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This is your York Festival of Writing dashboard! The Festival of Writing takes place from Friday 2 September to Sunday 4 September 2022 – we can’t wait to meet you.
Any questions? Check out our York Festival of Writing frequently asked questions!
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Where exactly is the Festival of Writing?
It is held at The Exhibition Centre, University of York, Heslington, York YO10 5DZ.
Can I park for free?
Yes, you can. Parking is free at the weekends and we will issue free parking permits for the Friday.
What is the accommodation like? Is it a five-star hotel?
The accommodation is student halls, which are a five-minute walk from where most of the sessions take place. All rooms are single en-suite and tea and coffee will be available in communal areas. Please note that as student accommodation, the beds are not the most comfortable so if you have back problems, you may want to consider bringing a mattress topper and your own pillow. The venue provides towels and linen.
What kind of food is offered over the weekend?
All food is included in the price of your ticket. This is served in the Roger Kirk Centre and will mainly be buffet-style, apart from the three-course Gala dinner on Saturday night, which is an at-table, set menu service.
There will also be regular tea breaks over the weekend, which will offer tea, coffee and biscuits.
I have specific dietary requirements. Can you cater for these?
Yes, we can. It’s very important, however, that you let us know beforehand. We’ll be sending out a form for you to fill out all the details.
I have access needs. Can these be accommodated?
We’re ready to accommodate you! We’ll be sending out a form for you to fill out all the details so that we can make sure your needs are met.
When should I plan to arrive at the Festival of Writing 2022?
We always recommend giving yourself plenty of time to arrive in case of any delays. For Friday arrivals, registration is from 11.00 to 13.00. There is a welcome speech at 13.30, you can check in to accommodation from 14.00 and the mini-courses start at 14.30. If you arrive after 18.00, you can pick up your key from the 24 hour college porter and register for the Festival the next morning.
Registration on Saturday is from 8.30 and from 9.00 on Sunday. The Festival finishes after the closing Keynote on Sunday at 15.00.
Please note that all delegates will receive a ‘Welcome Pack’ closer to the time of the Festival with full details on it.
I live in York, or have somewhere to stay there already. Can I just come for the day?
At the moment, we’re only releasing full weekend tickets which include accommodation. Day tickets may be released closer to the time, so please check back on our website for more information.
How do I make sure I can attend the workshops and mini-courses I’d like to?
Once you’ve bought your ticket, you will receive a form to choose what sessions you’d like to register for. Please think carefully! We kindly ask that you contact us if you wish to change your choices, this is due to health and safety and making sure that we don’t over-fill rooms. 1-2-1s and mini-course places are not able to be amended, so please make sure you choose very carefully.
Will Friday Night Live happen?
Yes, it will! And we’ll let you know when it’s open for entries. Please note that you can only enter the York Festival of Writing’s Friday Night Live competition or the online Summer Festival of Writing’s Friday Night Live competition. If you enter both, your entry is likely to be redacted from both. More information on the entry criteria will be available soon.
How do I book an agent 1-2-1 at the Festival?
Two 1-2-1s are included as part of your full-weekend ticket. If you wish to have additional 1-2-1s on top of this, these will be available to book at an extra cost at a later date. Once you have your ticket, you will be sent instructions for how to book your two 1-2-1s through an online portal. 1
What do I need to bring with me?
We suggest: pens, paper, a reusable water bottle, comfortable clothes and shoes, fancy clothes for the gala dinner if you feel like dressing up, a book to read in your downtime, yoga-friendly clothes if you fancy participating, money for drinks and books.
I feel completely overwhelmed at the thought of an in-person conference. Help!
Us too! We’ve built in half an hour between each session so that you can have some breathing space to take a walk or grab a cuppa. We’ve also organised morning yoga and meditation sessions and created a quiet reading/writing space for you to go to if you need a bit of downtime! We’ll be on hand to help throughout the weekend, too.
Where can I find the terms and conditions of booking?
You can find our full terms and conditions for the Festival here.
What’s the benefit of attending both the online Festival and the York Festival of Writing in person?
Online festivals are great, we absolutely love them. But we also love seeing people in person which is why we’re thrilled to be bringing back York Festival of Writing in September 2022. By attending both festivals, you get the best of both worlds and will learn an extraordinary amount throughout the summer.
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Will there be any Covid restrictions in place?
As it stands, as there won’t be Covid restrictions in place in England after April 1st 2022, there are no covid restrictions in place for York Festival of Writing in September 2022. We will, of course, follow any government guidelines that may be in place at the time should things change.
We know that it can be nerve-wracking returning to in-person events, so we’ve scheduled in half-hour breaks between each session, and have included a quiet reading/writing space for downtime.