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Join us for a free online City of Stories Home writing workshop with writer Lorraine Brown

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In this online workshop you’ll have the opportunity to be creative, craft your writing, and explore the theme of home in short stories - all in a safe and friendly environment.

The workshop is for people who want to give writing a go and for those already writing. It is primarily for London residents (please see FAQs for more info on this).

Workshop participants from London will be able to enter their short stories on the theme of home to the City of Stories Home competition. Winners will be published in the City of Stories Home Anthology, take part in a StoryLab masterclass and read their work at events in their local library in June 2022.

You can find more information about the competition here: www.spreadtheword.org.uk/city-of-stories-home-competition and top tips on writing your story here: www.spreadtheword.org.uk/city-of-stories-home-story-writing-top-tips

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Each workshop will be relaxed, there will be a 10 minute break half-way through each workshop, you are welcome to either have your video on or off. Workshop outlines can be provided in advance by request, please email hello@spreadtheword.org.uk. If you have a specific access need, please do contact hello@spreadtheword.org.uk

About Lorraine Brown

North London-based Lorraine’s varied background spans fashion journalism and acting, giving her a unique take on storytelling. She also worked as a school receptionist whilst writing and taking a postgraduate diploma in psychodynamic counselling. She currently delivers counselling sessions alongside writing novels. The manuscript of what became Lorraine’s debut novel THE PARIS CONNECTION, which includes themes of financial hardship and challenging family dynamics, was longlisted for the Bath Novel award in 2016, after which she was chosen to be part of Penguin Random House's WriteNow scheme, which aims to launch the careers of writers from backgrounds currently under-represented in the publishing industry. The novel was published in paperback by Orion Fiction in January 2022, as well as by Penguin Random House in the US last summer, and has also sold to twelve foreign territories worldwide including Germany, Italy and Portugal. Lorraine's second novel, SORRY I MISSED YOU, will be out in June 2022.

About City of Stories Home

City of Stories Home is a London Libraries project run in partnership with Spread the Word. Taking place across all London’s library services between February to June 2022, it celebrates London’s writers and readers and libraries as the place to make and share stories. It is supported by Arts Council England and Cockayne Grants for the Arts.

City of Stories Home FAQs

Do I have to live in London to participate in the workshops?

City of Stories Home is primarily for London residents as the focus is on engaging local communities with their local library service. If you live outside of London you can sign up to participate in the online workshops but priority will be given to Londoners if workshops are oversubscribed.

Do I have to attend a workshop run by my local library?

It would be great if you could join the workshop being run by your local library service. If you can’t make the date or time when this workshop is taking please, please do sign up for another City of Stories Home workshop that works for you.

Are any of the workshops BSL interpreted and/ or auto-captioned?

Yes. The online workshops being run by Greenwich, Havering, Kensington & Chelsea, Lambeth and Sutton library services are BSL interpreted and those being run by Ealing, Enfield, Greenwich, Lambeth and Sutton library services are auto-captioned.

What access provision is in place?

Each workshop will be relaxed, there will be a 10 minute break half-way through each workshop, you are welcome to either have your video on or off. Workshop outlines can be provided in advance by request, please email hello@spreadtheword.org.uk. If you have a specific access need, please do contact hello@spreadtheword.org.uk

Is entering the competition free?

Yes, entering the competition is free.

Can I enter the competition more than once?

You can enter the competition twice. Each short story should be on the theme of home and be no more than 500 words in length.

I don’t live in London, can I enter the competition?

The competition is only for writers who live in London.


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Spread the Word is London's writer development organisation, helping London's writers make their mark on the page, the screen and in the world.

We kick start the careers of London's best new writers, and energetically camapign to ensure publishing truly reflects the diversity of the city. We do this by supporting the creative and professional development of talent, by engaging those already interested in literature and those who will be, and by advocating on behalf of both. 

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