The Bestsellers

Meet some of the biggest names in the business, including:

Kate Williams (more info)
The vastly popular historian and author of publishing sensation The Pleasures of Men.

David Nobbs (more info)
Creator of Reginald Perrin and described as Britain's 'finest post-war comic novelist'.

Nicola Morgan (more info)
Vastly successful author of YA & children's fiction. No one knows this territory better.


Writers' Workshop

The Festival is run by The Writers' Workshop, Britain's largest editorial consultancy witrh strong links to literary agents.

No British consultancy works with more clients, works with more professional authors - or achieves more success. Two of the books helped by the Writers' Workshop and featured at the 2010 Festival went on to become bestsellers during the year.

The Festival aims to pass that know-how on to you. If we can, we'll help you meet the agent who's going to take you on.


It's who you know ...

Talent comes first - but the right connections do help. So we've invited key industry players to the Festival - including:

The massively successful HarperCollins site for new writers.

We're also delighted that the Festival is being run with Cornerstones, the well-known editorial agency. Helen Corner will be present at the Festival, as will her ace sidekick, Kathryn Robinson.


The Festival at a Glance
25-27 March, University of York, UK

This page is designed to give you a brief taste of the Festival Highlights. But don't content yourself with a taste. Get stuck in.


The Super-Agents

Meet the most powerful agents in the business, including:

Carole Blake (info)
Agent to bestselling authors including Sheila Flanagan, Joseph O'Connor, Barbara Erskine - and author of Pitch to Publication.

Antony Topping (info)
Judith Murray (info)
Antony and Judith are senior agents at Greene and Heaton, and represent such big names as Sarah Waters,Marcus du Sautoy, CJ Sansom, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall & many more.

Simon Trewin (info)
Co-head of Books at United Agents. Represents Richard Curtis, Nicci French, etc.


The Specialists

We've also invited specialist agents & publishers who know the market you are writing for. Among many others ...

John Jarrold (info)
The best known specialist in science-fiction / fantasy / horror in the UK. If you write in this area, you HAVE to meet him

Julia Churchill (info)
Julia is an agent devoted 100% to the children's & Young Adult market. No one knows this market better.

Jane Holland (info), Lyn Vernham (info)
Specialist publishers of women's fiction & romance. And you don't need an agent to get published by them either!

The Book Doctors
Want quick, tough, pro feedback on your work? Then make sure you book a slot with one of our on-site book doctors


Meet the Publishers

Meet the folk who will determine whether your manuscript is bought or not.

Patrick Janson-Smith (info)
As joint MD at Doubleday / Transworld, Patrick discovered authors such as Bill Bryson, Sophie Kinsella, Andy McNab, Joanna Trollope, and many more. Patrick now runs his own imprint at HarperCollins.

Alan Mahar (info)
Alan runs Tindal Street Press, one of Britain's smallest but most prestigious publishers. About 25% of its entire output having won or been shortlisted for national literary awards.

Philippa Pride (info)
Philippa is Stephen King's UK editor at Hodder, and is the person responsible for his entire range.

She's also a consultant who loves working with new writers.


Learn from the professionals

You want to be a pro author? Then come and learn the tips & techniques from our bestselling line up.

Learn how to plot
With Jeremy Sheldon. Novelist, screenwriter & tutor at Birkbeck College, London.

Find your voice
With Emma Darwin
& Debi Alper. Bestselling author of The Mathematics of Love and A Secret Alchemy; and writer of tough contemporary thrillers respectively.

Showing not telling
With novelist Jean Fullerton. If you're confused about what this rule means, you don't have to be.

Breaking the Rules
With Debi Alper. You know the rules - but what if you want to break them? Debi tells you how (and how not to) proceed.


And have fun!

Do you have the nerve for Authonomy Live? Are you ready for our competitions? And just how much can you eat and drink in one weekend ...?

Also: • Authonomy Live • Q&A • Networking • Comps • And more!
Also: • Young adult / Children's • Women's fiction • Fantasy / sci-fi • Crime & thrillers • Screenwriting • And more!
Also: • Book doctors • agents • Editors • & more