The Getting Published Day 

Saturday 5th March 2016 - 9.30 am to 6pm. Tickets £195. Book Today!


 

09:30 - 10:00 - Registration & Coffee

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

   

1A - Maps of Change, with C M Taylor
The stories we tell are maps of human growth, or failure to achieve human growth. In this talk I will give you the tools to successfully draw your own maps of human change, making your characters zing into life.
  1B - Hearing Voices,  with Debi Alper
We're often told that voice is the first thing agents look for in a submission. This workshop will explore what we mean by voice and will look at how the narrator's voice in the prose might differ from that of a POV character.

 

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

2A - Strong Storytelling: Who Said 'Plot' and 'Character' Were Two Different Things?, with Jeremy Sheldon
Agents, publishers and producers are continually telling us they’re looking for “strong stories”, but what do they really mean? Overriding an astonishingly common assumption that a friction exists between ‘plot’ and ‘character’, this session will outline how the two work in a powerful and indivisible combination in the strongest stories. Using a range of approaches to explore and open up this topic, the session is relevant to writers of all levels in all genres and forms.
 

2B Show, Don’t Tell (Or: Why Good Writing Is Like Good Sex), with Shelley Harris
Show, don’t tell is one of the mantras of the Creative Writing class. But what does it mean exactly, and is it the magic bullet it’s often claimed to be? In this practical session, Shelley Harris looks at how it works, where we should use it and – yes – why, in so many ways, it has much in common with good sex.

 

11:55 - 12:20 - Coffee Break

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

3A -Style Brings Substance, with Andrew Wille
In this practical workshop on prose style, led by an experienced editor, we’ll edit samples of text as we survey key aspects of craft and usage. We’ll find ways to make our voices more powerful and expressive, and in doing so give greater personality, texture and mood to our stories.
  3B - The All Important Pitch, with Hellie Ogden and Chris Wellbelove
This workshop will focus on the cover letter pitch, so the four lines that go into the covering letter that say what the book is about. Delegates will attempt to write their own pitches during the session. Hellie Ogden is an agent at Janklow & Nesbit. Chris Wellbelove is an agent at Greene & Heaton Literary Agency.

 

1:15 - 2:15 - Lunch

2:15 - 2:45 - A Getting Published Masterclass. Your Choice of:

 

4A - 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.                 
                  4B - A Guide to Submissions, with agent Nelle Andrew
This will class will focus on the guide to finding, and submitting your manuscript to an agent; what to expect, what not to expect and how to make a piece of work stand out to an agent.

 

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

5A - How to elevate your submission. Featuring 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 below. 

Imogen Pelham, Marjacq | Sam Eades, Senior Commissioning Editor Orion |Toby Mundy, Toby Mundy Associates

 

5B - How to elevate your submission. Featuring 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 below. 

Sarah Manning, United Talent Agency | Nelle Andrew, Peters Fraser Dunlop (PFD)| Peter Buckman, The Ampersand Agency

3:40 - 4:05 - Afternoon coffee break

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

6A - 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.

Imogen Pelham, Marjacq | Sam Eades, Senior Commissioning Editor Orion |Toby Mundy, Toby Mundy Associates

 

6BHow 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.

Sarah Manning, United Talent Agency | Nelle Andrew, Peters Fraser Dunlop (PFD)| Peter Buckman, The Ampersand Agency

 

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 26th 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.

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