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Summer Festival of Writing

The Summer Festival of Writing Programme

50+ online events over 3 months, with some of the biggest names in publishing

Festival of Writing

Live in your living room

Starting in June and ending in early September, we have scheduled over fifty online webinars, mini-courses and “in-conversation with” panels, specifically designed for writers.

With events on writing, editing, author wellbeing, traditional publishing and self-publishing – there really is something to suit everyone.

Webinar workshops

Join tutors from all over the world in hour-long webinars specifically designed for writers spanning a range of different subjects.

Webinars will focus on an expert tutorial, with the opportunity for you to ask questions and connect with others via an instant messenger chat.

Mini-courses

Your ticket also includes access to five mini-courses, covering writing, editing, author wellbeing, traditional publishing and self-publishing.

These half-day webinars delve into detail on one aspect of writing and publishing and are taught by leading tutors from across the globe.

In-conversation with…

These hour-long flagship events bring some of the biggest names in books to your living room.

Our experienced chairs will ask bestselling authors, publishing CEOs and top agents the questions all writers want to know, opening up to a Q&A via webchat afterwards.

June

We kick things off in style with workshops covering writing, wellbeing, editing, publishing and self-publishing.

1 June - Welcome to the Summer of Writing, with Harry Bingham

Festival of writing June to September 2020Welcome to the Summer of Writing
Monday 1st June

BST: 19:00 | EDT: 14:00

Kick off your Summer Festival of Writing with a welcome message from Jericho Writers Founder, Harry Bingham. Harry will go through the programme of events, introduce the platform to you and give you an overview of how things are going to work, so you can squeeze every last drop from your writing Festival.

With – Harry Bingham
Harry is the author of half a dozen critically acclaimed crime novels, as well as plenty of other fiction and non-fiction. Harry is also the founder of Jericho Writers.

3 June - Memoir Writing For Healing and Transformation, with Marnie Summerfield Smith

Marnie Summerfield SmithMemoir Writing For Healing and Transformation
Wednesday 3rd June

BST: 14:00 | EDT: 9:00

Writing our memoirs can be healing and transformative. In this webinar, you’ll learn about the three essential types of writing that memoir needs. I’ll explain how using them brings you, the author, fresh insight and understanding. And how to utilise these techniques to gift your readers with a truly authentic experience.

With – Marnie Summerfield Smith
Your Memoir’s Marnie Summerfield Smith is a ghostwriter and memoir mentor. Described by authors as, “genuine, insightful, instinctive, heartfelt, professional and compassionate,” she has worked internationally on more than 100 books – Learn more.

4 June - Practical Plotting Mini Course, with James Law

James Law PostponedPractical plotting – POSTPONED
Thursday 4th June

BST: 19:00 | EDT: 14:00

Please note this event is postponed until further notice, due to illness. This is a practical, step by step walk through of how to plot your novel, including techniques to break down your ideas and check that it stands up to scrutiny. I’ll take you from concept to first draft the way I do it, and sharing the tools I use along the way.

With – James Law
James is a dedicated plotter in the way only someone who spent 20 years in the military can be. With deals in the UK and US, and his first novel hitting screens in 2021, he’ll show you how to go from concept to first draft in easy, practical steps.

5 June - In conversation with Folio Literary Management

Folio Literary ManagementIn conversation with Folio Literary Management
Friday 5th June

BST: 19:00 | EDT: 14:00

Marcy Posner and Claudia Cross will be in conversation to talk about Folio Literary Management – one of the USA’s most successful literary agencies. Marcy Posner has spent fifteen years on the editorial side of the business and twice as many years agenting. She wields unparalleled expertise in her work with authors. Advocate, adviser, ally, coach, counselor, and negotiator: in her many years as an agent, Claudia Cross has perfected these roles and countless others with impressive levels of individualized attention and dedication to her author’s literary lives.

With – Marcy Posner and Claudia Cross
Folio Literary Management places both fiction and non-fiction with major publishers around the world. They represent first-time authors and well-established authors. With over 20 agents, they have experience, expertise, and strength – Learn more.

6 June - Common Mistakes and How to Avoid Them, with Laura Williams

Common Mistakes And How To Avoid Them
Saturday 6th June

BST: 14:00 | EDT: 9:00

This session aims to highlight how to avoid classic pitfalls that hamper an author’s path to publication. This session will cover crucial mistakes an author can avoid both in the writing of their first book and when submitting to agents, as well as during the publishing process.

With – Laura Williams
Laura Williams joined Greene & Heaton as an agent in 2018 from PFD, where she worked for seven years. She represents a wide-ranging list of fiction and non-fiction, with a particular focus on literary fiction, reading group fiction, and narrative non-fiction – Learn more.

8 June - Building Your Crime Novel, with Harry Bingham

Building Your Crime Novel
Monday 8th June

BST: 19:00 | EDT: 14:00

A good crime novel is tightly plotted, formal in construction – yet needs to deliver at least one major detonation of surprise. In this workshop, we’ll work on identifying and assembling the elements that go into a crime novel … and we’ll uncover techniques that work for any book at all.

With – Harry Bingham
Harry is the author of half a dozen critically acclaimed crime novels, as well as plenty of other fiction and non-fiction. Harry is also the founder of Jericho Writers.

9 June - Social Media and Branding for Authors, with Rachel Thompson

Social Media And Branding For Authors
Tuesday 9th June

BST: 19:00 | EDT: 14:00

BadRedhead Media’s webinar will cover author branding and social media to help you set the stage necessary to build the strongest foundation possible for success. She’ll break it all down for you in easy-to-understand steps!

With – Rachel Thompson / Bad Redhead Media
Rachel Thompson is the award-winning author of six books and the owner of BadRedhead Media, a consulting firm specializing in social media, author branding, and book promotion.

10 June - From Draft One to Debut, with Philippa East

From Draft One to Debut
Wednesday 10th June

BST: 19:00 | EDT: 14:00

Philippa East’s debut novel Little White Lies sold at auction to HQ/HarperCollins in 2018 and was published in 2020. In this workshop, Philippa shares her 10-year(!) writing journey (the highs and the lows) and outlines the fundamental steps she believes every writer needs to take to achieve their publication dreams.

With – Philippa East
Philippa East works as a clinical psychologist and therapist, living in Lincolnshire with her husband and cat. Philippa’s prize-winning short stories have been published in various literary journals and Little White Lies is her debut novel.

11 June - Ask Jericho Anything

Jericho cartoonAsk Jericho Anything
Thursday 11 June

BST: 11:00 | EDT: 07:00

Join us for a cup of coffee and a chat. Whether you have technical questions about the Festival, want to know more about becoming a member, or just want to chat about your WIP – we’re here.

With – Harry Bingham, Sarah Ann Juckes and Holly Seddon
Harry Bingham is the Founder of Jericho Writers and a bestselling hybrid author. Sarah Ann Juckes is the Content and Membership Manager at Jericho Writers, and is a UKYA author with Penguin. Holly Seddon is the Community Manager at Jericho Writers, and the bestselling author of several thrillers.

11 June - In conversation with Linwood Barclay

linwood barclayIn Conversation With Linwood Barclay
Thursday 11 June

BST: 19:00 | EDT: 14:00

Linwood Barclay is an international bestselling crime and thriller author with over twenty critically acclaimed novels to his name, including the phenomenal number one bestseller No Time For Goodbye. Every Linwood Barclay book is a masterclass in characterisation, plot and the killer twist, and with sales of over 7 million copies globally, his books have been sold in more than 39 countries around the world and he can count Stephen King, Shari Lapena and Peter James among his many fans. Born in the US, his parents moved to Canada just as he was turning four, and he’s lived there ever since. He lives in Toronto with his wife, Neetha. They have two grown children.

12 June - In Conversation with Claire Mackintosh

In conversation with bestselling author Clare Mackintosh
Friday 12 June

BST: 19:00 | EDT: 14:00

We speak to number one bestseller Clare Mackintosh – author of I Let You Go, which won the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year in 2016. Both Clare’s second and third novels, I See You and Let Me Lie, were number one Sunday Times bestsellers. All three of her books were selected for the Richard & Judy Book Club.

With – Clare Mackintosh
With over 2 million copies of her books sold worldwide, Clare Mackintosh is the multi-award-winning author of I Let You Go, I See You and Let Me Lie – Learn more.

13 June - What do Book Bloggers Do? With Clare Reynolds

What do book bloggers do?
Saturday 13th June

BST: 14:00 | EDT: 9:00

We’ve all heard of Book Bloggers, but what do they actually do, and how can authors and bloggers work together effectively? In this Workshop, Clare will talk about her experience as a Blogger, but also how you as an author can find the right blogger and audience for your book.

With – Clare Reynolds
Clare has been Book Blogging since 2017, and has been a shadow judge for the Sunday Times Young Writer Award, and a guest on Booktime Brunch on Chiltern Radio – Learn more

15 June - Looking After Your Mental Health When Writing, with Aisha Bushby

Aisha BusbyLooking After Your Mental Health When Writing
Monday 15th June

BST: 14:00 | EDT: 9:00

Detailing the trials and tribulations of the publishing process from finding an agent, right through to getting your first bad review. The workshop will cover what to expect, and how to deal with the unexpected in order to look after your mental health.

With – Aisha Bushby
Aisha Bushby writes children’s books, sometimes with a little bit of magic in them. Her debut middle grade novel, ‘A Pocketful of Stars’ was published in August 2019 by Egmont.

16 June - From Facts to Fiction: Launching a Debut During a Pandemic, with Eve Smith

Eve SmithFrom Facts to Fiction: launching a debut during a pandemic
Tuesday 16th June

BST: 19:00 | EDT: 14:00

Eve launched her speculative thriller The Waiting Rooms in the midst of lockdown. If that wasn’t challenging enough, her debut is set after an antibiotic crisis where drug-resistant pandemics have decimated the population. Eve discusses what inspired her to write this all-too-prescient novel, how you can use facts to increase impact in your writing as well as key differences publishing in such unprecedented times.

With – Eve Smith
Eve Smith writes speculative fiction, mainly about things that scare her. The Waiting Rooms was shortlisted for the Bridport Prize and her flash fiction was shortlisted for the Bath Flash Fiction Award – Learn more.

17 June - Developing your Idea for a Fantasy YA/Children’s Novel, with Kesia Lupo

Kesia Lupo AuthorDeveloping your Idea for a Fantasy YA/Children’s Novel
Wednesday 17th June

BST: 14:00 | EDT: 9:00

I’ll be drawing on my experience of editing and writing fantasy to guide you through a practical workshop. A fun world-building challenge, a character development exercise for your fantasy hero and villain plus a speed-writing prompt or two will help you kickstart a brand new fantasy story for children or YA readers.

With – Kesia Lupo
Kesia Lupo is a children’s book editor for Chicken House and the author of two YA fantasy novels, We Are Blood and Thunder (2019) and We Are Bound by Stars (2020).

18 June - The Truth Behind Book PR, with Georgina Moore

Georgina MooreThe Truth Behind Book PR
Thursday 18 June

BST: 19:00 | EDT: 14:00

Georgina will run you through the publicity process from the beginning to end.  Using successful campaigns as case studies, Georgina will debunk myths behind the book publicity process and answer your questions about how to publicise your own work.

With – Georgina Moore
Georgina Moore is Director of Books and Publishing at leading arts agency Midas PR. At Midas Georgina runs the team and has recently masterminded campaigns for bestsellers including Truth To Power by Jess Philipps and Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell. Before Midas Georgina worked in publishing and was Communications Director at Headline for fifteen years.

19 June - In conversation with Bestselling Indie Author Adam Croft

Adam CroftIn conversation with bestselling indie author Adam Croft
Friday 19th June

BST: 19:00 | EDT: 14:00

Join Harry Bingham as he interviews one of the most successful independent authors in the world. We’ll find out what makes a bestselling self-published author. Please note that this interview will be pre-recorded.

With – Adam Croft
With over two million books sold to date, Adam Croft is one of the most successful independently published authors in the world, having sold books in more than 120 different countries. – Learn more.

20 June - Polishing Your Opening chapters + Q&A, with Juliet Mushens

Polishing Your Opening chapters + Q&A
Saturday 20th June

BST: 14:00 | EDT: 9:00

In this workshop you will learn how to edit and polish your open chapters – from pacing to characterisation, scene-setting to suspense, Juliet Mushens will talk you through the best way to hook an agent with those crucial opening pages.

With – Juliet Mushens
Juliet Mushens runs Mushens Entertainment, and represents a diverse list of clients from Pointless presenter Richard Osman, to million-copy Sunday Times bestseller Jessie Burton, and 2019’s bestselling adult debut author Stacey Halls – Learn more.

22 June - Editing, Positioning and Self-Publishing a high quality book in the USA, with Michele Matrisciani

Michele MatriscianiEditing, positioning and self-publishing a high quality book in the USA
Monday 22nd June

BST: 19:00 | EDT: 14:00

In this workshop, publishing, editing, and writing veteran Michele Matrisciani will offer inside tips on evaluating one’s own work, making the decision whether or not to press the “publish” button, when to bring on a professional, and what you need to do to position your book to stand out in a bloated market.

With – Michele Matrisciani
Michele is a New York Times bestselling editor and former Editorial Director of HCI Books. Michele worked at several New York houses, including Macmillan, Hyperion, and McGraw-Hill Trade. In 2011, Michele founded Bookchic LLC – Learn more.

23 June - How To Write A Novel in six Months, with Thomas Emson

How To Write A Novel in six Months
Tuesday 23 June

BST: 19:00 | EDT: 14:00

Thomas Emson teaches the method he uses to write his novels. You will learn how to: write a novel without letting it take over your life; find ideas; structure your book using scenes and sequences; achieve you goal without having to write every day; make sure you finish your book.

With – Thomas Emson
Thomas Emson is the author of eight horror thrillers, published by Snowbooks. He has also self-published a collection of horror stories, and the non-fiction book upon which this seminar is based – Learn more.

24 June - Show, Don’t Tell! With Rebecca Horsfall

Show, Don’t Tell!
Wednesday 24th June

BST: 14:00 | EDT: 9:00

“Show, don’t tell” is one of the most universal and crucial pieces of advice we hear as novelists. But what exactly does it mean, and how do we learn to do it? We look at how to master this all-important fiction-writing technique.

With – Rebecca Horsfall
Rebecca Horsfall is a writing teacher and best-selling novelist. She has been an editor and tutor for Jericho Writers for fifteen years, working individually with over 150 new novelists. – Learn more.

25 June - 10 Ways to Start a Short Story, with Dan Brotzel

10 Ways to Start a Short Story
Thursday 25th June

BST: 19:00 | EDT: 14:00

Got some great ideas for your story but not sure how to start or structure it? Just want some inspiration to help you get that first draft under way? This session will offer a rich range of different approaches, illustrated by classic stories and topped off with some tips from an award-winning story writer and author of the collection Hotel du Jack.

With – Dan Brotzel
Dan Brotzel’s debut short story collection, Hotel du Jack, was published earlier this year by Sandstone. He is also co-author of Kitten on a Fatberg (Unbound, forthcoming), a comic novel-in-emails about an eccentric writers group. His short stories have featured widely in litmags and competitions, and two have recently received Pushcart Prize nominations.

26 June - Create Your Own Book Video, with Amy Stewart

Create Your Own Book Video
Friday 26th June

BST: 19:00 | EDT: 14:00

Book videos can be useful at every stage of the publication process. The technology is finally simple enough that anyone can make their own promotional videos. This step-by-step guide demonstrates how to write a script, film, edit, and publish your video, using free software and equipment you might already have.

With – Amy Stewart

Amy Stewart is the New York Times bestselling author of twelve books, including Wicked Plants, The Drunken Botanist, and Girl Waits with Gun. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

27 June - Write What You Know, with Marnie Summerfield Smith

Marnie Summerfield SmithWrite What You Know
Saturday 27th June

BST: 14:00 | EDT: 9:00

Are you writing about your whole life, or one particular time? Either way, you’ll need to know how to make sense of the story in your head. In this webinar, Marnie will show you how to start writing and make a writing plan to carry you to completion.

With – Marnie Summerfield Smith
Your Memoir’s Marnie Summerfield Smith is a ghostwriter and memoir mentor. Described by authors as, “genuine, insightful, instinctive, heartfelt, professional and compassionate,” she has worked internationally on more than 100 books – Learn more.

29 June - How to Make Multiple Streams of Income as a Writer, with Joanna Penn

Joanna Penn next to a BookStackHow to Make Multiple Streams of Income as a Writer
Monday 29th June

BST: 19:00 | EDT: 14:00

In this empowering talk, Joanna Penn will outline how you can make money with more books, different formats and wide publishing, as well as patronage, speaking, teaching, services and affiliate marketing.

With – Joanna Penn
Joanna Penn is an award-nominated, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of thrillers under J.F.Penn and also writes non-fiction for authors. She’s a podcaster and an award-winning creative entrepreneur. Her site, TheCreativePenn.com has been voted in the Top 100 sites for writers by Writer’s Digest.

30 June - Seven Productivity Myths, with Becca Syme

Becca SymeSeven Productivity Myths
Tuesday 30th June

BST: 23.59 | EDT: 18:59

It’s easy to take a class on productivity from an author or productivity guru and think you’re getting the best information for your brain. But… are you? Join Becca Syme, Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach and Author Success Coach, to find out if you are believing any of these productivity myths, and what to do instead.

With – Becca Syme
Becca Syme holds a Master’s Degree in Transformational Leadership and has been coaching success alignment for fourteen years. She is a fiction and nonfiction author and the host of the QuitCast – Learn more.

July

Things are heating up this month, with some of the biggest names in traditional and indie publishing on hand to answer questions.

1 July - Life Writing & Creative Non-Fiction, with Emma Darwin

Emma DarwinLife Writing & Creative Non-Fiction
Wednesday 1st July

BST: 19:00 | EDT: 14:00

Writing about real lives and experiences – your own, or someone else’s – is rewarding but also daunting. How do you fill the gaps? How do you keep the reader reading? In this practical workshop we will explore how to set about shaping and developing real-life material into a satisfying narrative.

With – Emma Darwin
Emma’s new memoir is This is Not a Book About Charles Darwin; her fiction has been shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers and other prizes. She blogs at This Itch of Writing. – Learn more.

4 July - From Sub to Pub, with Robin Stevens and Non Pratt

Robin Stevens and Non PrattFrom Sub to Pub… and beyond!
Saturday 4 July

BST: 14:00 | EDT: 9:00

Non Pratt and Robin Stevens will use their careers as authors and years of editorial experience help demystify every stage of the publishing process and explain how to be the best author you can be in 2020.

With – Robin Stevens and Non Pratt
Robin Stevens is the bestselling, award-winning author of the Murder Most Unladylike Mysteries series. Now a full-time author, she spent several years in the editorial departments of children’s publishing houses, so has experience of being on both sides of the publishing process. After working several years as an editor in children’s publishing, Non Pratt became a full-time author when her debut Young Adult novel was published in 2014. TROUBLE received critical acclaim, shortlisting for the YA Book Prize, the Branford Boase Award and longlisting for the Carnegie Medal.

6 July - The Author Editor Relationship, with Myriad Editions

The Author Editor Relationship
Monday 6th July

BST: 19:00 | EDT: 14:00

Bestselling crime writer Elizabeth Haynes was a police intelligence analyst when her first novel became an overnight sensation. Ten years and eight books later, she still shares early drafts with her editor and publisher Candida Lacey. Together they talk about different stages of the editorial process, and the trust and cheerleading that make the finished book.

With – Elizabeth Haynes and Candida Lacey
Elizabeth Haynes is the author of eight crime novels, including the bestselling debut Into the Darkest Corner and, most recently, The Murder of Harriet Monckton, which is one of The Times 100 Best Books.

7 July - How to Adapt a Novel into a Screenplay, with Cal Moriaty

How to adapt a novel into a screenplay
Tuesday 7th July

BST: 14:00 | EDT: 9:00

In this workshop Cal will take you through the adaptation process involved in turning a novel into a screenplay. Cal will also highlight all the beginner’s pitfalls to avoid so you can make your adaptation the very best it can be.

With – Cal Moriaty
Cal is an award-winning screenwriter, director and producer who led a screenwriters group at BAFTA for several years. Her first novel was published by Faber and her second, Ten of Swords has just been published – Learn more.

8 July - How to Actually Revise a Whole Book, with Rachael Herron

How to Actually Revise a Whole Book
Wednesday 8th July

BST: 19:00 | EDT: 14:00

Novel revision is often feared, reviled, and avoided, sometimes for years. You know your book needs revision, but the idea of starting is daunting. In this workshop, you will learn how to save the passages that are keepers while culling the ones that don’t make the cut, and at the same time, you’ll learn your own ideal editing process to make revision manageable and fun.

With – Rachael Herron
Rachael Herron is the internationally bestselling author of more than two dozen books, including thriller (under R.H. Herron), mainstream fiction, feminist romance, memoir, and nonfiction about writing. She teaches writing extension workshops at both UC Berkeley and Stanford. – Learn more

10 July - How To Build An Author Platform, with David Gaughran

Dave GaughranHow To Build An Author Platform
Friday 10th July

BST: 19:00 | EDT: 14:00

Authors today are often instructed to “get their name out there” or “build a platform” – without specific guidance offered. This workshop will cut through the noise and show you which elements of a platform are actually worth spending time on, those which sell books and build your readership.

With – David Gaughran
David Gaughran has written a number of bestselling books for authors and has created marketing campaigns for some of the biggest self-publishers on the planet – Learn more.

11 July - Getting Published: The Options, with Clare Christian

Clare ChristianGetting Published: The Options
Saturday 11 July

BST: 14:00 | EDT: 09:00

If you’re writing a book, you will almost certainly have thought about publishing it. There are various options out there, but which route is right for you? Led by experienced publisher Clare Christian, this friendly session will bring clarity to the options, and will help you to consider which route is the best for you.

With Clare Christian

Clare is an experienced publisher and worked for several big houses before founding her own traditional business, The Friday Project, in 2004 and a hybrid business, RedDoor in 2014.

13 July - Write it Down! With Elaine Kingett

Write it Down!
Monday 13th July

BST: 14:00 | EDT: 9:00

An introduction to mindfulness meditation and therapeutic creative writing. A series of short exercises to encourage everyone to write down their lives on paper with a pen for personal empowerment and to leave a record for future generations. No writing experience needed, just a notebook, pen and sense of adventure!

With – Elaine Kingett
Elaine Kingett runs writing workshops on Zoom and writing, walking and meditation retreats in Spain that encourage everyone to write down their lives – Learn more.

15 July - Self-Edit Your Novel Mini Course, with Debi Alper

Debi AlperSelf-Edit Your Novel
Wednesday 15th July

BST: 19:00 | EDT: 14:00

Based on the phenomenally successful six-week online course, this mini-course will cover everything from structure, plot, pace, characters, voice, POV, psychic distance and all the other elements of your writing, to give you the tools you need to create a final draft ready to submit to agents, or self-publish.

With – Debi Alper
Debi’s first novels were published by Orion. For the last fifteen years, Debi has been helping other writers to perfect their novels through critiques, mentoring, and creative writing workshops.

16 July - Honest Authors Live, with Gillian McCallister & Holly Seddon

Gillian McCallister Holly SeddonHonest Authors Live
Thursday 16th July

BST: 19:00 | EDT: 14:00

With – Gillian McCallister & Holly Seddon
Bestsellers Gillian McAllister and Holly Seddon are the Honest Authors. On their podcast they talk about the realities of being a traditionally published author – every high and every low – as well as their journeys to publication, writing processes and how to keep coming up with ideas.

17 July - Open Book Doctor Surgery, with Tanya Byrne and Debi Alper

Debi Alper and Tanya BryneOpen Book Doctor Surgery
Friday 17 July

BST: 19:00 | EDT: 14:00

This is your chance to ask for feedback on any area of your story. Got a worry about characters? Plot? Genre? Or any part of the submission process? As authors themselves, Tanya and Debi know the industry from both sides, having also edited hundreds of novels over the years.

With Tanya Byrne and Debi Alper 

Tanya Byrne is an award-winning YA author. As an editor and mentor, she is passionate about encouraging writers from marginalised backgrounds to tell their own stories. Debi’s first novels were published by Orion. For the last fifteen years, Debi has been helping other writers to perfect their novels through critiques, mentoring, and creative writing workshops.

18 July - Author-Led Marketing, with Literally PR

Literary PRAuthor-Led Marketing
Saturday 18th July

BST: 14:00 | EDT: 9:00

A fun, interactive, informal session designed for authors. Learn what works and what doesn’t when it comes to DIY marketing. Helen will share strategies from the Literally PR toolkit that can help you elevate your author career. Create a 10-step action plan you can implement straight away!

With – Literally PR
Helen Lewis is an award-winning entrepreneur, qualified and accredited journalist, PR and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing. She runs a number of publishing and publicity businesses – Learn more.

20 July - How to Write a Non-Fiction Proposal, with Ben Clark

Ben ClarkHow to write a non-fiction proposal
Monday 20th July

BST: 14:00 | EDT: 9:00

This workshop will touch on current trends in the non-fiction marketplace and how non-fiction is sold to publishers by agents. We will look at crafting your proposal, what to include, how to start thinking about marketing and publicity and what to include when querying agents with your submission.

With – Soho Literary Agency
Ben Clark has worked in publishing for over 12 years, the last ten at the Soho Agency. He loves smart non-fiction of all kinds and works extensively with brands, television producers and magazines – Learn more.

21 July - In Conversation with Bookouture

In conversation with Bookouture
Tuesday 21 July

BST: 17:00 | EDT: 12:00

Bookouture is a digital imprint offering BIG publisher expertise, small publisher flexibility and high royalties. They publish bestselling books, build author brands and create smart, effective marketing plans for every single title.

With – Jenny Geras
Jenny Geras is Managing Director Designate at Bookouture, one of the UK’s leading digital publishers and a division of Hachette UK – Learn more.

22 July - How to Judge a Designer by His Cover, with Patrick Knowles

Patrick KnowlesHow to Judge a Designer by His Cover
Wednesday 22nd July

BST: 19:00 | EDT: 14:00

Bookshops and libraries present a bewildering array of covers all vying for attention. But what are the processes that are involved in creating a cover from brief to final artwork, and how can factors such as the genre, cost, market and author needs alter the direction of the creation?

With – Patrick Knowles
Patrick Knowles is a designer, illustrator and lettering artist working primarily in cover design for most of the major publishing houses in both adult and children’s fiction and non-fiction.

24 July - The US Publishing Landscape and Getting Published, with Erin Somers

Erin SomersThe US Publishing Landscape and Getting Published
Friday 24th July

BST: 19:00 | EDT: 14:00

In this workshop we’ll discuss the process of selling and publishing a first novel, from getting an agent through release day. I’ll demystify the process for new writers hoping to publish soon, sharing details from my own experience as well as knowledge of the industry.

With – Erin Somers
Erin Somers’ first novel Stay Up With Hugo Best was published by Scribner in 2019. Her writing has appeared in the New Yorker, the Paris Review, and elsewhere. She is a reporter for publishing industry newsletter Publishers Lunch – Learn more.

25 July - How to Find the Time to Finish Your Novel, with Holly Seddon

Holly SeddonHow to find the time to finish your novel
Saturday 25th July

BST: 14:00 | EDT: 9:00

When you’re trying to write around children, work or studies, it’s hard to structure your time to get that book finished. But it is possible! From giving yourself permission and getting support, to making the most of every minute, this webinar will help you get to the finish line.

With – Holly Seddon
Bestselling author and co-host of The Honest Authors podcast alongside Gillian McAllister, Holly Seddon has four children, two dogs, and has learned to make a little time stretch a long way – Learn more.

27 July - Quiet Poetry Workshop, with Dean Atta

Dean AttaQuiet Poetry Workshop
Monday 27th July

BST: 14:00 | EDT: 9:00

We’ll reflect on our relationship to quiet; being alone in meditation, the awkward quiet of people around a dinner table with nothing to say or the comfortable quiet shared with a romantic partner. We’ll read and discuss poems on this topic and use them as models to write our own.

With – Dean Atta
Dean Atta is author of the verse novel The Black Flamingo, winner of the Stonewall Book Award 2020, shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal, YA Book Prize and Jhalak Prize – Learn more.

29 July - Unpacking the Submission Package, with Imogen Pelham

Imogen PelhamUnpacking the Submission Package
Wednesday 29th July

BST: 19:00 | EDT: 14:00

This webinar will cover the practicalities of submitting to agents and beyond. From covering letter to synopsis and opening pages, Imogen will share some common pitfalls, and tips on how to make your submission stand out.

With – Imogen Pelham
Imogen Pelham is a literary agent at Marjacq, representing literary and reading group fiction, and a range of non-fiction. Her authors include David Keenan, Emily Mayhew, Yara Rodrigues Fowler and Kassia St Clair – Learn more.

30 July - How to Write Setting, with Naomi Ishiguro

Naomi IshiguroHow to Write Setting
Thursday 30 July

BST: 14:00 | EDT: 9:00

We all know how vividly fiction can transport us from our immediate surroundings to other landscapes, climates and worlds, but just how is that magic pulled off? In this workshop we’ll look at the practicalities of how to write fiction with a strong sense of place.

With – Naomi Ishiguro

Naomi is a recent graduate of UEA’s Creative Writing MA, and is author of two books: Escape Routes, which came out with Headline in February 2020, and Common Ground, out in 2021.

31 July - In Conversation with Amazon Publishing

Adrienne Procaccini and Jack ButlerIn Conversation with Amazon Publishing 
Friday 31 July

BST: 19:00 | EDT: 14:00

We’ve all heard of Amazon – but how much do we know about their traditional publishing arm? Describing themselves as “a leading trade publisher of fiction, nonfiction, and children’s books with a mission to empower outstanding storytellers and connect them with readers worldwide”, Amazon publish emerging, bestselling and critically-acclaimed authors in digital, print, and audio formats. We chat to two key members of the team for this enlightening session aimed at writers.

With – Jack Butler and Adrienne Procaccini from Amazon Publishing
Jack Butler is a senior fiction editor for Thomas & Mercer and 47North in the UK. He has published bestselling titles including What You Did by Claire McGowan and I Am Watching You by Teresa Driscoll. Adrienne Procaccini is a senior editor for 47North, Amazon Publishing’s science fiction and fantasy imprint. She has acquired books in Meg Elison’s Philip K. Dick Award–winning The Road to Nowhere series, and works with bestselling authors including Marko Kloos, Jeff Wheeler, Charlie Holmberg, and Luanne G. Smith.

31 July - Friday Night Live: Round One

Friday night liveFriday Night Live: Round One
Friday 31 July

BST: 20:30 | EDT: 15:30

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.

August

With two mini-courses and some extra-special guests, August brings some incredible sessions live to your living room.

3 August - Writing the Stories You Want to Read, with Yvonne Battle-Felton

Yvonne Battle-FeltonWriting the Stories You Want to Read
Monday 3rd August

BST: 19:00 | EDT: 14:00

Writing the Stories You Want to Read: You can wait a lifetime for someone to write the stories you want to read. Who has that much patience? Using characters, images, discussion, endings, history, and current events, in this workshop we will discuss, explore, and begin to write the stories you want to read.

With – Yvonne Battle-Felton
Yvonne writes fiction and creative nonfiction. Her debut, Remembered, was longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction (2019), The Not the Booker Prize (2019), and The Jhalak Prize (2020) – Learn more.

4 August - Debunking the Mistakes Crime Writers Make, with Graham Bartlett

Graham BartlettDebunking the Myths and Mistakes Crime Writers Make
Tuesday 4 August

BST: 19:00 | EDT: 14:00

Graham will take you through crime writing howlers. Drawing on his police service and writing career, he will explain why they are wrong and how to correct them, without losing drama. Some are amusing, some set in stone but all wrench the authenticity from your stories. Graham will also answer your crime writing questions.

With – Graham Bartlett
Graham was a UK police officer for thirty years, where he rose to become a senior detective and the city’s police commander. Since retiring, he has become a police procedural and crime advisor helping around sixty authors and TV writers (including Peter James, Mark Billingham, Elly Griffiths and Dorothy Koomson) achieve authenticity alongside their drama. He is the best-selling crime writer, of Death Comes Knocking and Babes in the Wood and have a crime novel in the pipeline.

5 August - Ask The Agent, with Sam Copeland

Sam CopelandAsk The Agent
Wednesday 5th August

BST: 19:00 | EDT: 14:00

What have you always wanted to ask an agent? You have Sam Copeland’s attention for an hour as he answers your burning questions on submitting to agents, getting published and more.

With – Sam Copeland
Sam Copeland is an agent and director at RCW, and has just been shortlisted for Agent of the Year. He is also a children’s author and his debut novel CHARLIE CHANGES INTO A CHICKEN (Penguin) has recently been shortlisted for Waterstone’s Children’s Book of the Year.

6 August - Plotting For People Who Hate Plotting, with Holly Dawson

Holly Dawson AuthorPlotting For People Who Hate Plotting
Thursday 6th August

BST: 19:00 | EDT: 14:00

This speedy, action-packed workshop will lead you through a series of effective steps to unleash your inner plotter and wrestle your project into submission. Expect spreadsheets, timelines, graphs, post-it notes and a surprising amount of fun. You’ll leave with a ‘flatplan’ for your project – and a new love of plotting! Suitable for all writers with any kind of WIP.

With – Holly Dawson
I have been a freelance writer and editor for over ten years, working closely with writers to develop their work and practice. As Reader in Residence at Charleston, I run Bloomsbury-inspired literature and writing programmes, and also teach on the Creative Writing Programme in Brighton. My first novel will be out in 2021 with HarperCollins.

8 August - How to Self-Publish Well Mini Course, with Roz Morris

Roz MorrisHow to self-publish well: From Concept to Completion, Mini Course
Saturday 8th August

BST: 14:00 | EDT: 9:00

Write, produce and sell books that will do you credit. Learn how great books are made, how to find and work with other publishing professionals, how to make wise publishing decisions and find your ideal readers

With – Roz Morris
Roz Morris writes fiction, memoir and the Nail Your Novel series, all self-published to critical acclaim. She’s also worked as an editor in a traditional imprint and mentored writers at all experience levels – Learn more.

10 August - New Ideas Hour, with Sarah Ann Juckes

Sarah JuckesNew Ideas Hour
Monday 10th August

BST: 14:00 | EDT: 9:00

Get creative with a series of group writing exercises that will get your creative juices flowing. All these exercises can be replicated at home too, so you can keep generating new, exciting ideas throughout the year.

With – Sarah Ann Juckes
Sarah Ann Juckes writes books for young people. Her debut YA novel ‘Outside’ was nominated for the Carnegie Medal award. Sarah runs numerous writing workshops across the UK – Learn more.

12 August- How to Record and Publish Your Audiobook, with Jo Forshaw

Jo ForshawHow to Record and Publish Your Audiobook
Wednesday 12th August

BST: 19:00 | EDT: 14:00

We’ll cover a lot of ground in an hour – from why bother to how to sell a finished audiobook. From rights and who owns them, the options you have for recording, finding a production partner, how to cast and what exactly is involved in the editing process, we’ll end up with a sales overview and find out how to get your book listened to.

With – Jo Forshaw
Having tinkered with audio as an agent, a retailer and then radio programmer, Jo ran the audio team at Harpercollins for a decade and is now setting up the new audio list at Bloomsbury.

13 August - Writing Grief in Fiction, with Helen Fisher

helen fisherWriting Grief in Fiction
Thursday 13 August

BST: 19:00 | EDT: 14:00

Grief and loss is difficult to express successfully on the page. But why? And how can you do it well? Helen Fisher talks about the problems she encountered trying to write grief, and how she fixed them. With tips on what you can do to make it work.

With – Helen Fisher
Helen Fisher is an adult fiction writer. Her first novel, Space Hopper, will be published in February 2021. She is at the editing stage of her second novel, which will be published in 2022.

14 August - In Conversation with Little, Brown

In Conversation with Little, Brown
Friday 14 August

BST: 19:00 | EDT: 14:00

Description coming soon.

With – Josh Kendall
Bio coming soon.

15 August - Celebrating 10 Years of The Polari Prize, with Paul Burston

Paul BurstonCelebrating 10 Years of The Polari Prize with Paul Burston
Saturday 15th August

BST: 19:00 | EDT: 14:00

Author and founder of the Polari Prize for LGBTQ+ writing, Paul Burston is joined by fellow judge VG Lee and last year’s winner Angela Chadwick. Together they’ll be discussing this year’s shortlist, the history of the prize and its impact on the publishing world.

With – Paul Burston
Paul Burston is the author of 6 novels including his latest psychological thriller, The Closer I Get. He is the founder and host of Polari literary salon at London’s Southbank Centre – Learn more.

18 August - Behind the Publication Process, with HarperCollins and Kate Elizabeth Russell

Jessica Williams from HarperCollins and Kate Elizabeth Russell Behind the Publication Process
Tuesday 18 August

BST: 19:00 | EDT: 14:00

Jessica Williams from HarperCollins and Kate Elizabeth Russell discuss the publication process behind the New York Times Bestseller, MY DARK VANESSA.

With – Jessica Williams and Kate Elizabeth Russell
Jessica Williams is an executive editor at William Morrow/HarperCollins, where she has edited a range of fiction and nonfiction projects, including Kate Elizabeth Russell’s New York Times bestselling novel My Dark Vanessa.

Kate Elizabeth Russell is originally from eastern Maine. She holds a PhD in creative writing from the University of Kansas and an MFA from Indiana University. My Dark Vanessa is her first novel.

19 August - The Art of Literary Fiction, with Sam Jordison

Sam JordisonThe Art of Literary Fiction
Wednesday 19th August

BST: 14:00 | EDT: 9:00

Is there really such a thing as literary fiction? How do people write it? What makes it sell – or not sell so much? In this workshop I’ll be answering all these questions, as well as making the case for art and trying to persuade you that aiming high is worth your while.

With – Sam Jordison
Sam Jordison is a journalist, author and publisher. He is the co-director of the award-winning indie publisher Galley Beggar Press. He writes for the Guardian. He is the author of several best-selling books – Learn more.

21 August - How Authors and Agents Work Together

Laura Williamson & Claire McGlassonHow authors and agents work together
Friday 21st August

BST: 19:00 | EDT: 14:00

Join debut author Claire McGlasson (The Rapture, Faber, 2019) and her agent Laura Williams (Greene & Heaton) for a panel exploring how authors and agents work together, and how to choose the right partnership for you. Claire and Laura first met at the Festival of Writing.

With – Laura Williams & Claire McGlasson
Claire McGlasson is an author, ITV News journalist and lecturer in creative writing. Her debut novel, The Rapture (Faber), was a Sunday Times Book of the Year – Learn more.

Laura Williams is an agent with Greene & Heaton. She represents a wide-ranging list of fiction and non-fiction, with a particular focus on literary fiction, reading group fiction, and narrative non-fiction – Learn more.

21 August - Friday Night Live: Round Two

Friday night liveFriday Night Live: Round Two
Friday 21st August

BST: 20:30 | EDT: 15:30

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.

24 August - Get Your Submission Ready: Children’s and YA, with Davinia Andrew Lynch

Davina Andrew LynchGet Your Submission Ready: Children’s and YA
Monday 24th August

BST: 19:00 | EDT: 14:00

Knowing if you’re truly submission ready can be daunting. In this workshop, we will go over the do’s and don’ts of the Cover letter and synopsis; work out the perfect ‘elevator pitch’; ensure that your manuscript is at its best; and work out which agents to approach. There’ll be plenty time for questions too.

With – Davinia Andrew Lynch
Founded by Davinia Andrew-Lynch, Aandlyn, is a boutique agency dedicated to finding storytellers whose material can not only exist on the page but can also find an outlet through other media territories – Learn more.

25 August - Getting an Agent and Selling Your Book

Jamie Cowan & Taj FregeneGetting An Agent And Selling Your Book
Tuesday 25th August

BST: 19:00 | EDT: 14:00

Jamie Cowen has worked in publishing for 17 years. Before joining The Ampersand Agency in 2013 he was a commissioning editor at HarperCollins, and prior to that he worked in legal and contracts departments at HC and the Hachette Group.

With – Jamie Cowan & Taj Fregene
Jamie Cowen will be joined by author Taj Fregene, who has recently signed with Jamie, to discuss Fregene’s forthcoming novel, how they met and what their plans are for Fregene’s writing career. – Learn more.

26 August - Commercial Fiction Mini-Course, with Phoebe Morgan

Phoebe MorganCommercial Fiction Mini-Course with Q&A
Wednesday 26th August

BST: 19:00 | EDT: 14:00

A partially interactive workshop focusing on what commercial fiction is, and what editors look for. We will focus on how to hook a publisher, and help you hone your writing to ensure it stands out. There will also be an opportunity to ask any questions about the fiction publishing process.

With – Phoebe Morgan
Phoebe Morgan is an author and editorial director at HarperCollins. She publishes a range of bestselling commercial fiction authors, specialising in crime. Her own three novels are published by HQ – Learn more.

27 August - How to Create Believable Settings, with Sharon Duggall

sharon duggallHow to Create Believable Settings
Thursday 27 August

BST: 19:00 | EDT: 14:00

Setting is a crucial element of any story; a well drawn setting brings the fictional world alive by transporting the reader and placing them firmly in the scene. Using extracts and exercises, Sharon leads you on a journey to find out how to add depth to your setting without overwhelming it with detail so you can effectively evoke the world you want to write.

With – Sharon Duggall
Sharon Duggal’s acclaimed novel,The Handsworth Times was The Morning Star’s ‘Fiction Book of the Year 2016’ and Brighton City Reads 2017. Her short stories appear in a number of anthologies and her second novel, Should We Fall Behind, will be published in autumn 2020.

28 August - In Conversation with Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell

Chris-Riddell-Neil-GaimanStorytelling, live drawing and Q&A
Friday 28th August

BST: 19:00| EDT: 14:00

Join two household names for an evening of live storytelling, drawing an an audience Q&A.

With – Chris Riddell & Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman is a best-selling author whose award-winning titles include Norse Mythology, American Gods, The Graveyard Book, Good Omens, and The Sandman graphic novels. Some of his works have been adapted for theatre, TV, and film. Chris Riddell, the 2015-2017 UK Children’s Laureate, is an accomplished artist and the political cartoonist for the Observer. He has enjoyed great acclaim for his books for children. His books have won a number of major prizes, including the 2001, 2004 and 2016 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medals. Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse won the Costa Children’s Book Award 2013.

29 August - Finding Your Voice, with Amanda Berriman

Amanda BerrimanFinding Your Voice
Saturday 29th August

BST: 14:00 | EDT: 9:00

Whether you’re writing in first or third person, creating an engaging voice (and getting this right for the story) is essential. This workshop will explore what we mean by voice, analysing the elements of a strong voice and working out ways to ensure the voice leaps from the page in your story.

With – Amanda Berriman
Amanda Berriman is a writer and primary school music teacher. She lives in North Derbyshire with her husband, two children and dogs. Her debut novel Home was published by Transworld in 2018.

31 August - How To Write About Mental Health, with Aisha Bushby

Aisha BusbyHow To Write About Mental Health
Monday 31st August

BST: 14:00 | EDT: 9:00

Mental health has always played a part in my writing. It is, for me, a crucial part of character development, and injecting empathy into a story. This workshop will detail different ways to present mental health in a range of genres.

With – Aisha Bushby
Aisha Bushby writes children’s books, sometimes with a little bit of magic in them. Her debut middle grade novel, ‘A Pocketful of Stars’ was published in August 2019 by Egmont.

September

We bring things to a close with some more outstanding workshops and an extra-special competition for ticket-holders.

1 September - Make Writing Dreams a Reality Mini Course, with Sophie Hannah

Sophie-hannah-authorHow to Make Writing Dreams a Reality Mini Course
Tuesday 1st September

BST: 14:00 | EDT: 09:00

This mini-course will help you thrive in the face of the psychological and emotional challenges that life as a writer brings. You’ll learn how to use your fear to retain full control over your writing dreams, instead of giving your power away to the first agent or editor who shows an interest in you.

With – Sophie Hannah

Sophie Hannah is a Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling writer of crime fiction. She is also co-creator and course director of the University of Cambridge’s new Master’s Degree in Crime and Thriller Writing.

2 September - Should an Author Write for the Market? With Sarah Franklin

Sarah Franklin AuthorShould an Author Write for the Market?
Wednesday 2 September

BST: 19:00 | EDT: 14:00

Publishers are experts in audience and readership – they have to be to do their job. But how much should a writer consider audience and readership? Can it help in the writing or is it best to stay in your bubble? As a professional marketer of books, and as a multi-published author, I look at the view from both sides of the aisle.

With – Sarah Franklin 

Sarah Franklin worked in publishing worldwide for 12 years, and is now a Senior Lecturer in Publishing at Oxford Brookes University. She is the author of novels SHELTER (2017) and HOW TO BELONG (Nov. 2020), both Zaffre Books.

3 September - Working with your commissioning editor, with Kish Widyaratna

kishani widyaratnaWorking with your commissioning editor
Thursday 3rd September

BST: 19:00 | EDT: 14:00

Kish Widyaratna will talk through the commissioning process at Picador; the literary imprint at Pan Macmillan. Using case studies, Kish will discuss what stands out about what books, how she commissions them, what authors can do to give themselves the best chance of getting published, and what happens once the book is out there.

With – Kish Widyaratna

Kishandi publishes literary fiction, poetry and non-fiction at Picador. She is passionate about nurturing bold new writing talent and is a longstanding Contributing Editor for The White Review.

4 September - Friday Night Live: The Grand Finale

Friday night liveFriday Night Live: The Grand Finale
Friday 4th September

BST: 19:00 | EDT: 14:00

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 as we hear their feedback on the six shortlisted entries – and crown the overall winner of 2020.