Exeter Literary Festival 2019

 Write Hub 2019

 After the success of last year's networking event, Exeter Writers are hosting another WriteHub as part of the Exeter Literary Festival.

Please join us for a free afternoon of writerly chat and networking at the Exeter Custom House on Friday 8th November from 2pm til 5pm.

Spaces are limited, so please book your free ticket here!

 Among the many events in the programme, Exeter Writers also have these dates for your diary:
  • Friday 8th November at 12.45pm, Angela Wooldridge will help you to decide what to do with your short stories.
  • Saturday 9th November at 10.30am, Elizabeth Ducie talks about using professional experience in you writing.
  • Saturday 9th November at 2.45pm, Cherry Gilchrist talks about memoir writing.
  • Saturday 9th November at 3.30pm join Su Bristow as she discusses Myth, Fantasy and imagination.
  • Saturday 9th November at 5.15pm, Lizzie Lovell is on a romantic comedy panel.
  • Sunday 10th November at 2pm, Cathie Hartigan and Elizabeth Ducie discuss how they use time and location in their novels.
With more than 50 events over 4 days, there's plenty to choose from!

Short Story Competition 2020

Our short story competition for 2020 is now open for entries!

We still have a whopping 1st prize of £700
2nd prize - £250
3rd prize £100

and a special prize of £100 for the best story from a writer living in Devon.

Closing date is midnight 28th February 2020.

Please see our competition page for the rules and to read last year's fantastic winning stories to give you an idea of what we're looking for.

Then go to our NEW entry page with a form designed to make the process smoother for you.

Good luck, and we're looking forward to reading your stories!   

Local Events

The eagle-eyed amongst you will have spotted that we now have a 'local events' tab on our menu.

This enables you to subscribe to our mailing list so that we can let you know about the many literary events happening in the Devon and Exeter area, such as the upcoming Novel Nights at the Phoenix in October and our WriteHub afternoon on November 8th (save the date!) as part of the Exeter Literary Festival.

Novel Nights

A new event to support writers, is coming to Exeter this autumn.   

We chatted to the founder of Novel Nights, Grace Palmer. 

What’s in the programme? 

Debut novelist and creative writing lecturer, Ben Smith is our first guest author on October 21st at Exeter Phoenix. He’ll

discuss how writers can use landscape and setting in fiction so it’s more than a mere backdrop to plot.
Ben’s debut novel, Doggerland, is a compelling tale of loneliness and survival, archaeological remains and rusting turbines, set against the backdrop of a water-filled landscape. Ben lectures in creative writing at Plymouth University specialising in environmental literature. 

How can writers get involved?   

The Family Is Complete

Exeter Writer Treasurer, Elizabeth Ducie, has been very busy lately. She has finally finished her series of manuals on business skills for writers. Elizabeth strongly believes anyone who writes professionally needs the skills to run a small business in addition to their creative abilities. 

Grumpy Old Gods

Exeter writer, Angela Wooldridge, has a story in the latest Grumpy Old Gods anthology, which launches on Friday 9th August. 

Louisa Adjoa Parker, QuayWords writer-in-residence

Photo by Robert Golden
This week we welcome Louisa Adjoa Parker to the blog. Louisa is the first QuayWords writer-in-residence based at the Customs House on the Quay this summer, and we've asked her to tell us a bit about herself and what she has planned for her residency.

Quay Words

Writers' Salon Saturday 6th July.

This summer, Literature Works is exploring the potential for the Exeter Customs House to become a literary hub with their Quay Words programme of events.

Short Story Competition Winners!

The winning entries

1. The Woman in Pieces by Jenny Pierpoint, Torquay, Devon
2. Wave after Wave by Brigid McConville, Pilton, Somerset
3.  The Real Thing by Tracy Fells, Ashington, West Sussex.

The winning entry from Devon is: Seeing to Mrs Hickmott by David Bonnett, Exeter, Devon

Click on the stories' names to read the winning entries!

Dare you face the Chudleigh Dragons?

On Wednesday 10th July, Chudleigh will be invaded by Dragons!

DragonBack by popular demand after its successful first appearance in 2018, Face the Chudleigh Dragons will be part of the Chudleigh Literary Festival again this year. 

The Short List

The Short List!

The wait has come to an end! 

The shortlist is here. Congratulations to all those writers who have made it to the shortlist. The competition was fierce. All those writers who made it to the long list, or even were brave enough to put their writing out into the big wide world and enter our competition in the first place, should feel proud.