This week we bring you a round-up of writerly news, some local and some less so. CWC member, Elizabeth Ducie, talks about the upcoming Crediton Literary Festival in which she is taking part. There’s news of a Short Story Competition from Exeter Literary Festival. A neighbouring writers’ group launches a flash fiction anthology. And Winchester Writers’ Festival announces a Virtual Writers’ Weekend.
Crediton Literary Festival
CWC member Elizabeth Ducie will be appearing at Crediton Literary Festival which takes place, online, on Saturday 6th June. On the programme at 4pm, she will be presenting a light-hearted look at how the technology has changed in the 40+ years since her first foray into independent publishing, back in 1978. The festival runs from 10am onward and features a whole raft of interesting speakers. The event is free, but numbers are limited and booking as essential. Check out the details on the poster and then email firstname.lastname@example.org to book your place. Elizabeth would love to see some familiar faces among the audience.
ExeLitFest Short Story Competition Opens
Due to the current situation and the ongoing uncertainty, Exeter Literary Festival has announced it will not be going ahead in its traditional format in October this year. More details will be announced in due course. However, the short story competition is going ahead, and it’s open right now. With total prize money of £350, it’s definitely worth getting those short stories out and brushing them up. Get all the details by clicking here.
Flashlight Celebrates National Flash Fiction Day
Two members of CWC are also members of Exeter Writers and they both have pieces published in a new anthology of flash fiction coming out next weekend. Flashlight includes one story by Elizabeth Ducie and three by Angela Wooldridge. It is released on Saturday 6th June, which is National Flash Fiction Day. The ebook is available for pre-order right now, and the paperback will also be available by 6th June.
Winchester Goes Virtual
While the annual Winchester Writers’ Festival is cancelled, Writers’ Weekend, running from Thursday 9th to Sunday 12th July, is now fully virtual and interactive, with all of the talks, workshops, keynotes, one-to-ones, open mics, readings, and panels streamed to your computer, tablet or phone. The organisers are excited to welcome Eoin Colfer, author of the Artemis Fowl series, and Lissa Evans, author of both adult and children’s fiction, as keynote speakers, plus host readings by fantasy writer Jasper Fforde, memoirist Nick Barlay, and debut author Kate Bradley.
In addition, they have added virtual Writers’ Circle chat rooms for peer-to-peer feedback, and virtual Braindates, which are knowledge-sharing conversations that you book with others to have one-on-one or in small groups. They’re an innovative way to connect with, learn from, and have valuable conversations with new people – all virtually.
There are thirty six literary agents keen to discuss your writing, and the speakers for the talks and workshops are excited to share their knowledge and answer your questions.
Take a look at the website to see the many ways this event can support your writing. View the full programme at: www.writersweekend.uk/programme/. Packages start at only £36. It is a difficult year for all of us, but the organisers are committed to keep the event going for their fantastic writers.