What’s New: November 2022

 In How to write a book, Invitations, Newsletters

If you feel the end of the year looming without having achieved your writing goals, don’t worry, it’s not too late. It’s just the first day of November and there are still 61 days to go. You can get a lot done in 1,464 hours.

For a start you can write a short story and enter the Short.Sharp.Stories competition, Fluid: The freedom to be.

3 November – Short-Sharp-Stories Webinar

The second of two short story webinars by Short.Sharp.Stories collaborating with All About Writing is designed to provide guidance and support to writers. The sessions are aimed at encouraging new and emerging writers to enter the Short.Sharp.Stories competition, Fluid: The freedom to be, as well as to hone their craft. Don’t worry if you missed the first session, you will receive a recording.

In this session we’ll answer questions and field problems. Participants are encouraged to send in questions in advance. We’ll also do a warm-up writing exercise which will focus on showing not telling, the cornerstone of good fiction writing. Register here

7 November – Creative Writing Course

If you feel you have a story inside you fighting to get out but lack the skills or confidence to make it a reality, our Creative Writing Course is for you. This comprehensive creative writing course is designed to provide you with the skills and tools every writer needs to tell your own story – fiction or non-fiction. This is our much loved flagship Creative Writing Course, offered with discussion, chat, and feedback – and notes to refer to on your future writing projects.

Our real-time Creative Writing Course runs for five weeks on Monday and Thursday evenings led by Richard  Beynon or Jo-Anne Richards. Everyone will receive personal attention and feedback in every session, in our characteristic “honest, but kind” style, and there’s always time for discussion and questions. Only one place available!

If you prefer to do things at your own pace you might like our online Creative Writing Course also starting on 7 November. You’ll be able to do it in your own time and you’ll receive personal feedback in every module.

25 – 27 November – Stow-on-the-Wold Writing Weekend

Want to get away from the distractions of everyday life and would love a little encouragement and support to write? Our Stow-on-the-Wold Writing Weekend offers precisely that. The wide-ranging programme will include discussions, writing exercises and prompts, and tightly focused sessions on particular writing skills, like:

  • How to add a little gumption to a spineless protagonist
  • How to create a robust story structure
  • How to create a truly immersive experience for your reader

30 November – Mentoring application deadline

If you would love to have a couple of writing professionals hold your hand, offer advice, and serve as brainstorming partners in your on-going writing project, then our Mentoring Programme might be just the thing. It’s tailored to each writer’s needs and provides encouragement, support, substantial feedback and advice every month.

With their distinctive honest-but-kind approach, both Jo-Anne Richards and Richard Beynon provide notes on story, characters, structure, scenes, point of view and style. Email us for more information.

30 November – October/November Flash Fiction Challenge

If you want to practice and develop your skills as a writer, one of the best ways to do that is by entering our Flash Fiction Challenge.

Write a scene of no more the 250 words in which everything seems normal at first, but your character slowly starts to realise things are not quite right.  Stand the chance to win a literary assessment on 5000 words of writing worth R 2750 / £ 150 or a voucher to the same value. Enter here.

One last thing…

It’s always possible to improve the quality of your writing and to write stories with which readers will engage. We at All About Writing are dedicated to helping you achieve these twin goals. Each of the courses and programmes we’ve mentioned is designed to do precisely that – as are our writing challenges, downloadable writing resources and our Monday Motivations.

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