Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Paeony Lewis Returns

Norwich Writer's Circle welcomed back Paeony Lewis tonight to adjudicate our In-House Competition Four.

Competition Four required Circle members to write the text for a Picture Book in no more than 500 words.

The successful children's author and tutor that she thoroughly enjoyed reading the 13 competition entries, relating them to her golden writing rules.

Paeony golden writing rules are that stories:
  • feature writing that flows
  • do not feature pedestrian language
  • aimed at the correct audience
  • must be child-friendly and centred
  • include characters we care about
  • have a clear story structure
  • have an awareness of the illustrations
  • include emotions expressed through actions
  • feature clear language
The winners of the competition were:

Only Joking
by Cathy Rushworth

The Big Surprise
by Mickie Dann

Rocky's Twango
by Maureen Nisbet

Listen, Can You Hear Me?
by Thelma MacFarlane

The meeting concluded, when a packed Sexton Room heard a variety of entertaining competition entries, including the winners. We were also then lucky enough to enjoy an interesting discussion with the visiting writer on the process involved in publishing a picture book.

We next meet on 17th May when we will be holding one of popular Manuscript Evenings. Please feel free to come along and join in.

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