Monday, July 17, 2017

Dear Diary, a Week in Words

Dear Diary, 

A few months ago, I completed my Creative Writing PhD. During my PhD I researched and applied for jobs. When I graduated, I researched and applied for jobs. Post-PhD doesn’t look quite how I planned. In some ways it’s better, in others it’s not.

The Good News
I’m launching a literary arts organization. During my degree my friend Naomi and I created live literature events where we built communities around stories. Stories at the Storey is a true story open mic night where people share their true stories around a theme. Each month people share pieces of their lives and it’s pretty close to magical. We also created North West Literary Salon, a monthly event where writers read to us. The readings are followed by music, questions, food and really good conversations. Then, because we needed even more stories, we created a writers’ development tool where actors bring new writing to life. Now, with Naomi’s help and with a growing board of influencers, I am launching an arts organization. I want to provide platforms for diversity. I want to champion stories from all corners of the world, ethnicities, religions, classes and experience. Mostly, I want to hear well-told stories.

Today, we are launching a Patreon fundraising campaign. I’ll admit I am late to the idea of receiving though not to the process of giving. I donate time and money to causes I believe in. I’m just not used to asking for support in return. But if I can ask the Arts Council for money, I should be able to ask my supporters as well. So, we’re giving it a try. If you can contribute to our fundraising, please do. We have lots of rewards planned.

Writing News
The last few weeks have been a writing whirlwind. I won a Northern Writers’ Award for fiction (2017) to continue work on my historically influenced novel Remembered. The ceremony was lovely. It was a great opportunity to meet amazing writers and hear a bit about their work. I was also commended for the Faber Andlyn BAME (FAB) Prize (2017).  For this prize I submitted, So Your Mom is a Superhero, a short story that I plan to craft into a graphic novel. I wasn’t able to make it to the award ceremony. I hope to make it to the next one.

In other writing news, I will be working with The Elise Dillsworth Agency. In Elise I have found the supportive writer/agent relationship that I hoped to find. She is enthusiastic, supportive, and proactive. I’m looking forward to a rewarding experience for both of us.

So What’s Next?
Well, I’m still writing. This weekend I finished and submitted a short story and wrote two scenes of two separate dramas I would like to see performed. I will be editing my novel this week. I will also be looking for collaborations and writing opportunities, writing funding applications, and creating and pursuing dreams. Have an opportunity to share? Let me know.

I’m looking forward to a great week!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Lancaster Words Call for Writers, Poets, Musicians

Emerging writer, seasoned performer? No matter who or where you are, there are still slots available for Lancaster Words’ Live Lit event. Whether you’re writing poetry, prose, or lyrics, we want to hear it. This is your invitation to come out and share your work with an enthusiastic audience.

Theme: Open
Who: Writers and performers of all skill levels (emerging, experienced, published, etc…)
Date: July 7
Time: 9:30 PM -10:30 PM
Place: The Storey, Auditorium

For more information and to sign up please contact Yvonne
Share your poetry, short fiction, personal essay, or song at Lancaster Words’ Live Lit event.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Your invitation to May's Stories at the Storey

As Stories at the Storey celebrates another month of awesome stories, we are looking to the future, mainly ours to reflect: how are we making the world a better place? When we’re gone, how will we be remembered?
This month's theme is legacy (loosely interpreted). Join us as 3-5 storytellers share true stories of memories, regrets, bucket lists, choices, and anything (and everything) in between.
What is Stories at the Storey?
Stories at the Storey is a true story open mic night where people share true stories loosely interpreting the month's theme. The environment is warm and welcoming.
Who is it for?
All are welcome. We recommend 18+.
How much does it cost?
Stories at the Storey is free.
What should I wear?
Dress is casual.
Can I share my true story?
Email us at to sign up for a 3-5 minute slot. Feel free to bring your story (typed, written, drawn) or have an outline (mental, physical) of what you want to say. The more comfortable you are telling it, the more comfortable the audience will be. We recommend practicing your piece a few times (out loud) before delivering it. Relax, have fun. We want to hear your story even more than you want to tell it. 
Any thing else? email us at
Free light refreshments will be served.
Sponsored by Grad College, Stories at the Storey is a BBC Get Creative Champion and a BBC Get Creative Event.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Call for True Stories: May Stories at the Storey

No matter how you live, one thing is certain: one day it will come to an end. Hope, money, destruction: What will you leave behind?
As Stories at the Storey celebrates another month of awesome stories, we are looking to the future, mainly ours, to reflect: how are we making the world a better place? When we’re gone, how will we be remembered?
For true stories of memories, regrets, bucket lists, choices and anything (and everything) in between, this month’s theme is legacy.
Do you have a 3-5 minute true story to share on the theme “legacy” (loosely interpreted)? If so, we would love to hear it. Sign up for your 3-5 minute slot for May's Stories at the Storey: May 25, 7-8 PM at The Storey in Lancaster.
You can’t take it with you, the least you can do is talk about it now.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Call for True Stories: If These Walls Could Talk: Lancaster Edition

Do you have a true story about Lancaster?
If you have visited, worked in (past/current) or lived in or near (past/current) Lancaster and have a true story to tell, why not share it May 6 at the Lancaster University Community Day special edition If These Walls Could Talk: Lancaster Open-Mic?

What kind of stories can you share?
True, well-told stories about things you have done, people you’ve met, things you’ve seen, objects (or people) you’ve left behind, things you’ve learned or forgotten. True stories about escapes, encounters, close calls and memories. Stories about loss and found love, first dates, first days of work (and last). Tales of tours, visits and explorations. You name it—you tell it.
Date: Saturday, May 6, 2017 Time: 3-4 PM Location: Lancaster University, LICA Building For more information or to schedule your 3-5 minute open mic slot, please email Yvonne at

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Call for True (or False) Stories: Stories at the Storey

Believe it or not, it's nearly time for this month's Stories at the Storey. This month's theme is true or false!
Do you have a 3-5 minute true (or false) story that will make us laugh, think, remember, connect, cry or anything in between? If so, we would love to hear it. To sign up to share your true or false story, get in touch. Message, tweet, comment. We're looking forward to hearing your true story, even if it isn't true.

This month's Stories at the Storey: 

When: Thursday, April 27th 
Time: 7 PM
Where: The Storey

As always, entry is free and so are the refreshments.

The Macguffin will be on hand to record your story: 
Are you a writer, poet or spoken word performer who wants your work to reach a wider audience? Why not try out MacGuffin, a self-publishing platform (website and app) by Comma Press, which allows you to upload text and audio of your written work. It's free to use, and all you need to record your audio is a smartphone! Plus it works as an editing tool for writers thanks to analytics you can view through your desktop. For more info visit

Please keep in mind you are under no obligation to have your story recorded. If you want to share your story and not have it recorded, let us know.