NorthPens is a community writing group based in Weardale, County Durham. The group was established in 2013 and encompasses a wide range of strengths, aspirations and interests among its members.
The most important aspect of our weekly meetings is that we all love writing, have fun and enjoy each others’ company. Anyone is welcome to join us, it doesn’t matter how much or how little experience you have, we will be pleased to see you. We meet between 10 and 12 a.m. on Wednesdays at Stanhope community centre.
Each session has a focus agreed by the group. We may decide to spend some time working on a particular topic or technique, such as writing poetry or structuring a narrative. Usually, (although not always!) our meetings follow a similar pattern. We spend part of the time working on writing exercises and/or discussing and analysing published work – stories, poems, extracts from novels etc. – the rest is devoted to sharing work and offering each other supportive feedback. We also run occasional masterclasses with professional writers.
We aren’t meeting at the moment, in the light of current policy regarding covid-19. However, we are still writing and finding ways of staying in touch (see our NEXT WEEK page).
Weardale WordFest 2021
22- 24 October
NorthPens Writers are really excited to be launching our very first film! We have been working with Lonely Tower Film and Media to produce a film based on our writing during the period of lockdown earlier this year. You can use this link to view the whole film, or access it from the OUR WRITING PROJECTS AND OTHER NEWS page where you will find more information and links to the segments by individual writers.
Weardale Authors Showcase and Book Fair
Sat 24 October, 10 – 3, in St. Thomas’ Church Hall, Stanhope. The book fair will run along the same lines as other events, such as craft fairs and markets in the venue, socially distanced and carefully regulated. Individual authors will manage their own bookstalls and it will be a lovely opportunity to meet them and talk about their work. We are really excited to be able to present 12 local authors alongside NorthPens. You will find a great range of styles and subject matter: local history and exploration, crime fiction, memoir, photography, poetry, literary fiction, anthologies, cycling adventures, romantic fiction … we hope to see you there!
Go to the WordFest 2020 page for information about the authors involved.
The third Weardale WordFest was to have been held 22nd – 25th October 2020. Alas, the latest restrictions in place in County Durham mean that we are no longer able to go ahead with our plans safely and within the Covid-19 guidelines. We hope, however, to see you next Spring. Keep checking the WordFest page on this website for information about Weardale WordFest, April 2021.
the NorthPens anthology
… it would make a fantastic present, or two!
NorthPens Writers ‘…celebrate the craft of storytelling in a vibrant range of forms, interweaving the strands of time and place with the voices of an eclectic, funny and often moving, bunch of characters.’
Price £7.50. Available November 2017 from NorthPens (leave us a message) or from local outlets below:
Stanhope: Durham Dales Centre; Weardale Hub; St. John’s Chapel: Chatterbox Cafe; Wolsingham: Bradley Burn Farm shop; Bishop Auckland: No. 42; Corbridge, Forum Books.