Tuesday, 30 June 2009
Sunday, 28 June 2009
Wednesday, 24 June 2009
- Novel word count - 21,888
Tuesday, 23 June 2009
Sunday, 21 June 2009
This is my new desk and writing space. The desk is huge (found via EBay) and I can fit pretty much everything on it! The background is my new whiteboard/pinboard. One corner has a list for the boyfriend, who at first wasn't too keen on the idea. "Only good for meetings and we're not planning meetings are we?" I gave him some space on it (In the future he might own his own one!) and now has been wavered to our side.
Thursday, 18 June 2009
- Novel word count - 19,400
- Still waiting to hear back about four pieces.
Sunday, 14 June 2009
This weekend I have been concentrating on editing but found time to try out a new hairdresser in my new town. An old lady sat next to me as I waited for my appointment. She was really chatty and told me she only came in every week because the stylists had become her closest set of friends.
We talked about writing. Doesn’t happen much these days unless it’s online. So I sucked up every word.
-“I like to dabble in writing too.” – I think she thought I did it as a hobby for Sunday afternoons and rainy days.
And she liked to write stories from an animal’s point of view, especially naughty Blackbirds. But the story must have a moral to it as people learn their behaviour from novels, etc. That’s why she didn’t enjoy modern stories. I don’t really like stories with the moral screaming off the page. Actually I have never considered making any story particular to that thought.
But she did come up with a good idea:
Know a child who doesn’t like writing. Write the beginning paragraph and then get them to do the next part and you do the next, etc. She did this technique with her grand daughter (they send the exercise books in the post to each other).
Wednesday, 10 June 2009
- Novel word count: 18,583.
- One story has been redrafted (the first paragraph removed - something I always need to do. A lingering start always helps me find the plot and know the situation better - its only words - I can delete them at the editing stage - which I did this week).
- Wrote some more of the story that I keep promising to do.
- Wrote first draft to my personal statement for the writing scheme.
Tuesday, 9 June 2009
Monday, 8 June 2009
I finished my cross stitch project a few weeks ago but have only just got around to loading the photo. I enjoyed cross stitch and so I have started a birth sample for my sister's baby (due next month) and I have purchased another one in the series - Elephants.
Wednesday, 3 June 2009
Tuesday, 2 June 2009
Who Can Apply?
Eligible applicants must:
• Be currently resident within the Eastern region; Bedfordshire, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk or Suffolk
• Be unpublished or in the early stages of their career
• Not be studying for an academic qualification in creative writing, unless completed before October 2009 (requirement for Grants for the Arts application)
• Not have received an Arts Council Grant for the Arts award in the previous three years
• Not be an employee of Writers’ Centre Norwich
The Support Offered
Between September 2009 and May 2010 each of the ten writers selected will be provided with:
• Support through an application to the Grants for the Arts Lottery scheme
• Creative mentoring from experienced writers and mentors
• Access to training opportunities
• Specialist advice and development workshops
• An opportunity to showcase their work
• Support in establishing contacts with agents and other literature professionals
The Application Process
There is a two stage application process.
Stage One is the submission of the initial application. This should consist of:
• A sample of your work up to 3000 words typed (hand-written submissions will not be accepted), single-spaced 12pt on A4.
• A professional reference (up to 300 words) on the value of your work and your suitability for inclusion in the Escalator Scheme from one of the following: accredited creative writing tutor, literature development officer, literary agent, publisher, literary editor, professional writer or other industry professional.
• A personal Statement (up to 300 words) including your personal details, an outline of your writing career so far, and the reasons you believe you would benefit from inclusion in the scheme.
What We Are Looking For
Proposals will be assessed and a long list compiled from those who meet the requirements outlined below:
• Residency in the region
• Creative talent
• Potential for development
• Realism of proposal
• Commitment to the Escalator Literature development scheme
DEADLINE STAGE ONE: Midday Wednesday JULY 15