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Writer's Diary

Introduction to Screenwriting: A 3-week course
13th Feb

Nottingham Writers’ Studio

Join Anthony Cropper, winner of the BBC Alfred Bradley Award for Radio Drama for a 3-week introduction to screenwriting course at NWS!

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Poetry from Helen Mort
18th Feb

Five leaves Bookshop

Helen Mort won the Foyles Young Poet of the Year *five* times before going on the write two collections for Chatto, Division Street – many of the poems reflect her background in the Yorkshire mining area – and No Map Could Show Them, the theme of which was on women and mountaineering.

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Developing Your Idea into a Story: A beginner’s guide
18th Feb

Nottingham Writers’ Studio

Join children's author Gareth Baker where he aims to show beginner writers how to generate and develop new ideas for stories!

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Couch to Madrid Marathon in 100 days!

 Guy is taking on the his biggest running challenge yet to raise funds for Hothouse Theatre projects.

Having spent months building a physique that Jabba the Hutt would have been proud of (Star Wars reference in case you didn’t know), during an extend winter solstice celebration, Guy finally crawled off his potato couch and got into training ... with only 100 days to go ... for the Madrid Marathon!!

It's going to be hilly! It's going to be hot!! It’s going to hurt!!!

And that is just the training!

Don’t let all that pain be in vain ...

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Japan Now, fiction from modern Japan
20 February

Fice Leaves Bookshop

As Japan prepares for the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020, we bring you the most unexpected, illuminating and inspiring stories from around the country. This is everything you won’t get from a travel guide. This is the third year in a row when we have been able to bring Japanese writers to the shop.

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Creative Writing - Writing a Novel - Mansfield Central Library - Community Learning
24 February - 30 March 2020

Mansfield Central Library, Mansfield

On this course we will look at what steps are needed to write a novel. If you are interested in writing your first novel, join us and look at how to sustain your work and what you need to do to become published.

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A Beginner’s Guide to Building Your First Poetry Collection
25 February

Nottingham Writers’ Studio

Turn a folder full of poetry into a cohesive collection of work, suitable for submission for publication, or self-publishing!

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Five Leaves open book group discusses Kintu by Jennifer Makumbi
27 February

Fice Leaves Bookshop

 The year is 1750, Kintu Kidda sets out for the capital to pledge allegiance to the new leader of the Buganda people. Along the way he unleashes a curse that plagues his family for generations… Makumbi weaves together the story of Kintu’s descendants as they try to break free of that burden from their past.

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How to Run a Writing Event
29 February

Nottingham Writers’ Studio

In this extended session, acclaimed literature event organiser Alex Davis will let you in on some of the key elements that go into a successful writing event.

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Michael Cashman - One of Them
4 March

Fice Leaves Bookshop

 With Ian McKellen, Michael founded Stonewall, fighting tirelessly for civil liberties and LGBT rights. His adventures and misadventures lead him and Paul as far and wide as high tea in LA with David Hockney to flirting with Joan Collins to flying the rainbow flag over the Albert Hall with Elton John.

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Women Say Stuff 5
8th March

Sobar 22 Friar Lane, NG1 6DQ Nottingham,

 Women, bring your Stuff and Say it at the Poetry Open Mic for International Women's Day. Featuring: Maresa MacKeith World Jam Women Lytisha Tunbridge

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The World is for Everyone, with Nottingham refugee women
8 March

Fice Leaves Bookshop

 The writing in this anthology is by members of PAMOJA Women Together – a group of refugee, asylum-seeking and irregular migrant women from many countries, faiths and backgrounds.

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Poetry Surgery with Charlotte Lunn
11th March

Scarthin Books of Cromford

Charlotte is a writer, spoken word poet, workshop facilitator and tea connoisseur. After studying Creative Writing at The University of Derby, she became the Events Co-ordinator at Scarthin Books and has regularly reviewed books for BBC Radio Derby.

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Nottingham Poetry Festival
 Various Venues



8th - 17 th May

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Lemmington Poetry Festival
 Various Venues



3rd - 5th July

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Writer's News

Literature's Business Manager

Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature

Nottingham City of Literature are looking for a Business Manager to join our core management team. This is a dynamic new role for an experienced manager who believes passionately in our values and vision, and who wants to join us in our mission: building a better world with words.

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Nottingham Poetry Festival
Various Venues

8th - 17 th May

 To submit your event to the 2020 Nottingham Poetry Festival, simply download & complete this form, and return it to nottmpoetryfestsubs@gmail.com.

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Young Creative Awards 2020

If you’re young, creative and you live, work or study in Nottingham – the Young Creative Awards could be the start of something awesome.

Open to all 11-24 year olds, the awards give you the chance to show off your skills across a wide variety of creative categories: Digital and Animation, Design and Architecture, Creative Writing, Dance, Drama, Fashion and Textiles, Film, Graphic Design, Music, Photography, Theatre and Visual Arts.

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New Venue for DIY Poets

New Venue for the monthly DIY Meetings, held first Wednesday of the month, 8 pm start. Venue : Leafi, the cafe area ( next to the bar) at The Playhouse , Wellington Circus,

Bulwell Arts Festival
2020

Apply Now!

Bulwell Arts Festival is now in its seventh year, and once again, this summer, we will be taking over the town and showcasing the very best of theatre, music, dance, film, poetry, visual arts, workshops and so much more! We aim to deliver another fantastic array of creativity from 4th to 11th July 2020 and we’d love for you to get involved too, whether as a returning artist/organisation or a new partner. We look forward to creating wonderful events with you.

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BBC Nottingham are looking for ...

Your chance to showcase your talent on the BBC. Upload any kind of content: audio, video, text and images. We’ll watch, read, or listen to everything you upload and what catches our attention will go on air or on local BBC digital platforms.

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Nottingham Young Writers Groups
Writing East Midlands

This year we will be running a Young Writers Group at Nottingham Central Library led by Jim Hall.

Sessions take place on Saturdays 1pm – 3pm and are aimed at 11–15 year olds. Each session costs £6, but bursary places are available.

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29 Paying Markets for Poetry - No submission fees
Published to Death
Here are 29 literary journals that pay for poems. Short, long, lyrical, light - you name it, they want it. And if these markets aren't enough, you can find more publishing opportunities for poetry in these posts:

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Writer's Groups

Fosseway Writers

Fosseway Writers are a long-established group based in and around Newark, Nottinghamshire (itself situated on the old Roman ‘Fosse Way’, which is mostly now the route of the modern A46).

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DIY Poets

DIY Poets has been in existence for over ten years. We are a Nottingham based poetry collective. The aim of DIY Poets is to give budding poets the opportunity to perform their work in public and get their work published.

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Poetry Aloud

A curated platform for spoken word and music. Based in Nottingham, Poetry Aloud stages have been seen at: Green Fest, Exile Music Fest and West Bridgford.

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Nottingham Writers’ Club

The club was founded in 1927 from an existing group of Nottingham writers eager to expand their membership.

Meets regularly at The Mechanics North Sherwood Street, Nottingham

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Nottingham Writers’ Studio: a home for writing in the city of stories

Nottingham Writers’ Studio is a unique writing-focused community, and a space where writing grows. Run by writers, for writers, at all stages of their careers, NWS is committed to the craft of writing worth reading.

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Reading and Writing Groups
City Libraries

Share your enjoyment of reading with book-related activities and groups

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Blackdrop


BLACKDROP spoken word open mic night is at Nottingham Writer's Studio!

Hosted by founding member Michelle ‘Mother’ Hubbard!

Blackdrop continues to run bi-monthly, on the first Thursday of every month

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Writing East Midlands

Writing East Midlands is the writer development agency for the region. We work closely with a range of organizations including schools, universities, galleries, museums and libraries, to help build strong relationships between writers and their communities.

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Five Leaves Bookshop

One of the few independents to open in any UK city centre this century!

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Give While You Shop

Give as you live Raise free funds for Hothouse Theatre and Oh MyNottz by shopping online with Give as you Live, over 4200 retailers to choose from, shop & raise a donation at no cost to you!

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