So I have a cover! To use one of my well worn expressions, as you can see”it’s kind of dark” . The book will come out officially in November, but is available to pre-order on Amazon, Barnes & Noble etc. And I’m hoping to arrange a Sheffield launch that we can drink wine at and catch up!
If you would like to pre-order a copy, here’s the Amazon link:
It’s been a long journey since writing “The End” to actually having a cover and a publication date, and as many of you know a few spanners were slung into the works along the way. I hope all the WEA Thursday night writers are flying through their novels or pushing through them one word at a time (like I do). Missing talking about books and writing with you all, and I can’t wait to hear your news. I thought I’d share a tiny bit of mine on here.
All the best from across the Atlantic. Laura xx
I’ve been invited to read at the Tudor Turret House at Sheffield Manor Lodge this coming Saturday 18th June. With a capacity of 17 it promises to be fairly intimate… No booking available – first come first served! More details here.
via Reading at the Turret House — Rob Hindle
Suzannah Evans (rather brilliant Sheffield poet) is running some upcoming creative writing courses at Weston Park Museum.
She will be doing a series of five workshops inspired by the museum’s collections. Each session will take inspiration from a different exhibition. Dates are below:
Saturday 17 October 2015 10:30am – 1:30pm
Over South Yorkshire Skylines – the birds of South Yorkshire
Saturday 21 November 2015 10.30am- 1.30pm
Sheffield Life and Times
Saturday 12th December 10.30am – 1.30pm
Saturday 16th January 10.30am – 1.30pm
Saturday 20th February 2015 10.30am-1.30pm
Treasures / 2016: The Year of Making
Sessions cost £15 and there’s a discount for anyone who books all five at once.
Book in advance on 0114 278 2655 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about Suzannah and her work, please see https://suzannahevans.wordpress.com/
The word factory have posted another great list of upcoming competitions and resources for writers.
You can view the full list at http://www.thewordfactory.tv/site/june-round-up-of-news-and-opportunities/#more-3484
There are competitions for novels, flash fiction, short stories, as well as publishers currently open for submissions.
SIX BOOKS FOR THE SUMMER…
Here are some books that I recommend. I have taken something useful from each of these, and would be interested to hear your thoughts on them.
1) Geek Love by Katherine Dunn
This book juggles some wild ideas, don’t be afraid of the blurb.
2) On Writing: A Memoir on the Craft by Stephen King
Some great tips on the writing process, and becoming a better writer.
3) The White Bone by Barbara Gowdy
I would also recommend her book Falling Angels which has a fantastic scene in a back garden bomb shelter. You’ll know what I mean when you get to it.
4) The Collector by John Fowles
An epistolary novel split into two parts with two separate narrators.
5) Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson
Some brilliantly economic and powerful description in this.
6) Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk Home by Ben Fountain
Structure, character, voice.
Aerogramme writers have published a list of upcoming competitions which may be of interest to you.
(previously known as MMU Novella Award) is a literary competition which celebrates new writing in the novella form. Entries must be unpublished, written in English and between 20,000 and 40,000 words. Entries close 5 June.
American Short Fiction Contest
Open to entries between 2000 and 6500 words. It offers a first prize of US$1000 prize and publication and all entries will be considered for publication. Closes 15 June.
Ambit Summer Writing Competition
invites poetry and fiction entries of any subject and in any style. The entries will be judged by Alison Moore and Dan O’Brien. Entries close 15 July.
For the full list see: http://www.aerogrammestudio.com/category/news/