Creative Writing Course at Ikon

Arvon, renowned for its creative writing courses, is returning to Birmingham this winter for a special writing weekend, focused on short fiction, in partnership with Writing West Midlands.

Last year’s sell-out weekend at the Ikon Gallery was a huge success; one participant had this to say after the course:

“I just want to write and write and not put it down, so as you can see I am truly inspired and my confidence has soared. ... I can say hand on heart that this has been the most inspiring and exciting time for me, and I am so thrilled and grateful to have had this opportunity. Ideas are constantly popping into my brain and I always have my notebook at the ready. I am more determined than ever to pursue my creative writing, I wish I hadn’t waited for so long but now that I have started I am going to write my first novel. I’d recommend an Arvon course to anyone.”

This year’s three day non-residential course will take place at Ikon in Fri 8 Sun 10 November. There are two full grants available to cover the fees for local writers who would not otherwise be able to afford the course, email for details.

Explore the craft of writing short fiction, from flash fiction to short stories with writers Courttia Newland and Jenn Ashworth. You’ll experience a powerful mix of workshops, tutorials with highly respected authors, readings and time and space to write.

Course fee:  £270 (lunch & dinner included) Click here for more information or phone 0207 324 2554.

Words and photos by Emma Feasey, Arvon.

PowWow Litfest 2013 – Organised by writers, for writers

By Elaine S Moxon PowWow litfest-2013-bw-largeFurther to my previous article on my local writers’ group ‘Prince of Wales Writers on Writing’ (PowWow), I would like to share details of our fun and informal literary festival, held each year in Moseley village. This year we have an exciting line-up, packed full of events and talks, expanded to two venues to cater for increased demand.

Saturday 14th September 2013

Moseley Exchange, 149-153 Alcester Rd, Moseley, B13 8JP

‘Book Doctor’ - Luke Brown, editor/author: half-hour consultations on how to improve your work for submission to agents/publishers. [Must book in advance.]

‘Writing for Children’ - Karen King, established children’s author/magazine contributor: how to create characters and stories children love.

‘Writing Flash Fiction’ - Lindsay Stanberry-Flynn, author/creative writing tutor: tips on packing punch into restrictions of very short fiction.

‘Poetry’ - Matt Nunn, experienced poet/co-editor of Nine Arches Press: use of rhythm and imagery to enhance your poetry.

‘Self-Publishing’ - David Wake, award-winning published playwright: find out what it’s about and be guided through the process.

‘Kick Start your writing’ - Karen King, Falmouth University lecturer of Professional Writing and Illustration/mentor/writer: for anyone struggling with ideas and where to start, both new and established writers.

‘Collaborative Writing Workshop’ - Heide Goody and Iain Grant, best-selling authors: fun games and activities to develop a story with a partner matched with you in the workshop.

Sunday 15th September 2013

Prince of Wales garden marquee, 118 Alcester Rd, Moseley, B13 8EE

There will be the usual on-stage interviews and discussions, audience participation with question and answer, which is always fun and the chance to network with our speakers and other writers.

  • Adam Foulds, multi-award winner; one of Granta’s Best Young British Novelists 2013
  • M John Harrison, legendary writer of speculative fiction
  • Suzi Feay, influential book reviewer and literary prize judge
  • Danuta Kean, publishing analyst and cultural commentator
  • Stan Nicholls, award winning, million selling author of the ‘Orcs’ series
  • Mark Edwards, bestselling self-published crime writer
  • Lucy Luck, literary agent

I’ll be there and shall be writing a follow-on article, with feedback from attendees and photos of the weekend. If you love writers/writing/reading come along. I’m sure you will find something of interest.

Further information can be obtained from the website.

By Elaine S Moxon who can be contacted on Twitter @word_seeker or discover more about her work on her blog.

POW-WOW! It's a Writing Group!

By Elaine S Moxon PowWow group collagePow-Wow Writers’ Group (Prince of Wales Writers on Writing) is located within a cosy back room of the Prince of Wales pub in Moseley, Birmingham. On winter nights a log fire crackles in the hearth and there is an unspoken race by attendees to arrive in time to snatch a spot on the old sofa. We all settle in with our various beverages, laughing as we jostle and squeeze ourselves onto benches, stools and armchairs. The group organiser, Andrew Killeen, leads us off into a structured though relaxed evening.

We meet on a Tuesday evening from 8pm and each session begins with each of us giving our names and a brief run-down of the past week’s writing, if any. Three weeks out of four we have a discussion for the first half of the meeting with topics voted on by members each month. The second half of the meeting is for two people to read an extract of their work for critique. The last week in every month is a pure critique night where 3 people read and monthly on a Wednesday there is an extra critique night.

Affection and understanding wrap around you, enriched with encouragement and constructive criticism. Honesty abounds and you can leave each week, confident that you have the tools and map to rewrite your mistakes. Everyone falters from time to time and, now and then, we triumph with a piece of prose. Whether you can attend every week, every month or only occasionally, it matters not. All are equal. We are published writers, unpublished writers, poets, short story writers and novelists. We span all genres, ages and styles. We are Pow-Wow and we are a writing family.

If you want to find out more about Prince of Wales Writers on Writing, visit our website with Members’ Forum and updates on what we are up to here.

On 14th and 15th September 2013 PowWow Litfest will be on in Moseley. Tickets are available now. It will be an ideal opportunity to meet members and discover what we are all about, as well as learn from some interesting guest speakers and workshops, which I will be detailing in my next article. Follow us on Twitter.

By Elaine S Moxon who can be contacted on Twitter @word_seeker or discover more about her work on her blog.

Photos by Elaine S Moxon and Peter Gough.