Building Community One Story at a Time: Creative Events, Storytelling, Live Literature Events, Writer Development
Yvonne is a writer of both fiction and creative nonfiction, a lover of words and an advocate of diverse stories. Founder and Executive Producer of The Writing Life, Co-Founder and Co-Director of Stories at the Storey, North West Literary Salon and Off the Page, Yvonne believes in the power of stories to change the world, build communities and engage us all.
This month’s edition of North West Literary Arts features brief insights into last month’s Stories at the Storey and reflections on our first Lancaster Pub Hub. We also reveal August’s theme and issue a call for volunteers.
Finally, we share our top tips for reading at Stories at the Storey.
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Things aren’t always as they seem. Sometimes people, experiences, cars, opportunities, and gravity let us down or seem to turn against us. This month’s Stories at the Storey theme is betrayal (loosely interpreted).
We’re looking for true stories about betrayals of the heart, the mind, the body, and anything in between. Sometimes we are betrayed, sometimes we betray other people, other times, we betray ourselves. Whatever the circumstances, however you define “betrayal” we’d love to hear your true story.
Have a true story to share? Email (firstname.lastname@example.org) message, tweet us to sign up for your 3-5-minute (2-4 pages A4) slot.
Not sure you’re ready to read your true story? That’s fine too. Come by and listen. If you would like to share a story but want us to offer some feedback, get in touch. We can help you get your story ready.
When: Thursday, July 26, 7-8 PM
Where: Printroom Café & Bar, The Storey, Lancaster
Sponsored by Lancaster University Graduate College, Stories at The Storey is a pay what you decide event. Order free tickets via Eventbrite.
I apologize for the late delivery of this month’s news! July’s newsletter includes this month’s theme, information about how we hope to celebrate our four-year anniversary, and a call for a July co-host to help me host Stories at the Storey this month.
In June’s edition of the North West Literary Arts Newsletter, we are sharing highlights and insights from May’s events and revealing June’s theme for Stories at the Storey.
I’ve also included a call for your tips, advice, insights, best practice, and stories that we can share on hosting events, applying for funding, and more. We would like to create a network (join our Facebook Group Create if you haven’t already done so) where we can share information and resources. We need to support one another.
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In this month’s newsletter, we’re talking about last month’s Stories at the Storey, upcoming events (you’re all invited), and breaking through writers’ block. Here is this month’s newsletter: North West Literary Arts Newsletter May 2018
Dates to remember:
May 29th: we are hosting an evening with Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi and Naomi Kruger. If you’d like to join us at our free literary salon in London, please order a free ticket via Eventbrite.
May 31: Funding Your Creativity, the Arts Council will be joining us to discuss funding your creative practice/project. The panel will include discussion of grants as well as ticketing, crowd funding, and collaborations. We have creatives joining us from a number of practices and disciplines. If you’re near Lancaster, order your free ticket via Eventbrite and contact us to make a one-to-one appointment with the Arts Councils Alison Boyle. During the one-to-one you’ll be able to talk about projects, applications, etc…
This month saw the routine of the popular true or false night. Writers shared pieces through poetry and stories; through fiction, creative nonfiction, and blends of both.
As always, we were touched by the pieces shared and the trust placed in us. We welcomed new writers to the stage as well as a piece shared anonymously, as well as many of our regular readers. We welcome writers, readers, storytellers, friends, visitors, anyone with a story to share at any writing and/or performing level.
It was a warm environment and another great night of true and false stories. Hope to see you there next month when we return to true stories. We’ll be announcing the theme over the next few days. If you’d like to share your story, let us know. Need help developing it? Let us know that too. We are always happy to help.
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?
Email: email@example.com 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.
In this edition we have a call for collaborators: We’re interested in hearing from creatives, organizations, institutions, companies, agencies and sites to explore ways we can work together and build communities through story.
We have also included information about upcoming events including Stories at the Storey and readings.
Naomi Kruger and Yvonne Battle-Felton are writers, educators, workshop leaders, trainers, mentors and creative producers. Between the two of us, we have taught in Higher Education, delivered community workshops, developed a radio show, developed a performance platform, interviewed professionals, created events, managed funding, chaired and presented events, managed events, edited, and more.
How can we help you develop your next literature, community, and/or writing project?
North West Literary Arts offers a range of services. Some of our services are:
2. Editorial services: short stories, novel, character development, conflict, narrative
3. Mentoring: balancing writing life
5. Hosting writing workshops
6. Motivation: writing boot camp: 25 includes writing motivation, time, workshop?
7. Teaching: poetry, prose, script writing
8. Arts management: event planning
9. Social media
11. Interviewing and Chairing
13. Event Organization
We are also interested in collaborations and interdisciplinary research.