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Workshop
Saturday 3 June

Writing a Novel: The importance of character with Rachel Hore

Why is character so important in novels, and how do we go about writing great characters? What is the relationship between character and plot? In this day workshop for aspiring and emerging fiction writers, Sunday Times Top Ten Bestselling author Rachel Hore will help you to explore these issues through creative writing exercises and discussion to help you start on or develop your novel.

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Fully booked!

Rachel Hore

Saturday 3 June

10am - 4pm

£75 / £70 conc

Event
Deadline: 5 June 2017

Young Norfolk Writing Competition

Write poems or lyrics? Short stories or essays? Aged 11-18? We’re looking for the freshest, boldest words in Norfolk.

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Deadline: 5 June 2017
Norfolk

Free

Event
Tuesday 6 June

Guided Tour of Dragon Hall

Come and explore the historic Dragon Hall, now home to Writers' Centre Norwich, and take a full guided tour of this fascinating building. Learn more about the architectural and social history of this 15th Century building from an experienced volunteer guide.

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Tuesday 6 June
WCN, Dragon Hall

Starts 2pm - approx. 1.5 hrs

£2.50 on the door

Workshop
Friday 30 June

The Global Garden: Science, Art and Writing Workshop

This Science, Art and Writing workshop presents an opportunity for scientists, artists and writers to break down the barriers between art and science, by coming together to inform and inspire each other through creative writing and art.

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Friday 30 June

10am - 4pm

Free - Applications by email

Workshop
Saturday 1 July

Nature Writing Day with Mark Cocker

Calling all aspiring nature/natural history writers! Award-winning author, naturalist and environmental activist Mark Cocker invites you to spend the day at his much-loved Blackwater Wood, a private fen woodland on the banks of the River Yare. 

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Limited availability - book soon!

Mark Cocker

Saturday 1 July

10am - 4pm

£75 / £65 conc

Event
Sunday 9 July

Young Norfolk Writing Competition Showcase

Hear the freshest work from Norfolk’s best young writers! Join Matt Windle, aka the poet with punch, and this year’s winners of the Young Norfolk Writers Competition for an exciting live performance of their prize-winning work.

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Sunday 9 July
Norwich Arts Centre

5.30 - 7pm

£5 / £3 conc / Under 18s - free

Event
Noon Friday 21 July

Enter the East Anglian Book Awards 2017

It’s time to open the tenth chapter in our annual celebration of the region’s writing talent with the return of the East Anglian Book Awards, organised by the EDP, Jarrold and Writers’ Centre Norwich, in association with the UEA.

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Noon Friday 21 July
Jarrold

Free entry

Event
23 - 29 July 2017

International Literary Translation & Creative Writing Summer School

The Summer School brings together writers and translators for an intensive, one-week, residential programme of hands-on translation and creative writing practice.

Hosted by the British Centre for Literary Translation in partnership with Writers' Centre Norwich.

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23 - 29 July 2017
University of East Anglia

7 days

Residential £700 / Non-residential £275

Workshop
Saturday 9 September

Dream and Vision: Poetry workshop with Sean O’Brien

The experience of falling asleep, dreaming, dream-visions, and waking, lend themselves perfectly to the poetic form; where daytime and night-time, dream and reality, often meet. 

In this workshop, Sean will show you how to make the crossing in either direction between waking and dreaming, armed only with a pen and paper. All he asks if for you to bring your curiosity and an open mind!  

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Limited availability - book soon!

Sean O'Brien

Saturday 9 September

10am - 4pm

£75 / £70 conc

Event
14 - 17 September 2017

Noirwich Crime Writing Festival 2017 - season ticket

The Noirwich Crime Writing Festival returns! Featuring world-class headlining authors: Martina Cole, Val McDermid, Anthony Horowitz, Mark Billingham,  Arne Dahl and Stuart MacBride.

Buy your season ticket now and gain access to all Noirwich 2017 events (excluding workshops). Full programme, including workshops and family-friendly fringe events, to be announced soon.

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14 - 17 September 2017
Norwich

4 days

£86 / students £66

Event
Thursday 14 September

Val McDermid in conversation with Stav Sherez

Val McDermid returns to Norwich for the launch event of this year’s festival. Author of over 30 novels and the creator of genre-defining characters Lindsay Gordon, Kate Brannigan, Tony Hill and Carol Jordan, Val will be discussing her work and her most recent novel, Out of Bounds, with Stav Sherez.

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Thursday 14 September
The Pantry, Jarrold

6.30 - 8pm

£10 / £9 conc / £8 full-time student

Event
Friday 15 September

The Times/Sunday Times Crime Club presents Age of Extremes: A Bloody Talk by Arne Dahl

When we’re surrounded by turbulent geopolitical discourse, how can crime and thriller fiction help us understand the world? In the first Noirwich Lecture, thriller writer, literary critic and academic Arne Dahl explores the connections between noir and the new world order.

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Friday 15 September
Thomas Paine Centre, UEA

6 - 7pm

£8 / £7.20 conc / £6 full-time student

Event
Friday 15 September

Martina Cole in conversation with Henry Sutton

The queen of gangland discusses her most recent novel, The Good Life, and a remarkable career encompassing over twenty novels, fourteen million sales and successful screen and stage adaptations. 

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Friday 15 September
Thomas Paine Centre, UEA

8 - 9pm

£10 / £9 conc / £8 full-time student

Event
Saturday 16 September

Noirwich Crime Writing Festival 2017 - Saturday pass

Buy a Noirwich Crime Writing Festival pass for Saturday 16 September and receive 10% off!

Pass grants you access to events with: Laura Wilson, MJ McGrath, Erin Kelly, Imran Mahmood, Steph Broadribb, Joseph Knox, Anthony Horowitz, Lone Theils, Daniel Pembrey, Nick Quantrill, Christopher Brookmyre, Mark Billingham and Cathi Unsworth.

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Saturday 16 September
Norwich Arts Centre

10.30am - 8.30pm

£43 / £38 conc / £32 full-time student

Event
Saturday 16 September

Nasty Women - with Laura Wilson, MJ McGrath and Erin Kelly

Discussing female characters and writers of crime fiction, this panel of top writers from the Killer Women initiative features Laura Wilson, MJ McGrath and Erin Kelly. Hosted by crime fiction expert Laura Joyce.

In partnership with Killer Women.

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Saturday 16 September
Norwich Arts Centre

10.30 - 11.30am

£8 / £7.20 conc / £6 full-time student

Event
Saturday 16 September

Fresh Blood - with Imran Mahmood, Steph Broadribb and Joseph Knox

Discover your next favourite writer with our selection of exciting and challenging debut novelists. Imran Mahmood, Steph Broadribb and Joseph Knox are shaping the next generation of crime fiction and this session will investigate what drew them to the crime genre and how they turned their ideas into published reality. 

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Saturday 16 September
Norwich Arts Centre

12:15 - 1:15pm

£8 / £7.20 conc / £6 full-time student

Event
Saturday 16 September

Anthony Horowitz: The Word is Murder

Blending fact and fiction, Anthony Horowitz’s latest book, The Word is Murder, puts himself at the centre of the investigation as he partners with disgraced detective Daniel Hawthorne to solve a bizarre murder. Anthony has written over forty novels, is the creator of the phenomenally successful Alex Rider series and has worked on TV shows including Midsomer Murders and Foyle’s War.

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Saturday 16 September
Norwich Arts Centre

2 - 3pm

£8 / £7.20 conc / £6 full-time student

Event
Saturday 16 September

Dark Shores: North Sea Noir with Lone Theils, Daniel Pembrey and Nick Quantrill

What is it about the swirling maelstrom of the North Sea that draws writers towards the desolate, unresolved world of noir and crime? This international panel of writers will be discussing the motivations and inspirations behind writing such uncompromising work. 

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Saturday 16 September
Norwich Arts Centre

3.45 - 4.45pm

£8 / £7.20 conc / £6 full-time student

Event
Saturday 16 September

Stand Up at the Bar: Christopher Brookmyre & Mark Billingham

After a day of serious literature, Mark Billingham and Christopher Brookmyre lift the lid on the real world of being a writer.

Sold out! Available only within the Saturday pass.

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Saturday 16 September
Bar, Norwich Arts Centre

5.30 - 6.30pm

£8 / £7.20 conc / £6 full-time student

Event
Saturday 16 September

The Resurrection of Dora Suarez - with Terry Edwards and Cathi Unsworth

Brought back to life for one night only, this unique musical interpretation of Derek Raymond’s novel I Was Dora Suarez reunites the Terry Edwards band from the original show with crime writer Cathi Unsworth. 

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Saturday 16 September
Norwich Arts Centre

7.30 - 8.30pm

£8 / £7.20 conc / £6 full-time student

Event
Sunday 17 September

Noirwich Crime Writing Festival 2017 - Sunday pass

Buy a Noirwich Crime Writing Festival pass for Sunday 17 September and receive 10% off!

Pass grants you access to events with: Stella Duffy, Felicia Yap, Leye Adenle, Mark David, Andrew Martin, Karen Maitland and Stuart MacBride.

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Sunday 17 September
Norwich Arts Centre

10.30am - 2.30pm

£22 / £19 conc / £16 full-time student

Event
Sunday 17 September

First Monday Crime presents: The Global View with Stella Duffy, Felicia Yap and Leye Adenle

Stella Duffy, Felicia Yap and Leye Adenle take a look at crime writing with an international twist, presented by William Ryan of the First Monday Crime team. A unique opportunity to experience a First Monday Crime event outside of London!

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Sunday 17 September
Norwich Arts Centre

10.30 - 11.30am

£8 / £7.20 conc / £6 full-time student

Event
Sunday 17 September

Grime Noir - with David Mark, Andrew Martin and Karen Maitland

Step back in time to a filthier period of history, past the smog-filled streets of Victorian London to the long years of the Black Death, with David Mark, Andrew Martin and Karen Maitland. 

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Sunday 17 September
Norwich Arts Centre

12 - 1pm

£8 / £7.20 conc / £6 full-time student

Event
Sunday 17 September

Stuart MacBride in conversation

The award winning, bestselling creator of the DS Logan McRae series comes to the Noirwich Crime Writing Festival for the first time

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Sunday 17 September
Norwich Arts Centre

1.30 - 2.30pm

£8 / £7.20 conc / £6 full-time student

Workshop
Saturday 30 September

Children’s Literature Day School

Back by popular demand! The WCN Children’s Literature Day School explores different aspects and forms of writing for children and young people. It covers writing, illustration, preparing work for publication and children’s literature in the publishing industry.

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Various

Saturday 30 September

10am - 4pm

£60 / £55 conc

Workshop
Saturday 14 October

Writing Dramatic Non-Fiction with Paul Willetts

Got a great idea for a work of non-fiction, but unsure how best to make a start? Successful non-fiction writer and journalist Paul Willetts will offer his own experiences of producing narrative-driven historical non-fiction in this day workshop for aspiring and emerging non-fiction writers.

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Paul Willetts

Saturday 14 October

10am - 4pm

£75 / £70 conc

Workshop
Saturday 4 November

Agent Day with Jenny Hewson

Are you looking for an agent, but don’t know where to start? Would you benefit from a one-to-one conversation with an established agent in the industry?

Gain invaluable knowledge on the contemporary publishing landscape from Jenny Hewson, an agent at Rogers, Coleridge & White where she represents award-winning and bestselling authors from around the world, including Sarah Perry, Thomas Keneally, and Melissa Harrison. 

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Jenny Hewson

Saturday 4 November

10am - 4pm

£75 / £70 conc

Workshop
Saturday 2 December

How Far Do You Go? Creating the world of your novel

When it comes to writing historical fiction, when does the research end and imagination begin? How do you find the perfect balance between the two?

Discover new ways to bring your research to life, create a believable sense of time and place, and give yourself the freedom to imagine with this day workshop for aspiring or emerging fiction writers. 

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Kate Worsley

Saturday 2 December

10am - 4pm

£75 / £70 conc