At York Literature Festival, on 16th March, we will have a very special Writing Tree event. It’s been really exciting to plan this, and our own event at such a well-established Festival marks an important landmark for us. Over the past year, alongside our usual services, we have been developing a modest publishing portfolio, and plans for an in-person writers’ club in York, both of which will be launched at the event. These developments are focused on our usual mission of supporting writers, including those who are less often catered for in mainstream writing activities.
Our Writing Club will be an opportunity for writers of all levels of experience and with all kinds of writing goals to meet like-minded others. We want to offer a range of activities, including space to share writing tips, develop projects and socialise. Many writers are nervous to join local writing groups, especially if they don’t yet feel comfortable sharing their work; yet they are keen to meet other people who enjoy writing as much as they do. The Writing Tree Writers’ Club aims to provide a place where this can happen. The York branch will be a pilot project, and we hope to offer clubs in other places in the future.
Similarly, as an emerging Independent Publisher we aim to cater for writers who might otherwise find it daunting to get their writing out there into the world, and lack a voice as a result. We aim to open for general submissions in the future, but at the moment we are working with carefully selected partners while we hone our publishing model.
Our first such partner is Converge, a project based at York St John University, which provides high quality education for people recovering from mental illness. Last summer we published ‘Creative Writing Heals‘, an anthology of work by their creative writing students. We are currently preparing to bring out their second volume, as the first was so successful that annual sequels are planned.
Meanwhile we are about to launch our second in-house anthology of fiction written by our own writers, teachers and editors. Ocean will be available from the 16th March, and you will be able to read an excellent bonus story from Ekaterina Fawl here on our blog from Tuesday. Don’t miss it!
So, we’ve been very busy behind the scenes, but over the coming months we’ll be back here on the blog, bringing you ideas and advice to help develop your writing. If there’s anything you’d like us to talk about, do say so in the comments and we’ll do our best to oblige!
The Writing Tree Team.