New Stroud Writing Group

Are you writing a work of fiction, or maybe a novel or collection of short stories? Would you like to be part of a weekly online writing group - one that is task focused, using workshop activities and structured peer review? The intention is to use these short sessions as a way of ‘sketch-booking’ our writing and developing ideas in our own time.

The group uses topic based (e.g. character, POV, description etc) activities as a way of looking at our own writing. Each writing activity takes about 15 minutes, following which we share our writing/notes/thoughts and discuss what works, and ways that things could be done differently.

We currently meet on Thursdays for one hour, 6.30-7.30pm.

We would love to welcome new members to add wider perspectives/experience to the group. As we meet online, it doesn’t matter where you live. You need to have a video and microphone, and to be able to upload documents to the chat for others to read. Currently we meet on Skype but will be moving to Zoom so that we can do breakout rooms for feedback.

If you are interested in joining the group, please contact Cheryl on cheryl.npt@gmail.com for more information. We look forward to hearing from you.


Free Zoom Writing Workshops in September

Isolation restrictions are easing in many places, but not in others. So, isolated or not, The Roses Theatre Feel Good Festival are running a 2 free creative writing workshops in September.

The first will be on Monday 14th: click here for more information.
The second will be on Thursday 17th: click here for more information.


Somewhere Else Writers (Cirencester)

Somewhere Else Writers in Cirencester have recommenced weekly meetings on Wednesday afternoons.

 

Enquiries about membership to: www.somewhere-else-writers.org.


Cheltenham Poetry Festival Summer School

Beginning May: free readings, writing triggers, open mics and workshops.

Tutors include Angela France, David Clarke, Roy Mcfarlane, and more!

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.


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


TELL ME ABOUT IT: Blind and visually impaired writers needed for creative project in Cheltenham.

Writer/filmmaker/audio describer Jane Devoy will lead a collaborative project with visually impaired writers leading to a photography, film and audio description exhibition at Chapel Arts in Cheltenham in summer 2020. The project is designed to increase understanding between sighted and visually impaired people and to explore the creative possibilities of audio description.

If you are blind or sight-impaired and have an interest in creative writing and working collaboratively please call Insight Gloucestershire on 01242 22 11 70 for more details of the TELL ME ABOUT IT project.


Right to Write - Creative Writing Workshops at Tewkesbury Library

NEW FOR 2020

CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOPS

TEWKESBURY LIBRARY

SECOND TUESDAY OF THE MONTH

10.30 – 12.30

£8.00 per session

Following the success of their workshops in Gloucester, Sue Johnson and Joy Thomas are now offering monthly workshops at Tewkesbury Library.

The workshops are suitable for beginners as well as more experienced writers. They are aimed at building confidence, generating ideas and creating individual pieces of writing. Sue and Joy take it in turns to offer short writing exercises that are stimulating and fun. There are opportunities for participants to read their work if they wish to do so.

Sue is published as a poet, short story writer and novelist. She is a Writing Magazine Creative Writing Tutor. Further details of her publications, workshops and critique service can be found at www.writers-toolkit.co.uk. Contact her on 01386 446477 for further information.

Joy is published as a poet and short story writer. She has an active interest in helping those who are not always heard. In 2017, she co-edited a poetry collection entitled ‘Silent Voices’ with Jo Allmond. In 2018, she published ‘From Rough Towels to Milkshakes’ – which is about her son Phillip who has Asperger’s Syndrome. For further information, contact Joy on 07938744389.