Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell

Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell

  • Friday 28th August
  • Join two household names for this
    extra-special live event.

  • Friday 28th August
  • Join two household names for this
    extra-special live event.
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Work with a
commissioning editor

Work with a
commissioning editor

  • Thursday 3 September
  • Kish Widyaratna talks editorial at
    Picador, Pan Macmillan.

  • Thursday 3 September
  • Kish Widyaratna talks editorial at
    Picador, Pan Macmillan.

Amazon Publishing

Amazon Publishing

  • Friday 31 July
  • Chat to two senior editors from
    the publishing arm of Amazon.

  • Friday 31 July
  • Chat to two senior editors from
    the publishing arm of Amazon.

Get Your Submission Ready

Practical Plotting with James Law

  • Monday 24th August
  • Polish your children's/YA submission
    with agent Davinia Andrew Lynch

  • Thursday 4th June
  • A three-hour step-by-step
    walk-through of how to plot your book.

Joanna Penn

Joanna Penn

  • Monday 29 June
  • Learn how to make multiple streams of income
    as an indie author.

  • Monday 29 June
  • Learn how to make multiple streams of income
    as an indie author.

The Summer Festival of Writing 2020

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

A summer of writing events. LIVE IN YOUR LIVING ROOM.

“I loved the festival. I learned loads and now feel re-energised to write more. Fabulous sessions.” – Chloe R

Join the biggest names in global publishing for the online writing event of 2020.

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 300 writers have travelled to York, England to attend our Festival of Writing. This year, we’re going digital to bring you our biggest and best festival yet live in your living room.

This event is over for 2020.

Check out our membership for exciting events coming up from now through to the end of the year!

Festival of writing June to September 2020

Your Summer starts here

DISCOUNTED LATECOMER TICKETS INCLUDE ACCESS TO:

  • Twenty-five live online workshops.
  • Five mini-courses covering plotting, editing, commercial fiction, self-publishing, and making your writing dreams a reality.
  • An online networking group with other writers.
  • Replays of all the events until 30 September, 2020.

Your Festival at a glance

August


With two mini-courses and extra-special guests, August brings incredible sessions to your living room. Highlights include:

  • Q&A with household names Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell
  • Commercial Fiction mini-course with HarperCollins
  • Self-Publishing mini-course
  • Q&A with ‘Big 5’ publisher Little, Brown (Hachette)
  • Literary agent Sam Copeland

See full programme 

September


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

  • Your writing dreams mini-course, with Sophie Hannah
  • Working with Picador Books
  • Friday Night Live Grand Finale

See full programme 

July


Things are heating up with some of the biggest names in traditional and indie publishing on hand to answer questions. Highlights include:

  • Robin Stevens and Non Pratt
  • Self-editing mini-course
  • Self-pub guru Dave Gaughran
  • An evening with digital publisher, Bookouture
  • Learn more about Amazon Publishing

See full programme 

August


With two mini-courses and extra-special guests, August brings incredible sessions to your living room. Highlights include:

  • Q&A with household names Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell
  • Commercial Fiction mini-course with HarperCollins
  • Self-Publishing mini-course
  • Q&A with ‘Big 5’ publisher Little, Brown (Hachette)
  • Literary agent Sam Copeland

See full programme 

September


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

  • Your writing dreams mini-course, with Sophie Hannah
  • Working with Picador Books
  • Friday Night Live Grand Finale

See full programme 

FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS

In-Conversation with Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell

Join two household names for this extra-special live event, featuring a live reading / drawing and a Q&A from the audience.

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. His books have won a number of major prizes, including the 2001, 2004 and 2016 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medals and Costa Children’s Book Award 2013.

Mini-Courses with top tutors

Your ticket includes access to five mini-courses covering plotting, editing, self-publishing, writing, building your author career.

These half-day courses delve into detail on one aspect of writing and publishing and are taught by leading tutors from across the globe, including HarperCollins, Sophie Hannah and our very own Debi Alper.

During your mini-course, you’ll get the chance to put advice into action in your own work and ask specific questions to tutors. Don’t miss a word!

1 June – 5 September 2020

One life-changing Summer of Writing

Location: Online

Prices:

  • Latecomers Festival Ticket £50
  • 50% discount for members of Jericho Writers

This event is over for 2020. Check out our membership for exciting events coming up from now through to the end of the year!

BECOME A MEMBER OF JERICHO WRITERS FOR YEAR-ROUND WRITING SUPPORT

Writing is hard – don’t do it alone! Our membership package gives you year-round writing support and guidance with video courses, live agent pitch sessions, masterclasses and more.

Become a member now and you’ll also get a huge 50% discount on your Summer Festival of Writing ticket plus access to:

  • Our ‘Getting Published’ video course
  • Our ‘How to Write’ video course
  • Our ‘Self-Publishing’ video course
  • Live literary agent pitch sessions
  • ALL our video Masterclasses
  • The AgentMatch literary agent database
  • Feature films with agents, authors and publishers.
  • FREE feedback on your query letter
  • PLUS – a 10% discount on tutored courses, editorial services and events.

Festival success stories

The Summer Festival of Writing is based on the physical Festival of Writing conference, based in York, UK.

Jericho Writers have helped hundreds of writers finish books and go on to publish traditionally and independently, and The Summer Festival of Writing gives us an opportunity to help more writers than ever before. Get your ticket now.

View all our success stories.

Joanna Cannon

“The Festival is the most wonderful, supportive, fun environment, filled with amazingly talented people, and I’ve learned so much in the time I’ve been going… Within hours of leaving York and heading back down the M1 [in 2014], I would have seven offers of agent representation.”

Felicia Yap

“It made a huge difference!”

Felicia Yap, was snapped-up by Jonny Geller at Curtis Brown soon after our 2015 Festival of Writing. Her brilliant high-concept thriller, Yesterday, was bought by Headline’s Alex Clarke for a six-figure sum. The book has since been optioned for film.

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Eleanor Anstruther

“I’d be very happy to credit Jericho with the enormous helping hand I received at the Festival of Writing 2016.  Not sure I’d be where I am now, if I hadn’t got myself a ticket, taken a deep breath, and stood up on that stage at Friday Night Live.”