Friday, 19 March 2010

Still Getting Away With It

Norwich Writers' Circle member Stuart McCarthy is having his story story, I Always Get Away With It, published in an e-book by

The tale, which is also available to read by going here, was a runner-up in the online company's short story competition in October 2008.

Congratulations, and we hope you enjoy the read.

Tuesday, 16 March 2010

A Big Adventure With Benjamin Scott

This evening Benjamin Scott returned to Norwich Writers' Circle for our Children's Adventure Story Competition adjudication.

The freelance writer commented on the competition entries in a variety of ways, these included that the stories:
  • Focused on a boy, as per his original recommendations
  • Had an adventure element that made your heart race
  • Had a strong, logical, emotional and narrative flow
  • Featured an interesting central character
  • Were appropriate as short stories, and not as longer prose
  • Did not use the word 'that' needlessly
  • Had been proof read, with any mistakes corrected
After hearing Ben's valued feeback, we then heard a selection of the winning entries. As with our previous competition, 3 winners were selected along with 2 commendations.

The winners were:

1st - The Cooper Prize
Night River
by Sally Newton

by Doreen Rosser

The Big Weekend
by Mickie Dann

Tibor Finds A Halo
by Anne Funnell

The Blue Lady
by Victoria Bartlett

The next NWC meeting is after Easter on 6th April.

Our 6th April meeting is a talk by Andrew Brammer on Writing Humour Based On Personal Experiences. This meeting will also include the popular author performing some of his tall tales.

Tuesday, 2 March 2010

Picture This With John Worrall

At The Assembly House this evening, Norwich Writers' Circle welcomed John Worrall, who gave us an interesting talk on Illustrated Features.

The writer and photographer's practical talk covered his 4 recommendations for getting your feature published.

The 4 areas highlighted to us were:
  • Idea
  • Pitch
  • Writing The Feature / Doing It
  • Doing It For Someone Else
Each of the areas above were covered in some detail by John, before we were then shown numerous examples, in books and magazines, of the visiting writers' work. The work shown to us then lead to a short Q&A session with the writer.

Tonight also saw the launch of our in-house Competition Four by John. This competition is the writing of an Article With A Local Theme of 800 words, + / - 20.

Our next meeting is the adjudication of Children's Adventure Story Competition, for The Cooper Prize, by Benjamin Scott. The above meeting is on 16th March , and we hope to see you there.