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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.

Call for True Stories: December’s Virtual Stories at the Storey

We’re ringing in the New Year with a virtual Stories at the Storey!

This month’s theme is “journey” loosely explored. We’re looking for stories that explore how you got from where (or who) you were to where (or who) you are. These stories can explore physical, mental, emotional, geographical or any other mode.

Share your 3-5 minute true story via email, comment here, message us on Twitter, comment on Facebook, tag us on Instagram. Stories can take any form: share it in words, pictures, sounds, song. Your story can be audio, video, a short film.

Wherever you are or where you’re going, we’d like to read, hear, or watch your story.

We’ll be posting pictures and texts about our own journeys.

Happy Holidays!

North West Literary Arts December/January Edition

We are wrapping up 2017 with a double-issue of North West Literary Arts’ Newsletter. In this issue we talk about becoming a community interest corporation, collaborating at Dusk, this month’s virtual Stories at the Storey, and last month’s theme.

In 2018 we’re launching a podcast and writing classes.

Thanks for reading North West Literary Arts December January edition

November Newsletter

There’s a chill in the air, it’s getting dark early, and words are dropping like leaves. You know what that means! It’s time for the North West Literary Arts November Newsletter.

This month we are talking about the launch of the Northern Writers’ Award, reflecting on last month’s theme, and introducing this month’s.

We are ready to launch a podcast. Want to get involved? Get in touch.

October’s Newsletter

The North West Literary Arts Newsletter October 2017 features stories about upcoming and future collaborations and support, this month’s theme and an early peek at next month’s theme.

As always, we invite you to get involved.

How?

We love talking to people. Join us for pre-Stories drinks at The Print Room, 6:30 PM on event nights.

Tweet us, Message us on Facebook, email us, chat with us in Sainsbury’s…well, maybe not that, but we love hearing from people and sharing stories.

Want us to share stories with your group or teach your writing group to write and perform Creative Nonfiction? Let us know.

Call for True Stories: Ghost Stories Under the Tree

Ghosts. They haunt us, appearing when we least expect it, often when we most need it. Slipping through time and space, they take residence in our minds, our memories, and the walls, returning, like the past, with warnings, news, memories and stories.

Ghosts are everywhere and so are their stories.

Share your stories of haunting, memory, the past and the present at Lancaster University Library’s Once Upon a Time, True Stories Under the Tree event.

If you’re a writer, reader, lover of words, student, member of staff, the community, or just passing through and you have an engaging, entertaining, interesting, funny, heartwarming, sad (or anything in between) true story, we’d love to hear it. The theme is “ghost stories” (loosely interpreted).

You’ll have 3-5 minutes to share your haunting story.
Date: Oct. 4
Time: 8-9 PM
Location: Lancaster University Library under the tree

For more information or to sign up for a 3-5 minute true story slot, email Yvonne at
y.battle-felton@lancaster.ac.uk
There will be light refreshments. What ghost story would be complete without cocoa and cookies?
Sponsored by Lancaster University Library

North West Literary Arts August Newsletter

The August edition of North West Literary Arts Newsletter features information about upcoming projects and opportunities, a personal essay, and a special thanks to our sponsors.

If you’d like a copy of the newsletter delivered fresh to your email, let us know. Email us at northwestliterarysalon(at)gmail.com, message us on Twitter, contact us on Facebook, tell us a story about it.

If you would like us to consider your essay for publication in our newsletter, contact us through northwestliterarysalon(at)gmail.com.

Happy August. Write more. Read more.

Call for True Stories: Stories at the Storey

What’s your story?

We have slots available for this month’s Stories at the Storey. This month Stories at the Storey is on August 31, in the Print Room at The Storey from 7-8 pm.

We’re celebrating the launch of our arts organization, our Patreon, and our growing family of supporters. This month’s theme is family (loosely interpreted). We’re looking for true stories about your family, no matter how you define it. Stories about expectations, bonds, traits, lessons, let downs, or anything and everything in between; want to hear your story.

To sign up or for more information message Stories at The Storey or email storiesatthestorey@gmail.com
To order your free ticket for the event, visit Eventbrite

Welcome Back North West Literary Salon Patreon Campaign Launch (coming soon)

It’s been nearly a year since our last North West Literary Salon and we sure do miss it. That’s why we are happy to announce that we’re back; well, sort of.

Since our last Salon, Naomi and I have been writing, teaching and plotting a comeback. We have been researching funding and opportunities to strengthen not just the salon but Stories at the Storey and The Writing Life. We want to continue providing engaging, affordable events.

With Naomi’s support, I am launching a literary arts organization, North West Literary Arts, to combine all of our projects and to continue creating and producing live literature projects that bring stories to life.

So, we’re launching a Patreon campaign to make things happen.

What is Patreon?
Patreon is a funding platform where supporters can fund the creative content they enjoy. We create monthly events and want to offer more features, our campaign is for monthly support.

What sort of projects will money from Patreon support?
Money from supporters can help us produce the following projects:
Stories at the Storey: Add creative writing workshops for new and emerging writers, creative writing workshops for refugee writers, commission and publication of an audio book.
North West Literary Salon: Funding to pay authors, musicians, catering, and commission new writing to publish an anthology.
The Writing Life: Interviews, editing, website maintenance, and podcast creation.

What are we offering our supporters?
Community is at the heart of what we do and it isn’t confined by geographical coordinates. To expand our community we have created rewards like access to interviews, exclusive access to salon podcasts, feedback on new writing, and more.
We are hoping everyone can get involved and help us continue to bring great literary projects to life.

When does our Patreon campaign launch?
Our Patreon will launch in seven days online and in person on August 31 at Stories at the Storey.

How can you support North West Literary Arts?
Please support our Patreon Campaign by giving us what you can. Every pound (or dollar) helps. You can also support us by sharing our campaign, coming to our events, and supporting literary events around the globe.

We appreciate your support.

Lancaster Words Call for Writers, Poets, Storytellers, Musicians and Performers

Are you an emerging writer, seasoned performer, or something in between? No matter who or where you are, there are still slots available for Lancaster Words’ Live Are you an emerging writer, seasoned performer, or something in between? No matter who 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: 21:30-22:30
Place: The Storey, Auditorium
For more information and to sign up please contact Yvonne y.battle-felton@lancaster.ac.uk
Share your poetry, short fiction, personal essay, or song at Lancaster Words’ Live Lit event