A Monster by Violet Available for Pre-Order

Hi Everyone,

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


Write Your Novel, Course starts tonight!

There’s still time to turn up and enrol tonight on this fantastic course, led by novelist Susan Clegg.

For those of you wanting to push on with your novels and learn some new tips and techniques to sharpen up your story, this will be a great course for you. 

“Write Your Novel!”

A short course designed to help you progress with your writing. We’ll look at how to develop the key elements of novel writing through practical exercises, reading and supportive workshopping.

Tutor: Susan Clegg – Course ID: C3667940

Starting: Thursday 25 February 2016

7.00 – 9.00pm
Victoria Hall Methodist Church, Norfolk Street, Sheffield S1 2JB
Fees: £32.50. If you receive certain benefits you may be entitled to a free course..



Some Upcoming Creative Writing Courses at Weston Park

Hi Everyone,

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

Secret Egypt

Saturday 16th January 10.30am – 1.30pm

Natural Histories

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 learning@museums-sheffield.org.uk

For more information about Suzannah and her work, please  see https://suzannahevans.wordpress.com/


Some Upcoming Competitions for July/August

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.

Summer Reading List!


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.