Events - Talks, conferences, workshops, and meet agents

Scroll down to view a full list of our upcoming events, which includes our three day writing event, The Festival of Writing.

Literary Salons at Waterstones Piccadilly

All workshops take place at Waterstones Piccadilly. Tickets are on sale at £45 (cost includes a glass of wine on arrival). Unless otherwise stated, all classes will start at 18.30 and wrap up by 21.00. Spaces are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.

These workshops act as a series of Festival of Writing 'taster' sessions, to allow writers to experience some of what we offer at the main event.  

July 31st: Self-Editing: Revising Your Words

Revising and Editing : This workshop presents practical suggestions on revising your own work as well as prompts and tricks for self-editing. It will be useful for writers preparing to submit to agents or editors as well as self-publishing authors.

Prose Microscope: Which Words? What Order? Writing a novel is about choosing the best words and putting them into the best order. Easy, right? But which words do you choose? And how do you decide when and where to use them? This workshop covers all aspects of prose style: vocabulary, sentence construction, point of view, when to show or tell, how to use dialogue to good effect and much more. This practical workshop will help you to explore how sound, rhythm, words, images and sentence structure can make your storytelling come more alive than you thought possible.

Breakout Group Work: In small groups we’ll put some of these ideas into practice, editing samples and discussing ways we can tighten and brighten our writing.

Andrew Wille was a senior editor at Little, Brown UK, acquiring and editing critically acclaimed and award-winning works of fiction and nonfiction. He has tutored for Naropa University’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics and Falmouth University, and is a book doctor and freelance editor. More info at

Debi Alper is the author of gritty, funny, contemporary novels with Orion - and a hugely respected tutor and book doctor with the Writers' Workshop. More info here.

Location: Waterstones, 203 - 206 Piccadilly, London W1J 9HD
Date & Time: 6.30-9.00, 31 July 2015

September 4th to 6th: The Festival of Writing, York. 

Bringing all the expertise of the country's finest writing tutors, book doctors and publishing professionals together to guide you to a stronger manuscript, greater industry savvy and hopefully an agent and future book deal; it does happen!

With loads of "how to" courses and workshops taught by top class writers experienced in teaching, with publishing professionals and agents by the cartload to talk to you about the book industry from their perspective, and “one-to-ones” where you can pitch your work direct to an agent or editor of your choice – what’s not to like. 

The Festival is being held at the University of York - two hours by train from London and easily reached from anywhere in the UK or overseas.

We've chosen to hold the Festival at York, because we can hold all our workshops, all our talks, all our meals and all our other events on-campus.

Tickets from £175 - includes two 1-to-1 sessions with agents.