Diary of my Creative Writing PhD. Creator of Literary Events, Literary Talks and Creative Co-Producer of Stories at the Storey, North West Literary Salon and Characters in Motion/Off the Page Writing Development Performed Workshops.
Developer of If These Words Could Talk
we shared stories loosely exploring the theme “firsts.” The stories made us
laugh, think, listen, and cry. There
were stories about loss, love, acceptance, memory, family, and more. As we are
each month, Naomi and I were touched by the openness, truth, trust, and
generosity of each storyteller.
spirit of the theme, Naomi shared an exclusive reading of May. The reading left us breathless and anxious to hear more.
was a first for me too. I shared drafts of my interpretation of the theme as a
work-in-progress on Patreon
where I will also be posting a recording of the piece.I am hoping to share my writing journey each
month. Writing is a process, by sharing mine I hope to empower other writers to
create, share, and publish their own.
theme is another true or false night. Storytellers do not have to tell us
whether the stories they share are fiction, creative nonfiction, or hybrid
pieces. I’ve already started writing mine. If you’d like
to share your 3-5 minute true story in person, via email, on our website,
Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram let us know.
At Stories at the Storey there’s
always room for one more.
We have some
exciting upcoming events and you’re invited!
Book Launch: April 28, 7-9PM, Waterstones King
Street, Lancaster: Join us as we celebrate the launch of Naomi Kruger’s, May. The event will include a reading,
followed by a lively discussion and light refreshments. The event is free and
all are welcome. Please order your free tickets via Eventbrite.
in volunteering? We need volunteers to help the event run smoothly. Some roles
could include seating guests, setting up, taking pictures, and/or social media
marketing and engagement. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
to get involved.
Funding and Developing Your
Creative Writing, Practice, and/or Project: May, 2018 (TBC). Join us for a free
event to discuss funding, developing, and delivering creative writing and other
arts projects. This discussion aims to provide information on funding
opportunities as well as providing an opportunity to network and collaborate
with individuals and organizations. The event is for practitioners, writers,
creators, etc... in literature, dance, music. We will also discuss crowd funding,
collaborating, the Arts Council’s role as developers, match funding, and
strategies to support one another to create sustainable arts. We will be joined
by Alison Boyle from the Arts Council. Alison is also offering individual 10
minute one-to-one sessions to discuss Arts Council proposals and your project.
If you are interested in an appointment, please contact Yvonne at email@example.com.
Other guests to be confirmed.
can this event be useful to you? We are organizing a collaborating/networking
event a week prior so that writers and other creative practitioners have the
opportunity to consider projects, explore potential collaborations, and develop
relationships. If you are interested in this free event or have a suggestion
about ways we can make the event more relevant, please get in touch.
London Book Launch: Join us on May 29th
for an evening of words with Jennifer Nansugba Makumbi and Naomi Kruger.
Jennifer will be reading from Kintu and Naomi will be reading from May. The
readings will be followed by engaging discussion, refreshments, and
opportunities to have books signed.
Tips and Prompts
Not sure how to start
your next writing project? This month’s tip could help. Between researching,
plotting, brainstorming, and visualizing, it takes a lot of steps to go from
idea to finished draft. While these can be necessary steps, they sometimes get
in the way of what we set out to do: write. Whether you outline, cloud, plot,
or map, if your current strategy is slowing you down, change it. How?
Just write. There is plenty
of time to plot, consider, research, and edit after you get the words on the
Imagine an idea.
Before I start writing,
I mentally listen to my characters’ voices and begin picturing them in scenes.
I get to know them by imagining how they act and react, how they walk, and the
boundariesthey are willing to cross. So before I pick up a pen
or type a word, I imagine. Next, I
write. How do you start writing a piece?
Building Community, One Story at a Time
to share? Let us
know and we will share it either via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or email.
Kisses, jobs, loves,
speeding tickets; they say you never forget your first.This month's Stories at
The Storey theme is "firsts" (loosely interpreted). Want to share
your true story loosely exploring the theme "firsts"? Email, message,
tweet us to sign up for your 5-minute slot. Not sure you're ready to read your
true story? Well, they say "there's a first time for everything".
Get in touch, we can
help you get your story ready.
When: Thursday, March
29. 7-8 PM
Where: Printroom Café
& Bar, Lancaster
Want to share your 3-5
minute (2-4 pages A4) true story?
firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up for an open-mic slot.
Sponsored by Graduate
College, Stories at the Storey is a pay what you decide event. Order free
tickets via Eventbrite.
North West Literary Arts is looking for a
dynamic board member to join us. If you (or someone you know) have experience
in writing and managing art funding applications, accounting skills, and
experience working with literary events, projects, and/or organizations, we’d
love to chat about ways to grow our organization.
About Us: The Directors, Naomi Kruger and
Yvonne Battle-Felton, are published writers, educators, and creative producers
who are passionate about empowering emerging writers, providing platforms, and
creating engaging literature-based events. Our past and current projects
include performed workshops, literary salons, and a monthly true-story open mic
night. We aim to increase diversity in publishing and most of our projects are
aimed at writers over 30.
We want to make literature accessible to
writers from backgrounds under-represented in publishing and to engage
audiences who may not currently see their stories reflected on the page.
Our mission is to build community one
story at a time. We hope you’ll join us.
It can warm, guide,
and move us; propel, protect, reveal: This month’s theme is “light” (loosely
interpreted). Join us as we share true stories of light: walking with or in it,
the pursuit of, the search for, the loss of, and everything in between.
Whether you are a writer, reader, storyteller, or can spin an interesting tale, we would love to hear your 3-5 minute (2-4 pages A4) true story loosely interpreting this month's theme. Have a true story to share? Message us here or email: email@example.com to
sign up for an open-mic slot.
Please note this month
features the opportunity to have your true story recorded by and broadcast on
Beyond Radio. As always, this is optional. If you would like to read and have
your story recorded, please let us know. If you would like to read and would not
like your story recorded, please let us know that as well.
The choice is yours.
Either way, we’d love
to hear your true story.
When is it? The next Stories at the
Storey is Thursday, January 25. The event is 7-8 PM (Join us for drinks and refreshments at 6:30).
Where is it? Stories at the Storey is at Print Room Cafe in The Storey, Lancaster
What are we looking for? Stories at the Storey is a true story open mic night. The
stories we are looking for are creative nonfiction, lifewriting, well-crafted
What is Creative Nonfiction? Creative nonfiction draws on storytelling techniques to create
stories that engage readers. Create a scene for us; describe the setting,
landscape (emotional, geographical, otherwise), bring your characters to life.
For an example of Creative Nonfiction, read Truman Capote's In Cold Blood or
Creative Nonfiction magazine.
The most engaging
stories are practiced. Whether you memorize your story, read it from a screen,
or read it from a notebook, practice reading your story out loud.
Remember you have 3-5
minutes; that's about 2-4 sheets of A4. Your story will be concise. It doesn't
have to connect all of the dots for us.
Engage us, invite us
in to your world.
Relax: we want to hear
your story as much as you want to share it.