We are delighted to announce that our next Writer on the Bloc will be Welsh Author of the Year Manon Steffan Ros!
Manon Steffan Ros is a novelist, scriptwriter and columnist. She works primarily through the medium of Welsh, but her works have been translated to English, Catalan, Arabic, Polish, Spanish and French. Her novel Blasu won the Fiction Prize of the 2013 Wales Book of the Year and Llyfr Glas Nebo, was shortlisted for Welsh Book of the Year, and she has won the Tir Na N’Og prize for children’s fiction five times.
She will be delivering a whole host of events as our Writer in Residence from Workshops on writing flash fiction to one to one sessions, Bloc Socials and an Enterprise hub.
We can’t wait to kick off Manon’s residency with an in conversation event all about her career, welcoming her to the bloc and giving you all a chance to get to know our new Writer. The event will be a conversation about her career to date, what she writes about as well as a Q&A for you to ask all your burning questions!
How Do we finish what we’ve started? Sometimes, it isn’t getting ideas that’s the problem- it’s sticking with them! So many of us have a collection of random chapters, half-novels and scribbled down ideas, and in order to move on as writers and creators, it’s key that we develop a way to move past the wall and to finish what we’ve started. We’ve all had that crashing crisis of confidence where we lose interest- or faith in what we’re doing. Here we’ll discuss how to conquer that wall and take a step closer to being ready to share our work.
As part of our Enterprise Hub scheme, a business and freelance development project we support on, this event is an opportunity to “talk business” -an industry-facing discussion on any aspect of our Writer’s work, e.g. working as a freelancer, working with a production team, setting up an independent publisher etc. This will be an opportunity for you to ask questions relevant to your craft and career development.
Our Open House is an opportunity for you to share with our community of writers as well as our Writer in Residence. We’ll discuss what you’re working on at the moment, you can get feedback from the group and some discussion on creative processes or ways of developing your skills.
WoW loves a party- and we love hearing new work! The Bloc Party is a final celebration of the residency, including a sharing of an exclusive piece of work written by our writer as well hearing new work from emerging writers.