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14 - 17 September 2017

Noirwich Crime Writing Festival 2017 - season ticket

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Event
Deadline: Friday 28 July

WCN Emerging Translator Mentorships 2018

Applications for the 2018 WCN Emerging Translator Mentorships are now open!

Founded by Daniel Hahn in 2010, our translation mentoring programme aims to develop successive new cohorts of literary translators into English, particularly for languages whose literature is currently under-represented in English translation.

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Deadline: Friday 28 July
Worldwide

Event
23 - 29 July 2017

International Literary Translation & Creative Writing Summer School

The Summer School brings together writers and translators for an intensive, one-week, residential programme of hands-on translation and creative writing practice.

Hosted by the British Centre for Literary Translation in partnership with Writers' Centre Norwich.

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23 - 29 July 2017
University of East Anglia

7 days

Residential £700 / Non-residential £275

Event
Deadline: 4 August

Translation week at Cove Park

Writers’ Centre Norwich is teaming up with Cove Park in Scotland to offer a week-long residency for up to 12 literary translators. The translation week will run from Monday 23 October to Monday 30 October.

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Deadline: 4 August
Cove Park

7 days

Free

Workshop
Saturday 9 September

Dream and Vision: Poetry workshop with Sean O’Brien

The experience of falling asleep, dreaming, dream-visions, and waking, lend themselves perfectly to the poetic form; where daytime and night-time, dream and reality, often meet. 

In this workshop, Sean will show you how to make the crossing in either direction between waking and dreaming, armed only with a pen and paper. All he asks if for you to bring your curiosity and an open mind!  

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Fully booked!

Sean O'Brien

Saturday 9 September

10am - 4pm

£75 / £70 conc

Online Course
Course commences 25 September

Level 1 Fiction

This 12-week course is designed for people who have little or no experience of writing short fiction. It is also for those who have written some short fiction and who would like the guidance of an experienced writer to develop their craft. Explore how to create interesting characters and plots and benefit from expert, honest and constructive feedback.

Application deadline 11 September

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Mark McNay or Eliza Robertson

Course commences 25 September

12 weeks

£450

Online Course
Course commences 25 September

Level 1 Poetry

Where do poems begin? How can we make language sing? Whether you're new to writing poems or have dabbled in the past, join Helen Ivory on a journey into the transformative world of poetry. 

Application deadline 11 September

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Helen Ivory

Course commences 25 September

12 weeks

£450

Online Course
Course commences 25 September

Level 2 Poetry

This course builds on the skills learned at introductory level and will broaden your understanding of the scope of contemporary poetry.

Application deadline 11 September

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Helen Ivory

Course commences 25 September

24 weeks

£900

Event
14 - 17 September 2017

Noirwich Crime Writing Festival 2017 - season ticket

The Noirwich Crime Writing Festival returns! Featuring world-class headlining authors: Martina Cole, Val McDermid, Anthony Horowitz, Mark Billingham,  Arne Dahl and Stuart MacBride.

Buy your season ticket now and gain access to all Noirwich 2017 events (excluding workshops). Full programme, including workshops and family-friendly fringe events, to be announced soon.

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14 - 17 September 2017
Norwich

4 days

£86 / students £66

Event
Thursday 14 September

Val McDermid in conversation with Stav Sherez

Val McDermid returns to Norwich for the launch event of this year’s festival. Author of over 30 novels and the creator of genre-defining characters Lindsay Gordon, Kate Brannigan, Tony Hill and Carol Jordan, Val will be discussing her work and her most recent novel, Insidious Intent, with Stav Sherez.

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Thursday 14 September
The Pantry, Jarrold

6.30 - 8pm

£10 / £9 conc / £8 full-time student

Workshop
Friday 15 September

Character and Motivation with Laura WIlson and Mel McGrath

Using exercises and photographic prompts, we will explore ways of creating credible protagonists and antagonists, as well as how to avoid stereotypes and how to ensure that your characters have sufficient and plausible motivation for their actions.

Part of the Noirwich Crime Writing Festival.

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Laura Wilson & Melanie McGrath

Friday 15 September

2 hours

£45 / £80 joint

Workshop
Friday 15 September

Writing a Police Procedural in the 21st Century with Stav Sherez

Looking at the structure of the police procedural, we’ll examine what it is that makes it such a popular and perennial sub-genre as well as going into the pros and cons of choosing to write one. 

Part of the Noirwich Crime Writing Festival. 

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Stav Sherez

Friday 15 September

2 hours

£45 / £80 joint

Workshop
Friday 15 September

Crime Writing Workshops - Combination Ticket

Save £10 and book 'Writing a Police Procedural in the 21st Century with Stav Sherez' and 'Character and Motivation with Laura Wilson and Melanie McGrath' for £80!

Part of the Noirwich Crime Writing Festival. 

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Laura Wilson, Melanie McGrath & Stav Sherez

Friday 15 September

4 hours

£80

Event
Friday 15 September

The Times/Sunday Times Crime Club presents Age of Extremes: A Bloody Talk by Arne Dahl

When we’re surrounded by turbulent geopolitical discourse, how can crime and thriller fiction help us understand the world? In the first Noirwich Lecture, thriller writer, literary critic and academic Arne Dahl explores the connections between noir and the new world order.

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Friday 15 September
Thomas Paine Centre, UEA

6 - 7pm

£8 / £7.20 conc / £6 full-time student

Event
Friday 15 September

Martina Cole in conversation with Henry Sutton

The queen of gangland discusses her most recent novel, Damaged, and a remarkable career encompassing over twenty novels, fourteen million sales and successful screen and stage adaptations. 

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Friday 15 September
Thomas Paine Centre, UEA

8 - 9pm

£10 / £9 conc / £8 full-time student

Event
Saturday 16 September

Noirwich Crime Writing Festival 2017 - Saturday pass

Buy a Noirwich Crime Writing Festival pass for Saturday 16 September and receive 10% off!

Pass grants you access to events with: Laura Wilson, Mel McGrath, Erin Kelly, Imran Mahmood, Steph Broadribb, Joseph Knox, Anthony Horowitz, Lone Theils, Daniel Pembrey, Nick Quantrill, Christopher Brookmyre, Mark Billingham and Cathi Unsworth.

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Saturday 16 September
Norwich Arts Centre

10.30am - 8.30pm

£43 / £38 conc / £32 full-time student

Event
Saturday 16 September

Nasty Women - with Laura Wilson, Mel McGrath and Erin Kelly

Discussing female characters and writers of crime fiction, this panel of top writers from the Killer Women initiative features Laura Wilson, Mel McGrath and Erin Kelly. Hosted by crime fiction expert Laura Joyce.

In partnership with Killer Women.

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Saturday 16 September
Norwich Arts Centre

10.30 - 11.30am

£8 / £7.20 conc / £6 full-time student

Event
Saturday 16 September

Fresh Blood - with Imran Mahmood, Steph Broadribb and Joseph Knox

Discover your next favourite writer with our selection of exciting and challenging debut novelists. Imran Mahmood, Steph Broadribb and Joseph Knox are shaping the next generation of crime fiction and this session will investigate what drew them to the crime genre and how they turned their ideas into published reality. 

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Saturday 16 September
Norwich Arts Centre

12:15 - 1:15pm

£8 / £7.20 conc / £6 full-time student

Event
Saturday 16 September

Anthony Horowitz: The Word is Murder

Blending fact and fiction, Anthony Horowitz’s latest book, The Word is Murder, puts himself at the centre of the investigation as he partners with disgraced detective Daniel Hawthorne to solve a bizarre murder. Anthony has written over forty novels, is the creator of the phenomenally successful Alex Rider series and has worked on TV shows including Midsomer Murders and Foyle’s War.

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Saturday 16 September
Norwich Arts Centre

2 - 3pm

£8 / £7.20 conc / £6 full-time student

Event
Saturday 16 September

Dark Shores: North Sea Noir with Lone Theils, Daniel Pembrey and Nick Quantrill

What is it about the swirling maelstrom of the North Sea that draws writers towards the desolate, unresolved world of noir and crime? This international panel of writers will be discussing the motivations and inspirations behind writing such uncompromising work. 

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Saturday 16 September
Norwich Arts Centre

3.45 - 4.45pm

£8 / £7.20 conc / £6 full-time student

Event
Saturday 16 September

Stand Up at the Bar: Christopher Brookmyre & Mark Billingham

After a day of serious literature, Mark Billingham and Christopher Brookmyre lift the lid on the real world of being a writer.

One ticket left!

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Saturday 16 September
Bar, Norwich Arts Centre

5.30 - 6.30pm

£8 / £7.20 conc / £6 full-time student

Event
Saturday 16 September

The Resurrection of Dora Suarez

Resuscitated for one night only. I Was Dora Suarez is the uncompromisingly dark and eerie aural evocation of Derek Raymond’s most talk about novel; introduced by one of Britain’s foremost crime writers, Cathi Unsworth, and performed live with narration by Richard Strange and musical backing from musicians who have played with Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, PJ Harvey and Siouxsie Sioux. 

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Saturday 16 September
Norwich Arts Centre

7.30 - 8.30pm

£8 / £7.20 conc / £6 full-time student

Event
Sunday 17 September

Noirwich Crime Writing Festival 2017 - Sunday pass

Buy a Noirwich Crime Writing Festival pass for Sunday 17 September and receive 10% off!

Pass grants you access to events with: Stella Duffy, Felicia Yap, Leye Adenle, David M. Mark, Andrew Martin, Karen Maitland and Stuart MacBride.

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Sunday 17 September
Norwich Arts Centre

10.30am - 2.30pm

£22 / £19 conc / £16 full-time student

Event
Sunday 17 September

First Monday Crime presents: The Criminal World with Stella Duffy, Felicia Yap and Leye Adenle

Stella Duffy, Felicia Yap and Leye Adenle take a look at crime writing with an international twist, presented by William Ryan of the First Monday Crime team. A unique opportunity to experience a First Monday Crime event outside of London!

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Sunday 17 September
Norwich Arts Centre

10.30 - 11.30am

£8 / £7.20 conc / £6 full-time student

Event
Sunday 17 September

Grime Noir - with David M. Mark, Andrew Martin and Karen Maitland

Step back in time to a filthier period of history, past the smog-filled streets of Victorian London to the long years of the Black Death, with David M. Mark, Andrew Martin and Karen Maitland. 

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Sunday 17 September
Norwich Arts Centre

12 - 1pm

£8 / £7.20 conc / £6 full-time student

Event
Sunday 17 September

Stuart MacBride in conversation with Elodie Harper

The award winning, bestselling creator of the DS Logan McRae series comes to the Noirwich Crime Writing Festival for the first time, in conversation with Elodie Harper.

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Sunday 17 September
Norwich Arts Centre

1.30 - 2.30pm

£8 / £7.20 conc / £6 full-time student

Online Course
Course commences 25 September

Level 2 Fiction

Ideal for writers who have already studied creative writing. Advance to longer and more complex manuscripts, experiment with new techniques and find a sense of adventure in your writing.

Application deadline 11 September

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Anjali Joseph or Monique Roffey

Course commences 25 September

24 weeks

£900

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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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

Workshop
Saturday 14 October

Writing Dramatic 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

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

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