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Newsletter #4 (November 15th)

Hello everyone! 

We hope you’ve managed to have a breather during reading week and that you caught up with the work you’ve been putting off so far.

We certainly have, and besides that too, we have prepared a brilliant schedule for you for the two weeks ahead! Our usual workshops, UniSlam auditions, magazine details, book club and multiple collaborations! Check it out!

Upcoming schedule

Monday, November 16th, 17:00 Prose Workshop

Join us for an informal workshop where we can share and receive feedback for our prose submissions! The prompt for this week is ‘ZENITH‘ — it’s an entirely optional prompt, but feel free to draw on it for inspiration if you’re not sure on what to submit!

Make sure to send your submission to allanyeung42@gmail.com by 11/15 at 5:00pm, so that your piece can be added to a shared folder and other people get the time to read it and prepare feedback.

Tuesday, November 17th, 18:00 Screenwriting workshop (with FILM SOC!!)

Calling all the film buff writers and writer filmmakers at UCL! This year for the first time, Writers’ has partnered with Film Society to bring you a series of 10 screenwriting workshops and feedback sessions that will foster a creative and constructive environment where we can develop and showcase the talents of our budding storytellers. This series of workshops is a fabulous networking opportunity – a chance for writers to explore a new form, and for filmmakers to develop confidence in their writing. We can learn so much from each other, both writers and filmmakers of any level are welcome and encouraged to join!

The workshops will explore the nature and principles of action and dialogue, the relationship between character and circumstance, and how dramatic structure arises from these foundations. The series will start with some introductory workshops on style, structure and character development, and will progressively get more advanced with specialised workshops on conflict, antagonism, and writing a short. There will also be regular prompts and exercises that will be reviewed during the feedback sessions, where you will get the chance to present your work and gain valuable feedback from like-minded students, as well as various opportunities for production within Film Soc.

Let us know if you would be interested in getting involved! The first workshop kicks off on Tuesday the 17th of November, and will introduce you to some of the general conventions of writing for screen, including style, formatting, structure and screenwriting software.

Friday, November 20th, 18:00 Book Club (with UCL BOOKCLUB!!)

Indulge in the unexplored, twisted world of dark fairytales and misinterpreted stories. We will also explore how fairytales have inspired generations of writers, and write a short fanfiction of our own. The Book Club is happening again and everyone – no matter whether you’re a writer, a reader or simply curious- is welcome to join.

Monday, November 23rd, 17:00 Performance Workshop

Spoken word poets, it is your time to shine once again! We will be watching/listening together to some videos of great slam performers, analyse their them, see what they do best and then we will learn how to incorporate that into our own performance style!

And don’t worry, you’re still welcome even if you’ve never performed poetry like this before. Hop along and enjoy the fun that comes with it!

Tuesday, November 24th, 18:00 Screenwriting feedback (with FILM SOC!!)

After an informative session on the 17th where we’ll be exploring general conventions for screenwriting, including style, formatting, structure and software recommendations, the 24th of the month is the day when we come back together to offer feedback on each other’s screenwriting work. It doesn’t necessarily have to be connected to the previous workshop, so come along with whatever you have on the topic of screenwriting in general.

And just as usual, our sessions are a safe space where we provide constructive feedback, and we hope to see as many of you, buff writers, as possible!

Wednesday November 25th, 18:00 Poetry Feedback Session

Share the poems that you have been working on and receive feedback in our session! Optional theme: FIRE. We will prioritise the poems to which we did not get in the last session. The google docs will be shared in the zoom call at the beginning so that everyone can have access to the works. The set time for this event is 1 hour 30 minutes, but there is a chance that we go over time again.

You are welcome to send any of your poems, but please consider the optional theme as well! Please send your poems to mara.dinu@outlook.com beforehand and don’t forget to specify if your poem is related to the theme.

Thursday November 26th, 17:00 Writing Workshop (with JAPAN SOC!!)

UCL Japan and Writers’ Societies have partnered to bring you a special Japan-themed writing workshop!

We have prepared 8 exciting prompts for you to choose from, with some focusing on the traditional culture and the rest on the modern context. Prompts range from landscapes to supernatural creatures, and will be complemented by a relaxing Japanese Lofi playlist. You will have the opportunity to write in English, Japanese or both, if you wish!

Whether you are an experienced writer or a complete novice, join us to immerse into the beautiful Japanese culture. (Click on the event title for the meeting link).

Elections for Committee Positions

Thank you to all those who ran for our empty positions and thank you to all of you who voted for them as well! Democracy goes both ways, so each and every one that did their duty is important and essential to how our society is going and developing!

Let us now congratulate the newly elected members of our committee! 

Chair of Poetry – Mara Dinu   

Chair of Performing Arts – Flori Iacobescu   

Publicity Manager – Fadwa Shagroun

Woohoo! Welcome to the team and we wish you the best of luck in your future activities with the society!

UniSlam Auditions

Here it comes, one of our biggest events of the year – UniSlam

In case you’ve never heard of this, you may now wonder what it is. Of course, it is the national inter-uni spoken word competition! And our incredible UCL Team needs you to be one of the 4-5 spoken word poets that represent our university!  

How do I take part?
Things have changed from our previous newsletter and we will be hosting all UniSlam auditions online. Now, that actually makes things a lot easier, for you and for us as well, and all you need to do is submit videos of you performing your poems to our email address (su-youngwriters@ucl.ac.uk), by the 20th of November! Super easy, right?

What are the videos about?
Please recite 2 poems of your own. You may as well read from the script if you cannot learn them by heart by then. Ultimately, even though we don’t encourage it, we will NOT dock you marks for doing so. There is a 3-minute time limit per poem and we therefore kindly ask you to make sure that none of your poems exceeds that. 

How do I prepare?
Watch plenty of videos from past UniSlam performances and other spoken word competitions to get a feel for what we are looking for! 

Tips
Don’t edit your video too much, its best if you can manage in one take (although it wont disadvantage you if you have a couple of cuts between the performances)! Remember we’re looking for the poetry not the filmmaking, make sure your voice is clear and audible make sure that your entire silhouette appears in the video while you’re performing. We want to see your body language, stand up while you’re saying your poem!feel free to use your script and any objects around you as prompts!make sure you keep track of the submission deadline: 20th November!

Finally, please drop us a line on Facebook, Instagram or email if you have any further questions! Oh, don’t forget to have fun and enjoy the poems! And speak them as you own them because, in fact, you do! Good luck!

Magazine submissions

Time surely passes fast! We’re already at the end of reading week which means there’s less than one week left until the magazine submission deadline! Exciting times! On top of that, here’s a reminder that there’s no particular theme this time, so any of your work counts as appropriate!
With that in mind, keep them coming! There are two ways to submit: 1. by emailing your pieces to magazine.uclwriters@gmail.com and 2. by uploading everything on our website!

Hurry up, hurry up! The submission deadline is still the 20th of November!

Editing opportunities

Editorial and design positions for ‘The Writers’ Block’ magazine are now open!

The positions available are in:

Poetry Editing

Prose Editing

Typesetting

Design

If you want to help in the composition of the Term 1 edition of ‘The Writers’ Block’ magazine, get in contact with the Writers’ Society via our Facebook and/or Instagram pages by the 20th of November. You can also email us for more information at magazine.uclwriters@gmail.com .

P.S.: Considering the circumstances, this opportunity is now open to ALL members of our society, irrelevant to the membership tier.

Writing Prompt

Very much hoping you haven’t missed this bit until now, but hey! here we go again: we had decided to include writing prompts into our newsletter to stimulate all of us UCL Writers! Thus, we have already reached our fourth prompt release (the last of this term), which is “The grass is greener on the other side“, and anything you can write related to that, referring to that, or in any way tangent to that we will accept. There’s two ways to submit your work, first is to email us your submission with the headline “Submission for Writing Prompt (The grass is greener on the other side)”, and the other is to upload it through our website here.

Please aim to submit your prompt submissions by the 20th of November so that it can be considered for the magazine!!


Newsletter #3 (November 2nd)

Hello everyone! 

Such a pleasure it was to have you join our sessions so far, especially the Halloween special! Reading Week is approaching with fast steps, which will hopefully give us a breather and more time to write! Yuppie yay

Submissions

Uhmmm… if you haven’t been following the news, we’re here to spill the tea for you: the UK is going into some sort of lockdown starting Thursday. It’s slightly different than the spring one, but one thing is for sure – we are forced to stop all of our in-person activities.      

Upcoming schedule

Monday, November 2nd, 18:00 Performance Workshop
(full and remote+ members only – please purchase to gain access)
Bring a piece you have been working on and practice performing it! This is the last performance workshop before UniSlam auditions, so you’re encouraged to join if you want some extra prep or have any slam specific questions. This is a feedback session, so feel free to send me any pieces you would like to go over (weronika.brzezinska.18@ucl.ac.uk)

Wednesday, November 4th, 18:00 Poetry Feedback Session
(full and remote+ members only – please purchase to gain access) Share the poems that you have been working on and receive feedback in our session! Optional theme: NOMAD

We will prioritise the poems to which we did not get in the last session. The google docs will be shared in the zoom call at the beginning so that everyone can have access to the works. The set time for this event is 1 hour 30 minutes, but there is a chance that we go over time again. Please send your poems to anna.shirshova.19@ucl.ac.uk beforehand and don’t forget to specify if your poem is related to the theme.

Thursday, November 5th, 18:00 Open Mic
(full and remote+ members only – please purchase to gain access) Our Open Mics are aimed at creating an inspiring and supportive space for you to share your work with an inclusive and open-minded audience of fellow creative writers. Unlike the feedback sessions and workshops, there is no critique involved and everyone is encouraged to perform their writing which creates a unique sense of community and is a great way to get to know new people! You are welcome to bring anything you wrote and would like to read. There is no pressure to perform though, if you don’t want to share your work you can just sit back, relax and enjoy the evening while listening to some awesome creations!

N.B.: In light of the most recent COVID developments and announcement of the national lockdown we have decided to put safety first and move this month’s Open Mic online!

Sunday, November 8th, 19:00 Welfare Writing Workshop The writing workshops are fun, dynamic sessions, and no two will be exactly the same! Join us as we explore how we live and feel in London through writing and connect with others in a more informal online setting. Our writing this session will focus on belonging and we will be discussing ideas of finding identity amid the pandemic. Of course, you are encouraged, but not pressured, to share your work at the end of each activity. Through these workshops, we hope to foster a more relaxed writing environment where we can enjoy the process of writing spontaneously without worrying about having to polish our work.

(Click on the event title to register)    

Elections for Committee Positions

Thank you to all those who have expressed interest in our committee elections! Here is a list of the positions that you can run for:   
Chair of Poetry
Chair of Performing Arts
Events Manager
Publicity Manager
Community Outreach Officer
The whole elections process will happen online, on the Students’ Union website, where you will need to nominate yourself and write a short manifesto to convince our club’s members to vote for you! Even though it may sound slightly complicated, it’s actually very easy! In addition to that, please have the schedule too:

Nominations open: Midday Monday November 2nd
Nominations close: Midday Sunday November 8th November
Voting opens: Midday Monday November 9th
Voting closes: Midday Friday November 13th

UniSlam Auditions (full members only)

Here it comes, one of our biggest events of the year – UniSlam!

In case you’ve never heard of this, you may now wonder what it is. Of course, it is the national inter-uni spoken word competition! And our incredible UCL Team needs you to be one of the 4-5 spoken word poets that represent our university!   How to sign up? Please fill out the form on our website or right here to sign up for an audition slot. Auditions are likely to be happening in-person, but due to the new lockdown regulations we will be making online arrangements for everyone who is unable to make it. When it asks for your name, please specify on the form if you would like to audition in-person or online (write “online” or “in person” next to your name in the textfield). All auditioners have to be current UCL students, and registered members of Writers’ Soc – we will check before the audition!

What to bring? Please bring 2-3 of your own poems to recite. You may as well read from the script if you cannot learn them by heart by then. Ultimately, even though we don’t encourage it, we will NOT dock you marks for doing so. There is a 3-minute time limit per poem and we therefore kindly ask you to make sure that none of your poems exceeds that.

How do I prepare? Watch plenty of videos from past UniSlam performances and other spoken word competitions to get a feel for what we are looking for! There is also a performance feedback session happening tomorrow to help you prepare.

When and how is all this happening? We’ll be hosting auditions on 3 different days to ensure we can accommodate as many potential contenders as possible, so you only need to attend one of the sessions, of your own choosing. The auditions are scheduled as follows:

Tuesday, November 17th, 17:00-19:00
Thursday, November 19th, 17:00-19:00
Friday, November 20th, 17:00-19:00

Furthermore, the actual competition supposedly takes place in March in Birmingham, though it is not entirely clear whether it will go forward as usual this year due to COVID regulations across the country. Nonetheless, we will be preparing until then keeping in mind the default option that the UniSlam will take place.

Finally, please drop us a line on Facebook, Instagram or email if you have any further questions! Oh, don’t forget to have fun and enjoy the poems! And speak them as you own them because, in fact, you do!    

Magazine submissions

Brief reminder that we have also opened the submissions to our termly magazine! And here comes the punchline – there’s no particular theme this time, so any of your work counts as appropriate!
With that in mind, keep them coming! There is two ways for submission, one by emailing your pieces to magazine.uclwriters@gmail.com and the other, of course, by uploading everything on our website!
Hurry up, because the submission deadline is the 20th of November!    

Writing Prompt

Just in case you’ve missed this bit until now, we had decided to include writing prompts into our newsletter to stimulate all of us UCL Writers! We have reached our third prompt release, which is “Magic and the Occult“, and anything you can write related to that, referring to that, or in any way tangent to that we will accept. There’s two ways to submit your work, first is to email us your submission with the headline “Submission for Writing Prompt (Supermarket)”, and the other is to upload it through our website here.    

See you very soon!Remember to like our Facebook and Instagram pages for updates. 

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us at
su-youngwriters@ucl.ac.uk or on any other platform.


Newsletter #2 (October 19th)

Hello everyone!

It was great meeting/seeing all of you in our previous sessions, so here we are again, looking forward to having you join us again for our future ones! That is, if you’ve survived the first two weeks of term. And even if you didn’t actually, we’re ready to bring some life back into you!!

And yes, we know London moved to be a tier 2 zone.  And yes, we were forced to stop all of our in-person activities…hmm. But there’s no time for mourning because we’re now spending our time looking for alternatives, including new collaboration workshops with other societies! Definitely something to look out for!

Upcoming schedule

Monday, 19th October, 18:00 Performance Workshop

Performance sessions are here for all those who like their literature loud! No matter if you’re into poetry, prose, theatre or even song – this is the home of all spoken word. Every workshop will be different, prepared with unique writing prompts and exciting opportunities to share your work and experiment with different styles and genres. During these workshops we will learn the rules of a good performance and explore how to effectively break them. The workshops will take place in a dynamic and interactive, but also safe and relaxed atmosphere that will allow all participants to get to know each other and build a supportive space together. No matter if you have a deep-rooted passion for performance, if you are a slam champion, or if you’ve never performed before – come along and discover spoken word with us!

Wednesday, 21st October, 18:00 Poetry Feedback Session

Share the poems that you have been working on and receive feedback in our session! Optional theme: DISTRACTIONS
We will prioritise the poems to which we did not get in the last session. The google docs will be shared in the zoom call at the beginning so that everyone can have access to the works. The set time for this event is 1 hour 30 minutes, but there is a chance that we go over time again. You are welcome to send any of your poems, but we have an optional theme: distractions. Please send your poems to anna.shirshova.19@ucl.ac.uk beforehand and don’t forget to specify if your poem is related to the theme.

Monday, 26th October, 18:00 Prose Session

Join us for an informal workshop where we can share and receive feedback for our prose submissions! The prompt for this week is ‘HELL OR HIGH WATER’ (a colloquial expression meaning ‘no matter what difficulty’) — it’s an entirely optional prompt, but feel free to draw on it for inspiration if you’re not sure on what to submit! Make sure to send your submission to allanyeung42@gmail.com by 10/24 at 5:00pm, so I can add your piece to a shared folder and other people get the time to read it and prepare feedback.

Wednesday, 28th October, 18:00 Writing workshop

The writing workshops are fun, dynamic sessions, and no two will be exactly the same! Join us as we launch into free-for-all writing based on handpicked prompts each session, with the aim of producing short pieces based on rapid-fire, impromptu activities. You are encouraged, but not pressured, to share your work at the end of each activity, so we can see how each person interpreted the prompts in their own way. Through these workshops, we hope to foster a more relaxed writing environment where we can enjoy the process of writing spontaneously without worrying about having to polish our work. Writing Workshops take place once a month, so make sure your book your spot for this one!

  (Click on each event title to register)

Elections for Committee Positions

Thank you to all those who have expressed interest in our committee elections! Unfortunately, due to all the current changes, the Students’ Union has decided to push these back until (most likely) the first week of November, but worry not! We will keep you updated through here and on social media about all the deadlines and changes!

Kind reminder (no pressure, of course) that our committee is currently incomplete due to the weird times we all lived around springtime this year – yes, we do mean lockdown. Anyway, as we’ve already accustomed you, we choose to look at things in a more optimistic way, so all we see is an opportunity for you to apply for the free positions in the upcoming elections. That being said, we are currently missing:  

Chair of Poetry

Chair of Performing Arts

Events Manager

Publicity Manager

Community Outreach Officer

Feel free to shoot us a message on Instagram, Facebook, WhatsApp or Email to express your interest and we’ll forward all the necessary details for nominations when we get the info from the Students’ Union.

Magazine submissions

Brief reminder that we have also opened the submissions to our termly magazine! And here comes the punchline – there’s no particular theme this time, so any of your work counts as appropriate!
With that in mind, keep them coming! There is two ways for submission, one by emailing your pieces to magazine.uclwriters@gmail.com and the other, of course, by uploading everything on our website!
The submission deadline is the 20th of November!

Writing Prompt

As of this year, we’ve decided to include writing prompts into our newsletter to stimulate all of us UCL Writers! Our second prompt is “Supermarket” , and anything you can write related to that, referring to that, or in any way tangent to that we will accept. There’s two ways to submit your work, first is to email us your submission with the headline “Submission for Writing Prompt (Supermarket)”, and the other is to upload it through our website here.


Newsletter #1 (4th October)

Dear fellow writer,

Welcome to the #UCLWriters family! I don’t know how frequently you’ve stumbled upon long letters, but I promise you that you wouldn’t want to miss out on any word of this one, so you’d better keep your eyes wide open and make sure you read everything.

First of all, a warm welcome to all of you, new and returning students and congratulations on the start of the 2020/21 academic year! Also, thank you for visiting our online stall at the uhh… what was supposed to be the welcome fair.

Secondly, while there are still taster events happening until the 11th of October, we highly recommend that you already purchase one of the available memberships. Just think of all the perks they offer! For more information on that (and literally anything else), check our Hitchhiker’s guide to Writers’ Soc!

And before we hop onto the part where we tell you about the events we’re preparing for you, here’s one more thing: if you are under 18 and haven’t already told a committee member, please get in touch with us immediately – SU UCL has special safeguarding rules!

Taster Events Schedule

Sunday, 4th October, 18:00 Welfare Writing Workshop

Feeling a bit tense and anxious about starting your first year at university (or returning)? This term will for sure look very different to what we are used to. We have partnered with SELCS society to deliver to you a specially designed workshop to help ease you into the new year and the new circumstances. We will teach you the benefits of writing for your wellbeing and share our tips and personal experience with you! Join us for some calming writing exercises with a focus on the start (or continuation) of a new chapter of your life!

Monday, 5th October, 19:00 Performing Arts Workshop

This performance writing workshop is here for all those who like their literature loud! Whether you’re into performance poetry, theatre or even song writing – you are welcome to join this workshop, prepared with unique writing prompts and exciting opportunities to meet like-minded creatives at UCL. During this workshop we will learn the basics of spoken word by taking a look at some of the rules of a good performance piece and exploring how to effectively break them. No matter if you have a deep-rooted passion for performance poetry, or if you’ve never heard of it before – come along and discover spoken word with us!

Wednesday, 7th October, 19:00 Poetry Feedback Session

The Writers’ Society poetry feedback session will take place in a fun and dynamic, but also supportive and relaxed atmosphere that will allow us to get to know each other and build a creative space together. During the session we will all share poems with the group and receive constructive feedback on them – it doesn’t matter whether you have written poetry for ten years or have no idea what it is! All writers are welcome to join our poetry workshop and take up this exciting opportunity to meet like-minded creatives at UCL!

There is no theme for this session, so it’s up to you to take it wherever you like 🙂

Please send your poems to anna.shirshova.19@ucl.ac.uk (subject “Poetry Workshop”) by 7th Oct 18:00 UK time!

Thursday, 8th October, 19:15, Open Mic & Member Mingle (in-person)

Friday, 9th October, 19:00, Open Mic & Member Mingle 2 (in-person)

Join us for an exciting evening of performance and literature during our first Open Mic Night this year! Mingle with other members of the Writers’ Society and meet like-minded creatives while enjoying live performances of their work. The atmosphere at our Open Mic Nights is always very friendly, open and supportive, so feel encouraged to bring along your own poetry, prose, song, monologue or any other writing you would like to share with others 🙂 We’re excited to see you there!

Unfortunately, because of the recently introduced Covid-19 restrictions for performing arts groups, these events have a limited capacity of participants. If you didn’t manage to get your ticket in time, worry not! We have planned many more Open Mics to come 🙂 If you did get a ticket, but no longer want to come, please email us so we can cancel your order and give someone else the opportunity to participate in this event.

More (essential) things coming up

October Elections

Sadly, our committee is incomplete due to the weird circumstances we found ourselves in around spring this year – oh, you sure remember it too, lockdown ruined everyone’s plans. Nonetheless, we choose to view that in a more optimistic manner, as an opportunity for all of you to apply for the free positions in the October elections. That being said, we are currently missing:

Chair of Poetry

Chair of Performing Arts

Events Manager

Publicity Manager

Community Outreach Officer

The nominations will most likely open on the 12th of October and anyone with a full membership will be able to nominate themselves. All candidates will have to write a short manifesto introducing themselves and outlining why they are a good fit for the position. Following that, the nominations will close on the 16th of October, with voting being open from the 19th until the 21st of October (we are still waiting to confirm these details with the Students’ Union so keep an eye out for updates and possible changes!).

Writing Prompts

As of this year, we’ve decided to include writing prompts into our newsletter to stimulate all of us UCL Writers! The first prompt is “Handle with care”, and anything you can write related to that, referring to that, or in any way tangent to that we will accept. There’s two ways to submit your work, first is to reply to this email with the headline “Submission for Writing Prompt (Handle with Care)”, and the other is to upload it through our website here. The best pieces submitted in response to the prompts will be featured in our termly magazine and on social media!

Magazine Submissions

Since term started, we have also opened the submissions to our termly magazine! Good news is there’s no particular theme to fall within the range of, so any of your work counts as appropriate this term! With that in mind, keep them coming! There is again two ways for submission, one by emailing your pieces to magazine.uclwriters@gmail.com and the other, of course, by uploading everything on our website! The submission deadline is the 20th of November!

Last but not least, make sure you skim through The Hitchhiker’s Guide and also follow us on social media! You can find us on Facebook and Instagram!

May you write as much as you wish and then a little bit more!

Kind regards,

Writers’ Soc committee

P.S.: Write like it matters, and it will.