Breathing Lightly writing workshop

On March 1st, I will be running a writing workshop with Rebecca Audra Smith focusing on ‘The Body’. At the moment I am working too much to resurrect CAKE.writers at Nexus Art Café (though if others still want to go, you’re more than welcome to use the space!), but we plan to do workshops every couple of months throughout 2014.


From the facebook event page:

This full day of workshops is aimed at prose and poetry writers, and will focus on exploring themes surrounding The Body. You will take part in a range of different writing exercises, including introspective/meditative work and group tasks! The workshops will be led by writers Sarah Grace Logan and Rebecca Audra Smith.

Please reserve a ticket via eventbrite, and then let us know if you wish to pay via paypal, or on the door (£15/ concession £12)

Arrivals, icebreakers and introductions

10:30 – 12:45 Out of Body
A workshop exploring out of body experiences, using close reading and freewriting to encourage you to reach in new directions.

12:45 – 1:30 Lunch/Writing Time
We will provide free tea, coffee and homemade cake for the breaks, but please bring along something to nibble on for lunch.

1:30 – 3:30 Sense and Sensation
In this workshop we will encourage you to consider sensation and touch in your writing, and explore the idea of words as physical beings.

3:30 – 4:30 Feedback/Writing Time
A chance to share something that you’ve written in the workshops and get feedback from the group. We will also leave you with a workbook of writing exercises to take away.

The workshop costs £15 for the whole day, and includes drinks and amazing homemade cake. There is a concessionary rate of £12 for students, unwaged and workshop leaders. The cost is primarily to cover room hire, refreshments and photocopying.

If you have any questions please let me know. You can reserve a space through eventbrite and pay on the door, in advance via paypal. Just get in touch 🙂


CAKE.shortandsweet @ Mancstercon this weekend!

That’s right, there’s a brand new indie comics convention taking place in Manchester this weekend, and we’re going to be part of it.

As many of you know, we’ve been working on some short story pamphlets which will be sold at the con to raise money to support CAKE. Editor Sarah Grace Logan will be selling these along with a pamphlet of her own work, and an e-book will be made available soon.

The part you’re really interested in, however, is that we’ll be selling homemade cakes and other baked goods on our stall!

Like these irresistible butterhorns. Mm.

Like these irresistible butterhorns. Mm.

We’re also part of Sunday’s programme and will be delivering a writing workshop in the afternoon. This is in place of our usual meeting at Nexus.

So, just to be clear: the writing group will not meet at Nexus this Sunday, but at Madlab. This will require you to get an entry pass for the convention, but it only costs £3 on the day, and CAKE.writers will get a free cake from our stall as a thank you for coming! If you want to come for the whole weekend, £5 gets you a weekend pass, including entry to the pre-party on Friday night.


Check out the map here.

Forming Words at Manchester Craft & Design Centre

From the first Friday in August, I’ll be running a writing workshop at the Manchester Craft & Design Centre, based in the Northern Quarter. They are hosting the Forming Words exhibition, and have invited CAKE to use their new events space throughout the course of the exhibition.

MCDC is having a free launch event this Saturday, between 2 – 5pm. There’s going to be live music, plus food and drink served in the café (which I can confirm is all delicious), and of course a first look at the exhibition. If anyone is free, it would be lovely to have a CAKE contingent there!

I’ll post more later about the workshops, which will begin on Friday 2nd August and will run from roughly 10am – 12pm. 

For now, here’s a little more about the exhibition itself:

Manchester Craft & Design Centre’s latest exhibition, Forming Words, showcases a selection of contemporary craft objects which have been inspired and informed by text. Each work in this exhibition was specially commissioned by Flow Gallery, London, and responds to a piece of writing of the artist’s choice, from poetry to a letter to lyrics. MCDC is the exhibition’s first touring venue outside London.

The exhibition features 17 international artists from the UK, Ireland, USA, the Netherlands, Finland, and Sweden. Each artist has approached the theme differently, resulting in a thought provoking exhibition showcasing the inspiration that text can provide. It showcases a variety of disciplines including jewellery, ceramics and enamel. 

Forming Words will be open at Manchester Craft and Design Centre on Saturday 13 July 2013 – Saturday 9 November 2013

CAKE. short story submissions

I’m going along to an indie comics convention in Manchester the first weekend of August, and have been asked if I’d like to sell some books there. You can read more about Mancstercon here, and of course do come along if you’re in the area! It just costs £3 for the whole weekend. It’s at Madlab in the Northern Quarter. 

I’d like to put together a short story pamphlet of work by CAKE authors to try and sell at the  con (with money going towards printing the monthly issues again).

The only catch is that I need stories by the end of the weekend. If you would like to submit a story, please email it to by midnight on Sunday*. Submissions should be 500 words or less.

If you want to submit something you’ve already written for the Wednesday Write-in, that’s fine, and I’m very happy if you want to edit it before submitting.

I’m also hoping to move the writing group over to Madlab for the weekend so we can get involved with the talks and festivities there, and meet some new people. I’m currently chatting to the organisers, so I’ll get back to you nearer the time about whether or not we’ll be there.


Any questions, just let me know!


*that’s just midnight wherever you are – I’ll check them on Monday morning 🙂

Stuff and Nonsense

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Wenesday Write-in

You might notice that I’ve updated the text of the weekly Wednesday Write-in posts, and that there hasn’t been a featured writer post for a while. I realised that having a ‘winner’ each week had strayed from the fundamental idea of just getting people to have a go at writing. This isn’t meant to be a competition, it’s about having a go and practising. So, hopefully nobody minds, but I won’t be picking a featured writer any more.

Preview of Recipe.


On the other hand, I’d like to start having regular contests (perhaps quarterly, maybe every six months) to produce a book of short stories by CAKE.writers. The first anthology has been in progress now for almost a year so I’m hoping to get that sorted in the next couple of months. But if you think you’d like to get involved with making our own book stick your hand up!


Flash Fiction Day

International Flash Fiction Day returns on June 22nd this year and we plan to hold an event in Manchester again, although we’re not quite sure what yet! Put it in your diaries, and tell us what sort of thing you’d like to do. Like last year, we’d love to tie it with an online event (last time we had a flash fiction competition open), so if you have any ideas please comment.

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The writing group is moving from May 19th to May 12th. So, we’ll see you again this Sunday, after which the next meeting will be June 2nd. We’ll also meet in Salford Zine Library from now on, instead of The Nook. You find this by walking past the till/kitchen area, through the doors, and go to the second room on the left. It’s much quieter!

Last chance to sponsor National Flash Fiction Day 2013


Cut to the chase: National Flash Fiction Day needs about £1400 more to reach their goal of £2000. This will enable them to bring us another awesome day of short stories, anthologies, events, competitions and more.

CAKE.shortandsweet got its start thanks to NFFD last year. So, we’d just like to ask you to take a moment today and sponsor them, for as small or large an amount as you can afford.

The catch? Sponsoring ends today. Last chance.

As a bonus, CAKE organiser Sarah Grace Logan will write a flash fiction for everyone who sponsors them! Just pop a comment on here or email sarahgracelogan[at] so we know!

Read more about National Flash Fiction Day.


CAKE.writers celebrate, literary style

If you have some time on Sunday 18th November and you’re lucky enough to be located in or near Manchester, you should come and join us for a special bumper Writers’ Circle meeting.

We’re going to celebrate both NaNoWriMo and National Short Story Week in style with some workshops, some friendly discussion about our writing, and some free cake!

We also have another exciting announcement coming in the next few days, which you’ll be able to hear much more about at the meet up.

You can find out more and RSVP here on the facebook event page. Or download the flyer here.

CAKE.writers meet from 1 – 3 pm every first and third Sunday at Nexus Art Café on Dale Street in the Northern Quarter.

Busy week

1. Wednesday Write-in returns at 8am this week, don’t miss it! The level of writing talent is improving week on week, and it was fantastic to see some new faces last week. Please keep telling your friends about us, we’re really enjoying the community that’s building up here.

2. We’ve just finished some query letters to new venues around Manchester, so watch this space. Hopefully you’ll see the monthly issues touching down in some new venues soon.

3. The fifth issue should be out next week, featuring some brand new writers with a really diverse mix of stories.

4. We’re currently making plans for Short Story Week in November and will hopefully announce them soon! If anyone is available to help out with an event in Manchester between the 12th and 18th of November, please let us know!

Issue 5 deadline

Thank you to everyone who took part in the inaugural Wednesday Write-in, and a special thank you to those who told your friends! It proved even more popular than we’d hoped and we already can’t wait for next week.

In other news, there’s just a week left to submit stories for September’s magazine.

The optional theme this month is Lessons and the deadline is September 1st.

The issues will be published for the weekend of the 15th/16th, coinciding with CAKE’s editor Sarah Grace Logan attending Northampton’s first Gay Book Festival and also publishing a guest blog on Morgen Bailey‘s fascinating Writing Resource Blog! Busy weekend!

We’re not evil geniuses, but …

We do have secret plans. It seems a long way off right now, but 12th-18th November 2012 will be National Short Story Week. This will coincide with the release of our seventh issue and will mark six months since we first started printing your stories.

CAKE.shortandsweet is planning to celebrate its sixth month birthday with a very special publication and another writers’ meet up on the 17th or 18th of November in Manchester. So, put the date in your diaries and get scribbling, because we’ll soon be putting out the call for submissions to our special secret publication. More details will follow in the next few weeks!