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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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 I Have An Agent!) by Mandy Berriman

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I went to a family wedding earlier this year. At our places at dinner, we each had a name card with a quote on the back. Mine read: I have one talent; I never give up. We laughed at the … 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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THE ROAD TO PUBLICATION VIA THE FESTIVAL OF WRITING(again) a Guest Post from by Barry Kirwan

Having published in science fiction, I wanted to write a thriller with a scuba diving context, as it’s my other passion. As usual, I took my manuscript to the Writers Workshop Festival o f Writing at York in September 2015. … Continue reading

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WRITING WHEN NO ONE IS LOOKING – A guest post from Jon Appleton, ex Editorial Director of Hodder and now author

As a writer, you know that readers are out there. You know what keeps the pages turning, because you’re a reader yourself, so the success that others enjoy should be within reach. But sometimes, when publication feels elusive, readers can … Continue reading

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Patience, Perseverance & Passion: A guest post from Tor Udall

As this year’s Festival of Writing draws near, I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to be judging the Best Opening Chapter competition with my fabulous agent, Jenny Savill. I wonder who will be in the shortlist and what … Continue reading

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The Life-Changing Festival of Writing a Guest Blog from Roz Watkins

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Roz attended the 2015 Festival of Writing. Whilst walking our dog in the Peak District, I found myself wondering what it would be like to discover a corpse. This, together with a long-suppressed desire to kill off some of my … Continue reading

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Exciting Festival of Writing News: Announcing THE GOAT BURSARY AWARD

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FoW16: THE GOAT BURSARY In the (many) interviews I’ve done since THE TROUBLE WITH GOATS AND SHEEP was published, one question seems to come up again and again: Our readers would love to know: are you a sheep or a … Continue reading

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The determination gene. A guest post from Katherine Hetzel

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My association with Writer’s Workshop began late in 2009, when I sent them a novel called ‘The StarMark’ for a professional edit. I’d been writing stories for a few years by that point, and my first attempt at a children’s … Continue reading

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Plot, Pace and Punch: What Crime Writers Can Teach the Rest of Us

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‘You write well,’ Harry Bingham told me. ‘But your plot is a mess.’ This was a telephone conversation I had with Harry in 2014 after coming second in AM Heath’s Criminal Lines competition. Although it was hard to hear it, … Continue reading

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