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Event
27 February 2017

JAPAN NOW: Launch of the KESHIKI series

Fully booked!

Please email info@writerscentrenorwich.org.uk to be added to the waiting list.

Join us to celebrate the launch of KESHIKI, a series of eight stories showcasing some of the most exciting writers working in Japan today. 

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27 February 2017
Weston Room, The Hostry, Norwich Cathedral

7 - 8pm

Free

Event
2 & 3 March 2017

Litcom 1: A Conference on Literature and Communities

What is the relationship between literature and communities? This conference aims to take issue with a conception of literature as an individualistic arts practice (solo writer, solo reader), to offer a critical space for those projects and activities that have been engaging with literature, and to co-produce research questions which will inform further events and a planned edited book around the topic.

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2 & 3 March 2017
WCN, Dragon Hall

2 days

Free

Event
3 March 2017

Nicholas Collett Productions: Your Bard - 3 March

There’s a rumour going around that Edward De Vere wrote Shakespeare’s plays – Will doesn’t like that so he’s come to defend his reputation. Come and meet the man himself and take the lid off a legend in your local. He’ll tell you all about his family, what it’s like on tour and the glory days at the Globe.  Queen Elizabeth I, Christopher Marlowe and Ned Alleyn – you’ll meet them too.  

Part of the INN CROWD.

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3 March 2017
The Royal Oak & Castle, Pevensey

9 - 10pm

Free. Dinner bookings available, call 01323 762371

Event
13 March 2017

Dragon Hall Debate: How far to go to gender equality?

Bea Campbell, radical journalist and author, will challenge us; UEA’s Eylem Atakav will cast light on forced marriages and child brides; and Professor Laura Bowater will ask what’s needed to achieve equality for women in science and medicine.

Fully booked!

Please email info@writerscentrenorwich.org.uk to be added to the waiting list.

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13 March 2017
WCN, Dragon Hall

7 - 9pm

Free

Event
14 March 2017

ILS Presents India at 70: Language Barriers, Language Futures

India has 22 official languages and many hundreds of mother tongues. What lies ahead for this most multilingual of nations? Can linguistic diversity support greater freedom of expression and a richer literary culture? Join the writer and activist Bidisha, translator and editor Arunava Sinha and poet and translator Mohan Rana for this lively debate celebrating India at 70.

Part of London Book Fair 2017.

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14 March 2017
English PEN Literary Salon, London Book Fair

11.30am - 12.30pm

Visitor / Exhibitor pass

Event
14 March 2017

Extending the Range of Languages: The View from ALTA

Join an array of activists from ALTA (American Literary Translators Association) to hear the latest updates on the South Asian Languages Translation Initiative. We’ll discuss how their 2016 pledges might be translated to apply to other underrepresented territories and languages.

Part of London Book Fair 2017. 

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14 March 2017
Literary Translation Centre, London Book Fair

1 - 2pm

Visitor / Exhibitor pass

Event
14 March 2017

Guided Tour of Dragon Hall - 14 March

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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14 March 2017
WCN, Dragon Hall

Starts 2pm (c. 1.5 hours)

£2.50 on the door

Event
14 March 2017

Emerging Translator Mentorships Showcase

Join Writers' Centre Norwich to celebrate the culmination of the 2016-17 Emerging Translators Mentorships programme: Arabic, Bengali and Catalan feature alongside Polish, Russian and Finland Swedish from exciting up and coming translators. We'll also help launch an exciting new literary translation venture, The Starling Bureau, bringing new projects and market intelligence to the publishing industry!

Part of London Book Fair 2017. 

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14 March 2017
Literary Translation Centre, London Book Fair

5.15 - 6.15pm

Visitor / Exhibitor pass

Event
15 March 2017

Art, Economics, Brexit: We Need to Talk About Funding

The literary translation sector in the UK and internationally faces a whole range of challenges, which include funding to support the development and professional lives of literary translators and support for publishers in bringing new work to market. Let’s bring together some major players and have a conversation at the heart of LBF.

Part of London Book Fair 2017. 

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15 March 2017
Literary Translation Centre, London Book Fair

10 - 11am

Visitor / Exhibitor pass

Event
15 March 2017

ILS Presents Voices of London

The International Literature Showcase presents three writers set to make a big impact in 2017 and beyond. Featuring exclusive previews of new books from poet Kayo Chingonyi and graphic novelist Hannah Berry, alongside performer, and YA writer Laura Dockrill. Join Dai Smith, chair of the Dylan Thomas Prize, for a conversation with the authors and readings from their work.

Part of London Book Fair 2017.

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15 March 2017
Gallery Suite, Room 2, Grand Hall Gallery, London Book Fair

11.30am - 12.30pm

Visitor / Exhibitor pass

Event
16 March 2017

ILS Presents London in Languages

Join Vanni Bianconi, Ifor ap Glyn and Tom Chivers to consider some of the roles London plays for writers into and out of English.

Part of London Book Fair 2017. 

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16 March 2017
Literary Translation Centre, London Book Fair

10 - 11am

Visitor / Exhibitor pass

Event
16 March 2017

ILS Festival Forum: Festival Communities

Join us to talk about how our various communities enrich and make every festival unique. Featuring Nick Barley (Edinburgh International Book Festival), Adrian Turpin (Wigtown) and more.

Part of London Book Fair 2017. 

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16 March 2017
High Street Theatre, London Book Fair

1 - 2pm

Visitor / Exhibitor pass

Event
16 March 2017

ILS Festival Forum: Festival Utopias

Join Antonia Byatt (Cheltenham Literature Festival), Genevieve Christie (FlipSide) and Jarred McGinnis (The Special Relationship) to explore the artistic and commercial challenges around the written and performed word.

Part of London Book Fair 2017. 

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16 March 2017
High Street Theatre, London Book Fair

2.15 - 3.15pm

Visitor / Exhibitor pass

Event
16 March 2017

Martin Figura: Boring The Arse Off Young People - 16 March

Award-winning poet Martin Figura casts his sharp, satirical eye on life’s trials and tribulations with warmth and humour.

Part of the INN CROWD.

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16 March 2017
The Wheatsheaf, West Beckham

7.30 - 8.30pm

TBC

Workshop
18 March 2017

University of Hunger: Poetry Workshop with Vahni Capildeo

Use Martin Carter’s fascinating, stirring poem, ‘University of Hunger’ as a springboard for meditating on and developing your own poetic voice.

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Fully booked!

Vahni Capildeo

18 March 2017

10am - 4pm

£65 / £55 conc

Event
23 March 2017

UEA Live: In Memory of Rebecca McManus

Join us for a very special UEA Live, which celebrates the life and work of Rebecca McManus. Rebecca was an undergraduate student of Literature and Creative Writing at UEA when, in 2014, she was killed in road accident a few weeks before graduation. She was a superbly gifted poet and this event will mark the publication of a collection of her work by Unthank Books. There will be readings by Rebecca’s friends, her tutors and by current students at UEA.  

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23 March 2017
WCN, Dragon Hall

Doors open 6.30pm (c. 2 hours)

Free

Event
23 March 2017

Martin Figura: Boring The Arse Off Young People - 23 March

Award-winning poet Martin Figura casts his sharp, satirical eye on life’s trials and tribulations with warmth and humour.

Part of the INN CROWD.

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23 March 2017
The Snowdrop Inn, Lewes

9 - 10pm

Free. Bookings for workshops only

Event
Deadline 24 March 2017

Escalator Talent Development Scheme 2017-18

Escalator is a talent development scheme open to all fiction writers living in the Eastern Region of England. It has been running for almost a decade and in its life has supported over 90 writers in their creative projects, with many going on to sign with agents, publish and receive awards for their writing.

Ten successful applicants are selected for this free scheme, all of whom commit to a period of mentoring, a series of development opportunities, talks and workshops as part of a residential retreat, and take part in a final showcase.

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Deadline 24 March 2017
East of England

9 months

£5

Workshop
8 April 2017

Publishing Day School

New for 2017! The world of publishing is evolving at a rapid pace – so how do you keep up? Which publishing route is best for you? What will books like in the future? The WCN Publishing Day School aims to explore the contemporary publishing landscape and help you to answer some of these questions. 

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Various

8 April 2017

10am - 4pm

£60 / £55 conc

Event
11 April 2017

Guided Tour of Dragon Hall - 11 April

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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11 April 2017
WCN, Dragon Hall

Starts 2pm (c. 1.5 hours)

£2.50 on the door

Workshop
18 April - 22 June 2017

Beginners’ Fiction with Ian Nettleton (ten weeks)

Take those exciting first steps into fiction writing with this friendly, supportive ten week course led by expert tutor and published writer, Ian Nettleton. 

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Ian Nettleton

18 April - 22 June 2017

Ten weeks (Tuesdays 7 - 9pm)

£225 / £200 conc

Workshop
20 April - 22 June 2017

Intermediate Fiction with Ian Nettleton (ten weeks)

Got to grips with the basics of writing fiction? Now take your writing to the next level and discover ways to make your novel or short story really stand out with this friendly, supportive ten week intermediate course led by expert tutor and published writer, Ian Nettleton.

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Ian Nettleton

20 April - 22 June 2017

Ten weeks (Thursdays 7 - 9pm)

£225 / £200 conc

Workshop
29 April 2017

Agent Day with Sophie Lambert

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 Sophie Lambert, an agent at Conville & Walsh Literary Agency where she represents award winning and bestselling authors from around the world, including Megan Bradbury, Colin Grant, and Tim Clare.

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Fully booked!

Sophie Lambert

29 April 2017

10am - 4pm

£75 / £70 conc

Workshop
6 May 2017

Experimenting with Style: Fiction workshop with May-Lan Tan

Discover your personal writing style and develop confidence and flow with your fiction in this experimental day workshop for aspiring and emerging writers. 

Through play and performance, Guardian First Book Award shortlisted writer, May-Lan Tan, will help you find out how and where in the body style is generated, and how to bring one’s identity, physicality and presence to bear upon the work.

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May-Lan Tan

6 May 2017

10am - 4pm

£65 / £55 conc

Workshop
13 May 2017

Freedom through restriction: Fiction workshop with Joe Dunthorne

From choose-you-own-adventure stories to speed writing to Oulipian word games, this experimental workshop with Joe Dunthorne will offer ways to disrupt tired habits and keep your fiction fresh. 

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Joe Dunthorne

13 May 2017

10am - 4pm

£65 / £55 conc

Event
15 May 2017

Roll Over Atlantic - John Agard

Winner of the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry, Caribbean-British poet John Agard performs a quirky reimagining of the notorious voyage of Christopher Columbus.

Part of the City of Literature strand of Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2017.

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15 May 2017
Norwich Arts Centre

7.30 - 9.30pm

£10

Event
16 May 2017 - 7.30pm

Phone - Will Self

Will Self is a man who needs little introduction; a novelist, short-story writer, columnist, TV performer and media personality with real intellectual clout and a savage sense of humour. Phone is the third in a trilogy which examines the influence of 20th century technologies on human existence. 

Part of the City of Literature strand of Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2017.

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16 May 2017 - 7.30pm
Norwich Playhouse

7.30 - 9pm

£14

Event
17 & 18 May 2017

The Story Machine: Under Surveillance

When all are under surveillance, who watches whom? And when all are watching, what does it mean to have someone see us as we truly are?

Following its sell-out debut in 2016, The Story Machine returns with Under Surveillance, a new selection of world-renowned writers and a brand new building to explore.

Part of the City of Literature strand of Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2017.

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17 & 18 May 2017
St Mary's Works (Old Shoe Factory)

7 - 9.30pm

£15

Event
22 May 2017

The Lowlands - With Sarah Perry, Lucy Hughes-Hallett and Anjali Joseph

Marking the 70th anniversary of Indian independence, we bring together British and Indian writers to explore writing and place from two lowland eastern regions with renowned and radical literary heritages: Kolkata and Norwich. 

Featuring Sarah Perry, Lucy Hughes-Hallett and Anjali Joseph.

Part of the City of Literature strand of Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2017.

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22 May 2017
WCN, Dragon Hall

7 - 8pm

£8 / £15 joint ticket with 'No Dogs, No Indians'

Event
23 May 2017

Art & Sexuality - With Eimear McBride, Sarah Hall and Megan Bradbury

Three brilliant artists share their experiences of articulating sexuality, gender and identity through literature, photography, art and theatre. Featuring Eimear McBride, Sarah Hall and Megan Bradbury.

Part of the City of Literature strand of Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2017.

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23 May 2017
Adnams Spiegeltent, Chapelfield Gardens

7.30 - 9pm

£15

Event
24 May 2017

No Dogs, No Indians - Siddhartha Bose

Three interlocking stories explore the effects and legacy of the British in India in an extraordinary new play by poet and playwright Siddhartha Bose to mark the 70th anniversary of India’s independence.

Part of the City of Literature strand of Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2017.

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24 May 2017
Norwich Arts Centre

8 - 9.15pm

£10 / £15 joint ticket with 'The Lowlands'

Event
26 May 2017

Churchill vs Attlee - With John Bew and Paul Bew

Clement Attlee or Winston Churchill? Who did more to shape modern Britain? Join John Bew, author of Citizen Clem (Book of the Year: The Times, Sunday Times, New Statesman, Evening Standard), and his father Paul Bew, an eminent Irish historian and writer on Churchill, as they discuss the legacies of two of Britain’s most fascinating figures.

Part of the City of Literature strand of Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2017.

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26 May 2017
Adnams Spiegeltent, Chapelfield Gardens

10 - 11am

£8

Event
26 May 2017

Life after Tiananmen Square - With Madeleine Thien

From Man Booker-shortlisted writer Madeleine Thien, Do Not Say We Have Nothing is a gripping evocation of one of the most significant political regimes of the 20th century and its traumatic legacy. 

Part of the City of Literature strand of Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2017.

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26 May 2017
Literature Tent, Chapelfield Gardens

11.15am - 12.15pm

£8

Event
26 May 2017

Harriet Martineau Lecture: Speaking Truth to Power

For this year’s Harriet Martineau Lecture we welcome two of Mexico’s finest journalists, Lydia Cacho and Anabel Hernández, who will describe their international campaign to lay bare the shocking corruption and violence of the government.

Part of the City of Literature strand of Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2017.

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26 May 2017
Adnams Spiegeltent, Chapelfield Gardens

12.30 - 1.30pm

£8

Event
26 May 2017

A Manual for Heartache - With Richard Beard, Max Porter and Cathy Rentzenbrink

How do you make sense of great tragedy? For Richard Beard, Max Porter and Cathy Rentzenbrink, writing has provided a means of discussing their personal trauma and coming to terms with what they each lost. Join us for an honest yet uplifting discussion of family, loss and strength which will address the healing power of words, and whether reading can prepare us for living with heartache.

Part of the City of Literature strand of Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2017.

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26 May 2017
Adnams Spiegeltent, Chapelfield Gardens

2 - 3pm

£8

Event
26 May 2017

Sharks and Surfboards - With Tim Winton and Evie Wyld

Tim Winton is one of Australia’s most esteemed novelists, winning the prestigious  Miles Franklin Award a record four times. Here, he will discuss his latest book, a powerful memoir entitled The Boy Behind the Curtain, in conversation with award-winning Anglo-Australian writer Evie Wyld.

Part of the City of Literature strand of Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2017.

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26 May 2017
Literature Tent, Chapelfield Gardens

3.15 - 4.15pm

£8

Event
26 May 2017

To Be a Machine - With Mark O'Connell

Can technology solve the modest problem of death? Journalist Mark O’Connell has met the visionaries, billionaires, professors, and programmers who are using ground-breaking technology to push the limits of the human body – our senses, intelligence, and our lifespans. 

Part of the City of Literature strand of Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2017.

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26 May 2017
Literature Tent, Chapelfield Gardens

6 -7pm

£8

Event
27 May 2017

Ways of Seeing: John Berger and the Art of Observation

A special event which pays tribute to the late Booker-prize-winning novelist and visionary art critic, John Berger, and the 45th anniversary of his seminal work Ways of Seeing. 

Part of the City of Literature strand of Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2017.

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27 May 2017
Literature Tent, Chapelfield Gardens

10am - 11am

£8

Event
27 May 2017

Trans Like Me - With CN Lester

In Trans Like Me, academic and trans-activist CN Lester addresses the most pressing questions in the transgender debate and combines it with a charged personal narrative of what it means to be a transgender person today. 

Part of the City of Literature strand of Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2017.

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27 May 2017
Adnams Spiegeltent, Chapelfield Gardens

11.30am - 12.30pm

£8

Event
27 May 2017

Revolutions: 5x15

A one-stop guide to our world in transition. Five renowned speakers, no script, and 15 minutes each to blow your mind.

Part of the City of Literature strand of Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2017.

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27 May 2017
Adnams Spiegeltent, Chapelfield Gardens

1 - 2.45pm

£8

Event
27 May 2017

Satire and Protest - With Hannah Berry and Isabel Greenberg

Join critically acclaimed graphic novelists Hannah Berry and Isabel Greenberg in conversation on satire, protest and the revolutionary potential of the graphic novel. 

Part of the City of Literature strand of Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2017.

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27 May 2017
Literature Tent, Chapelfield Gardens

3 - 4pm

£8

Event
27 May 2017

Reservoir 13 - Jon McGregor

The multiple-award winning author of Even the Dogs and If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things, brings us his first novel in seven years; the story of many lives haunted by one family's loss, unfolding over the course of thirteen years in a small village.

Part of the City of Literature strand of Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2017.

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27 May 2017
Literature Tent, Chapelfield Gardens

6 - 7pm

£8

Event
28 May 2017

Anne Boleyn - With Alison Weir

Alison Weir, one of the UK’s best-selling historians, returns to NNF after a sold-out event about Katherine of Aragon in 2016. Anne Boleyn: A King’s Obsession is the second in a spellbinding six-novel series about Henry VIII’s queens. 

Part of the City of Literature strand of Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2017.

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28 May 2017
Adnams Spiegeltent, Chapelfield Gardens

10.30 - 11.30am

£8

Event
28 May 2017

Your Country is Lying to You - With Ian Cobain

In The History Thieves, former investigative journalist for The Guardian Ian Cobain uses previously unseen material and rigorous research to demonstrate how a complex bureaucratic machine has allowed governments to evade accountability and their secrets to be buried.

Part of the City of Literature strand of Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2017.

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28 May 2017
Literature Tent, Chapelfield Gardens

12 - 1pm

£8

Event
28 May 2017

Russia and Revolution - With Robert Service

Marking the 100th anniversary of the Russian revolution, Robert Service - the eminent historian of Russia - provides a riveting account of last Tsar of All the Russias, Nicholas II, and the final 18 months of his life and reign.

Part of the City of Literature strand of Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2017.

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28 May 2017
Literature Tent, Chapelfield Gardens

1.30 - 2.30pm

£8

Event
28 May 2017

Writing the Fringes: With Ross Raisin and Harry Brett (aka Henry Sutton)

Ross Raisin is one of Britain’s most exciting young writers - a ‘new high priest of British pastoral’ whose male protagonists live on the fringes of rural society. His third novel, A Natural, lifts the lid on life in lower-league professional football. This fascinating event explores modern masculinity and the often-overlooked voices from the fringes of modern Britain.

Part of the City of Literature strand of Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2017.

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28 May 2017
Literature Tent, Chapelfield Gardens

3 - 4pm

£8

Workshop
3 June 2017

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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Rachel Hore

3 June 2017

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

Workshop
1 July 2017

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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Mark Cocker

1 July 2017

10am - 4pm

£75 / £65 conc

Workshop
9 September 2017

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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Sean O'Brien

9 September 2017

10am - 4pm

£75 / £70 conc

Workshop
30 September 2017

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

30 September 2017

10am - 4pm

£60 / £55 conc

Workshop
14 October 2017

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

14 October 2017

10am - 4pm

£75 / £70 conc

Workshop
4 November 2017

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

4 November 2017

10am - 4pm

£75 / £70 conc

Workshop
2 December 2017

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

2 December 2017

10am - 4pm

£75 / £70 conc