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June 2024

June Newsletter showing a pile of books/

June 2024

In this edition:
A Royal Invitation
Write On!’s 5th Anniversary Issue
Women’s Museum Event

May 2024

Pen to Print Crime Month - A Man in a a tench Coat and hat holds a magnifying glass and is looking at footprints on the wooden floor.

Crime Month 2024

In this edition:
Pen to Print at Hay Festival
London Library – Workshops
Writing Dark Romance

April 2024

Happy Easter and image with a pale blue background with multi-coloured Easter Esggs

April 2024

In this edition:
London Typewriters
Write On! Issue 20 Released
Start Your Next Chapter

March 2024

Women's Empowerment Month Image with a White Daisy on a light blue a beige background.

March 2024

In this edition:
Women’s Empowerment Month
London Library – Write & Shine
W&NSF Emma Styles No Country for Girls

February 2024

February 2024

In this edition:
LGBTQ+ Month
Book Challenger Book Published
Audio Drama Workshop

January 2024

Happy New Year!

In this edition:
January Events
Competitions

December 2023

December 2023

In this edition:
Write On! Issue 19
Whatever Happend to Slade?
Audio Drama Workshops

November 2023

An Astronuat in a SpaceSuite in space wiith planets in the background. Pen to Print Sci-Fi, Fantasy Month

November is Sci-Fi, Fantasy Month

In this edition:
Sci-Fi Events
International Men’s Day
Pen to Print Competitions

October 2023

October is Black History Month!

Our Passions this month:
Celebrating Black History Month
Pen to Print Competitions are now OPEN!
Our regular porgramme is underway

September 2023

Online and In person Readfest 2023 Friday 8 to Sunday 17 September. A view of the sky above the clouds

Pen to Print’s ReadFest Special

In this edition:
ReadFest 2023 Begins TODAY!
Higlights of September’s Programme
Pen to Print Competitions Opening soon!

August 2023

An Image of a mobile Phone against a cludy Sky. RedFest 2023 - Barking and Dagenham's Literary Festival Online and In-Person Events. Friday 8 September to Sunday 17 September. Discover the joy of reading through a wide range of events.

Pen to Print’s ReadFest Special

In this edition:
ReadFest 2023 is Coming
Regualr Classes
The Book Challenge Open for New Entires

If there’s a book you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.

Toni Morrison

One should begin any work of fiction with the longest, most convoluted sentence imaginable, then try to beat that record.

Charles Dickens

Description begins in the writer’s imagination, but should finish in the readers.

Stephen King

You don’t start out writing good stuff. You start out writing crap and thinking it’s good stuff, and then gradually you get better at it.

Octavia E.Butler

Writing is a great comfort to people like me, who are unsure of themselves and have trouble expressing themselves properly.

Agatha Christie

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.

Maya Angelou

Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.

Louis L’Amour

It is better to ask some of the questions than to know all the answers.

James Thurber

Creativity is contagious, pass it on.

Albert Einstein

To write successfully, one requires only a sharp pencil, a piece of paper and a hot cup of tea.

Agatha Christie

Poetry is when an emotion has found it’s thought, and the thought has found words.

Robert Frost

Writing lets you break boundaries because you can go anywhere you wish.
The voice in my stories is sometimes authentic, sometimes it is foreign.
Sometimes it is old. Sometimes it is new. Sometimes my writing is Muslim, other times it is Sikh and many times, it is no one’s religion because as long as I am telling the story,
I am in control.
I am whoever I want to be.

Farzana Hakim, Book Challenge Author
Pen to Print Writer