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The Writers' Workshop is the world's leading consultancy for first time writers.

Worldbuilding guidelines for science-fiction and fantasy writers

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Novelists of science-fiction or fantasy know worldbuilding is a huge part of the fun of writing, from magical medieval worlds to apocalyptic dystopias. There’s something wonderful about writing brave new worlds. As George R.R. Martin has written: We read fantasy … Continue reading

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The ultimate Bookbub promotion strategy

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How to get your book chosen on Bookbub, how to structure promotions – and an inspiring case study! You’ve launched your book, you’ve accrued some sales, you’ve had some nice comments from readers and then … Launch sales drop away. You … Continue reading

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Serendipity (or how I met my agent) by Lexie Elliott

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I like contradictions. I like it when there’s a round hole and a square peg that somehow fits it, I like it when things that should be black and white have shades of grey (erm, not those shades. Unless that’s … Continue reading

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A step-by-step guide to a perfect plot diagram (or plot mountain)

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Plot structure is one of the trickiest and most vital things to get right in a story. But just what is plot? Aristotle would call it the ‘organisation of events’. Plot is loosely defined as a chain of events in … Continue reading

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The three key steps to building your author brand

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Author branding, when done right, can be critical to future success. And self-publishing authors must be able to do this right. Even when choosing traditional publishing, something many authors miss at the beginning of their careers is creating an authentic … Continue reading

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Writers’ Workshop – the gift that keeps on giving. A guest post from Terri Fleming

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Gift giving in our household is littered with dullness and disaster. It is safe to say the expectation bar is set very low. Or was, until one Christmas my darling husband made one giant leap for mankind with an IOU … Continue reading

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#FoW17. Meet the Literary Agents: David Haviland, Andrew Lownie Agency

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David Haviland is one of the agents appearing at this year’s Festival of Writing. Each year we invite important industry players who are hungry for new talent and who look after some of the best authors in the business. David is … Continue reading

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Festival of Writing to a Literary Agent. A guest post from Eleanor Anstruther.

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I came to The Festival of Writing 2016 with a novella born of ten years of wrestling and ranting and tearing my hair out. Just a novella but one from a decade of trying, of rewriting completely from scratch six … Continue reading

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#FoW17. Meet the Literary Agents: Carrie Plitt, Felicity Bryan Agency

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Carrie Plitt is one of the agents appearing at this year’s Festival of Writing. Each year we invite important industry players who are hungry for new talent and who look after some of the best authors in the business. Before joining … Continue reading

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The art of being foolish by Jo Jakeman. Festival of Writing to a Literary Agent.

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The decision to attend the Festival of Writing last year was a rash one. I’d just finished a Curtis Brown Creative course and was keen to keep improving. I’d been looking at York FoW for a few years but couldn’t … Continue reading

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Festival of Writing to a Literary Agent. A guest post from the winner of the inaugural Goat Bursary Award.

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When I saw the subject line on the email: ‘WINNING ENTRY FOR THE GOAT BURSARY – yes, you!’, I assumed it was just a competition update.  But when I opened it and read ‘It is with great pleasure…’  I had … Continue reading

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Can you Write a Book in 6 weeks? – Oh Hell Yeah! Says our Editor Sam Jordison

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One of the biggest challenges any writers must face is, you know, actually writing. The sitting  down in front of a computer and typing side of things. The finding  the time. The ploughing on: in spite of blocks and distractions. … Continue reading

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#FoW17. Meet the Literary Agents: Laura Macdougall, Tibor Jones

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Laura Macdougall is one of the agents appearing at this year’s Festival of Writing. Each year we invite important industry players who are hungry for new talent and who look after some of the best authors in the business. Laura has … Continue reading

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On never giving up (aka Getting an Agent!)

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Looking to get published? Guest author Mandy Berriman shares with us how she hooked her literary agent and the importance of never giving up. I went to a family wedding earlier this year. At our places at dinner, we each … Continue reading

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#FoW16: WINNER OF THE GOAT BURSARY ANNOUNCED!

THE GOAT BURSARY launched on 1st August 2016: a bursary for an unpublished writer in need of financial support to attend the Festival of Writing. An overwhelming 250 writers applied. Joanna Cannon, along with her agent Sue Armstrong, judged the … Continue reading

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