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Creative writing

Due to popular demand we are excited to offer a second interactive session on Zoom with Alysoun Owen, who will be talking about how to get your work published. Alysoun is the Editor of the Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook and the Children's Writers' & Artists' Yearbook. She will talk about the main routes to publication (agent-publisher, crowdfunding, and self-publishing) and concentrate on how to prepare your manuscript for submission to literary agents. The talk will cover what you need to know, where you can get reliable information, which agents (and publishers) you should approach, with what and how.

The talk is suitable for those writing fiction and non-fiction for all ages from children to teens and adults and across all genres. Following the talk, there will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions about the hows, whys, and wherefores of the often mysterious world of book publishing.

Please note, this will be a repeat of the first session and so please do not attend both. Responses to questions submitted to Alysoun during the first interactive session are available here: How to get published

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We are also very pleased to offer U3A members a site-wide discount on Bloomsbury books (https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk) of 30%. U3A members should use code U3A30 at the checkout to obtain this discount.

Please note, our national creative writing competition is now closed and all entries have been sent to the judges. We will be contacting regional winners in mid-August. All regional winners will enter a second round of judging to establish an overall winner.

The winning story will be published in Third Age Matters magazine, which reaches over a quarter of a million households. We will also commission at least one illustration to accompany it. The winner will see their story in print and will receive a framed copy of their story as it appears in the magazine, with the bespoke illustration.


We are delighted to announce that each regional winner will receive a prize of the Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook 2021. This guide, published by Bloomsbury is the industry recognised guide to getting published.
The latest edition of the bestselling guide is packed full of advice, inspiration and practical information. The Writers' & Artists' Yearbook has been guiding writers and illustrators on the best way to present their work, how to navigate the world of publishing and ways to improve their chances of success, for over 110 years.

The overall winner of the competition will also receive £50 worth (based on rrp) to spend on books from the Bloomsbury website.