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#FoW17. Meet the 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THE GOAT BURSARY launched on 1st August 2016: a bursary for an unpublished writer in need of financial support to attend the Festival of Writing.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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London Creative Writing Courses & Classes

Friday 24th June: Point-of-view: The Writer’s Invaluable Friend. Tickets Only £45 Point-of-view may be one of the less frequently discussed elements of the novelist and short story writer’s process, but there’s no doubt that it’s also one of the most … Continue reading

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SEVEN YEARS TO PUBLICATION, SEVEN THINGS I’VE LEARNED

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Isabel Costello’s debut novel Paris Mon Amour was released in June 2016 in digital and audiobook. She also hosts the Literary Sofa blog, where you can find her selection of recommended Summer Reads 2016.  Isabel attended the The Writers’ Workshop … Continue reading

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The Roller-Coaster Route by Jane Davis

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There’s a graphic that regularly does the rounds. It’s made up of two graphs. The first goes under the caption, ‘what you think your career will look like’ and it’s upwards all the way. The caption for the second is … Continue reading

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From Critique to Book Launch – Kate Armstrong looks back on the journey

It was 2013. Summer. I was a nervous management consultant who had once, a long time ago, been an English student. I was opening The Writers’ Workshop report on the draft of my first novel. I’d sent it off for … Continue reading

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This Friday’s London Literary Salon: Showing and Telling and Storytelling. With Andrew Wille, Jo Unwin and Jenny Savill.

Friday 27th May: Showing and Telling and Storytelling. With Andrew Wille, Jo Unwin and Jenny Savill. Show, don’t tell – or so we’re told. But once upon a time we told stories, didn’t we? And in practice, any successful piece … Continue reading

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