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If you know you have a book in you, then read on – If you love words, this is for you.
The first WRITE Festival is coming to The National Centre for the Written Word in South Shields from Wednesday 21st to Sunday 25th June 2017, as a line-up of award-winning writers share their experience and expertise.

The Word is looking to become a home for North East writers, inspiring local writers of all ages and genres.  The festival includes a songwriting workshop for young people, a screenwriting event with Michael Chaplin and a session on how to get published. South Tyneside comedian Jason Cook will host an interactive Q&A session, perfect for aspiring comedy writers and comedians.

There are opportunities to perform in the poetry slam and the poetry exchange: Alternatively, you can sit back and listen to author Michael Chaplin reading a number of selected short stories by local writers in true stories, or enjoy a script-in-hand performance of Jobling – the musical with a melodic accompaniment from the Westoe Brass Band.
Primary School teachers can attend an interactive workshop with children’s author Antony Wootten about how to inspire and encourage stamina and perseverance in young writers.

In Mark Billingham and Chris Brookmyre are indiscreet, be prepared to celebrate the gritty side of creativity, as these two authors lift the lid on the real world of being a writer – expect (very) strong language.
For all those who relish the written word, this is a fabulous opportunity to get inspired!

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