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Join us for a free online City of Stories Home writing workshop with writer Amita Murray

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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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This 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 Amita Murray

I'm a writer, based in London. The first of my Arya Winters series of quirky mystery novels - Arya Winters and the Tiramisu of Death - came out with Polis Books in October 2021 and is under a TV option shopping agreement with Renegade Pictures, a Warner Brothers company based in London. A starred review by Publishers Weekly says that the novel is 'full of original metaphors and pithily funny descriptions', and it 'turns the cosy genre on its head.' My previous novel The Trouble with Rose came out with HarperCollins in 2019. My collection Marmite and Mango Chutney won the SI Leeds Literary Prize in 2016 and it was part-written under a Leverhulme grant based at University College London. I’ve been a Literature Works writer-in-residence at Plymouth University, and taught creative writing at the University of East Anglia and the New College of the Humanities. My stories have been published in Wasafiri, Sand Berlin, Brand, Aesthetica and others.

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.

Can I attend more than one workshop?

Yes you can. If a workshop is oversubscribed and you've booked onto multiple workshops, we may get in touch to offer one of your multiple spaces to someone on a waiting list.

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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