News and Opportunities for Writers

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News from Room 204

News from Room 204:

Sarah L Dixon, The Quiet Compere of Huddersfield, is taking her showcase, open mic and workshop series across the country. The finale is taking place online at 7:45, 12 November. It will feature Emma Purshouse as a co-host and performer, and George Bastow as a performer. Find out more and book.

Naneh Hovhannisyan has teamed up with Book Chat to create ‘Do You Remember, Liz?’, which has since been recorded at The Armenian Institute, featuring the writer alongside producer and reader Olivia Melkonian.

Legend Press has signed Checking for Snipers by Fran Hill, a debut novel inspired by her own experience of being fostered as a young teen.

Fran Hill’s forthcoming novel, out with Legend Press on 22 March 2023, has had its title changed from Checking for Snipers to Cuckoo in the Nest. The novel is about sibling rivalry in a foster care situation in the 1970s. 

Maeve Clark has been longlisted for the Bath Novel Award 2022 and shortlisted for the RSL’s 2022 Sky Arts RSL Writers Award for Playwriting.

Writing Support and Resources


The Arvon Foundation have announced a whole new season of creative writing workshops and writing weeks for writers of every level. In addition, they are once again running in-person residentials and retreats. Find out more.

Scriptease: Scriptwriting for stage & screen, Jan 2022-Dec 2022. This year long online course with Sara Clifford and Lisa Fulthorpe will enable you to develop your skills. For more info & register email Sara:

As part of their tenth anniversary celebrations, Speaking Volumes published an anthology, Not Quite Right for Us, which featured forty authors from the UK and around the world, from Poet Laureates to upcoming voices. Many of those authors have shared their advice on writing in short films, which are available as a free resource on the Speaking Volumes website

Tutors Carol Harding and Piotr Szkopiak are running a tutored script development retreat to prepare screenwriters to navigate the process from blank page to completed film. Find out more.

The Mono Box are running a playwriting Deep Dive course with Lisa Carroll. Book a place to learn more about voice, structure, theatricality and dramaturgy. Find out more.

Competitions and opportunities


Midland Actors Theatre is looking for a group of writers to develop ideas for a new play loosely based on Homer’s Iliad, exploring how it still resonates today in the light of modern-day conflicts and wars. They welcome the involvement of poets, novelists, performance artists, journalists, etc. as well as playwrights. The paid workshops will commence 22 November and will be led by playwright David Calcutt. If you are interested, send a CV to: