Vienna Writers for Young Readers

Vienna Writers for Young Readers is a brand new group aiming to bring together authors interested in writing for young people, whether that’s picture books, early readers, chapter books, middle-grade fiction or YA novels. Anyone who is currently writing for a younger readership, or who has the ambition of breaking into this particular market, is welcome along to the informal yet informative monthly sessions.

We’ll discuss the current climate of the children’s books industry both in Austria and abroad. We’ll gain inspiration from the best (and maybe worst…) books already out there. And everybody will have the opportunity to share their own current writing within a friendly forum of constructive criticism and advice.

The meetings will be led by Paul Malone – who has published many short stories for children in both The School Magazine (Australia) and Scoop magazine (UK) among others and is the brains behind Creative Café Austria and Creative Writing On The Go; and Keith Gray – award-winning author of over 20 books for young readers including Ostrich Boys, The Runner and You Killed Me! and has edited 2 collections of short stories for teenagers.

Each meeting will be a packed 2 hours. In the first hour the writers are encouraged to bring along a children’s or YA book that they have read recently and can be shared with the rest of the group – what was good about it, what was great about it, was there anything disappointing about it, what can we learn about writing from it? The second half of the meeting will be for the writers to share their own current work-in-progress and receive constructive feedback from the rest of the group.

If you would like to share your work please keep the word count to a maximum of 2000 words and if possible bring along extra copes as handouts.

There is absolutely no obligation to have to speak aloud or share but our whole aim is to create a friendly, relaxed yet professional atmosphere where writers can improve personally and inspire publicly.

All meetings will be held in English.

Our first meeting:

Where: Praxis Wien 5, Rüdigergasse 18/9, 1050 Vienna

When: Tuesday 10th April, 7.00pm to 9.00pm

Email (to register): viennawriters4youngreaders@gmail.com

Cost: between €5 and €10 to cover the venue hire

Text provided by Paul Malone and Keith Gray

Open Mic Night: New Beginnings

Spring is in the air. At least we are telling ourselves the return of the birds and the cold snap Vienna is currently experiencing means the change of seasons is around the corner.  We have decided to celebrate spring and shake off winter by introducing a theme to the Write Now and Creative Cafe Open Mic Night.

For the March 15, 2018 edition of our get together, the theme is New Beginnings.  We will be looking forward to hearing your stories, songs, poems, stand up comedy, and other  creative enterprises in which people start over, get a new job, emigrate to a new country, plant a garden, or rob a grave for the first time.  This is not an inclusive list, we wanted to give you a few examples to get you started on your way!

The host for the night is Young Adult novelist Keith Gray.  Keith is the author of Ostrich Boys, The Fearful, The Last Soldier, and Ghosting amongst others.  He has edited the short story anthologies Losing It and Next.  He wrote about young adult fiction and reviewed new books in The Guardian and The Scotsman newspapers.  Keith has also been a judge on fiction prize panels, including The Guardian Fiction Prize and The Booktrust Teenage Prize.  If you missed the last open mic, Keith led us through anagram puzzles, wore fantastic shoes, and gave us a brief view into the translation of titles.

The Details

We meet in the basement of Cafe Korb.  To cover the cost of the venue, as this is a collective effort, we ask you to contribute €5 to €10.  Performances start around 19:00, and run for approximately two and a half hours.  However, if you are interested in performing 18:45 is when sign up starts.  For those performers who are nervous about getting up on stage, we will be running a short confidence building workshop at 18:15.  

Creative endeavours featuring the theme New Beginnings will be given preference in the performance order.

As this is a joint endeavour between Creative Cafe and Write Now Vienna we have a number of performers.  We ask that you stick to these rough time guidelines so many people get a chance to participate.

  • poetry (max 5 minutes reading time)
  • short story (max 2000 words)
  • novel excerpt (max 1500 words)
  • song (max 5 minutes)
  • stand-up comedy (max 5 minutes)

We will be publishing the best selections from the evening right here on our blog.  Keep checking back for the latest literary endeavours and to learn about new authors on the scene.

Bring your stories, songs, comedic acts, novel excerpts, poetry, and whatever else can be written on paper and join us for a fun filled and supportive evening.  We hope to see you there.

 

Monday 23rd October – Open Mic and Social Meeting

Please join us for a fun filled evening of readings and socializing. Meet friends, or make new ones! This season we are very excited to expand our open mic to include stand up comedians and songwriters so if you have some material you want to test out on a fantastic crowd, don’t hesitate!

Come along and meet other creative people, take the stage, or simply sit back and enjoy the performances.

The open mic will be open for the following performances:

· poetry (max 5 minutes reading time)

· short story (max 2000 words)

· novel excerpt (max 1500 words)

· song (max 5 minutes)

· stand-up comedy (max 5 minutes)

Location: Café Korb, Brandstätte 9, 1010 Vienna ( 2 minute walk from Stephansplatz)

Date: Monday 23rd October

Time: 7.00pm to around 9.30pm

Cost: We kindly ask for between €5 and €10 contribution to cover the venue hire

For performers:

If you would like to perform on the night, please arrive at 6.45pm to put your name on the list. Please keep in mind the time / word count for performances.

We look forward to seeing you!

Indian Spring

Award-winning Indian author Ardashir Vakil is coming to Austria in May to host an exclusive networking/reading, following by a creative writing event. The title of the workshop: Writing for Life. A special offer price on the workshop ends on Friday.

As writers – especially in that first big work – we often choose to use our own life experiences and memories, drawing on deeply personal themes and details to enrich plot, create three-dimensional characters and build a body of material to work from. But how should we do this effectively, and make the most of those experiences to create really strong writing?

Now, in a creative writing weekend organised by writers’ group Write Now, the author Ardashir Vakil, who also lectures in creative writing in London, will be giving a free reading of a recent short story of his, following by a two-day workshop. Here’s what that weekend will look like…

On the evening of Friday 5 May, Vakil will read ‘Impromptu’, a piece he wrote in 2014 and which was published in the spring of that year in Raritan, a prestigious American literary journal. The piece has a very Viennese theme, and the reading will take place at the Arts Centre below the Cafe Korb in the Innenstadt, beginning at 9 p.m. The author will read for 35 minutes, after which participants will be invited to question Vakil, before enjoying a drink and networking event with the other writers, publishers, journalists and artists present. The reading and social opportunity will be free of charge.

Subsequently, on the mornings and early afternoons of Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 May, Vakil will host a workshop for twelve people, examining how to take one’s own life story, experience and memories, and work it into your writing to enrich plot and characters in novels and short stories. Vakil’s own best-selling novel, ‘Beach Boy’, is a coming-of-age story dealing with his own childhood in ‘60s and ‘70s Bombay, which won the Betty Trask Award.

The workshop will consist of writing exercises when all participants, including Vakil, will write for anything from 5 to 20 minutes. All participants will get a chance to read to the group and receive feedback from Vakil and their peers. Questions on issues such as plot, character, narrative technique and voice will be discussed throughout the workshop, and Vakil will make room to address any outstanding questions participants may wish to discuss during intervals in each session and lunch afterwards.

The workshop is being kept small, with twelve participants, to maximise direct interaction and close-in access to the host. Tickets for the workshop cost € 175 if booked by he end of this week, 31 March, and € 195 if booked after that date. The workshop will be held in the Arts Centre below the Cafe Korb, five minutes’ walk from Stephansdom.

If you think you might be interested in attending the workshop and networking event for free, or would like to book a place on the workshop, please contact Tim Martinz-Lywood by calling 0650 289 1150 or drop in at the Write Now website.

Write Now is a group dedicated to creating a platform for English-language writes in Vienna to network, exchange writing experiences and socialise with life minds. 

Literary Reading- Julian Gough

Julian Gough with coffee in Library Bar credit Solana JoyCome to a reading on November 12, 2015 at 7:30 pm

Julian Gough, award winning author of “The Orphan and the Mob”, the “iHole”, Jude in Ireland, Jude in London, and the UK number one Kindle Single “CRASH!” will be reading from his work. He is contemporary, creative and entertaining. So please do come out for a listen, ask some questions, meet some people and have a drink. This event is co-hosted by Write Now and the Irish Embassy. And it’s FREE.

Where: Lane and Merriman’s Irish Pub, Spitalgasse 3, 1090

Registration is not required but we always appreciate a quick email to let us know you are coming. tamara.writenow@gmail.com

And don’t miss out on Julian’s spectacular Short Story workshop on November 14/15! More information here.

Find your contest!

Kirstin ZhangA big thank you to Kirstin Zhang who joined us on Thursday October 22nd to talk about the best way to get your writing read by an agent- submit to contests! A lot of these contests are judged by agents, or are geared to finding new talent to represent.

Check us out on Facebook and Twitter and post some of your contest suggestions. We’ll post some of ours!

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April Networking Meeting

On April 9th at 19:00, die schule für Dichtung (Vienna Poetry School) will host our networking meeting. Join us for a short talk by the Artistic Director, Fritz Ostermayer and Managing Director Harriet Nachtmann, about the school’s exciting history as a cultural landmark in Vienna and what it’s all about today. Afterwards there will be lots of time to have a drink, chat with some of those interesting people you may or may not have met last time, and enjoy a spring night overlooking the never dull Mariahilferstrasse.

It’s always lovely to know how many people to expect, so do drop us a line at office.writenow@gmail.com to let us know if you will attend.

Members free. Non-Members 7€ at the door.

And be sure to spread the word to all your budding (and blooming) writerly friends!