Our connections are literary agents looking for new writers

Holding handsWe’re here to help good first-time writers find an agent.

It’s always better to have a great manuscript and lousy connections than a scintillating contact list and a mediocre novel, but why not have a great manuscript and scintillating contact list?

The Writers’ Workshop can help if you are a new writer with an excellent story to share, and are looking for a literary agent. Our literary agent and publishing contacts may just help you on the path to getting published.

“During [the Festival of Writing], I met two agents who both asked to read the manuscript. ... I had no idea that the real ride was only just beginning.”
Tor Udall, A Thousand Paper Birds

 

Who are the best literary agents for new authors?

In a word, they’re the ones we know and talk to.

And they’re talent-scouting through us.

The Writers’ Workshop works with literary agents in three main ways: we place clients with them, we bring them to our events and we co-host writing competitions with them at our annual Festival of Writing.

 

These literary agencies, among others, include:

  Aitken Alexander Blake Friedmann Conville & Walsh
  Curtis Brown AM Heath Greene & Heaton
  LAW Lucas Alexander Whitley MBA Literary PFD Peters Fraser Dunlop
  Rogers Coleridge White United Agents The Agency
  Janklow & Nesbit Sheil Land William Morris Endeavor
  Watson Little The Viney Agency Wade & Doherty
  Furniss Lawton Andrew Lownie Caroline Sheldon
  Chambers Literary Fox & Howard Futerman & Rose
  Geraldine Cook Graham Maw Christie Hardman & Swainson
  Jane Judd John Jarrold Kate Nash
  Juri Gabriel Lorella Belli Madeleine Milburn
  Richard Becklow Rupert Heath Stephanie Roundsmith
  Greenhouse Jo Unwin Ampersand

 

How to find a literary agent (with our help)

Here are a few things we do to help you find agents:

  • Host the annual Festival of Writing, the UK’s largest writers’ conference and literary agent networking event. For three days each September, we bring together aspiring writers, bestselling authors, and top agents and publishers. You’ll be able to join in competitions and workshops. You’ll pitch your manuscript during one-to-one literary agent meetings. We’ve yet to run a Festival of Writing which hasn’t resulted in at least several delegates landing themselves with agents and publishing deals.
  • Run Agent Hunter, the UK’s largest and best online directory of literary agents. Through Agent Hunter, you can make contact with every literary agency in the UK, from the biggest and best-established to the smallest and newest actively building their author lists.
  • Advise new writers. Take a peek at our Advice pages on finding literary agents. You’ll find vital tips on preparing your agent submission pack, consisting of your manuscript excerpt, synopsis and covering letter.
  • Advise literary agents. Sometimes agents want to pick our brains about how to improve their connections with debut authors. We’re always happy to help and we've worked with some of London’s most prestigious agencies.
  • Host literary agent events. Agents like to have fun and we’re always happy to pour the wine. We invite writers to mingle with agents by booking onto our Getting Published events.

 

What about book editors and publishers?

We bring publishers to our events, too, including senior editors from HarperCollins, Random House, Hachette, Bloomsbury, Chicken House, Macmillan, and many more.

Our founder, novelist Harry Bingham, has been published by HarperCollins, Orion, and Bloomsbury. He’s worked as a ghostwriter and editor on books published by Transworld, Harvill Secker and Orion, and he’s been published by Random House in the USA, as well as publishers all over the world.

So if someone matters in publishing, then we either know them already or can pick up the phone and get straight through.

Check out The Writers’ Workshop’s success stories so far where talented writers were helped to publication through us.

 

“Within 48 hours of leaving York [and the Festival of Writing], I would have seven offers of agent representation.”
Joanna Cannon, The Trouble with Goats and Sheep

 

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