Online Writing ResourcesHere you can find information about online resources, groups, projects and exercises to keep you engaged with writing during this period of isolation. Please email admin@gloswriters.org.uk if you have anything you’d like us to add to this page. Please see our News and Reviews page for other updates.

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…

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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.

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‘In Search of You’, by Patsy Freeman

A local author from Nailsworth, Patsy Freeman, has recently published In Search of You - letters to a daughter, described as: 'Heart-felt, courageous and a compelling page turner, this memoir is a beacon for those in grief'.   Patsy's website also contains many resources to help those dealing with grief and bereavement. Click here for more information.

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Children’s Book Written during Lockdown – Sophie Ferguson

The lockdown has been a very difficult time for so many but there have been some important positives and I think it is good for us all to acknowledge them to keep the spirits lifted. For my part, as a police officer for the last 25 years, I had never written a book and had forgotten that I really enjoy drawing and painting. Forced to spend more time at home (which I love but there are always visits to be made on days off) I missed my two year old Granddaughter so much that I wrote and illustrated her a story…and then another. 'Granny and Grumps Go for a Walk' is based on the hour long exercise we were permitted at the first stage of lockdown, and I am lucky enough to live in the beautiful Gloucestershire countryside. The young reader will enjoy guessing which animal is spotted next and the comfort of the short verse. 'Granny and Grumps Have a Visitor' documents the excited anticipation of our Granddaughter coming to visit when restrictions eased-even amongst the creatures and the…

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Paper Nations Call for Contributions

Paper Nations is launching a new call out for contributions to its Writing for All Greenbook. We want to learn more about the UK’s offline and online writing community, to identify gaps, challenges and opportunities to help us to create a more inclusive environment for all writers.  We also want to know how resources – particularly new online resources developed in response to the pandemic – are being used by the writing community. The results will appear on our Dare To Write? Atlas and in our Writing for All Greenbook. You can submit up to 250 words about your work via our website, by completing the online form or downloading the Word Document version. Click here for more information. Please submit your entry by Tuesday 1st September at 5pm. For more information and queries, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with researcher Christina Sanders on c.sanders@bathspa.ac.uk

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Superlative Short Story Literary Journal

Superlative is an annual short story literary magazine: the 2020 submission deadline is Monday 31st August. £100 cash prize and publication in the journal. 'We publish quality work by aspiring short story writers, in order to promote new, developing authors and the art of the short story to readers worldwide. We work closely with developing writers so that, when we publish their work, it is well-crafted. By providing free editing services, we hope to nurture emerging talent and newly-established writers, and to keep writing alive for future generations. Our journal is published annually, available each year from November.'   Click here for journal submission details. Click here for competition submission details.

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Shooter Literary Magazine

Shooter Literary Magazine's 2020 Poetry Competition is now open to poetry of any theme/style, up to 100 lines max. Entry fee of £3 per poem or £8 for three. All entrants receive an e-copy of Shooter's Winter 2021 issue, in which the winning poem will appear. Winner receives £150 and publication both in print and online; runner-up wins £50 and online publication. Deadline of November 1st, 2020; winners announced in December. Click here for Guidelines and entry details. Click here for general submissions for the winter issue, themed Animal Love.

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Sharing is Caring

In times like these, sometimes it feels like there is nothing but bad news. Julie Nancy has recently shared her story with us; a heart-warming, tear-jerking and uplifting account that perhaps we can all take something away from. 'The last six years of my life (I am now 71 years of age) has been a very arduous journey, whilst dealing with my husband's cancer and finishing with the Covid19 pandemic. I began studying with the Open University (as I did not have the opportunity for further education when I was young) around the same time as my husband was diagnosed with cancer. My studying had to take place in hospitals, chemotherapy rooms and during the night (thankfully I am an insomniac). I became a full time carer for my husband whilst trying to snatch time to study. I also managed to write a book 'A Carer's Chaos' describing the different scenarios that took place during the time my husband was battling cancer which raised money towards a chair for the chemotherapy room. I was also a…

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The George Floyd Short Story Competition

Nottingham Writers' Studio (UK) have recently launched 'Black Lives: The George Floyd Short Story Competition' to increase diversity in publishing and help elevate writers' of colour (no previous experience necessary). The event is open to all, but they strongly encourage anyone who falls into the BAME category to apply. The event is free to enter and comes with a top prize of £250, plus publication in an upcoming anthology. Click here for full details.

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Lockdown Exploits

When lockdown began, my husband Peter and I knew we had a chance to put a long-held ambition into practice; to draw together all the tools and techniques we had delivered as leadership trainers and taken onboard as individuals committed to personal development. The result is a self-help book called Finding Happiness after Covid 19. Why the name? A lot of people are questioning whether the way we led our lives really did support our needs for happiness and fulfilment. It’s designed to help people explore what they understand by happiness, draw up an action plan and finally a section on how to understand some of the obstacles which often sabotage our attempts to make life changes. The book is available on Amazon for £2.43 and has been designed as an ebook with plenty of colour diagrams and links to useful websites to make it as user friendly as possible. We hope to have a free promotion in August some time.

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Of Earth And Sky

The Gloucester Culture Trust are starting a new project called Of Earth And Sky, which is a city wide art installation featuring words and poetry created by communities in Gloucester. If you would like to help help, or submit an entry, click here for more information.

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New Poetry Collection by Derek Healy

Gloucestershire poet Derek Healy (recently exiled to the Malverns) has just had his second full length collection published. Called "Home", it is produced by Graffiti Books, costs £7, and is available to buy here or from Derek by email: dch.derekhealy@gmail.com "Derek Healy writes beautifully. Lyrically rich, vividly imagistic, poignant and moving, these poems stay with you long after their reading." Anna Saunders "His skilful use of form, as well as free verse, is a joy." Rona Laycock "... ranges through lyrical reflection and wry, self-deprecatory humour to the raw honesty of his evocative musings on man's insignificance in the grand scheme of things.". Marilyn Timms

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Buzzwords Poetry Competition

Situation depending, Buzzwords' monthly meet will not recommence until September at the earliest. However, the Buzzwords poetry competition is currently live and accepting entries! Closing date 22nd August 2020. Click here for more information.

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Perspectives Magazine

Perspectives magazine, produced by Cheltenham Arts Council, has some fascinating articles about the arts in Cheltenham and the effects of Lockdown. Click here to view the magazine online.

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Competition Deadline Coming Up Fast

The Gloucestershire Writers' Network 2020 Competition deadline is fast approaching. Submit your prose or poetry by midnight, 12th July 2020 for your chance to take away first prize of £200 in either category, or a runner up book token prize. All will be published in the competition anthology and invited to read at The Times Literature Festival. The theme is MY WORLD. Enter by post, or click here for more information and to enter online. 1 entry - £2.50 2 entries - £4.50 3 entries - £6.50 Poetry judge: Sarah James/Leavesley Prose judge: Tyler Keevil

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Kathryn Alderman Reviews ‘Hex’ by Jennie Farley

Kathryn Alderman reviews Hex by Jennie Farley in Ink Sweat and Tears, the poetry and prose webzine, exploring poetry that takes the reader on a 'magic carpet ride'. Click here for the full review.

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Cheryl Burman’s Free Fantasy Trilogy

Cheryl is a Gloucestershire-based writer who has recently re-launched her fantasy trilogy, Guardians of the Forest. It is free to download on kindle 22nd May - 23rd June. Click here for more information.

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Alison Mace’s second poetry collection

Alison's first collection, Man at the Ice House, was published in December 2019. Her second collection is now due to be published by Dempsey & Windle in the autumn of 2020.   A special note from Alison about getting your work published. I entered my work into the Brian Dempsey Memorial Pamphlet Competition 2019; it didn't win, but it was recognised and chosen for later publication. For anybody trying to get their work published, this shows just how worthwhile it is to enter competitions, especially, perhaps, those for pamphlets or longer poetry collections.

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Oh Crumbs!

Oh Crumbs, the regular spoken word/story telling/performance event based in the Forest of Dean, continues its online live version with an open mic session on Thursday 21st May from 3pm. Open mic sessions with featured guest performances every two weeks via Zoom. Click here for more information about Coleford Hub, and here for more information about Yarn Whispering

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Resilience Anthology for the Dean and Wye Valley community

Resilience, ‘the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness’. Your chance to be published! Deadline is 31st July 2020. Dean Writers Circle is working with Dean Scribblers to publish an anthology on the theme of Resilience, with an introduction by Forest-based best-selling author Andrew Taylor. The Forest is renowned for its resilience in the face of crisis, with the current pandemic the latest in a list including the 2001 foot and mouth tragedy, the 2007 floods and events far back in history. Now we are looking for widely and imaginative interpreted short stories and poems from those who live in or have close connections with the Dean and Wye Valley community. Submissions from adults, young people and - in recognition of our lockdown - collaborative family efforts, are all welcome. Proceeds from sales will raise funds for local charities. Click here for more details and for submission details.

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Have your short fiction published

Based in Gloucestershire, Superlative, The Short Story Literary Journal, publishes quality work by aspiring short story writers, in order to promote new, developing authors and the art of the short story to readers worldwide. We work closely with developing writers so that, when we publish their work, it is well-crafted and polished. By providing free editing services, we hope to nurture emerging talent and newly-established writers, and to keep writing alive for future generations. Take advantage of time spent indoors by getting your stories published! Click here for more information. Click here for journal submission guidelines. Click here for competition submission guidelines.

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Local author, Lois Kingscott, publishes children’s picture book

Lois's recently published children's picture book, Dave and Darcy Go to the Beach, is based on her horse, Dave, who is one of the ponies at Cotswold Riding for the Disabled. Lois will be donating a percentage of the profits from this first book to the charity, and has ideas for future books, with the hopes or raising even more money. Click here for more information and to give your support!

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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.

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Writing Inspiration from the Literary Consultancy

Explore free resources for writers: An Inspiration Page, through the Literary Consultancy. Click here for more information!

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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…

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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.

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Online Poetry Mentoring

Would you like to work with a tutor/mentor in the comfort of your own home?   Anna Saunders is the author of 6 acclaimed collections of poetry and has a Masters in Creative and Critical Writing. She runs a popular writing class, and is now able to offer more places as Write Club has gone online. Each class includes an emailed worksheet and you will receive 1-2-1 feedback on 2 poems. Anna also offers mentoring sessions. £10 per class. £40 for 5. For more details, email Anna at Cheltpoetryfest@gmail.com 'Write Club classes and the ideas they generate help me to think freshly about writing and poems.' Duncan Forbes 'Anna offers guidance in a wonderfully constructive way.' Niall Campell

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National Poetry Writing Month

Click here to keep your creative juices flowing every day!

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Free Poetry Study Course

Beginning 20/04/20, free unseen poetry study course. Improve your analysis and creative writing skills. Click here for more information.

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Stay at Home! Literary Festival

Check out the Stay at Home! Literary Festival here!

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