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.

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

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Barry Faulkner’s New Releases

The first two books in Barry Faulkner's DCS Palmer and the Serial murder Squad series will be offered as a single volume FREE ebook as a taster on Amazon between 5th-9th March.   First in new series 'Ben Nevis and the Gold Digger' thrillers is out on March 5th - pre-order now, ebook for only £1.99: London private eye Ben Nevis, ex SAS/OCS/N14 gets a peculiar request from a new lady client, 'kill my husband'. A few days later the husband appears in Ben's London office with the request 'kill my wife'. Ben has his partner the Gold Digger take a good look into the pair and some illegal international arms dealing is exposed with missiles going from the UK through Cyprus and Turkey to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard and on to terrorist cells in the Middle East. After a surprise visit from Ben's old boss at MI6 Ben finds himself enrolled in a mission to stop the trade with help of the British SBS based in Cyprus who are to get him into Turkey to blow up the arms and then get him out…

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University of Gloucestershire 2021 New Writing Anthology

VOICES As a society we all have VOICES. As individuals we use our voices to communicate, inspire and more. This can be reflected in our storytelling – a way of using our unique voices to communicate with the world. Now is the time to share these stories. The University of Gloucestershire are looking for uplifting and powerful prose, poetry, and dramatic monologues from all UoG students, staff and alumni. However you interpret the theme VOICES, they want to see your work! Submissions open now! Click here to visit the UoG Voices Anthology Wesbite for further information and full submission details. UoG are delighted to be supporting GL Communities with their anthology this year. GL Communities recognises and supports the gifts, skills and talents of the communities it works with. It facilitates the connecting of residents, local businesses and local services and works towards a community that is thriving and aspiring. GL Communities key themes are Advice and Advocacy, Employability and…

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Free half-term Puppetry Performance

🗓 Mon 15th - Fri 19th February 💻Online (via YouTube) 🎟 Free (no booking required) ⭐️ Written and performed by Jonny Fluffypunk. 🔥 Co-presented by Strike A Light, Gloucestershire Libraries and The Pound. At the end of a soon-to-be-closed-down pier in a forgotten seaside town, Pierre the pier handyman spends the last weeks as he always does: catching fish for his old bedridden mother and making strange and wonderful things from the rubbish he finds on the beach. Then who should wash into his life but a homeless mermaid with a spiky attitude and a story to tell! And things aren’t going to be the same again… Can kindness lead to great things? Can a bit less litter make a difference? Can the world’s first human/mermaid rock ‘n’ roll band make big waves? CLICK HERE TO WATCH NOW

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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!

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Steel Jackdaw Submissions Open

Steel Jackdaw is a new arts magazine, which celebrates creative expression and promotes positive environmental and social change. The first edition is raising 100% of its profits to charity, ClientEarth, and international environmental charity and local charity The Nelson Trust. Edition 2 is now open for submission by creatives and artists of any discipline, including poetry, flash fiction and storytelling. Please visit Steel Jackdaw's website to find out more about the new magazine and to submit. The submission window for edition two closes at midnight on Sunday the 4th of April.

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Superlative Literary Journal Accepting Submissions

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. They work closely with developing writers so that, when they publish their work, it is of the highest standard. Superlative are currently accepting submissions for the journal, and for their short story, flash fiction, and mini saga competitions. If you would like your work published in a print journal for the first time, please head over to their website www.superlativelitjournal.com for more information!  

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Stroud Short Stories Open for Submissions

STROUD SHORT STORIES OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS Stroud Short Stories, this year celebrating its 10th birthday, is open for submissions from Gloucs & South Gloucs writers from 29 Jan to 21 March. Ten stories will be chosen for their authors to read at our event, which will either be on YouTube or at the Cotswold Playhouse, and will take place on 9 May. It's free, as always, to submit and it's an open theme this time. John Holland's co-judge this time is Saboteur Award winning short story author, Chloe Turner. Click here for all Stroud Stories Info

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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.  

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Creative Opportunities

For anybody scouring the web for unique creative opportunities, here are a few places that might aid your search. Literature works, who's mission is to nurture the creative use of stories, words and writing by and for individuals and communities of all kinds in our region - Click here for more information about Literature Works. Retreat West's Online Creative Writing School - Click here for more information about Retreat West. Writer's HQ, 'stop f**king about & start writing' - Click here for more information about Writer's HQ. Paper Nations, who want to make writing part of our national life - Click here for more information about Paper Nations. Dialect Writers, a new and inclusive platform designed to help rural writers develop their talent - Click here for more information about Dialect Writers. Ink, Sweat & Tears, now offering 3 month paid internships, focusing on the BAME community -  Click here for more information about Ink, Sweat & Tears.  

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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.

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Christine Griffin’s ‘Once Upon a Time’

Christine Griffin's story, 'Once Upon a Time', was runner-up in Writing Magazine's short story competition.   Click here to view the winners and shortlist, and to read stories.

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Waymarks by Gill Garrett

Gill Garrett, a previous GWN committee member and winner of the GWN poetry prize in 2013 and 2016, has a new collection out with Graffiti Books. Waymarks is available directly from Gill for £7.00 plus £2.00 postage and packing. Please contact her at gillgarrettbooks@gmail.com

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Resilience 2020 Anthology

The 2020 prose and poetry anthology, 'Resilience', has been published by Dean Writers Circle. Featuring prose writers and poets who either live in or have a close connection with the Forest of Dean and the Wye Valley, they know first hand the long history of resilience of the people, the flora and fauna, and the landscape. The contributions are from writers with all levels of experience. What brings them together is their passion for this unique corner of the world, and their belief in its continuing resilience in these extraordinary times. Click here for more information, and to purchase your copy of the anthology. Proceeds from the sale of this anthology are being donated to Forest Read Easy Deal (FRED), a charity which facilitates adult literacy.

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Photo Competition Winners!

Congratulations to our seasonal photography competition winners: Four Winter Trees at Eventide (Caroline Summerfield)   Four Winter Trees at Eventide (Caroline Summerfield)   Caroline is the author of the Gloucestershire-inspired play, 'The Tree Charter Tapestry', which celebrates our ancient woodlands and forests, and the deep connection which we all share with Nature. The recording of the production, at the Everyman Theatre Cheltenham, is available to listen to as a podcast on: https://anchor.fm/caroline-rose-summerfield For further information about other plays going into production and touring, in 2021, please refer to the Natura Contemporary Theatre's website: https://writersanddirectorsworkshop.com/natura-contemporary-theatre Gift-wrapped (Robin Barker)   Gift-wrapped by Robin Barker   'Photography is a hobby for me along with writing and travelling. I enjoy taking pictures…. it is a distraction from daily life, especially at the moment with the pandemic. I…

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Gloucestershire Writers’ Network Winter Photo Competition

Can you capture the essence of this time of year in a photograph?   We are running a fun competition to celebrate all that is beautiful, intriguing, interesting, quirky or unusual about our county at this time of year. If you feel you have a winner, send it to us by 31st December 2020, and the top 3, as judged by the GWN committee, will be featured on our website. There is no entry fee, the prize is to share your talent and image with a wider audience. The rules: 1. Photographs must be taken by the entrant. 2. Your entry will be published on our website with your name, subject to your permission. 3. Email your entries to pennygwn@gmail.com. 4. Don’t forget to include your contact details. 5. Your photo must have been taken in Gloucestershire in the 2020 winter season.

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Poetry by Iris Anne Lewis

Three poems by Iris Anne Lewis have been published in the Winter 2020 issue of The High Window. The poems ‘Autumn Migration’, ’November’ and, ‘Carol’ all have seasonal themes, and may be read here. Click on Iris’s name in the list of poets. Iris was also November's feature poet in the Silver Branch series of Black Bough Poetry, further information available here, and is also included in the playlist accompanying Black Bough Poetry’s Christmas and Winter edition (available free online at the Black Bough Poetry website or for purchase via Amazon). Listen to the playlist here.

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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.

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Covid-inspired Poetry Anthology

Frank McMahon from Cirencester has had three poems published in a Covid-inspired anthology entitled, Can you hear the people sing?, published by Palewell Press. The anthology has writers from round the world and the UK and is available to purchase here.

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Gloucestershire Writers and Performers

Frances March’s poetry was specially commended in Freedom from Torture’s recent 'Resilience' competition. Belinda Rimmer is a runner-up in the Mslexia Flash Fiction Competition. Chole Jacquet’s first poetry collection Take it by the Line has recently been released by Black Eyes Publishing. GWN Team member Penny Howarth, who also writes as Penny Ayres, has had poetry published by Ink, Sweat and Tears’ 'The Twelve Days of Christmas' feature, starting 21st December. Frank Macmahon has had three poems published in Palewell Press’s Covid-inspired anthology, Can You Hear the People Sing? If you would like a mention of any recent writing successes, (and a link if you like!) on the website or in our newsletter, please do contact us on info@gloswriters.org.uk.

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‘Take It By The Line’ by Chloë Jacquet

Black Eyes Publishing UK have recently released Chloë Jacquet's first poetry collection, entitled 'Take It By The Line', which includes some of her performance slam poems, as well as some lesser known materials. Click here for more information, or for signed copies. Her social media handle is @ChloeJPoetry.

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Natural Causes – Poetry and Prose 1994 – 2019 (W. E. Holloway)

Shurdington-based writer, Bill Holloway, has recently published Natural Causes – Poetry and Prose 1994 – 2019. The book is a mixture of light and not-so-light verse written to entertain – to make you laugh, cry, think, feel, and encourage others to write their own and share it. Many pieces have appeared in print and online magazines such as Smiths Knoll, The Interpreter’s House, Poetry Cornwall and The Oldie. At 82, Bill says he has outlived some of those magazines but wanted to give “his darlings” another outing. Natural Causes – Poetry and Prose 1994 – 2019 can be purchased through Amazon, through YPD books, and from The Suffolk Anthology Bookshop, Suffolk Parade, Cheltenham.

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Dialect Autumn Workshops

This November, we are delighted to be welcoming award-winning writers Liz Berry, Louisa Adjoa Parker, Alice Jolly and Fiona Benson to bring you workshops on a range of topics from editing your work in progress to mapping rural landscapes in poetry. Working in association with Stroud Book Festival there is also a free taster workshop on offer from Dialect's own J.L.M. Morton to kickstart your creativity. As we continue to live through these interesting times, all workshops will be held online to keep everyone safe and of course, this means anyone can join us, wherever they are. Tickets are pay-what-you-can-afford on a sliding scale £5 -£30. www.dialect.org.uk/autumn-workshops         Creative Kickstart Been thinking about writing but not sure where to start? Stuck for a while and need to jump back on the word wagon? Join this light-hearted, collaborative online workshop designed to ignite fresh ideas and generate new and exciting work. JLM Morton will lead you…

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GWN 2020 Winners’ Event

On Sunday 4th October we celebrated the successful entries to our poetry and prose competition, on the theme of “My World,” at The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival. It was the first time that we were live streamed, that we had to hear the judges’ comments and enjoy samples of their writing on pre-recorded videos rather than live, and that more of the winning pieces were read on behalf of, as opposed to by, their author. But we were there! In a year when nobody could have envisaged the havoc a microscopic organism could wreak on our existence, we were lucky to have two amazing judges, Tyler Keevil for prose and Sarah James/ Leavesley for poetry, who still spent their time deliberating over the submissions, we are informed by them, of a very high standard, before they declared the winners. We were also very fortunate to have the support and professionalism of the team at the Festival who made the event, not only possible, but fun. Of course, some things were the…

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Superlative

The Gloucestershire-based literary journal, Superlative, has selected its winners and contributors for its 2020 'New Beginnings' short story competition and journal. Competition Winners 'Birdsong' by Lui Sit (Winner) 'Mockingbirds' by Faraaz Mahomed (Runner-up) 'Seven' by Richard Hooton (Runner-up)   Journal Contributors 'Born Standing' by Ed James 'And the Stone Rolls On' by Alex Blank 'Did I do Something Wrong?' by Harrison Lake 'Crow Overlooking' by M.M. Mancey 'Circular Breathing' by Becca Edwards 'I'll Never Leave You' by Asha Sutton 'Saving Skyler' by William Falo 'The Perpetually Dying Woman' by Mr Uku Competition winners are published online here. Back issues of the journal can be purchased here, and subscriptions can be purchased here.

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Christine Griffin

Christine Griffin's poem, 'Naming Words', was published in the September edition of Snakeskin. Click here to view it.

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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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