Have you got what it takes to be the next Stieg Larsson or Henning Mankell?
Enter Brent Libraries short story competition and have the chance to win a place on a creative writing course at Birkbeck, University of London or a book token from the Willesden Green Book Shop.
Swedish crime fiction author Camilla Ceder has written the opening lines to a story. All you have to do is to complete the story in no more than 2000 words. Please note that entries must be typed, hand-written entries will not be considered.
The competition runs from Monday 24 January. Please pick up an entry from any Brent Library or request an electronic version from firstname.lastname@example.org. The closing date is Wednesday 23 February 2011.
Need help with writing short stories?
Birkbeck, University of London is running a free workshop on how to get started with fiction at Willesden Green Library Centre on Tuesday 15 February, 6–7.30pm. Julia Bell, novelist and Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Birkbeck, will provide you with exercises and extracts to fire your imagination and give you a preview of the kind of courses on offer at Birkbeck.
Want to find out more about Creative Writing at Birkbeck? You can also visit the new Writers Hub website at www.writershub.co.uk for hints and tips to help improve your work.
Birkbeck will also have an information stand at Willesden Green Library Center on the 8 February 4–7pm for you to speak to an adviser about the courses on offer.