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Richmond City of Stories Home workshop with Chris Simpson

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Join us for a free online City of Stories Home writing workshop with writer Chris Simpson

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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

Workshop access

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 Chris Simpson

Chris Simpson grew up in Bracknell and Slough. He has worked as a waiter, a cinema projectionist, a shoe salesman, an attendant in an amusement arcade, hiring out construction and demolition tools, a pasty seller, a caretaker for a primary school, a teaching assistant, a tutor and a facilities manager. He was a collaborator on a sketch show and has performed as a stand-up comedian. In 2021 he was published alongside Kit de Waal, Kerry Hudson, Philip Ridley and twenty five other writers in MAINSTREAM from Inkandescent Publishers. In 2020 he had a special mention for the Spread the Word Life Writing Prize 2020. In 2019 he was nominated for the inaugural Agora and PFD Lost The Plot Prize. In 2018 he was an awardee of the inaugural Spread The Word's London Writers Award. He received a First in Creative Writing at BA level from Birkbeck University. In 2016 he was nominated for the Royal Academy and Pin Drop Short Story Award 2016. He lives in London and is at work on a novel.

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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