The Getting Published Day 2018 | Programme

3rd March 2018 | 9.00am – 6.00pm | Regent’s College, London


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 Venue: Tuke Common Room, Regents College, NW1 4NS


09.00 - 09.30      Registration        

09:30 - 10:25       The Idea for your Novel (Elevator Pitch)                

                                  Harry Bingham

10:30 - 11:25         The Four Cornerstones of Plot Workshop           

                                  Craig Taylor & Jeremy Sheldon

No matter what kind of writer you are, it’s almost a certainty you will have to place your characters within a compelling plot if they are to engage the reader from the first page to the last. This session will focus on four key concepts — desire, conflict, choice and risk —to help you improve your plotting skills.


11:30 - 11:45          Coffee/Tea

11:50 - 12:45         Prose Style                                                                        

                                 Debi Alper & Jess Ruston     

A fantastic story and characters is a must, but without the right words the chances of reader engagement are minimal. This workshop will help bring your story to life. Whether it's your first draft of your first ever novel, or you're looking to polish your prose, you can expect to leave the session with a toolkit of techniques.                      


12:50 - 13:40        Lunch (self-service canteen on site) £5 lunch voucher provided on arrival

13:45 - 14:25        Getting Published Masterclass                                       

                                 Harry Bingham    

It's the goal we're all aiming for but first you need to know the steps to get there. If 2018 is going to be the year you get published, then listen up. This masterclass will outline everything you need to know about how to find agents, how to approach them, and how to write a compelling synopsis and covering letter. 


14:30 - 15:25        Meet the Industry                                                           

                                Laura Williams, Millie Hoskins and Imogen Pelham

Want to know how to choose an agent? Or write a covering letter or synopsis? Or understand rejection letters? And do you want to know what agents and editors are looking for? Of course you do! So come and ask the industry professionals your burning questions.


15:30 - 15:55       Coffee/Tea break

16:00 - 16:25       Mistakes that Make me Scream                                                           

Agents receive thousands of submissions packs every year and repeatedly see common mistakes. Our panel of agents will share their niggles and more generic issues that arise on a regular basis. Come and learn how to make a good impression before an agent even looks at your manuscript.


16:30 - 17:25        Slushpile Live                                                                    

                                Agents, Editor & Harry Bingham

Delegates are invited to pre-submit one or all of the following:

  • a draft covering letter to an agent
  • a synopsis or outline
  • the opening page of their manuscript

This material will be reviewed live by our panel, with comments and suggestion for improvement. It is not compulsory to submit your work but it is a great opportunity to get invaluable advice on your writing and discover the key to securing an agent. 

17:30                    Wine

Everyone attending the Getting Published event is cordially invited to a drinks party following the event. Wine and soft drinks will be served.


Every attendee will have the opportunity to book a 15-minute one-to-one session with a Writers' Workshop Book Doctor to give detailed feedback on your draft, synopsis and opening chapter up to 4,000 words.

Most submissions to agents fail because either the book isn't good enough or it's been badly designed for the current market. The book doctor sessions are designed to uncover any such issues immediately and give you tools to address them. And if your work does look strong enough to market, then we'll do what we can to help with next steps there as well.

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