What are the Roomto Write Authors Up to?

Hello all! – Yes,  we know, it’s been very quiet here for a while but it doesn’t mean to say we haven’t been busy. We’ve also enjoyed summer breaks in France and Greece and we hope you’ve enjoyed yours too.

So what have we been up to? Here’s a snapshot of our latest news:

We’re very excited to announce that RoomtoWrite author Kitty Fitzgerald has just started her Writing Residency at the Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg…
‘Red squirrels dashing about on the grass trying to avoid the dozens of Canada geese also loitering on this fabulous, hugely multi-racial campus. The weather is changeable but generally hot and with a good wind, perfect for walking…I’m looking forward to meeting up with students in a few days time, offering advice on their writing and then running a weekly fiction workshop.

You can follow Kitty’s adventures here

Wendy Robertson has launched her new novel The Pathfinder, to some great reviews: ‘The past has never felt so real as in the last days of Roman Britain and the uneasy peace between natives and conquerors portrayed in Wendy Robertson’s ‘Pathfinder’. Heroine Elen is a beautifully drawn character uniting natives with the conquerors…’

‘a delightful, thought provoking read.’

She is also preparing to lead two discussions at Belmont Library  Durham, on World War One fiction on October 21st and October 22nd. You can read more about this Durham Book Fest event HERE on Wendy’s Blog.

Avril Joy was longlisted (or in USA speak a semi-finalist) in the international Raymond Carver Short Story Contest – ‘ Now in its 15th year the contest is one of the most renowned fiction contests in the world. Featuring prominent guest judges…the contest delivers exciting new fiction from writers all over the world.’ You can read more about it on Avril’s blog HERE.

Avril’s newsletter for writers goes from strength to strength, with a number of writers gaining success following her recommendations for competitions and submissions. If you’d like to subscribe (it’s free) you can sign up HERE

 

Julia’s Cafe Workshop

Saturday’s workshop in celebration of the the life and work of Julia Darling was a very special event. The kind of event we’re sure Julia would have approved of: full of laughter and fun, comradely, democratic and inspiring, buzzing with ideas and some truly dazzling writing.

To all who participated –  in no particular order – Judy, Liz, Kris, Sue, Christine, Eleanor, Linda, Rachel, Amanda, Eileen, Rosie, Hilary, Rachel, (and to John and Eileen who couldn’t make due to illness) Thank you for coming, thank you for sharing precious memories of Julia, thank you for the writing and the wonderful read around and thank you for contributing to Marie Curie Cancer Care. And last but not least, a huge thank you to Anne for running the show and making it such a great day.

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Photos by Gillian, Collage by Wendy – read more about the day here on Wendy’s Blog.

Do try and join us on March 20th for Avril’s book launch  – we’d love to see you there….

Coming Soon – the Launch of Millie and Bird and Tales of Paradise

STOP PRESS: our Julia’s Cafe workshop is now FULL. We will be in touch with everyone before the day with arrangements for lunch. Look forward very much to seeing you all there on Sat march 7th.

Coming soon from RoomToWrite – the launch of Avril Joy’s short story collection from Iron PressMillie and Bird and Tales of ParadiseFriday March 20th at Teikyo 7.30 ALL welcome

PENTAX DIGITAL CAMERA‘This collection explores the world of the Costa Prize winning story Millie and Bird: a northern landscape of fragile lives bound by the invisible threads of place. The stories in this haunting collection have appeared in literary journals and on prize shortlists with Millie and Bird winning the 2012 Costa Short Story prize. A soldier flees the enemy, a woman buries a pig, a girl goes in search of her father – these are stories of northern lives, of what is lost and found, and of how we survive…these are the people who live in Paradise, their lives fragile, caught like sheep’s wool on wire, each with its own unique story and secret heart.’

 CLICK HERE FOT DETAILS OF THE LAUNCH AND YOUR INVITATION

 

 

Julia’s Cafe – A Playwriting Workshop

We are delighted to bring you details of Julia’s Cafe – a playwriting workshop on Saturday March 7th –
The workshop, led by novelist and playwright Anne Ousby, will be a celebration of the life and work of the brilliant poet, playwright and novelist Julia Darling  – who could never resist a cafe.

 

Anne says :  Our Mum used to meet us from Junior school and we’d go to the afternoon pictures, sit in the front row, eat jam sandwiches and drink tea out of our thermos. We saw some great films and actors and some very inappropriate B films, like ‘The Monkey’s Paw.’ – I have only just stopped having nightmares about this. This whole experience began my love affair with dialogue and actors. As a writer I’ve had more thrills out of the plays I’ve written than anything else I’ve attempted and that’s how I first met Julia…

Anne has written plays for stage and radio as well as TV and film scripts, so why not come along to her workshop and join us in celebrating Julia’s extraordinay life . No previous experience necessary. Let’s just have a fun day in Julia’s Cafe…

Sat March 7th – 10am for 10.30 start at Teikyo University of Japan, University of Durham (opposite the Oriental Museum) –  finishing around 3.30pm

The workshop is FREE – we just ask you make a donation of £10.00 to Marie Curie Cancer Care (this will be collected on the day)

Places will be limted please e mail:  amjoy@hotmail.co.uk     to book your place – please use Julia’s Cafe in your subject line

Christmas for Writers

As the festive season draws near, at RoomtoWrite we’ve been out celebrating with delicious italian food and plenty of red wine. We’ve also been DSCN8572discussing our programme for 2015 which in March will include two events (dates to be confirmed) : the evening launch of Avril Joy’s short story collection – Millie and Bird, Tales of Paradise from Iron Press and a  workshop come open mic event to celebrate the life and work of the late Julia Darling. Both events will be free, watch this space for futher details.

In the meantime what better gift can you give a writer this Xmas than an Amazon review? But how to do it? For more on this and for a free offer to celebrate the 12 days of Christmas read Wendy Robertson over at LifeTwiceTasted

Happy Christmas and a Great Writing Year ahead   – from  all at RoomToWrite

 

Any Day Now!

Thank you for your patience and in answer to all the queries the winning and shortlisted stories will be online just as soon we clear final permissions etc from our writers.

In the meantime we’re delighted to say our Novella course has proved very popular and is currently full!  But  – if you are very keen – we can probably still squeeze in an extra one or two  (definitely no more – so hurry if you want a place)

Wendy has been posting about J L Carr’s  novella A Month in the Country over on her blog, do take a look…

‘Some writers might need a hundred thousand words to weave this amount of meaning and literary magic into a story. H.L Carr managed it on thirty five thousand words. That is the potential power of the novella. No small thing.’

Our Novella Workshop

‘I do love this form, the idea that we are sitting down to a book that you could read at one sitting, or within three hours much as you might go to a movie or opera or long play...’Ian McEwan

Join us for our Novella workshop on October 25th. For what promises to be an exciting and inspiring day.

All the details are HERE including cost and how to sign up and we’ve now included an easy online option

Free parking is available

Durham has great East Coast Rail links only 2.5 hrs from London

Wendy and Avril are both embarking on new novellas and will be working on them in the coming ten days in France. To check on their progress, catch up with them at www.avriljoy.com  and lifetwicetasted