Sat. 4th March  | 2017 

Regent's University, Regent's Park, London. 

£195 Ticket price includes:
• All talks and workshops, Q&A sessions, etc
• 15 min editorial meeting, with review notes
• Slushpile Live
• Lunch voucher, Light refreshments, etc
• Post-event wine and nibbles 

• Plus £30 money off voucher 

 


Everything you need to know about how to find agents, how to approach them, and how to write a compelling synopsis and covering letter. Plus, the chance to pitch your work to a panel of Industry experts. 

We'll also have workshops covering: plot, character, the elevator pitch, prose, showing & telling, and points of view/voice.

Suitable for those ready to start approaching agents, and those wanting to improve aspects of the craft and get an idea as to what comes next.


 

09:30 - 10:00 - Registration & Coffee

10:00 - 10:55 - Workshop 1. Your choice of:

   

1A - Character, with Debi Alper
The characters in your novel are the reader's representative in your fictional world. In this workshop, we'll be looking at the ways in which you can ensure they are sufficiently compelling to draw us through the story by showing them as characters-in-action, acting and reacting in response to the conflicts and obstacles you give them to handle.
  1B - Elevator Pitch,  with Emma Darwin
The "elevator pitch" for your novel or creative non-fiction isn't just useful if you get stuck in a lift with your dream agent and publisher; it's also a great way of thinking about how your storytelling is (or isn't) working, and is first cousin to the blurb which will go on the back of the book. In this practical workshop we'll think about what an elevator pitch is, why the good ones work, and how you can work on yours. You should go away with a clearer understanding of the concept, and the beginnings of your very own pitch.

 

11:00 - 11:55 - Workshop 2. Your choice of:

2A - 'Chit-Chat And The Necessary Evils of Dialogue', with Jeremy Sheldon
It was the film director Fred Zinnemann who described dialogue as a "necessary evil”, but is this also true for writing fiction? This session will review and explore some of the core techniques for writing better dialogue in our fiction, focusing on standard techniques relating to formatting, pace, originality and subtext. But we’ll also engage in a detailed comparison of the process of writing dialogue for the page and that of writing for the screen to see if there’s anything else we can learn as a result. Alfred Hitchcock wisely advised screenwriters to "let the talk be part of the atmosphere” and in the end we’ll discover that this couldn’t be a more useful piece of advice for novelists also..
  2B Point of View, with C M Taylor
One area where even experienced writers make very costly mistakes is in point of view choice, and this workshop will:
  • Explore those unique strengths of the art of novel which determine a writer's legitimate point of view choice
  • Itemise the technicalities of the distinct point of view choices available to a writer
  • Discuss how to determine which point of view choice is best for your own work, by looking at the relationship between point of view and plot, and, crucially, the neglected relationship between point of view and a writer's all-important theme

 

11:55 - 12:20 - Coffee Break

12:20 - 1:15 - Workshop 3. Your choice of:

3A -From Pipedream to Publication: Giving your manuscript the best chance of success, with Kerry Fisher & her agent Clare Wallace
This workshop will deal with both the creative and practical aspects of writing: how to avoid the most common writing mistakes and recognising when your manuscript is ready to be sent out, plus how to attract the attention of an agent, effective covering letters and the questions you should ask before accepting representation. Kerry Fisher has been self-published, traditionally published and now writes for Bookouture, digital-only publishers.
  3B - Plotting and Ploughing, with Andrew Wille
Plot is a verb, as well as a noun. This workshop looks at plotting as an active practice of shaping the changes and conflicts in our stories, and discusses plot in relation to other aspects of craft, such as character, structure, pace, and narration. We also talk about outlining and drafting as ways of digging deep into the symbolic forces that bring life and energy to our plots.

 

1:15 - 2:15 - Lunch

2:15 - 2:45 - A Getting Published Masterclass:

4 - How to Get Published, with author Harry Bingham 
Everything you need to know about how to find agents, how to approach them, and how to write a compelling synopsis and covering letter.                 

 

2:45 - 3:40 - Slushpile Live. Your choice of:

5A. How to Hook an Agent and Get a Book Deal.
Want to know how to choose an agent? Or write a covering letter or synopsis? Or understand rejection letters? And do you want to know what agents and editors are looking for? Of course you do! So come and ask them. 
  • Ben Clark, Lucas Alexander Whitley
  • Penny Holroyde, Holroyde Cartey
  • Sallyanne Sweeney, Mulcahy Associates
 

5B. How to Hook an Agent and Get a Book Deal.
Want to know how to choose an agent? Or write a covering letter or synopsis? Or understand rejection letters? And do you want to know what agents and editors are looking for? Of course you do! So come and ask them. 

  • Sam Copeland, Rogers Coleridge & White
  • Federica Leonardis, Martin Leonardis
  • Jo Williamson, Antony Harwood Ltd

3:40 - 4:05 - Afternoon coffee break

4:05 - 5:00 - Industry Panel. Your choice of:

6A. Slushpile LIVE!

Delegates are invited to presubmit one or all of the following: (i) a draft covering letter to an agent, (ii) a synopsis, (iii) the opening page of their manuscript. This material will be reviewed live by the panel, with comments and suggestions for improvement. It is not compulsory to submit your work. For details on how to enter, please see "Slushpile Live" info on the programme page 

  • Ben Clark, Lucas Alexander Whitley
  • Penny Holroyde, Holroyde Cartey
  • Sallyanne Sweeney, Mulcahy Associates
 

6B. Slushpile LIVE!
Delegates are invited to presubmit one or all of the following: (i) a draft covering letter to an agent, (ii) a synopsis, (iii) the opening page of their manuscript. This material will be reviewed live by the panel, with comments and suggestions for improvement. It is not compulsory to submit your work. For details on how to enter, please see "Slushpile Live" info on the programme page 

  • Sam Copeland, Rogers Coleridge & White
  • Federica Leonardis, Martin Leonardis
  • Jo Williamson, Antony Harwood Ltd

Slushpile Live - Further Info

Agents may well receive 50 unsolicited manuscripts a week. With each submission, they have to make a rapid, commercially driven decision about whether to (A) reject the MS immediately, (B) read the submission package, but then reject it, or (C) read the submission package, then ask to read the full MS.

Slushpile Live is there to show you how agents & publishers make those decisions - and there to show you how YOU can make sure your manuscript is not one of those rejected. Here's how the process works:

  • If you want, you can submit your work for review at the event.
  • To do so, just email us your (i) covering letter, (ii) synopsis, and/or (iii) the opening page of your manuscript.
  • Email us at info@writersworkshop.co.uk no later than 24th February. You should send your work as a single email attachment in .doc, .docx or .pdf format.
  • We will select some of this material to be read out live at the Slushpile Live event. (We'll make copies, so everyone will have the relevant material in front of them. We will also divide the audience into two groups, to make the event more intimate.)
  • Then each selected person will read their work out loud and the agents / authors / publishers on the panel will be asked for instant feedback & comment.
  • Please note that if your work is selected for review, your work will be commented on in public. If you don't want this, then don't send us your work! You'll still get absolutely masses from the event whether your work is reviewed or not. We also cannot guarantee to review all work that is submitted to us: we try to review a good, representative range of material.

You are cordially invited...

Everyone attending the Getting Published event is cordially invited to a drinks party following the event. Wine and soft drinks will be served.

And don't forget...

Every attendee will have a 15-minute one-to-one session with a Writers' Workshop Book Doctor to give detailed feedback on:

  • Your draft covering letter to an agent
  • Your synopsis or outline
  • Your opening chapter up to 4,000 words

Most submissions to agents fail because either the book isn't good enough or it's been badly designed for the current market. The book doctor sessions are designed to uncover any such issues immediately and give you tools to address them. And if your work does look strong enough to market, then we'll do what we can to help with next steps there as well.

Email us at info@writersworkshop.co.uk no later than 24th February.

Finally, we will also be giving away a £30 off voucher to be used against any Writers' Workshop critique, workshop or Festival.