Writers' Newsletter


Dear Writers,

Another bumper newsletter this week.

It’s not long until National Novel Writing Month ( NANOWRIMO) starts on 1st November - https://nanowrimo.org/  Whether you are a committed NANOWRIMO participant or are writing a novel in general Alex Davis is offering two workshops - one to help you prepare and another to take you forward. Both workshops run from 7.00 to 9.00 pm on Google Meet and cost £14, booking essential.

28th October Writing a Novel – The Practical Way - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/writing-a-novel-the-practical-way-with-alex-davis-tickets-124393535413

2nd December What Next for your Novel? - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/what-next-for-your-novel-with-alex-davis-tickets-124431841989

Joanna Courtney will be running another historical fiction workshop Putting the Story into History on the evening of the 4th November. Tickets are booking fast so check out the details at - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/putting-the-story-into-history-writing-historical-fiction-tickets-122376337921

Find out more about bestselling author Sophie Hannah’s work with the Christie family to bring Poirot to life at ‘Agatha, Poirot and Me’ on the evening of 27th October. For tickets and more information about this Zoom event please visit - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/agatha-poirot-and-me-an-evening-with-sophie-hannah-tickets-123342146681

Do you live, work or study in Derbyshire? There is still time to send poet Helen Mort your words for the Ticket to Hope Community Poetry Project. It’s free take part and submit some words or lines of poetry to inspire the poem. To view Helen’s short video about the project please visit https://vimeo.com/463455764 . You can also find more information and a link to the video on the Made in Derbyshire website - http://www.madeinderbyshire.org/events/ticket-hope-community-poetry-project-derbyshire 

You and your family can also take part in a family fun workshop with Matt Black on Saturday. For more details please visit - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ticket-to-hope-family-fun-writing-workshop-with-matt-black-tickets-122409539227 

Derbyshire author Leonie Martin is offering a choice of two NOVEMBER dates on Zoom for her latest online Writing for Wellbeing workshop on the theme of HARMONY. Both workshops will include the same engaging writing activities and an opportunity to share your work within a safe and relaxing ‘virtual’ space. You’ll need access to Zoom along with writing materials. Early booking is advised as the number of places has been reduced to suit the online environment. Contact Leonie on leonie.martin@me.com with any queries. To choose a date and book your place, please click on this link - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/124922359139 

Chesterfield Shared Reading facilitates FREE Reading for Wellbeing sessions every Monday afternoon 2-3pm online via Zoom, bringing people together through great poems or stories to talk, laugh and share from the comfort of home. No pressure to talk or read. Each session is facilitated by a trained volunteer Reader Leader from national charity www.thereader.org.uk You’ll need access to Zoom. A comfy chair and a cuppa might also be a bonus! Contact chesterfieldsharedreading@gmail.com with any queries. To reserve a space on one or more of the October sessions please book via Eventbrite on the link below (using the same name as your Zoom account) -


Developing a Writing Mindset – Thursday 22nd October 6:30pm-7:30pm (online via Zoom). There is no doubt about it, writing is hard. There are so many reasons to quit. To hold strong, you need to develop a clear and focused growth mindset. This workshop will help you explore the tools you need to see your writing projects through - https://www.derbyshirewritingschool.com/shop/p/developing-a-writing-mindset-workshop

Memories to Memoir – 3 Week Course Starting Tuesday 3rd November 10:30am-12pm (online via Zoom). You have a story to tell. It’s time to bring it to the page. The Memories to Memoirs course is perfect for those looking to start documenting their life through written stories. This introductory online course will give you an insight into life writing and you’ll be bursting with ideas ready to start your memoir - https://www.derbyshirewritingschool.com/shop/p/memories-to-memoir

Join Derby Libraries for their Big Family Read – see attached.

Chapel Arts’ Short Story Competition is now open – see poster and rules attached.


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