Evesham Festival of Words Poetry Competition

As well as their Six Word Story Competition (deadline 17th May), Evesham Festival of Words have launched a Poetry Competition (deadline 12th June).

Click here for more information!

 

Sue Johnson and Joy Thomas will re-start their workshops at Tesco St Oswalds, Gloucester and Tewkesbury Library, as soon as they are able to.

In the meantime, click here for some useful writing prompts.


Six Word Story Competition

'For sale. Baby shoes. Never worn.' - Ernest Hemingway

Six words that just say everything.

One from the last Evesham's Festival of Words' competition: 'He's home early. Quick the wardrobe!'

The Competition is open to anyone over the age of 12 - perfect for families in lockdown to bat around ideas, even if you're having to communicate electronically.

A few rules

Closing date: 5pm, Sunday 17th May 2020. Stories received after this date/time will not be considered.
Entries: The Competition is open to anyone over the age of 12.
Judges: Cheryl Burman, Noelle Chambers, Jan Dawson and Lynne Powell.

Each story must be no more than six words.
Entrants may submit a maximum of six stories. These should all be submitted at the same time.
Stories must be submitted by email to: info@eveshamfestivalofwords.org. Your name, address, contact telephone number, and your stories, must all be contained in the body of the email. Entries that do not comply with the Rules will be disqualified.
An acknowledgement will be sent by the Competition Coordinator on receipt of your entry.

Prizes: There will be prizes for the winning, 2nd and 3rd placed stories - £10 book token; £5 book token, and a box of chocolates.

Click here for more information.


Evesham Festival of Words Short Story Competition Winner Announced

Evesham's Festival of Words Short Story Competition adult winner has been announced (there will be no prizegiving event this year) and you can read the story, The Fan Club Man, by Glenda Young, here.

Glenda was over the moon to win and has decided to donate a chunk of her prize money to Sunderland Food Bank, and she will be a guest speaker at the Writers Toolkit day on Saturday 17th October 2020.


Free Wellbeing Webinars

Get involved in free, wellbeing webinars this Easter weekend to raise money for the NHS and care workers.
These fun webinars have been designed to offer practical tips and tools to help people through these challenging and rapidly changing times.

Click here for more information.


Stroud Short Stories - 10 Stories Selected

The 10 stories to be performed at the re-arranged Stroud Short Stories event on Sunday 8 November have been named.
119 submissions were received from Gloucestershire writers on the prescient theme of DISRUPTION.

Co-judges Ali Bacon and John Holland have chosen stories by Robin Booth, Stephen Connolly, Hannah Glickstein, Claire Harrison, Emma Kernahan, Geoff Mead, Simon Piney, Mark Rutterford, Sharon Webster and Steve Wheeler.

The event will be held at the Cotswold Playhouse and will be part of the 5th Stroud Book Festival. Tickets will go on sale later in the year.


EVENT CANCELLATIONS - COVID 19

Unfortunately a number of event organisers have contacted us to say their events have had to be cancelled, in line with Government and Public Health statements on the COVID 19 Virus.

Given the Government advice, it is our assumption that ALL events will be cancelled for the foreseeable future. Please contact the relevant organisers for further information.


NFP Bid Writing Workshops

Basic and Advanced Bid Writing Workshops

Bid Writing: The Basics

START 09.00 FINISH 11.30

COST £95.00

TOPICS COVERED

Do you know the most common reasons for rejection? Are you gathering the right evidence? Are you making the right arguments? Are you using the right terminology? Are your numbers right? Are you learning from rejections? Are you assembling the right documents? Do you know how to create a clear and concise standard funding bid?

Are you communicating with people or just excluding them? Do you know your own organisation well enough? Are you thinking through your projects carefully enough? Do you know enough about your competitors? Are you answering the questions funders will ask themselves about your application? Are you submitting applications correctly?

ATTENDEES

Staff members, volunteers, trustees or board members of charities, schools or public sector organisations who intend to submit grant funding applications to charitable grant making trusts and foundations. People who provide advice to these organisations are also welcome.

TRAVEL INFORMATION

All our venues are within walking distance of major railway stations. None of our venues have on site car parking but commercial car parks are available within walking distance. The booking pages have links to maps, travel and car parking information.

BOOKING DETAILS

£95 including booking fees. Refreshments provided. Attendees receive full notes and sample bids by e-mail after the workshop. The workshop consists of talk, questions and answers. There are no power points or audio visuals used. All places must be booked through the online booking system using a debit or credit card. We do not issue invoices or accept bank or cheque payments. If you do not have a debit card from your organisation please use a personal one and claim reimbursement using the booking confirmation e-mail as proof of purchase.

BOOKING TERMS

Workshop bookings are non-cancellable and non-refundable. If you are unable to attend on the booked date you may send someone else in your place. There is no need to contact us to let us know that there will be a different attendee. Bookings are non-transferable between dates unless an event is postponed. If an event is postponed then bookings will be valid on any future scheduled date for that workshop and that location. The organisers do not accept any liability for travel or accommodation costs relating to postponed events. If you wish to make travel or accommodation bookings relating to an event you are welcome to contact us for advice.

QUESTIONS

If you have a question please e-mail questions@nfpmail1902.co.uk You will usually receive a response within 24 hours. Due to our training and travel commitments we are unable to accept questions by phone.

 

Bid Writing: Advanced

START 12.00 FINISH 14.30

COST £95.00

TOPICS COVERED

Are you applying to the right trusts? Are you applying to enough trusts? Are you asking for the right amount of money? Are you applying in the right ways? Are your projects the most fundable projects? Are you carrying out trust fundraising in a professional way? Are you delegating enough work?

Are you highly productive or just very busy? Are you looking for trusts in all the right places? How do you compare with your competitors for funding? Is the rest of your fundraising hampering your bids to trusts? Do you understand what trusts are ideally looking for?

ATTENDEES

Staff members, volunteers, trustees or board members of charities, schools or public sector organisations who intend to submit grant funding applications to charitable grant making trusts and foundations. People who provide advice to these organisations are also welcome. Around half of all attendees do both Basics and Advanced workshops on the same day but there is no discount for doing so.

TRAVEL INFORMATION

All our venues are within walking distance of major railway stations. None of our venues have on site car parking but commercial car parks are available within walking distance. The booking pages have links to maps, travel and car parking information.

BOOKING DETAILS

£95 including booking fees. Refreshments provided. Attendees receive full notes and sample bids by e-mail after the workshop. The workshop consists of talk, questions and answers. There are no power points or audio visuals used. All places must be booked through the online booking system using a debit or credit card. We do not issue invoices or accept bank or cheque payments. If you do not have a debit card from your organisation please use a personal one and claim reimbursement using the booking confirmation e-mail as proof of purchase.

BOOKING TERMS

Workshop bookings are non-cancellable and non-refundable. If you are unable to attend on the booked date you may send someone else in your place. There is no need to contact us to let us know that there will be a different attendee. Bookings are non-transferable between dates unless an event is postponed. If an event is postponed then bookings will be valid on any future scheduled date for that workshop and that location. The organisers do not accept any liability for travel or accommodation costs relating to postponed events. If you wish to make travel or accommodation bookings relating to an event you are welcome to contact us for advice.

QUESTIONS

If you have a question please e-mail questions@nfpmail1902.co.uk You will usually receive a response within 24 hours. Due to our training and travel commitments we are unable to accept questions by phone. Locations, Venues, Dates
& Booking Links

 

Venues

LONDON
200A Pentonville Road
Kings Cross
London N1 9JP

08 Jun 2020

15 Jun 2020

07 Sep 2020

14 Sep 2020

 

SOUTHAMPTON
Jurys Inn
Charlotte Place
Southampton SO14 0TB

09 Jun 2020

08 Sep 2020

 

BRISTOL
The Waterfront Meeting Rooms
Welsh Back
Bristol BS1 4SB

10 Jun 2020

09 Sep 2020

 

EDINBURGH
Courtyard
1-3 Baxter's Place
Edinburgh EH1 3AF

11 Jun 2020

10 Sep 2020

 

NEWCASTLE
Jurys Inn
Scotswood Road
Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4AD

12 Jun 2020

11 Sep 2020

 

NOTTINGHAM
Jurys Inn
Station Street
Nottingham NG2 3BJ

16 Jun 2020

15 Sep 2020

 

BIRMINGHAM
Jurys Inn
245 Broad Street
Birmingham B1 2HQ

17 Jun 2020

16 Sep 2020

 

MANCHESTER
Jurys Inn
56 Great Bridgewater Street
Manchester M1 5LE

18 Jun 2020

17 Sep 2020

 

LEEDS
Jurys Inn
Brewery Wharf, Brewery Place
Leeds LS10 1NE

19 Jun 2020

18 Sep 2020


April Buzzwords Cancelled

In the interest of social distancing and helping to keep everyone safe, the April 5th Buzzwords session has been cancelled.

We will keep everyone informed about future events as the situation changes.


Ghostwriter Wanted

Christie Mclean is looking for a Ghostwriter, ideally female with a sharp sense of humour, to take on an equestrian writing project.

Christie made global headlines in 2018 and 2019 for changing rules within an equestrian organisation to allow mules to compete equally along side horses. She would like this story told before a film is released, so time is of the essence!

Payment on successful publication - fees to be discussed.

Christie is Dursley-based; if you are interested, and have experience as a Ghostwriter, please contact:
07526591420
christymclean1987@gmail.com


Writers and Performers News – Congratulations!

Christine Griffin and Judith van Dijkhuizen have poems published this month in Snakeskin Poetry webzine, see here

We love to share good news :
If you have celebratory news you'd like to share please contact us on info@gloswriters.org.uk