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The GWN News June 2021

Hello and welcome to this month’s newsletter.

The Gloucestershire Writers’ Network Writing Competition 2021

Supported by The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival

There is still time to enter our competition.

Theme: Signposts

Closing Date: 30th June

Prose Judge: Debbie Young. Entries up to 750 words.

Poetry Judge: Carrie Etter. Entries up to 50 lines

Full details http:// www.gloswriters.org.uk

 

Writing Places, Writing Faces

Has your writing group started to meet up again? Have you had a change of venue? Let us know and we can put it in our newsletter and on the website so that other writers can find you.

publicity@gloswriters.org.uk

 

Writer’s News and Successes 

1.Erbacce Pamphlet Competition

Frank McMahon from Somewhere Else Writers in Cirencester has just received a Highly Commended recognition in this year's event.
He was one of 100 from a total entry field in excess of 12,500.
His poems will be published in Journal 68 of Erbacce.

 

2.The Roundhouse’s Poetry Slam

Open to young poets, aged 18-25. An opportunity to showcase your talent in front of a live audience and to win a cash prize.

Apply: Poetry Slam Call Out

 

3.The Phare Writing Competition.

Theme - COAST. Short fiction up to 2,000 words, or creative non-fiction up to 2,000 words. Submissions window June 1st to July 25th.

 

  1. Evesham Festival of Words Limerick Competition

Opens for entries on 1stJune. Light-hearted and fun, silly or even nonsensical, entries from anyone over the age of 12 are welcomed. For more details of their programme go to their website-www.eveshamfestivalofwords.org

 

  1. GWN need a new webmaster

We are looking for a webmaster. If anyone has an interest or expertise in this area and would like to help out, please get in touch at info@gloswriters.org.uk. The role involves posting information in the Calendar and News and Reviews sections of the website while Livvy Howarth continues as website administrator. Training is available if needed.

 

6.OH Crumbs 'evening of letters' Thurs 3rd June

Oh Crumbs 'an evening of letters'

'K' or an invite - a declaration of love

a recipe, directions.....Zoom letter box 603 854 102 pw 018454

please pass it on....

 

Useful information

The Society of Authors have set up an Authors’ Emergency Fund to provide grant assistance for writers in financial difficulty.  Details at

www.societyofauthors.org/Grants/Grants-for-writers-in-need

 

🔊Call out to all our readers

As we return to some normality over the next few months, please can you make sure the information we have for your groups, including contact details, is up to date and let us know when we can begin to post your live events on our calendar.

We would love to hear more about what you are writing, where you are writing, who you write with, what inspires you, your successes and failures or if you have an amusing tale to tell. Send it to info@gloswriters.org.uk

 

To Contact Us

For general enquiries about the GWN and if you wish to be put on our mailing list please contact: info@gloswriters.org.uk

If you would like information to be posted on the website about a relevant event, article, workshop etc. please send it toadmin@gloswriters.org.uk (the deadline is the 28th of each month for inclusion in the next newsletter)

 

Our Facebook Group (GWN -- Gloucestershire Writers’ Network) and our Twitter account (@GWNgloswriters).

 

And Finally

A picture can speak a thousand words, but a thousand words can paint you a thousand pictures. Evy Michaels

Enjoy your “painting”

Sharon (for GWN).

 

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Somewhere Else Writers Group - Cirencester

Now online every Wednesday afternoon the Somewhere Else Writers Group covers poetry, novels, short stories, drama, including radio plays on Corinium Radio, and commissioned plays.

They created and produced for local radio six episodes of The Inn on the Green, very loosely modelled on The Archers.

Their writers have been successful in having work published, including podcasts with Ragged Foils Productions, and in winning prizes for their work.

Their ethos is to encourage and support and offer honest, constructive critiquing, and they are now open to applications to join...

Visit their website here.

 


Free Creative Writing Workshops and Courses with Amy Scott

Amy Scott is a writer and editor, working with new writers setting out with their first novels, and offering free creative writing courses and workshops.

For more information about creative writing courses and workshops, or to get in touch with Amy about writing or editing,

click here to visit her website or click here to visit her facebook page


Workshop with Dialect Writers

Workshops - Fourth Tuesday of each month, 7pm - 9pm 

Are you looking for a space to share work and get feedback?

Dialect writers have four spots available on their monthly Tuesday evening workshops.

In the first hour, there are some themed writing prompts, and in the second hour they feedback on work that has been shared before the meeting.

Suitable for all levels. Pay what you can. Next meeting 23rd February.

Email dialectwriters@gmail.com for more information!


Mentoring with Dialect Writers

Dialect Writers have announced a mentoring scheme that aims to give a boost to those who are working towards their first novel / short story collection / poetry pamphlet / poetry collection.

4 emerging writers will be matched with one of 4 mentors (Fiona Benson, Mahsuda Snaith, Melanie Golding and Pascale Petit) to work intensively together for three to four months. The deadline for applications is the 7th February, so get yours in now!

Click here for more details about Dialect's Mentoring Opportunity.

 


Follow the Sun Literature and Writing Conference 28-30th Jan

On 28th-30th January, an exciting new online literature and writing conference, Follow the Sun, will take place across the globe. The event is run by Paper Nations, Transnational Literature, and the research center for Transcultural Creativity and Education (TRACE). 

Follow the Sun is a literary festival-meets-conference, a summit of citizens from around the world embarking on a creative and thought-provoking journey through transnational literature, writing, and performance. Follow the Sun is ideal for anyone who is in need of creative renewal. The event will culminate on Saturday 30th January with a masterclass (9am-2pm UK time only) on performance poetry in the online world. Led by renowned writer, Zena Edwards, the masterclass is a unique opportunity to meet others, be inspired, and hone your public speaking and performance skills.


Going Up Camborne Hill by Selwyn Morgan

Selwyn Morgan of Somewhere Else Writers has recently published the novel Going up Camborne Hill. The novel, an extended family saga, spans several centuries and continents. Selwyn hopes in future to run seminars about the self-publishing experience

Click here for more information and to purchase the novel.


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.