Posts Tagged ‘Creative writing’

National Flash Fiction Day

May 16, 2012

Today is National Flash Fiction Day. Also known as Microfiction, this form of creative writing involves composing very short stories of no more than 750 words or so:

http://nationalflashfictionday.co.uk/

 

New Writing South

February 23, 2012

New Writing South is an initiative that aims to bring writers of all kinds together, whether they be novelists, playwrites, poets or scriptwriters. They also run courses and day events and have various meeting places, or ‘hubs’, including one in Portsmouth:

http://newwritingsouth.com/home/introduction.php

Jottify

November 30, 2011

Jottify is a new space for writers to share, read and sell their work. It’s a very friendly community where budding writers can share their work and even commercialise it by selling  it in ereader format in their store. Jottify gives a generous 70% of the selling price to the writer!

If you’re not a budding writer you can read other peoples stories and support the writers you like.

http://jottify.com/

National Novel Writing Month

October 24, 2011

That time is almost upon us when budding writers all over the world take to their pens, word-processors and quills and begin to pen a 50,000 word masterpiece. At the Library, we have a few wordsmiths and so we thought it would be appropriate to publicise this:

http://www.nanowrimo.org/

NaNoWriMo challenges writers to compose a novel of 50,000 words in thirty days. That’s roughly 1670 words a day. Good luck to those who have a go!

Havant Literary Festival

September 25, 2009

Havant Literary Festival kicks off today with all kinds of events that will appeal to novelists, poets, people who enjoy reading, films and theatrte:

http://www.havantlitfest.org.uk/

The eagle eyed amongst you will notice that there is an event about blogging run by Creative Industries Business Advice and Services. CIBAS an initiative from the University of Portsmouth that provides services for artists and other creative professionals:

http://www.port.ac.uk/research/cibas/

BBC Writersroom

August 18, 2009

Are you a budding script writer? Do you fancy writing for the radio or for TV? Got an idea for a radio play or a television drama, or even a sitcom?

If yes then have a look at BBC Writersroom. This is the perfect opportunity to send your scripts to the BBC and you may be in with a chance of having your work broadcast:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/writersroom/

The Writersroom also have a blog and roadshows where you can find out more about what they do along with links to other events of a similar nature.

World Storytelling Day

March 20, 2009

Are you sitting comfortably? Then I’ll begin.

Today is World Storytelling Day. Originally from Sweden, this is held each year on the spring equinox in the Northern Hemisphere (and on the autumn equinox for our readers in the Southern). Here’s the blog and website which has details on the history of World Storytelling Day, themes, events and activities around the world:

http://www.freewebs.com/worldstorytellingday/index.htm

And if you fancy being a storyteller yourself why not have a go at the Bridport Prize? For poems and short stories, this is one of the most prestigious writing competitions:

http://www.bridportprize.org.uk/index.htm

And if you do win, get snapped up by an agent, have a lucrative publishing deal followed by fame, fortune and film rights, perhaps you could recommend your friends at Thing of the Day to those in high places…

How to Make the Perfect Pitch to Agents

March 8, 2009

What with it being World Book Day on 5th March, TOTD thought it would be highly appropriate to include a post about how YOU could get your book published…

The following three video links are interviews with top Literary Agent Simon Trewin, from United Agents. He is talking to Julia McCutchen, a writers’ coach and publishing consultant,  http://www.juliamccutchen.com/  about how to make the perfect pitch to agents… and the all elusive what they are looking for…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=irbBuDJGwXc

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CrDhZNNj3mw

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d9qlP9U-qVo

Are You Writing a Novel?

December 13, 2008

Apparently, we’ve all got a book inside us – and in some cases that’s probably where they should stay!

You might be familiar with the opening lines of  Bulwer-Lytton’s novel –  “It was a dark and stormy night… ”

but for some rather more  “novel” novel openings, click  here:  http://www.sjsu.edu/faculty/scott.rice/blfc2008.htm