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Festival of Writing - Sunday workshops

We jam-pack the last day of the Festival with a seminar on the future of publishing, a further three workshop sessions, and close with a keynote session from previous client Amanda Berriman (also featured on ITV’s This time next year program).

You’ll be able to choose three workshops on Sunday.

Take a look at the options for Session 4, Session 5, and Session 6.

Take a look into the future of the industry in this inclusive keynote session

Futurecast

Panel TBC

In this lively session we pull together experts to discuss the publishing industry: where it is today, what the new opportunities are and what the future looks like.

Expect to have your preconceptions challenged and to hear vigorous debate!

SESSION FOUR

Choose from one of these workshops:

Make shit happen

Tutor – Julie Cohen

Julie Cohen’s novels Dear Thing & Together were chosen for the Richard and Judy Book Club; Together debuted on the Sunday Times list, was a no 1 Amazon bestseller, and won Contemporary Romantic Novel of the Year. She teaches creative writing and is a Vice President of the Romantic Novelists’ Association.

Twitter: @julie_cohen

Course Description

How do you know if your plot is any good? Or if you’ve even got a plot at all? Award-winning, bestselling novelist Julie Cohen gives practical and plain-spoken tips for slashing backstory, killing darlings, and giving your novel an irresistible, page-turning plot.

Creative Non-Fiction

Tutor – Sam Jordison

Sam Jordison is co-director of the award-winning independent publisher Galley Beggar Press, a journalist and the author of several books including Enemies of The People and the best-selling Crap Towns series.

Course Description

This course will help you learn the techniques and strategies to develop a quality work of non-fiction. We’ll look at how to focus your ideas, hone in on your subject, and think about appropriate style. We’ll explore finding inspiration, discuss who and what to read and gather the right techniques for your armoury.

What Crime Writing Can Teach About How to Hook a Reader

Tutor – Eve Seymour

Eve Seymour is the author of eleven novels. She writes in two genres: psychological thriller and espionage.  To make her work as authentic as possible, she has spoken to numerous police officers, firearms officers, scenes of crime, lawyers and United Nations personnel. ‘House of Lies’, ‘A Deadly Trade’ and ‘Final Target’ were published by Harper Collins in 2017 and she is represented by Broo Doherty at D.H.H Literary Agency.

Course Description

From opening line to final sentence, I’ll be talking about the ways in which crime writers hook the reader and keep them hooked throughout the length of a novel and how similar techniques can be applied to any genre.  Short excerpts from the masters and mistresses of crime and thriller fiction will be used to illustrate, and there will be an opportunity to ask specific questions afterwards.   It’s very much a genuine ‘open to all’ session.

The Best of Times, The Worst of Times

Tutor – Rebecca Horsfall

Rebecca Horsfall is a bestselling novelist, script doctor and creative writing tutor and lecturer. She has been an editor and coach for more than a decade, working with over 150 different novelists in genres including character-driven fiction, romance, literary fiction, historical, political, detective and fantasy.

Course Description

How to overcome writers’ block.

Why writing a novel is so damned hard! We take an honest look at the agonies, the insecurities and the heartache of becoming a novelist – and explore ways of surviving it, and even thriving. Also, how to confront the black beast of writer’s block when it rears its head.

Self-Publishing 101

Tutor – Harry Bingham

Harry Bingham is an acclaimed author of fiction and non-fiction, and is especially known for his Fiona Griffiths crime series, which has sold both traditionally and (with notable success) via self-publishing.

He is also the founder of Jericho Writers (previously The Writers’ Workshop), where for over 12 years he has been helping writers get published, both via traditional and self-published channels.

Course Description

There are more authors alive today who earn a real living from self-pub than there are authors who make a real living from the traditional sort of publishing. And if you’re just starting your indie journey, you don’t need to invent your whole sales plan from scratch: an entire template has already been evolved and proved by multiple authors before you. This workshop will blast you through that template at light speed.

Everything you need to know about self-pub in one (fast-talking) hour.

The three C’s of character

Tutor – Amanda Saint

Amanda Saint

Amanda Saint is an author and publisher. She founded and runs Retreat West, providing creative writing competitions and courses, and in 2017 launched Retreat West Books indie press. Her debut novel, As If I Were A River, was a NetGalley Top 10 Book of the Month and a Book Magnet Blog Top 20 Book of 2016. Her new novel, Remember Tomorrow, will be published in 2019. Her short stories have been long and shortlisted for, and won, various prizes.

Course Description

Some literary characters are unforgettable and resonate with readers much more than others. Why is that? It’s because they seem like real people. To make your characters real and memorable for your readers they have to be the 3Cs: Complex, Contradictory, and Consistent. This interactive workshop will show you how you can write characters that are all of these things at once through a series of exercises and examples.

The author / agent relationship

Discussion with Imogen Pelham, Agent and Jo Jakeman, Author

Imogen Pelham is a literary agent at Marjacq, where she has been since 2015. She represents literary and upmarket-commercial fiction, and a range of non-fiction including history, pop-science, memoir, investigative journalism and cookery. Her list includes Wellcome Prize shortlisted Emily Mayhew, Gordon Burn Prize shortlisted David Keenan and Costa Short Story Award winner and Edge Hill Prize shortlisted Angela Readman.

Jo Jakeman won the 2016 Friday Night Live Award at York Festival of Writing where she was also shortlisted for Best Opening Chapter. Born in Cyprus, Jo worked in the City of London before moving to Derbyshire with her husband and twin boys.

Her first novel, Sticks and Stones, will be published by Harvill Secker in the UK, and as The Exes’ Revenge by Berkeley in the US and Random House Canada.

Session Description

Imogen and  Jo met at the 2016 Festival of Writing in a one-to-one. This session they will tell their story of how that meeting led to Jo’s debut novel, Sticks and Stones, being published by Harvill Secker in Summer 2018, with rights sold in almost ten other territories to date, and two more books under contract. The session will also explore the key aspects of working together, how to choose between agents, what you can expect from an agent, and the publication experience as a debut author.

SESSION FIVE

Choose from one of these workshops:

Advanced characterisation

Tutor – James Law

James Law joined the Royal Navy in 1993 as an apprentice and went on to serve for twenty years, the majority of that time spent in the Submarine Service. His debut novel, Tenacity, since retitled as The Dark Beneath, was published by Headline (UK) and Holt (US) and is part of a three-book deal – the final book, The Coldest Blood, will be published in November 2018. James lives in Hampshire with his dog, Dani, and two children. He spends what spare time he has riding motorbikes and watching Scotland play rugby.

Course Description

At every festival somebody shows up and tells you how to format dialogue, ensures that you get the ‘singles’ and ‘doubles’ the right way around. This workshop isn’t that! We’re going beyond the basics to talk about how to write great dialogue. We’ll talk about what dialogue should accomplish and how it sets up and lays out relationships, how it reveals background and motivations, how people’s speech changes, ebbs and flows, and how we can use that to great effect. We’ll be dialogue ninjas!

Literary Prose

Tutor – Sam Jordison

Sam Jordison is co-director of the award-winning independent publisher Galley Beggar Press, a journalist and the author of several books including Enemies Of The People and the best-selling Crap Towns series.

Course Description

Using examples from classic books and novels he has edited at Galley Beggar Press, Sam Jordison talks about what happens at the level of the sentence – and how artists hone their prose. Along the way we’ll also ask if there’s really such a thing as literary prose, what’s so different about it – and what do certain kinds of editors like about it…?

How to approach an agent

Tutor – Richard Pike

Richard Pike was chosen as one of the Bookseller’s Rising Stars for 2017. Richard is looking to work with authors with unique voices, diverse experiences and a story they have a keen passion to tell. He is looking for narrative non-fiction on any subject In Fiction he’d like to find smart crime and thriller novels, grounded speculative and heartwarming, uplifting novel such as The Rosie Project. Also young adult and literary fiction.

Course Description

In this session Richard takes you through all your submission pack components and ensures you know where to focus your attention. Learn how to make your submission stand out from the rest and how to grab the attention of an agent.

Facing the Fear

Tutor – Debi Alper

Debi Alper is an experienced tutor and editor. Debi provides critiques, mentoring, Book Doctor sessions and creative writing workshops. She edits in all genres and many authors that she has worked with have been signed up with agents and gone on to see their books published. Tutor of the famous Jericho Writers’ Self-Editing course, Debi’s novels have been published by Orion to critical acclaim. She has since set up her own imprint. www.debialper.co.uk

Course Description

Ever been beset by Doubt Demons? Those evil whispers that tell you that you can’t write and have no hope of anyone ever wanting to read your stories? Of course, you have. It goes with the territory and even the most successful authors have their own demons. So how do you deal with them and prevent them from paralysing you? In this interactive workshop, we’ll be calling out the most common fears and coming up with strategies to kick them in the teeth.

‘Character is Destiny’: linking plot with character and theme

Tutor – C. M. Taylor

C. M. Taylor wrote Premiership Psycho, described as ‘Brilliant’ by The Sun, and ‘Horribly entertaining’ by The Mirror, for which he’s also written the TV pilot. His geriatric coming-of-age novel Staying On is forthcoming summer 2018. He edits fiction for publishers and co-wrote a thriller, Writers Retreat, which premiered at Sitges International Festival. Craig lectures on a Publishing degree and teaches widely on structures of narrative.

Course Description

In this session, we translate some major practical insights from the story-telling wisdom of screenwriting into the practice of prose fiction, offering a simple, repeatable method for unifying the three main aspects of writing – theme, character, and plot.

Nail your synopsis & query letter

Tutor – Millie Hoskins

Millie Hoskins joined United Agents in 2014 and is actively building her own list  She is interested inall types of fiction and non-fiction; from memoir or cookery to commercial or literary fiction, if there is a good story that makes her want to keep on reading then she’s hooked. Open to taking on new authors and at the moment would particularly like to find some brilliant new female writers telling stories for and about women

Course Description

Let’s get this right!

The synopsis and query letter are your best opportunity to make an agent sit up and take notice of you so it is essential to get these right. Agents receive tens of submissions a day so nailing this first stage could be the difference between your book being dismissed or taken seriously. I will talk you through the dos & don’ts and do a Q&A to help you generate the best synopsis and query letter possible.

SESSION SIX

Choose from one of these workshops.

Telling Tales – what makes a story come alive

Tutor – Allie Spencer

Allie Spencer is the author of five romantic comedy novels. Her first won the debut award from the Romantic Novelists’ Association and she has twice been shortlisted for the prestigious Melissa Nathan Award for Comedy Romance. As well as writing novels, she teaches English literature at university level, is an experienced creative writing tutor and is currently reading for a PhD in eighteenth-century women’s fiction.

Course Description

What makes a story come alive: a compelling narrative? A unique point of view? Or is it nothing more than one event after another? This fun, informative and interactive workshop examines three key strategies for injecting that elusive page-turning quality into your writing. We will learn the difference between story and discourse – and how to use both to maximum effect – and investigate the crucial part suspense plays in keeping your reader hooked. A must for anyone wanting to raise their writing to the next level.

Commercial Fiction

Tutor – Kimberly Young

Kimberly Young is a publisher of commercial fiction at HarperFiction where in 2017 she was promoted to the executive board. Previously at Harlequin UK, as Editorial Director, Kim was responsible for Mills & Boon, the general fiction MIRA list and established a teen and digital first imprint. A huge advocate of digital publishing Kim launched the award-winning digital first imprint HarperImpulse.

Course Description

Kimberley looks at the commercial fiction market and talks about some of the key drivers for success when writing for this market.  Get the inside track on trends and what makes a great read.

Doctor can you find a pulse (character)

Tutor – Rebecca Horsfall

Rebecca Horsfall is a bestselling novelist, script doctor and creative writing tutor and lecturer. She has been an editor and coach for more than a decade, working with over 150 different novelists in genres including character-driven fiction, romance, literary fiction, historical, political, detective and fantasy.

Course Description

What can we do when one of our main characters just won’t come into focus? All too often we find ourselves chasing shadowy protagonists around as we try to find their voice and get their motivation clear. So what’s going on when this happens? Bring your elusive characters to the workshop and let’s see if, by the end, you can get them walking, talking, and moving the story forward of their own accord.

Voice in YA – what it is and how to find yours

Tutor – Sarah Ann Juckes

Pitched as the ‘YA Room’ Sarah Ann Juckes‘ debut novel, Outside, will be published by Penguin Random House Children’s Books UK in January 2019. When she’s not writing, Sarah works for Jericho Writers, creating films and emails. She also mentors under-represented writers alongside charity, Creative Future. Follow her on Twitter @sarahannjuckes.

Course Description

Literary agents always say they want to find the ‘next big YA voice’ – but what does this mean? This workshop will look at the different types of voice found in young adult fiction and will discuss some practical exercises you can do to make your character speak volumes.

CLOSING KEYNOTE SPEECH

Join together for the final keynote speech, which aims to leave everyone feeling empowered and inspired to keep writing.

Mandy Berriman talks about her journey to publication with her mentor Debi Alper (Jericho Writers) and her editor Susanna Wadeson (Penguin/Random House). This is a story of great commitment and tenacity – and we are thrilled to share it with you all!

Speakers
Amanda Berriman (Jericho Writers author), Susanna Wadeson (Editor at Transworld), Debi Alper (Editor and chair)

Amanda Berriman was born in Germany and grew up in Edinburgh, reading books, playing music, writing stories and climbing hills. She teaches primary school music and lives on the edge of the Peak District with her family. Her debut novel ‘Home’ was published by Transworld in February this year. She met her agent, Jo Unwin, at FoW14. Having been to every Festival of Writing bar one, this is her first as a published author!

Susanna Wadeson commissions general non-fiction and crossover literary/commercial fiction for Bantam Press and Doubleday, imprints of Penguin Random House, publishing authors such as Richard Dawkins, Edward Stourton and Rachel Joyce. She was previously at ITV, heading up their book publishing and before that, Editorial Director at Boxtree Books, responsible for illustrated hardbacks. She began her career at Macmillan working on fiction, non-fiction and humour titles.

Debi Alper is an experienced tutor and editor who provides critiques, mentoring, Book Doctor sessions and creative writing workshops. She edits in all genres and many authors that she has worked with have been signed up with agents and gone on to see their books published. Tutor of the famous Jericho Writers’ Self-Editing course, Debi’s novels have been published by to critical acclaim. She has since set up her own imprint www.debialper.co.uk.

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