Frequently Asked Questions

Including technical requirements to attend the Summer Festival of Writing 2020

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The Summer Festival of Writing is an online event on a global scale

This page details more about the technology used to power the Festival and what you can expect from events as a ticket-holder.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the technical requirements for me to attend the Festival?

As this is an online Festival, all sessions require you to have a computer with access to the internet.

A minimum internet download speed of 5 Mbps is recommended. To find out what yours is for free, go to: Speed Test.

You don’t need a webcam or a microphone, so sit back in your favourite pyjamas and connect via instant messenger chat.

If you’ve never attended an online event before – don’t worry! It’s extremely simple and we’ll kick the Festival off with a welcome event, taking you through everything you need to know to squeeze the most from your Summer of Writing.

What is included in the ‘Full Festival Ticket’?

A Full Festival Ticket includes access to every event listed on the Festival Programme. That’s over 50 webinars, mini-courses and in-conversation sessions.

You’ll also have the chance to watch these sessions again, or via replay, until the end of September.

Please note that one-to-one sessions are not included in this price and will need to be booked separately.

What discount do Jericho members receive on the Full Festival Ticket?

Members of Jericho Writers are entitled to 50% off their Summer Festival of Writing Ticket.

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

If you would like to save 50% on your ticket price, you can join Jericho Writers for a month or a year, and gain access to hundreds of masterclasses, video courses and more to boot. Find out more about becoming a member.

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 2020.

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.

How long will sessions last?

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

Mini-Courses will be three hours and feature at least one comfort break.

When will you release information on one-to-one sessions?

We are just finalising last-minute details on one-to-one sessions with tutors, and will be announcing details of these first to ticket-holders in the next week or so.

One-to-one sessions will include a fifteen-minute phone consultation with an expert tutor, literary agent or publisher of your choice. You will be able to upload your work for them to read in advance of this call.

This is an excellent way to get tailored feedback on your work and we can’t wait to tell you more!

Until then, watch this space.

How can I submit to the Friday Night Live competition?

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

Once you’ve bought your ticket, you’ll see a page as part of your Festival Programme where you can upload your work. Meanwhile, you can find out more about what’s up for grabs here.

Will I be able to meet other writers at the Festival?

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 the Townhouse.

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.

Please note that we expect one-to-ones to sell out quickly.

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.

Thanks to the generosity of our speakers, we were able to offer 30 free Festival tickets to under-represented writers. Although this deadline has now passed, you can find other opportunities available on our site-wide bursaries page, and via our social networks: Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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.