26 Newsletter – MARCH 2017

Edam, Holland by Jim Davies

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Lighter nights. Warmer(ish) days. Spring has sprung. In your March newsletter, Brian Jenner shares his speechwriting wisdom and Elena Bowes talks to Melanie Whipman about her debut collection of short stories. We've also got a couple of dates for your diaries. Our new 26 Trade Secrets workshop on stories at work will kick off in May and our 26 Prints project launches this week. And if that doesn't keep you busy enough, how about finding the 27th letter of the alphabet?


How to write a good speech

Founder of the European Speechwriter Network and 26er Brian Jenner has been writing speeches since 1995. He's written for weddings, funerals, sales conferences and the CEO of BP. Here he shares his wisdom, including how listening to rabbis, recovering alcoholics and people in the funeral industry will help you write a better speech. ...more


26 Trade Secrets: Stories at work

We all love stories. But if you’re interested in learning how to use stories to do better work, save the date for our next 26 Trade Secrets session on 4 May. You'll find out how to thread stories through every part of your writing life – from that crucial first briefing session, through creative and strategic workshops, to getting the right words out of your head and onto the screen. ....more

Spotlight: Melanie Whipman

Myths, legends, inspirational writers, and character versus plot. Following the launch of her debut collection of short stories, Llama Sutra, Melanie Whipman caught up with 26’s associate editor Elena Bowes to tell all. ...more

26 Prints launch night

Over the last few months, some of us have been enjoying the company of Durer, Picasso and Warhol. It's all part of our 26 Prints project in collaboration with Eames Fine Art. To find out what your fellow 26ers have been up to and see their creative responses to some wonderful pieces of art, come along to the open event on 29 March at Eames Gallery, Bermondsey. ...more

Searching for the 27th letter

Inspired by a competition first launched by Ian Fleming in 1947, friend of 26, Phil Cleaver, has teamed up with three other judges to find a letter worthy of joining our trusty A-Z. Is now the moment for English to have 27? Is immortality lying in wait for some clever designer? ...more

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