The Festival Programme, 2012

Friday 7th September

13.00 - 14.00

Registration for those attending Mini Courses

14.00 - 18.00

Mini courses (optional)
How to Write a Novel, with Harry Bingham

Self-editing your Novel, with Debi Alper

Children's Authors Do It Differently, with Nicola Morgan

Creativity: Finding your Fire, with Andrew Wille

Historical Fiction Masterclass, with Emma Darwin

Be a Professional Self-Publisher and Succeed, with David Gaughran and Talli Rowland

14.00 - 18.00 Registration and collection of room keys
16.00 - 17.00 Afternoon tea - dip out, drop-in
18.00 Bar opens Come along to meet agents, editors and fellow writers.
19.30 Dinner
20.45 - 21.15 Literary Night Live
Your chance for a panel of experts to hear and evaluate your text. Terrifying, but useful. More details can be found here. Last year's winner ended up with an agent! The one before got an agent, got published - and is one of our guest speakers this year.

Saturday 8th September




Registration for Saturday arrivals

9.10 - 10.10

Festival Welcome & Keynote Address - JoJo Moyes
Author of 9 novels, JoJo has been a full time novelist since 2002, when her first book Sheltering Rain was published. Her last novel, the critically acclaimed The Last Letter From your Lover, won the 2011 RNA Novel of the Year award and has been translated into eleven different languages. She also writes regularly for The Daily Telegraph.

10.10 - 10.40

Coffee break & JoJo Moyes booksigning

10.40 - 11.40

Workshops - Session 1
See workshops for more info. When you book your Festival ticket, you will be asked to select your workshop choice.

11.50 - 12.50

Genre Panel/ Q&As
Your chance to learn from the experts and ask the questions you want answered. Choice of (no prebooking required):

  • Literary Fiction
  • Science Fiction/Fantasy
  • Children's/Young Adult 
  • Women's Fiction
  • Historical Fiction
  • Crime/Thriller
  • Script Writing
In nearly all cases, panels will include both authors and agents/publishers.


Buffet Lunch

14.00 - 15.00

Key note address: The Agent & The Publisher
Gillian Green, Editorial Director (Fiction), Ebury/Random House
Alan Mahar, Publishing Director, Tindal Street Press
Jim Gill & Simon Trewin, United Agentse
Jon Appleton, Editorial Director (fiction), Hodder Children's Books.

15.10 - 16.10

Workshops - Session 2
See workshops for more info.

16.10 - 16.40

Afternoon Tea - plus author booksignings

16.40 - 17.40

Workshops - Session 3
See workshops for more info.

18.45 - 19.15

Gala Dinner Reception ~ Drinks ~  Come along to meet agents, editors and fellow writers.


Gala Dinner & Competition Presentations
After-dinner speech:


Sunday 9th September




Registration for Sunday arrivals

09.20 - 10.00

The ebook revolution: What it means to you. A panel of agent, publisher & authors

10.10 - 11.10

Workshops - Session 4
See workshops for more info.

11.10 - 11.40

Coffee break & author booksignings

11.40 - 12.40

Workshops - Session 5
See workshops for more info.


Buffet Lunch

14.00 - 15.00

Workshops - Session 6
See workshops for more info.

15.10 - 15.50

Keynote Address with Stuart MacBride
Stuart MacBride is the bestselling crime fiction author of The Logan McRae series, including Shatter the Bones, which reached No. 1 in the Sunday Times bestseller list. The McRae novels have won him the CWA's Dagger in the Library, the Barry Award for Best Debut Novel, and Best Breakthrough Author at the ITV3 crime thriller awards. Stuart's other works include Halfhead, a near-future thriller, Sawbones, a novella aimed at adult emergent readers, and several short stories.

15.50 - 16.00

Wrap-up & farewells


To find out more ...

Check out our Workshops schedule here. All Festival delegates are given their choice of workshops, but do note that workshops are first come, first served, so book now to ensure availability.

All delegates to the Festival have the opportunity to pitch their work directly to top agents and editors. For more about how to do that, please just check out the details here.

Check out the Friday afternoon Mini-courses here. These can be a brilliant way to get up to speed with one crucial aspect of the art and business of writing before the start of the Festival proper.

To find out about all the Festival comps, see here. 

If you love what you see and want to book your place, then please do so quickly. Places are limited.

We're bringing the best of the writing world to York , so make sure you're there to meet it!