The Festival of Writing, 2013              

... is all over for 2013. Do join us next year!

To find out what happened at our 2013 Festival please explore the pages below. 

Friday 13th September

13.00 - 14.00

Registration for those attending Mini Courses

14.00 - 18.00

Mini courses (pre-booked optional extra)
• Workshop a Novel in a Day: Structure & Character, with Allie Spencer

Self-editing your Novel, with Debi Alper

•  So you think you can write for children?, with Nicola Morgan

• The Four Elements of Creativity, with Andrew Wille

Finding your Voice, with Emma Darwin

The Self-Publishing Masterclass, with David Gaughran

15.00 - 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! As did the winner from the year before that, and the year before that...

Saturday 14th September




Registration for Saturday arrivals

9.10 - 10.10

Festival Welcome & Keynote Address with Adele Parks
Adele always dreamed of being a writer and her first novel - Playing Away – was published in 2000; that year the Evening Standard identified her as one of London’s ‘Twenty Faces to Watch.’ She's gone on to publish eleven novels in eleven years, all of which have been Times Top Ten bestsellers. And she's been described as one of the most-loved and biggest-selling women’s fiction writers in the UK, with over two million copies of her work having been sold, and having been translated into 25 different languages. 

10.10 - 10.40

Coffee break & 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

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


Sunday 15th September




Registration for Sunday arrivals

09.20 - 10.00

New Opportunities for Writers in the Digital Age.
Beyond the traditional agent to publisher model, and beyond even the emergent self-publishing model, new chances for writers are booming due to the wildfire spread of smart-phones and tablets. In this panel we'll be talking to three writers who make their living telling digital stories. With an emphasis on demystifying born digital literature and inspiring you to think about this model as a viable route for your own ideas, the writers will be talking you through their work in an engaging tech-light manner. More info here.

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 S. J. Bolton
SJ (Sharon) Bolton grew up in a cotton-mill town in Lancashire and had an eclectic early career which she is now rather embarrassed about. She gave it all up to become a mother and a writer. Her books have been shortlisted for several international awards, including the CWA Gold Dagger, the Theakston's Old Peculier prize for crime novel of the year, the International Thriller Writers' Best First Novel award and (four years running) the Mary Higgins Clark award for best thriller (Awakening actually won that one). Her latest book, Dead Scared, was published in April 2012.

15.50 - 16.00

Wrap-up & farewells


Check out our Workshops schedule

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.

Check out the Friday afternoon Mini-courses.

These courses 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.

View the full programme online in magazine format. Click here.

Find out about the 1-to-1s

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.

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