Monthly Archives: January 2013

The Bridport Prize – poems; short stories; fiction

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The Bridport Prize is now welcoming submissions for their annual competitions

  • Poems – 42 lines maximum
  • Short stories – 5000 words maximum
  • Flash Fiction – 250 words maximum

Titles are not included in the word counts.

Prizes for poetry and short stories

  • £5000 first prize
  • £1000 second prize
  • £500 Third prize

prizes for flash fiction

  • £1000 first prize
  • £500 second prize
  • £250 third prizes
  • 3 additional prizes of £25

Closing date Friday 31 May 2013

More information available from The Bridport Prize

The Alan Sillitoe website open poetry competition

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The Alan Sillitoe Website is running their second annual open poetry competition.

  • First prize £200
  • Second prize £100
  • Third prize £50

Entry fee – £3 per poem or 4 for £10. All proceeds to the Alan Sillitoe Memorial Fund

Closing date 22 January 2013

More information from The Alan Sillitoe Website

Fiction Writing Course at Nottingham Central Library

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Six of the Best – Reading and Writing Fiction Part One ~ Spring Term 2013

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Combining discussion about some of the books on the 2012 Booker Short-list with a variety of creative writing exercises and conversations around pieces written by students, the course will look at the art of writing fiction from both author and reader perspectives. Workshop activities on elements of fiction writing will feed into participants’ discussions about their own and others’ fictional writing.

Tutor: Nikki England

Venue: Nottingham Central Library,3 Angel Row, Nottingham ,NG1 6HL

Date: Wednesday 16th January 2013

Time: 1pm -3pm

Duration: 12 sessions

Fee: £84.00 (£75.60 Concessions) Fee Waived for those on income related benefits or low income

Course aims

• to encourage participants to explore the art of fiction writing, building creative writing confidence and skills

• to introduce participants to a range of creative writing ideas, techniques, styles and exercises

• to explore and discuss three of the books on the 2012 Booker Shortlist

• to identify successful elements within published literature

• to practice writing short fiction

• to encourage critical and self-analysis of fiction writing

Topics to be covered

• Books on the Booker Shortlist

• Character Development

• Location/Setting

• Plot – action and resolution

• Style, themes and point of view

Learning outcomes

As a result of this course it may be possible for you to:

• Create characters, locations and plots within a piece of short fiction

• Share views and ideas on published literature during discussion

• Identify successful elements within fiction

• Be able to read your own and others’ work critically and analytically and have confidence in your ability to do this

Teaching/learning methods

• Exercises in specific writing tasks

• Tutor input

• Learner input

• Discussion and comment

• Read through

• Writing tasks set as ‘homework’ as negotiated and agreed with individual learners

• One-to-one or email tutorials as required

Assessment methods

• Written work produced during writing exercises

• Observation and discussion during/after exercises and discussions

• Comments concerning own work

• Comments concerning others’ work

• Written work produced by end of course

Previous learning required

No previous experience necessary

Recommended books, materials or equipment

Three of the books on the 2012 Booker Short-list will be discussed in class. The first one, which will be discussed in week 3, will be The Lighthouse by Alison Moore. Full list –

Tan Twan Eng, The Garden of Evening Mists (Myrmidon Books)

Hilary Mantel, Bring up the Bodies (Fourth Estate)

Alison Moore, The Lighthouse (Salt)

There may be some background reading tasks set as ‘homework’, as agreed with learners

Learners may also find it helpful to have a wallet folder to store handouts and own notes, as well as to store writing materials.

Progression

Six of the Best – Reading and Writing Fiction Part Two in the Summer Term of 2013. We will be studying the remaining three books on the shortlist.

Deborah Levy, Swimming Home (And Other Stories/Faber & Faber)

Will Self, Umbrella (Bloomsbury)

Jeet Thayil, Narcopolis (Faber & Faber)

The tutor can provide you with information about what you can do next with the WEA and other local providers. A Giving Information and Advice County Leaflet is available with useful local information. What Next? leaflets are available from your tutor or Programme Organiser to help you with your choices. If you would like to discuss what options are available or how to obtain guidance, please contact your Programme Organiser.

Financial help

If you need help with paying for registration fees or childcare, you may be entitled to financial support. Ask your tutor for more information. We will treat all requests confidentially and with respect in accordance with our Learner Support Policy. (See Services for Learners leaflet.)

Help with learning

If you have a disability or learning difficulty, let us know as early as possible so that we can make arrangements to provide you with support. We will treat requests for help confidentially and with respect. Ask your tutor for more information. If you prefer, contact your Regional Office and ask to speak to someone about learning support. (See Services for Learners leaflet.)

Help with English, Maths or Study Skills You are also entitled to extra help and support with English, Maths or Study Skills. Ask you tutor for more information. If you prefer, contact your Regional Office and ask to speak to someone about help with English, Maths or Study Skills.

Sound interesting?

Please contact Caroline on 0115 985 8203 or email ckeep@wea.org.uk

New Course at Lakeside Arts Centre

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Saturday Night and Sunday Morning: Writing Short Fiction in Nottinghamshire ~ Spring Term 2013

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Using the Saturday Night and Sunday Morning exhibition and the local area as inspiration for a variety of creative writing exercises, the course will look at the art of writing short fiction and “capturing the authenticity of ‘normal lives’”. Workshop activities on elements of flash fiction and short-story writing will feed into participants’ discussions about their own and others’ fictional writing.

Tutor: Nikki England

Venue: Lakeside Arts Centre (Visual Arts Studio) University Park,Nottingham,NG7 2RD

Dates: Friday 18th January 2013

Time:10am -3pm Duration: 4 sessions

Fee: £70.00 (£63.00 Concessions) Fee Waived for those on income related benefits or low-incomeCourse aims

Course Aims

  • to encourage participants to explore the art of short fiction writing, building creative writing confidence and skills
  • to introduce participants to a range of creative writing ideas, techniques, styles and exercises
  • to discover inspiration from the local area and the Saturday Night and Sunday Morning exhibition
  • to practice writing short fiction

Topics to be covered

• Finding Inspiration

• Character Development

• Location/Setting

• Plot – action and resolution

• Writing effective dialogue

• Style, themes and point of view

Learning outcomes

As a result of this course it may be possible for you to:

  • Create characters, locations and plots within a piece of short fiction
  • Write a short piece inspired by the local area and/or the Saturday Night and Sunday Morning exhibition
  • Be able to read your own and others’ work critically and analytically and have confidence in your ability to do this
  • Recognise basic elements of successful short fiction
  • Write a piece of flash fiction or a short story including these basic elements

Teaching/learning methods

  • Exercises in specific writing tasks
  • Tutor input
  • Learner input
  • Discussion and comment
  • Read through
  • Writing tasks set as ‘homework’ as negotiated and agreed with individual learners
  • One-to-one or email tutorials as required

Assessment methods

  •  Written work produced during writing exercises
  • Observation and discussion during/after exercises
  • Comments concerning own work
  • Comments concerning others’ work
  • Written work produced by end of course

No previous experience necessary

Recommended books, materials or equipment

None, although a hard-backed notebook for writing exercises on-the-go may be useful There may be some background reading tasks set as ‘homework’, as agreed with learners

Learners may also find it helpful to have a wallet folder to store handouts and own notes, as well as to store writing materials.

Progression

The tutor can provide you with information about what you can do next with the WEA and other local providers. A Giving Information and Advice County Leaflet is available with useful local information. What Next? leaflets are available from your tutor or Programme Organiser to help you with your choices. If you would like to discuss what options are available or how to obtain guidance, please contact your Programme Organiser.

Financial help

If you need help with paying for registration fees or childcare, you may be entitled to financial support. Ask your tutor for more information. We will treat all requests confidentially and with respect in accordance with our Learner Support Policy. (See Services for Learners leaflet.)

Help with learning

If you have a disability or learning difficulty, let us know as early as possible so that we can make arrangements to provide you with support. We will treat requests for help confidentially and with respect. Ask your tutor for more information. If you prefer, contact your Regional Office and ask to speak to someone about learning support. (See Services for Learners leaflet.)

Help with English, Maths or Study Skills

You are also entitled to extra help and support with English, Maths or Study Skills. Ask you tutor for more information. If you prefer, contact your Regional Office and ask to speak to someone about help with English, Maths or Study Skills.

Sound interesting?

Please contact Caroline on 0115 985 8203 or email ckeep@wea.org.uk