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Friday 15 September

Dahl to Cole: A unique evening of crime fiction

Saturday 16 September

The Resurrection of Dora Suarez

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Event
25 September

Digital democracy or fake news?

Digital media have transformed how information is disseminated to the public and how politicians target potential voters, leading to fears of ‘fake news’ manipulating public opinion. Are these fears warranted? 

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25 September
The Forum, Norwich

7.30 - 9.30pm

Free entry - booking essential

Workshop
From 26 September

Beginners’ Poetry with Helen Ivory

Whether you’re taking up poetry for the first time or you’ve already started but could do with extra support – this course is for you. 

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Helen Ivory

From 26 September

Ten weeks (Tuesdays 7 - 9pm)

£225 / £200 conc

Workshop
From 27 September

Beginners’ Fiction with Ian Nettleton

Take those exciting first steps into fiction writing with this friendly, supportive ten week course led by expert tutor and published writer, Ian Nettleton. 

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Fully booked!

Ian Nettleton

From 27 September

Ten weeks (Wednesdays 7 - 9pm)

£225 / £200 conc

Workshop
Saturday 30 September

Children’s Literature Day School

Back by popular demand! The WCN Children’s Literature Day School explores different aspects and forms of writing for children and young people. It covers writing, illustration, preparing work for publication and children’s literature in the publishing industry.

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Various

Saturday 30 September

10am - 4pm

£60 / £55 conc

Event
Thursday 5 October

UEA Live: Three Boiler House Poets - Emily Critchley, Tim Atkins & Colin Herd

Celebrate the launch of Boiler House Poets – a new poetry list from UEA’s Boiler House Press – with three new collections by three superb poets of the contemporary movement: Emily Critchley (Ten Thousand Things), Tim Atkins (On Fathers < On Daughters) and Colin Herd (Click & Collect). An evening not to be missed. 

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Thursday 5 October
Venue TBC

Doors 6.30pm, for 7pm start

Free entry

Workshop
Saturday 14 October

Writing Creative Non-Fiction with Paul Willetts

Got a great idea for a work of non-fiction, but unsure how best to make a start? Successful non-fiction writer and journalist Paul Willetts will offer his own experiences of producing narrative-driven historical non-fiction in this day workshop for aspiring and emerging non-fiction writers.

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Paul Willetts

Saturday 14 October

10am - 4pm

£75 / £70 conc

Event
Monday 23 October

Will automation steal your job?

Automation has impacted production lines for years, but now it’s transforming white collar work too. UEA’s Rudy Lapeer will talk about the past, present and future of robotics, while Fiona Lettice will discuss technology’s disruptive effects on business. Her collaborator, James Duez (Rainbird), will join the panel, discussing the use of artificial intelligence to augment human abilities in the fields of data analysis, efficiency and automation.

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Monday 23 October
The Forum, Norwich

7.30 - 9.30pm

Free entry - booking essential

Event
Thursday 26 October

Bird's Eye View - Norwich Science Festival

Ever wondered what a bird would say if it possibly could? Join this exciting 30-minute workshop to find out, delivered by Writers’ Centre Norwich in partnership with Norfolk Festival of Nature.

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Thursday 26 October
Millennium Library, The Forum

10.45 - 11.15am, 11.45am - 12.15pm, 2.15 - 2.45pm

£4

Event
Thursday 26 October

UEA Live: Eley Williams

Eley Williams’ prose has appeared in the journals Ambit, Night & Day, The Dial and Structo; in 2005, she was awarded the Christopher Tower Poetry Prize and her work has been shortlisted twice in The White Review's Short Story Prize. Her debut collection, Attrib. and Other Stories (Influx Press, 2017), was selected by Ali Smith as one of 2017's best debut fiction books at the Cambridge Literary Festival.

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Thursday 26 October
Venue TBC

Doors 6.30pm, for 7pm start

Free entry

Workshop
Saturday 4 November

Agent Day with Jenny Hewson

Are you looking for an agent, but don’t know where to start? Would you benefit from a one-to-one conversation with an established agent in the industry?

Gain invaluable knowledge on the contemporary publishing landscape from Jenny Hewson, an agent at Rogers, Coleridge & White where she represents award-winning and bestselling authors from around the world, including Sarah Perry, Thomas Keneally, and Melissa Harrison. 

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Fully booked!

Jenny Hewson

Saturday 4 November

10am - 4pm

£75 / £70 conc

Event
Thursday 23 November

UEA Live: Nikesh Shukla

Nikesh Shukla is the editor of Rife Magazine, an online magazine for young people, and the author of the novels Coconut Unlimited, which was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award, and MeatspaceThe Good Immigrant (Unbound Books, 2016) brings together 21 exciting black, Asian and minority ethnic voices emerging in Britain today. It was shortlisted for the Liberty Human Rights Arts Award and won the Reader's Choice at the Books Are My Bag Awards.     

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Thursday 23 November
Venue TBC

Doors 6.30pm, for 7pm start

Free entry

Event
Monday 27 November

What does it mean to be English?

With Brexit looming, and the rise of nationalism, the notion of Englishness is under the spotlight. Is there a difference between patriotism and nationalism? Can we be English and European?

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Monday 27 November
The Forum, Norwich

7.30 - 9.30pm

Free entry - booking essential

Workshop
Saturday 2 December

How Far Do You Go? Creating the world of your novel

When it comes to writing historical fiction, when does the research end and imagination begin? How do you find the perfect balance between the two?

Discover new ways to bring your research to life, create a believable sense of time and place, and give yourself the freedom to imagine with this day workshop for aspiring or emerging fiction writers. 

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Kate Worsley

Saturday 2 December

10am - 4pm

£75 / £70 conc

Online Course
Course starts 8 January

Start writing crime fiction

This 12-week course is designed for people who want to get started with crime fiction. You can be new to writing or wanting to improve your existing skills. The course will examine the themes and appeal of crime fiction, examining how to create credible worlds and characters and craft a page-turning, tension-filled short story.

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COMING SOON

Julia Crouch

Course starts 8 January

12 weeks

£450

Event
Thursday 14 December

UEA Live: Sarah Perry

Sarah Perry’s first novel, After Me Comes the Flood, was longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and the Folio Prize, and won the East Anglian Book of the Year Award in 2014. Her latest novel, The Essex Serpent (Serpent’s Tail, 2016), was a number one bestseller, won Waterstones Book of the Year 2016 and both Fiction book of the Year and Overall Book of the Year 2017 at the British Book Awards. She lives in Norwich.

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Thursday 14 December
Venue TBC

Doors 6.30pm, for 7pm start

Free entry

Event
Monday 22 January

Should we edit genes?

The enzyme CRISPR-Cas9, which gives scientists the ability to cut and splice genes in plants, animals and humans, is a transformative technology. Wendy Harwood from the John Innes Centre will discuss the use of new gene editing technology in agriculture looking at how this could contribute to improved agricultural crops for the future, while Norwich Medical School’s Tom Shakespeare will discuss the possible impact of gene editing on human disease, and the ethical questions this raises.

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Monday 22 January
The Forum, Norwich

7.30 - 9.30pm

Free entry - booking essential

Event
Monday 26 February

A new age of anxiety?

With an epidemic amongst young people in depression and anxiety, and policy-makers now looking at ways of addressing public wellbeing, we ask if we are living in a new age of anxiety.

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Monday 26 February
The Forum, Norwich

7.30 - 9.30pm

Free entry - booking essential

Event
Monday 23 April

Who's afraid of populism?

The election of Donald Trump, the threat of populists in France and the Netherlands – not to mention in Poland, Hungary and Turkey – has caused some to fear for the health of liberal democracy itself. Why are so many disengaged from or dismayed by their legislators and governments? Is populism a challenge or an opportunity?

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Monday 23 April
The Forum, Norwich

7.30pm

Free entry - booking essential