning poet and mentor Heidi Williamson to our meeting on Tuesday 16th January.  Heidi led an instructive and entertaining workshop on how the use of poetic techniques can improve both our prose and poetry.

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The group was challenged to join a number of free-writing exercises, demonstrating the use of sound, patterning, editing and silence.  Heidi encouraged us to experiment with the length of sentences, to read our work out loud when editing (where we get bored, the reader will get bored!), to seek stronger words to replace overused verbs.  We should look to improve both the rhythm and vocabulary in our sentences.

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Heidi recommended us to become absorbed in a different world, seeking out occupations or places that are out of our life experience, in order to expand our range.  Why not to go the dictionary, find ten random words and try incorporating them into a paragraph of free writing? Do not be afraid to repeat words for emphasis – poets often use patterning repetition to great effect.

Finally the group discussed the use of silence, pauses and tension in our writing, techniques more often found in poetry than in prose.

The workshop was inspiring and enlightening and Robin Parkinson thanks Heidi on behalf of the group.  During our refreshment break Heidi signed copies of her two anthologies, Electric Shadow and The Print Museum.

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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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I Am…

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Following Ejike Ndaji’s visit to Norwich Writers’ Circle on 19th January, a video of the poem ‘I Am…’ can now be watched on our YouTube channel.

‘I Am…’ was written by the spoken word poet, in collaboration with NWC members, as an exercise, to help and inspire entries for the latest Circle competition, which Ejike will be adjudicating for us.

To watch the poetry performance please go here.

We next meet on Tuesday 2nd February when local playwright, and NWC member, James Dimelow will be adjudicating our Short Playwriting Competition. Join us at 7.00pm, for a 7.30pm start, at Anteros Arts Foundation. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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Thank You For The Music

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Congratulations to Norwich Writers’ Circle member Margaret Turner who has had another poem published in the Evening News.

Margaret’s poem, Sorry For The Muzak, was printed in the Poets’ Corner section of the paper on 7th June 2014.

Margaret adds, “This is my recollection of a conversation under local anaesthetic, with only minor tweaks, it can be sung to a certain ABBA tune!”

To read and download the poem please go here.

We next meet at 7.30pm on Tuesday 16th September in The Assembly House when best-selling author Rachel Hore will be discussing her life and career. Please feel free to join us.