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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!

North West Literary Arts August Edition

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.

I’m going to be exploring other options for the newsletter to make it more accessible. I know quite a few organizations use Mailchimp. I’ve tried it a few times but I can’t get it to work for me.

I’m considering audio. Until then, you can read it here: North West Literary Arts Newsletter August 2018

If you have ideas about an engaging newsletter format (that’s intuitive to use) let me know.

Thanks,
Yvonne at North West Literary Arts


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 June Newsletter: Tips, Highlights, and Theme Reveal

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.

North West Literary Arts June Newsletter

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!

Stories at the Storey Call for True Stories: Firsts

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: storiesatthestorey@gmail.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.

Call for Collaborations, Upcoming Events and More: North West Literary Arts March News

What’s new at North West Literary Arts?

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.

Here is North West Literary Arts March edition

Thank you for reading.

Creating with North West Literary Arts

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:
1. Writing
2. Editorial services: short stories, novel, character development, conflict, narrative
3. Mentoring: balancing writing life
4. Networking
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
10. Presenting
11. Interviewing and Chairing
12. Research
13. Event Organization

We are also interested in collaborations and interdisciplinary research.

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