Writer's Diary
What's happening around Notts

We will be posting events as soon we are made aware of them. If you are hosting a virtual event to do with the written or spoke word and you want a bit of extra publicity the send us a link.


Absolute Beginners
with Sophie Sparham (online)
25th February until 1st April 2021

Absolute Beginners is a course for people who want to begin their writing journey but don’t know where to start. The course will cover prose, poetry and playwriting, providing budding writers with a tool box of the basics.

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We’re Going on a Bear Hunt – Yiddish/English edition – book launch (online)
Michael Rosen
Five Leaves Bookshop
26th February

Join Michael Rosen and translator Helen Beer to launch our new Yiddish/English parallel text edition of the classic We’re Going on a Bear Hunt.

Yiddish was the language spoken by Michael’s parents, and he often uses Yiddish words in his writing and performances.

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RELAX, RECALL, WRITE! – North Notts/North Derbyshire
Writing East Midlands
26th February

Always wanted to write your memoir? Share your unique story with loved ones? But don’t know where to start? Then join experienced local writer-facilitators Lynn Ludditt and Leonie Martin for this 10-week ‘first steps’ course. Five sessions will be delivered ‘correspondence-style’ via email/post alternated with five ‘live and interactive’ Zoom workshops.

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Leeds Lit Fest
2nd - 7th March

Leeds Lit Fest is back! Returning for its third year in the face of significant challenges and uncertainty, the city’s festival of words and thought could not be more needed.

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Black Lives Matter: Poems for a New World
Derby Live
5th March

Black Lives Matter: Poems for a New World was published in 2020 following a call out for poems responding to Black Lives Matter. Over 500 poems and short prose were submitted from writers around the world with 107 chosen for the anthology

This event will feature readings of poems and short prose from the book. Editor Ambrose Musiyiwa and featured writers will talk about the motivation for writing and collating poems featured in the book and how poems can help shape new worlds.

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150 Miles For Accelerated Literacy

 What with Lockdown and the absence of any races to focus on, not only has Guy got out of the habit of running, he has also put on rather more weight than even he would have expected over the festival period.

Consequently he has decided to grab the nettle firmly, get off his butt and run 150 miles before Easter and in the process raise much needed funds for Hothouse Theatre’s Accelerated Literacy Project.

Accelerated Literacy

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Mistressclass Creative Writing Workshop
with Eve Makis and Abi Daré
Novels That Shaped Our World

Nittingham City of Literature
6th March

Join authors Eve Makis and Abi Daré for this guided creative writing workshop for new and emerging women writers focusing on the theme of Power, Politics, and Protest.

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West Bridgford Dramatic Society
6th - 9th March

We are an amateur society who have been entertaining the people of West Bridgford and beyond since 1949. For the last 30 years we have been based at our own Studio Theatre at the end of Stamford Road in West Bridgford - near the Willow Tree pub, which is convenient!

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Women Say Stuff 6
Online Event

8th March

Women Say Stuff is a platform for poets identifying as Women to perform to a mixed audience. We have three fabulous headline poets, plus an open mic for Women only.

The pre-bookable open mic slots are fully booked. there will be a limited number of sign up on the night.

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How to Write Short Stories
Nottingham Writer's Studio

10th March

Join Anthony for this four-part series where he’ll be inviting writers to explore, write and develop their own short stories while considering vital elements such as structure, plot, character, detail and dialogue!

The short story is no easy option when it comes to writing. Throughout this course, participants will look at ways to generate ideas by using photos and paintings, writing prompts, writing games and character profiles before you examine a wide variety of published short stories to explore what you can learn from them.

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Ware Poets Competition
11th March to 30th April
Writing East Midlands

Ware Poets Open Poetry Competition 2021 Prizes: £600, £300, £150, and the Ware Sonnet Prize (£150).

Anthology for winners and commended poets 
(£4.00, post free: pre-ordered).

Prizegiving at Ware Arts Centre, or online, Friday 9 July 2021

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Novels That Shaped Our World: Forgotten Voices
Online Event

13th March

Nottingham UNESCO City of Liyerature

Forgotten Voices is a workshop about Forgotten Voices in women’s literature on the theme of politics, power and protest. It will include a discussion championing inspiring women in politics, power, and protest. We'll be joined by special guest author, journalist, and presenter Zing Tsjeng, who will talk about her work, her path to publication and tips and inspiration for aspiring writers. There will also be a book club discussion and Q&A so you can ask all your burning questions.

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World Jam monthly gig- Foreign Accent
Facebook Live
14th March

World Jam

Foreign Accent is an eclectic and unique prog-rock band based in Nottingham. We play originals with a very unique sound combined with an extraordinary music style. The psychedelic prog-rock with folk elements takes us through a journey in space and time.

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How to Edit and Critique Poetry: Part Two
Online Event

16th March

Nottingham Writers' Studio

In the first session of this series, we developed our editing skills with an introduction to offering constructive criticism.

If you’re ready to develop your editing skills further, then keep reading.

The second workshop of this series builds on the skills gained within the first session and explores becoming confident in articulating constructive criticism.

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Manifesto for Change Writing Workshop
Novels That Shaped Our World
20th March

Nottingham City of Literature

Join poet Michelle ‘Mother’ Hubbard and author Selina Nwulu for this workshop on women on the theme of Politics, Power, and Protest.

Manifesto for Change is a workshop on the theme of women in politics, power and protest. It will include a discussion championing inspiring women around this theme.

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Blackdrop Zoomdrop
23rd March

A cultural exchange of raw emotion delivered through spoken word, song, social commentary, poetic expression and rhymes n beats.

Open Mic slots available.

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Writers' Block: Does it exist? What causes it? How do we conquer it?
Julie Cohen
Nottingham Writer's Studio(online)

Award-winning, best-selling author Julie Cohen joins us for a talk about writers' block, what causes it and how we conquer it!

Julie never believed in writers' block—until she got it. Drawing on her own experience, and what she's learned from teaching and coaching writing students, she talks about what causes blocks, the different kinds of blocks, and some ways of getting around them.

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Writing East Midlands
Thursday 8th to Sunday 11th April

The Writers’ Conference is back in April 2021, offering writers all over the country access to leading professionals from the industry across 4 days of inspiration, networking and practical guidance for writers – all online.

The 2021 event will take place digitally from 8th to 11th April 2021, and will feature 19 workshops, panels and talks with industry professionals, writers, makers and publishers.

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