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THE OPEN PEN ANTHOLOGY FROM BOOKSHOPS OR AT OPENPEN.CO.UK £9.99‘Do not expect gentle bedtime stories... grip your seat in anticipation of black humour, crime and weird and wonderful words’Val Wood, novelist‘I was completely engrossed by this wise and beautiful collection’Cassandra Parkin, novelistAvailable from VALLEY PRESS + AMAZON £9.99relax, rejuvenate, writeA writers’ retreat in the stunning untouched beauty of the Southern Pelopponese. A lovingly renovated stone house in a traditional mountain village three minutes drive from the sea.We offer both solitary and guided retreats, including writing feedback, coaching, yoga and meditation – tailor-made to suit your needs.www.mybeautifulgreekhouse.comthought-provoking talks, music, performances, storytelling and poetry across Canterbury.28 April – 7 May. Originality in Literature is Overrated asks if the cult of originality neglects that great works derive from a canon; or if current work is to encourage imaginative practitioners and reach new audiences, must it break rules? Maggie Gee and John Mullan are moderated by Christina Patterson at Charleston Festival (19-29 May). Charleston Trust, Firle, Lewes.26 May, 1.45pm. £17. WestFor additional events listings, sign up for the newsletter from Literature Works.Screenwriting for TV and Filmis a rare opportunity to hear two screenwriters, Peter Moffat and Marnie Dickens, discussing the challenges and rewards of writing for the small and big screen. Part of Chagword Literary Festival (17-19 Mar). Jubilee Hall, Chagford. 19 March, 10.30-11.30am. £7. www.chagword.comWhat I Didn’t Know About Publishing a Novel, led by author Imogen Robertson, will examine the writing process from the conception of ideas, to final edits and cover design. Part of The Alderney Literary Festival (24-26 Mar). Alderney, Guernsey. 24 March, 3.30-4.30pm. £9. www.alderneyliterarytrust.comSo You Want to Write Children’s Books? is an evening with commissioning editor and author Beverley Birch exploring effective ways to write bestselling children’s novels. The Stripe Building, University of Winchester, Sparkford Road. 11 April, 7pm. £5. Writings of Virginia Woolfis a one-day course consideringthe social and historical context of Woolf’s work and examining the literary techniques which Woolf brought to the genre of fiction writing. Dillington House, Somerset. 22 April, 9.45am-4pm. £52. www.dillington.comSwindon Festival of Literaturereturns for its 24th year for 12 days of events featuring novelists and poets, as well as authors from the worlds of politics, science, sport, philosophy and comedy. See website for full programme details. Venues around Swindon. 1-13 May. Exploration of Structure, led by creative writing tutor, editorand bestselling author, Margaret Graham, the evening will examine fairy tales in relation to structure. The Stripe Building, University of Winchester, Sparkford Road. 9 May, 7pm. £5. CrimeFest draws top crime novelists, readers, editors, publishers and reviewers from around the world to celebrate the genre in a friendly, informal and inclusive atmosphere. Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel, Bristol. 18-21 May. £195 for full festival pass.www.crimefest.comMslexia at Winchester Writers’ Festival. mslexia is delighted to be taking part in the annual Winchester Writers’ Festival with two exciting events: Meet the Editors, an informal discussion with editorsof independent publishers (16 Jun, 7.45-9.15pm, free); and How to Write a Synopsis, a workshop led by Debbie Taylor. (17 Jun, 10.30am-12.30pm). University of Winchester. MidlandsFor more events listings, sign up for the newsletter from Writing West Midlands.Another Book Bites the Dustis a monthly YA book club which meets to discuss new YA novels as well as socialising and sharing recommendations. Waterstones, Birmingham. 1 April, 4-6pm. www.waterstones.comSamantha Shannon will be launching her hotly anticipated novel The Song Rising, which is the third book of her internationally bestselling series, The Bone Season. Waterstones, Birmingham. 1 April, 6.30pm. £3. www.waterstones.comStratford-upon-Avon Literary Festival celebrates its ten-year anniversary with an exciting mixof debate, ideas, workshopsand author events. This year’s programme includes: How to Write Historical Fiction with Karen Maitland (24 Apr, 10am-3pm, £90); How to Write Poetry (26 Apr, 4-5pm, £30); and How to Write for Wellbeing with Deborah Alma (26 Apr, 10am-3pm, £90). Venues around Stratford-upon-Avon. 23-30 April. Book Festivalwelcomes leading authors, illustrators and dramatists in the world of children’s literature for four days of action-packed fun and chat. Programme TBA. Venues across Shrewsbury.28 April – 1 May. Writers’ Conferenceis a day of talks, discussions and presentations offering emerging and established writers across all forms and genres a chance to better understand the writing industry. Bramall Music Building, University of Birmingham.10 June, 9.30am-4pm. £60 (£54). www.writingwestmidlands.orgRetreat to the Eden Valley,Cumbria Peace, space and inspiration, food, wine and Mar/Apr/May 2017 mslexiaVisit for listings updated weekly

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