The Festival of Writing. University of York.

 

 

 

14.00 - 18.00

The Mini Courses - Pre-booked optional extra. The mini-course costs an additional £70 to the normal Full Festival Weekend price. **4 hour workshop to start the weekend with a bang.**
• Reading for Writers, with Allie Spencer
• Four Elements of Creativity, with Andrew Wille
• A Guide to Submissions, with agent Janelle Andrews
• Self-Editing Your Novel, with Debi Alper and Emma Darwin
• Self-Publish Like A Pro, with David Gaughran
• Writing for Children, with agent Julia Churchill

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.

Last year, having won the 2014 Friday Night Live Comp Joanna Cannon walked away with seven offers from literary agents. Shortly after she signed with Susan Armstrong, and this year they're back at York to judge the opening chapter comp). And in 2013, after reading for Friday Night LIVE, writer Deborah Install, was approached on the spot by agent Jenny Savill and is now the proud owner of a six-figure publishing deal. More details can be found here

   


08.00

Breakfast

08.30

Registration for Saturday arrivals

9.10 - 10.10

Festival Welcome & Keynote Address with Nicci Gerrard and Sean French

10.10 - 10.40

Coffee break & booksigning

10.40 - 11.40

Workshops - Session 1

• Allie Spencer - The Essential Writer's Check List
• Nelle Andrew - The Arc and the Impetus
• Kerry Fisher & Clare Wallace - Author Agent relationship
• Julie Cohen - Learning Story Structure from Pixar Films
• Robert Caskie - Self-Publishing
• Debi Alper - Breaking the Rules
• Piers Blofeld - Don’t Give up the Day Job – how to have a writing career.

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

  • 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.

12.40

Buffet Lunch

14.00 - 15.00

Industry Key note address: Euan Thorneycroft

15.10 - 16.10

Workshops - Session 2

• Andrew Wille - Trusting Your Voice
• Hal Duncan - How to Write a Sentence
• Claire McGowan - Just get on with it! How to finish your book
• Lorella Belli - How to attract the attention of an agent and make your submission stand out: dos and donts
• Julia Churchill and Penny Holroyde - How to elevate your submission from slushpile hell to slushpile heaven
• Dave Gaughran - Should I Self-Publish?
• How to Hook an Agent and Get a Book Deal. Featuring Slushpile Live


See workshops for more info.

16.10 - 16.40

Afternoon Tea - plus author booksignings

16.40 - 17.40

Workshops - Session 3

• Norah Perkins - ‘there are no stupid questions’ workshop
• Hellie Ogden & Chris Wellbelove  - The All Important Pitch
• James Law - Talking the walk – Advanced Dialogue
• Craig Taylor - 'Character is destiny'
• Tamsyn Murray - So You Want to Write for 8-12s?
• Jeremy Sheldon - 'Hold Back The Monster!: What Horror Has To Teach Me About Everything.'
• Shelley Harris -The Shark and the Iceberg: How to be Brilliant at Backstory

See workshops for more info.

18.45 - 19.15

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

 

19.15 - Gala Dinner & Competition Presentations

3 course dinner, with drink on arrival. Dine with agents, editors and fellow writers. 

 

 

 

08.00

Breakfast

09.00

Registration for Sunday arrivals

09.20 - 10.00

Futurecast 2015: The future of publishing

10.10 - 11.10

Workshops - Session 4

• Jeremy Thompson - Self-Publishing: Making the Right Choices
• Andrew Wille - Showing and Telling and Storytelling
• Ben Illis and Gabrielle Kent - Agent/Author Relationship
• Tamsyn Murray - Worldbuilding: We're Not in Kansas Anymore
• Jeremy Sheldon - 'Chit-Chat And The Necessary Evils of Dialogue'
• Emma Darwin - Historical Fiction
• How to Hook an Agent and Get a Book Deal. Featuring Slushpile Live

See workshops for more info.

11.10 - 11.40

Coffee break & author booksignings

11.40 - 12.40

Workshops - Session 5

• Shelley Harris - Who Dares Wins: How To Take Risks and Supercharge Your Writing
• David Maybury - Ask an Agent: Writing for Children
• Jo Unwin and Sam Copeland - DO YOU DARE?
• Allie Spencer  - There Be Dragons: Creating a Sense of Place out of the Unknown
• Hal Duncan - Point of View
• Claire McGowan - Writing Crime Fiction
• Anna Lewis - The Ins and Outs of Print-on-demand publishing

See workshops for more info.

12.40

Buffet Lunch

14.00 - 15.00

Workshops - Session 6

• Debi Alper - Psychic Distance: Getting inside your characters' heads
• Emma Darwin - Writing Sex: 'It's harder' than you think.
• James Wills - Title TBC
• Deborah Install - Sticking your head above the parapet
• Julie Cohen - Finding Your Novel's Theme
• C M Taylor - Boosting the Emotional Power of Plot
• Dave Gaughran - The Secrets of Successful Self-Publishers

See workshops for more info.

15.10 - 15.50

Keynote Address with Eve Harris. Introduced by her agent Diana Beaumont. 

15.50 - 16.00

Wrap-up & farewells