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Call for True Stories: September Stories at the Storey True Story Open Mic

Calling all writers, storytellers, friends, and anyone with a true story to share!

Maybe it’s a feeling, a state, a place, or a name. This month Stories at the Storey’s theme is “joy” (loosely interpreted). Joy can be fleeting, elusive, meaningful, and something in between. We’re looking for stories that explore, capture, share, or inspire joy in its many meanings, forms, and guises.

Have a true story to share? Email (storiesatthestorey@gmail.com) to sign up for your 3-5-minute (2-4 pages A4) open-mic 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, September 27, 7-8 PM
Where: Printroom Café, Lancaster
Sponsored by Graduate College, Stories at the Storey is a pay what you decide event. Readers are not asked to or expected to pay. Order free tickets via Eventbrite.

North West Literary Arts September Edition

We did it!

This month we launched our newsletter through Mailchimp. The newsletter includes this month’s Stories at the Storey theme, reflections on last month’s theme, and questions for you about our proposed anthology.

To celebrate four years of stories, we want to create an anthology that we’re proud of. We want to share some of the best stories we’ve heard with people who aren’t able to attend Stories at the Storey. I’m leaning towards an audio book. The term doesn’t quite capture the magic I want to convey; the intimacy of a well-told story with an engaging narrator: a conversation. What do you think?

If you haven’t had a chance to read it, please sign up via the contact form or email us at northwestliteraryarts@gmail.com.

Happy September!

Stories at the Storey Call for True Stories of Betrayal

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 (storiesatthestorey@gmail.com) 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.

North West Literary Arts May News

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…

Thanks and Happy May!

April’s Stories at the Storey: True or False in Pictures

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.

Mari Taha shared the following pictures with us.

Good with Money and with Words? Board Member Opening (Volunteer Opportunity)

North West Literary Arts c.i.c. 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.
Please note, this is a voluntary role but expenses will be paid. To arrange a discussion about the role please email Yvonne and Naomi at northwestliteraryarts@gmail.com


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.