As part of the London-wide City of Stories initiative
Londoners from Wandsworth are being invited to brush off their dusty manuscripts and showcase their hidden writing talents as part of City of Stories, a London-wide short story initiative featuring acclaimed writers in libraries across the city.
Wandsworth Library Service will be welcoming residents to come and join writer and journalist Lainy Malkini who will be running two free creative writing workshops on Wednesday 6 June, 6-8pm and Wednesday 27 June, 6-8pm at Balham Library.
The full schedule and booking details are here
Leading writers Leone Ross (Come Let Us Sing Anyway), Gary Budden (Hollow Shores), Meena Kandasamy (When I Hit You) and Olumide Popoola (When We Speak of Nothing) have also taken up City of Stories residencies in four London libraries. Each writer has been commissioned to pen an original short story, inspired by their locality and Londoners’ tales, which will be published in an anthology and made into short films.
The initiative will also:
Run 42 free short story writing workshops in June, inviting Londoners to pick up a pen and write their story in libraries across 21 London boroughs, led by 11 critically acclaimed writers, including the four writers in residence.
Host a City of Stories 500 word Short Story Competition for participants who have attended the workshops, with a judging panel comprised of the writers in residence.
Publish an anthology featuring the writers in residence’s original short stories alongside the writing of the 21 competition winners.
Identify and develop new talent from the City of Stories competition entrants, with an invitation to attend a writer development day.
This Arts Council England funded city-wide celebration of writing, reading and short stories is managed by Spread the Word and commissioned by the Association of London Chief Librarians.
May 31, 2018