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The Summer Festival of Writing

Free and exclusive to Jericho Writers members

The biggest writing event of the year

The Summer Festival of Writing will be back for 2022 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, the Summer Festival is completely free to anyone who is a member of Jericho Writers at the time.


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.

Festival Highlights

We haven’t yet announced our programme for 2022, but here are some of our favourite events from Summer 2021

Our 2021 Summer Festival Programme

Select each month to see our full lineup

Introducing The Summer Festival of Writing

with the Jericho Writers team

1 June | 19:00 BST / 14:00 ET
Welcome to The Summer Festival of Writing; a three-month long festival featuring workshops, webinars and interviews with some of the most exciting writers and publishers working at the moment. We’ll talk through the programme and answer any questions you have about the event.

In Conversation with Caleb Azumah Nelson

with Anna Burtt

3 June | 19:00 BST / 14:00 ET
Anna Burtt will be chatting with one of this year’s bright young debut novelists, Caleb Azumah Nelson. Read his novel, Open Water, ahead of the event and come armed with questions!

In Conversation with Mark Dawson

with Harry Bingham

4 June | 19:00 BST / 14:00 ET
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 will quiz Mark Dawson about his writing, his books, and how he started his self-publishing empire.

How to Keep Writing When You Feel Like an Imposter

with Fiona Thomas

7 June | 19:00 BST / 14:00 ET
Join author and mental health speaker Fiona Thomas to discuss a topic that afflicts almost every single writer: imposter syndrome. Through tried and tested advice and creative prompts, this workshop will ease you into writing, help you overcome self-doubt and put pen to paper!

Write Your Book in An Hour

with C.D. Major

9 June | 19:00 BST / 14:00 ET
Blank page and no idea how to begin? This practical hour-long workshop with author of The Thin Place, C.D. Major, is guaranteed to kickstart your inspiration. We will explore the nuts and bolts of what a satisfying story needs.

Ask Two Top Agents Anything (UK & USA)

with Laura Williams & Sonali Chachani

11 June | 19:00 BST / 14:00 ET
Are there things you’ve always wanted to ask a literary agent? Well, now is your chance. We’re joined by Laura Williams from Greene & Heaton in the UK and Sonali Chachani from Folio Lit in the USA to answer all your agent-related questions.

The Art of Travel Writing

with Monisha Rajesh

12 June | 14:00 BST / 09:00 ET
Join award-winning travel writer Monisha Rajesh as she discusses the art of travel writing. From gathering stories, making notes, taking photographs, interviewing and bringing a scene to life, Rajesh will share her secrets on how to create a compelling tale.

Writing the Environment

with Naomi Booth

15 June | 19:00 BST / 14:00 ET
What makes the setting of a work of fiction come alive? How might the ‘environment’ of a story interact with its characters? In this workshop, we’ll think about the environment as ecology—as a network of connections that is at the heart of writing. We’ll look at recent ideas about the environment—including ‘dark ecology’, and micro and macro persepctives—to explore different ways to write about the natural world.

Writing Forgotten Histories Into Mainstream Memory

with Victoria Princewill

21 June | 14:00 BST / 09:00 ET
Exploring storytelling from eras untouched by rigorous academic inquiry. How does one tell a story from the perspective of someone whose world they cannot envisage? What are the responsibilities of the author? What materials can be used as an entry point? How to balance lending your imagination with presenting an authentic perspective of a period character?

Making The Origins of Iris

with Beth Lewis, Kwaku Osei-Afrifa, Jemima Forrester

25 June | 19:00 BST / 14:00 ET
Author of the critically-acclaimed debut ‘The Wolf Road’, Beth Lewis returns with her brand new novel ‘The Origins of Iris’. We’ll be in conversation with the author, the agent and the editor to discuss how this exciting book came to fruition.

How to Harness Questions to Drive Plot

with Kate Bradley

29 June | 19:00 BST / 14:00 ET
Does your novel lack pace? Do you feel that sometimes you’re not sure where to go next? Do you fear the saggy middle? Learn how to raise questions within your writing to drive plot forward. Curiosity within your readers is key – regardless of genre – so learn how to harness the power of the question, to ensure your plot works for you.

Writing Secondary Characters and Relationships

with Kira-Anne Pelican

1 July | 19:00 BST / 14:00 ET
Learn psychological approaches towards creating compelling secondary characters with dynamic and engaging relationships, the laws of attraction, and how to reveal reveal intimacy or power dynamics through subtext.

Unlocking Poetry

with Cecilia Knapp

3 July | 19:00 BST / 14:00 ET
Using a series of exercises, restrictions and fantastic poems as a spring board, Cecilia will lead you through a playful, low pressure workshop which will help you plant some seeds for some poems. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a first time writer, this workshop will suit you.

In conversation with Amanda Prowse

with Harry Bingham

9 July | 19:00 BST / 14:00 ET
With over twenty-seven books under her belt, and millions of sales globally, Amanda Prowse is one of the most prolific authors writing today. Amanda will be discussing her career, her experience publishing with Amazon, and the huge community she’s built around her work.

From Moodboard to Chapter: Using Films to Inspire your Novel

with Holly Race

12 July | 19:00 BST / 14:00 ET
In this workshop, you will learn a range of techniques to create visual, impactful scenes that capture on the page all the soaring emotion of the best films. Bring your moodboards or screenshots from your favourite on-screen scenes.

Holly Race

Writing Comedy in Books, Screenplays and Short Stories

with Lisa Allen-Agostini

14 July | 19:00 BST / 14:00 ET
In this workshop, Trinidadian novelist and stand-up comedian Lisa Allen-Agostini shows how she’s wielded humour in fiction, poetry and short film while dealing with serious social issues. The workshop will look at the art of the joke and apply it to other kinds of writing.

In Conversation with a Top USA Independent Publisher

with Kendall Story, Catapult Press

15 July | 19:00 BST / 14:00 ET
Kendall Storey, editor and foreign rights manager at Catapult Press, will give an inside look into the editorial process at one of the US’ most exciting indie publishers

Friday Night Live Round One

Anna Burt & Drew Broussard

16 July | 19:00 BST / 14:00 ET

More writers have left Friday Night Live with an offer of representation than any other competition we’ve ran in the past fifteen years. Join eight longlisted writers for round one of this extra-special event, where we’ll hear the winning extracts and find out why they were chosen.

Digital First Publishing Panel

with Simon & Schuster, Bookouture, and Joffe Books

18 July | 19:00 BST / 14:00 ET
Digital first publishing is a growing trend in the industry. This panel of expert digital first publishers Sara-Jade Virtue, Jenny Geras, and Jasper Joffe will be discussing the benefits and the process and answering questions from the audience and Harry Bingham.

Write a Poem From Scratch

with Reshma Ruia

20 July | 19:00 BST / 14:00 ET
In this interactive session, Reshma Ruia will go beyond the technicalities of structure and syntax and talk about the joy one can find in using everyday language to create a poem and provide tips on writing, editing and performing poetry. There will be writing exercises and links for further reading.

The Child Within and Without: Creating an Authentic Child’s Voice

with Sarah Ann Juckes

23 July | 19:00 BST / 14:00 ET
This interactive workshop will cover how to deal with the elusive narrative voice of the child. Sarah will present a short talk with tips and observations about creating an authentic voice for child narrators/characters, followed by exercises which explore ways in which your material can be “translated” into the child voice, and finishing with a Q&A.

The Bookseller’s Tale

with Martin Latham

27 July | 19:00 BST / 14:00 ET
Martin Latham has been a bookseller for over 35 years. His new book The Bookseller’s Tale is the story of our love affair with books and uncovers the curious history of our book obsession. Martin will be talking about the changing face of the bookselling industry, reading from his fantastic book and answering some of your questions.

Psychic Distance

with Debi Alper

28 July | 19:00 BST / 14:00 ET
Learning to use psychic distance – also called narrative distance – will make your writing more powerful, and your story more exciting and engaging for readers. In this session Debi will explain how this magical tool holds the key to point of view, narrative voice, characters’ voices, and showing and telling.

Writing What You Don’t Know

with with Naomi Ishiguro

29 July | 19:00 BST / 14:00 ET
In this workshop, we’ll look at how to write fiction about things outside your own life experience. Should you even attempt it? How should you do your research? What kind of questions should you be asking yourself? We’ll look at the work some writers who’ve pulled this off excellently, and maybe even do some exercises!

Friday Night Live Round Two

with Anna Burtt & Sarah Ann Juckes

30 July | 19:00 BST / 14:00 ET
More writers have left Friday Night Live with an offer of representation than any other competition we’ve ran in the past fifteen years. Join eight longlisted writers for round two of this extra-special event, where we’ll hear the winning extracts and find out why they were chosen.

Book Doctor Surgery

with Debi Alper and Emma Darwin

3 August | 19.00 BST / 14.00 ET
This is your chance to ask for feedback on any aspect of writing or getting published. Got a concern about characters? Plot? Structure? Voice? Genre? Or any part of the submission process? The more specific the question, the more likely we’ll be able to give you a helpful answer.

In Conversation with Onjali Q. Raúf

with Sarah Ann Juckes

5 August | 19.00 BST / 14.00 ET
Join the author of the bestselling book, The Boy at the Back of The Class and one of the BBC’s 100 inspiring and influential women from around the world for 2019, Onjali Q. Raúf and Young Adult author Sarah Ann Juckes for a conversation about writing for children, publishing and representation in fiction.

In Conversation with Lydia Millet

with Drew Broussard

6 August | 19.00 BST / 14.00 ET
In over a dozen books, Lydia Millet has written about climate catastrophe, capitalism, mermaids, George H. W. Bush, famous people encountering strange animals, and more. She joins Jericho’s Drew Broussard for a freewheeling conversation about her career, her process, and the questions that continue to drive her writing.

Revising Your Whole Novel

with Rebecca Horsfall

7 August | 19.00 BST / 14.00 ET
So we’ve completed our first draft – how do we get our novel into shape, ready for publication or submission to agents? A look at how to revise your novel from top to bottom, with top tips for polishing the plot, characters, structure and prose.

The Making of Girl A

with Abigail Dean and Phoebe Morgan

9 August | 19.00 BST / 14.00 ET
Girl A took the publishing world by storm earlier this year, selling in over 30 territories and becoming a Sunday Times Bestseller. Join the author, Abigal Dean, and the book’s publisher, Phoebe Morgan, to hear how Girl A came to fruition.

In Conversation with Poorna Bell

Anna Burtt

12 August | 19.00 BST / 14.00 ET
Author and journalist Poorna Bell will be in conversation with Summer Festival Director, Anna Burtt, talking about her incredible memoir, Stronger, out now with PanMac.

Creative Non-Fiction: The Art of the Personal Essay

with Eleanor Wood

16 August | 19.00 BST / 14.00 ET
Finding your voice. Exploring memory. Unpicking the threads. Making the personal universal. Transforming ideas into stories. This workshop by author, journalist and memoirist Eleanor Wood will dig deep into how to write a personal essay.

Disability Representation in Books

with Samantha Baines

18 August | 19.00 BST / 14.00 ET
Hosted by Samantha Baines, ambassador for Royal National Institute for Deaf People and author of Harriet Versus the Galaxy, this diverse panel will explore all things disability, writing and publishing.

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

with Untitled Writers’ Salon

19 August | 19:00 BST / 14:00 ET
Untitled was founded in 2019 to amplify the work of underrepresented writers via literary salons. In 2020 they launched Untitled: Voices, a global online journal and held the first UNDERREP’D WRITERS FESTIVAL. This salon features four outstanding writers sharing their work live.

Love in Colour: In Conversation

with Bolu Babalola and Katie Packer

20 August | 19.00 BST / 14.00 ET
Love in Colour was one of the most talked about books of 2020. Join the author Bolu Babalola and editor Katie Packer to talk about the writing, editing and publishing of this stunning anthology of myth and folktale retellings from around the world.

Books to Film and TV: In Conversation with Two Scouts

with Kate Loftus O’Brien and Emily Conner

23 August | 19.00 BST / 14.00 ET
How many TV shows and films have you seen that started off as books? Probably many, but how does a book make it to the screen? Join two Book to Screen Scouts from the UK and USA to talk through the process and answer your questions about this mysterious part of the industry.

Writing (and Publishing) for Young Adults

with Sarah Ann Juckes

26 August | 19.00 BST / 14.00 ET
Join authors Andreina Cordani, Sue Wallman, and Tanya Byrne to talk about writing for a YA audience in the current market and also discuss the strengths and limitations in the publishing industry. Hosted by Jericho Writers’ very own YA expert, Sarah Ann Juckes.

Friday Night Live Final

with Debi Alper and Agents Davinia Andrew-Lynch and Jordan Lees

27 August | 19.00 BST / 14.00 ET
Writers have walked away from the Friday Night Live Festival competition with offers of representation. Will this be your year? Join us and an expert panel of literary agents from Andlyn agency and The Blair Partnership as we hear their feedback on the six shortlisted entries – and crown the overall winner of 2021!

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
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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

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