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**UPCOMING SHORT STORY COURSE - Liverpool, Oct 2016 start**
Manchester's Comma Press have announced the next in their series of short story writing courses, this time based in Liverpool, with partners The Bluecoat. This is a practical, creative affair - not a theoretical exercise (although we will be studying a range of examples from the rich world of short fiction). I will be leading the course one evening a month at Liverpool's Bluecoat, where we will focus on discussion, practical work, and editorial feedback. By the end of the six sessions each person will have completed three solid short stories, which will be considered for Comma's new author anthologies. I have no genre affiliations - it's open to all, and the techniques we will cover are applicable across styles and genre. Find out more at The Bluecoat website...and if you're thinking about joining us, please book soon as places are very limited!
Julia Darling Travel Fellowship 2016
Early in June, I was invited to Newcastle (city of many bridges and even more artists) for what is now the annual awarding of the Julia Darling Travel Fellowship. The Fellowship is funded by donations from the late author's family, friends, and community, and, in memory of a curious and creative traveller, it enables a writer from the North of England to travel to a place of their choosing for research towards a new piece of writing. Last year's winner, Chloe Daykin, traveled to Norway to research her upcoming novel, and brought back tales of tiny boats on half-frozen seas, and an epic couchsurfing journey that is still drawing her back.
My destination is closer to home - in fact, my very first home: Hayling Island, off the south coast of England. Geography points to anyone who's heard of it! More details to come. The Fellowship is supported by New Writing North.
WordPlay Community Arts
I'm thrilled to be able to announce the launch of a new participatory arts organisation that I've founded with my collaborator Harriet Morgan-Shami.
WordPlay has grown from work we've done in East Salford over the last seven years, and we will continue to root our work there, as well as taking some of the projects to the wider Greater Manchester area.
WordPlay uses creative writing and related arts (like digital storytelling, spoken word, artist books and life writing) to support attachment and wellbeing. We are especially focused on working with vulnerable and marginalised people, as this is the backbone of our previous work together.
You can follow WordPlay on facebook and twitter, and find out more on our website at www.wpca.co.uk
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