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The Summer Festival of Writing 2021

A ground-breaking digital festival for writers all over the world

Join the biggest writing event of the year!

Back for its second year, The Summer Festival of Writing is here to keep you focused on your writing career – whether you’re just starting out, are submitting to agents, or want to start self-publishing seriously.

Every year since 2010, over three hundred writers have travelled to York, England to attend our Festival of Writing. In 2020, we brought you our first fully digital festival which saw over a thousand writers across the world tuning in to watch over one hundred hours of live events with the best in the business.

Now, we’re back and bigger than ever.

Summer Festival of Writing at a Glance

A Summer of Events
From June – August.

30+ Interactive Sessions
Watch live or on replay.

The Biggest Names in Writing
Authors, agents, publishers, & more.

Early-Bird Tickets Now on Sale

Your Summer Starts Here

Early-bird tickets are now on sale! Be the first to get access to the whole Summer Festival of Writing, with just one ticket.

Your ticket includes access to:

  • 35+ live online events from June – August.
  • Replays of all the events until 30 September 2021.
  • An online networking group with other writers.
  • An entry into Friday Night Live competition.

Members of Jericho Writers are entitled to a huge discount on both early bird and main price tickets. Join now or login to see your discount automatically applied.

Festival Highlights

During the summer, you’ll have chance to attend over thirty-five online events. Below is a highlight of some we’re really excited about.

In Conversation with Caleb Azumah Nelson

We’re kicking off our Summer Festival with one of this year’s bright young debut novelists, Caleb Azumah Nelson, who will be in conversation with Jericho’s own Anna Burtt. Read his novel, ‘Open Water’, ahead of the event and come armed with questions!

Write Your Book in An Hour with CD Major

Blank page and no idea how to begin? This practical hour-long workshop is guaranteed to kickstart your inspiration. We will explore the nuts and bolts of what a satisfying story needs. If you want to write commercial fiction that readers will adore this workshop is perfect for you! C D Major is a novelist and screenwriter. Her latest thriller ‘The Other Girl’ hit the top spot on Amazon and she also writes uplifting commercial fiction under her pseudonym Rosie Blake.

Untitled Writing: Under-represented Writers Showcase (BSL interpreted)

Welcome to the Untitled Writers’ Salon at the Summer Festival of Writing 2021. Untitled was founded in 2019 with the aim to amplify the work of under-represented writers via literary salons. In 2020 they launched Untitled: Voices, a global online journal and held the first UNDERREP’D WRITERS FESTIVAL. This salon will feature four outstanding writers sharing their work live.

In Conversation with Mark Dawson

Mark Dawson is arguably the most successful self-published author working and writing today. With six series of books under his belt, two stand-alone novels, a popular podcast THE SELF PUBLISHING SPOTLIGHT and bestseller status globally, Dawson is at the top of his game. Harry Bingham will be quizzing Mark Dawson about his writing, his books, and how he started his self-publishing empire.

Friday Night Live: Competition

More writers have left Friday Night Live with an offer of representation than any other competition we’ve ran in the past eighteen years. Included in your ticket, is one entry into this competition where we ask for the first five hundred words of your novel-in-progress. During the summer, we’ll announce our longlist and writers will have the opportunity to read their work live to our audience for a chance to make the shortlist.

Join us for a summer of opportunity

I truly feel part of something massive and beautiful. The Jericho Summer Festival of Writing has been amazing and has opened up a bright path to the future for me as a writer. I am grateful and happy to be a part of the Jericho family. Thank you, you lovely, lovely Jericho organisers.

Sarah Clayton

Festival Attendee

Achieve your writing goals this summer

The Summer Festival of Writing was the best thing that ever happened to me. I learnt everything I needed to go forward as a writer. I went from having a crappy first draft and not knowing what to do with it, to learning the tools to build, mould and edit into a beautiful novel. Thank you so much Jericho Writers!

Sibo Makuza

Festival Attendee

Summer Festival Of Writing 2021

Summer Festival of Writing 2021 – Early Bird Offer

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Frequently asked


How long are early bird tickets on sale for?

Early Bird tickets can be purchased now and will be available until the end of April. After that, full price tickets will go on sale.


Do members of Jericho Writers receive a discount on their ticket?

Yes, members receive a big discount of almost 50% on the ticket prices (both early bird and main price tickets).

If you are a member of Jericho Writers, please login to see your discount automatically applied.

If you’re not already a member, join us before booking your ticket to get a reduced price plus access to everything else in our membership.


What if I can’t attend every event?

With so many events happening this summer, you’re bound to miss a few live. Thankfully, we’ll be recording all sessions and popping the replays up for free, for all ticket-holders.

These will be uploaded as soon as possible after the event and will be available for you to replay as often as you wish until 30 September 2021.

Please note that the chat box does not appear during replays.


Will I be able to ask questions during the events?

Yes. Live sessions take place via a webinar platform, where you can interact with the tutor and other delegates via an instant-messenger-style chat.

For some of our more popular events, a member of our team will pick questions from this chat to ask the presenter. For others, the presenter themselves will keep an eye on what’s being said. This will depend on the number of people who turn up on the day.

Many of our events have hundreds of people watching at a time and we are unable to get through all the questions in an hour.

A member of the Jericho team is always in the chat and will be able to answer some questions there.


How long will sessions last?

Webinar workshops and “In-Conversation” panels will be approximately one hour.


How can I submit to the Friday Night Live competition?

Friday Night Live is open exclusively to ticket-holders only.

We’ll send more information about this via email to ticket holders.


When will the full programme be announced?

We’ll be announcing more speakers over the coming weeks, so keep your eyes on the website for updates! Ticket holders will receive emails between now and the Festival beginning with all the latest information, too. 


Will I be able to meet other writers during the Summer Festival of Writing?

Connect with presenters and other delegates live during the webinar using the ‘chat’ function at every event.

This chat can move quickly at popular sessions, so you can take your time to get to know fellow writers by signing up for a free account on our Community.


Can I buy a ticket once the festival has started?

Yes! This Festival will be going on for over three months, so there’s plenty to enjoy throughout the Festival.


Will there be bursary places available for under-represented and low-income writers?

Jericho Writers is committed to making everything we do as accessible as possible. We’ll release more information about this as soon as we have it.


Where do I go for more information on accessibility?

The beauty of an online festival of this kind is that it opens publishing to people from all over the world. That said, there might be barriers for some writers to enjoy an online Festival.

We’d love to hear from any writer who is concerned about accessing this Festival and will always do our best to help where we can. Contact our team on


I can’t see the answer to my question here. Who do I contact?

Our team is made up of writers and readers who passionate about the written word. If you have a question, pop it over to us at and we’ll be happy to help.

Please note that we’re a small team and currently experiencing a high number of calls and emails. We promise we’ll get back to you as soon as we possibly can.

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