NaNoWriMo 2017: Events and Support for Virtual Writers

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With November here again, that crazy literary marathon known as National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is back! We’ll be offering an exciting calendar of writerly delights – word scrimmages, write-ins, as well as inspirational workshops, talks and articles from successful authors. Join our Second Life® group Milk Wood Wrimos for event reminders and follow us on Twitter for daily tips – you’ll find lots of great links under the hashtag #virtualwrimos. VIRTUAL WORKSHOPS We are excited to announce that we’ll be hosting a selection of online workshops again this year. Click on the link below to participate at the specific time. These workshops are held in Second Life®. For details on how you can participate check out the following article. All scheduled events take place at the Milk Wood Writing Group area or in the writing room at Book Island (Sundays at 12 noon PT). Please be aware that the clocks go back in the US on the 5th November and on the 29th October in the UK, and we go by Pacific Time (PT), also known as SLT in Second Life®. NaNoWriMo Prep Write-In Hosted by Harriet Gausman Click here to teleport to the writing area Wednesday 25th October, 2017 8am PT / 11am ET / 4pm GMT NaNoWriMo is a demanding challenge and preparedness is key. Join us for our NaNo prep write-in where we’ll share some storyboard and plot development resources in readiness for November. Then we’ll all sit down together and begin to plot in a timed writing session. Come prepared to work both during and after the meet. We may also take a field trip for added inspiration: so bring your hiking gear. _________________ NaNoWriMo Workshop with Huckleberry Hax Ten plus years of NaNoWriMo: what have I learned about writing stories? Click here to teleport to the event Friday 27th October, 2017 3pm PT / 6pm ET / 11pm GMT 2017 will be Huck’s twelfth attempt at NaNoWriMo and – hopefully – his eleventh successful one. His first go in 2006 put an end to almost a decade of writer’s block and he’s still now processing why that was, over three quarters of a million words later. In this workshop Huck will share some of the insights he’s had as to why writing a novel in this way can unlock your identity as a writer, and how everything we get taught about writing stories in school might just be completely wrong. _________________ NaNoWriMo Kick-Off Party Click here to teleport to the event Tuesday 31st October, 2017 3pm PT / 6pm ET / 10pm GMT A chance for you to meet your fellow Wrimos, pick up the goodie bag and titler, and chat about your NaNoWriMo ideas. If you’ve worked on your plot, setting and characters during our prep session, bring along a brief summary to share with the other participants. You can read it out or share via a notecard. Fancy dress a must! This year the theme is ‘twisted fairy tales’, so be creative. We’ll be looking...

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The Bristol Short Story Prize

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The 2017 Bristol Short Story Prize is open for entries. The competition is open to all writers around the world whether published or unpublished, UK or non-UK based. The closing date for entries is midnight (BST) May 3rd 2017. The maximum word limit is 4,000, there is no minimum. Stories may be on any theme or subject and entry can be made online or by post. There is an £8.00 entry fee for all stories submitted and entries must be previously unpublished. 20 stories will be shortlisted and published in Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Volume 10. The winner and 2 runners up will be selected from the shortlist and announced at an awards ceremony which will be held in Bristol Central Library on October 14th 2017. 1st prize is £1,000, 2nd prize is £700, 3rd prize is £400. 17 further prizes of £100 will be presented to the remaining shortlisted writers. All shortlisted writers will receive 2 free copies of the anthology. Prizes will be sent to any writer on the shortlist who is unable to attend the awards ceremony. The judging panel will be chaired by writer, Tania Hershman. Tania will be joined on the panel by the writer, Roshi Fernando; Simon Key, owner of the award-winning Big Green Bookshop, and Juliet Pickering, literary agent at Blake Friedmann. For full details and rules on the 2017 Bristol Short Story Prize please click...

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The National Creative Writing Graduate Fair

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The Manchester-based publisher Comma Press has asked us to share details of the second Creative Writing Graduate Fair at MMU (in partnership with The Writing School at MMU) that will take place on Friday 4th November 2016. If you’re looking for a unique introduction to the publishing industry and its professionals then be sure to mark your calendar. At the fair you can: – pitch your ideas to experienced literary agents, matched to suit your genre preferences – they have everything from screenwriting and science fiction, to poetry and novels covered (plus all that’s in between!) – hear panellists discuss topics such as disruptive and digital publishing, independent vs mainstream, and navigating the writing life – take part in workshops & drop-in sessions, for example putting together the perfect submissions package and performing your work – and watch a Keynote speech from acclaimed author Kit de Waal. This event is not only for current students or graduates of university, but for anyone with an interest in creative writing and who has ideas that they want to share and build upon. The web details are as follows: The ticket and info website is: The facebook event wall: The twitter hashtag is #NCWGradFair...

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