London Writing Masterclasses


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Getting Published (14/12/2017)



Getting Published

Looking for a literary agent for your first novel?

Ideal for authors looking to publish, this masterclass is the perfect opportunity to learn secrets of how to create a literary agent ‘submission pack’ (comprising your novel opening, synopsis, and covering letter), what literary agents get excited about, the chance for personal feedback, and more.

Join us for an evening in conversation with a published author and literary agent on what gets you to publication.

Date: 14th December 2017

Location: University of Westminster, 309 Regent St, Marylebone, London, W1B 2HW

Price: £39 (including a glass of wine on arrival)

Time: 18:30 – 21:30

Additional Information:

Unless otherwise stated, masterclasses will start at 18.30 and wrap up by 21.30.

Good to know:

We’re going to be filming all these events so we can get the content available to as many people as possible. No one will be filmed if they don’t want to be, and 99% of the time the camera will be on the speakers themselves. If you do want to remain off camera, please just tell our staff on the night and we’ll take care of your needs.

Session 1 – Getting published with William Ryan

This intensive masterclass will outline your ideal, basic strategy in approaching literary agents. William will tell you where to find agents and how to build your shortlist, guiding you through the creation of a strong covering letter and compelling synopsis. Detailed notes are available for all delegates, and you’ll leave with real confidence that you know what you’re doing.

Session 2  – How to hook an agent with Sarah Manning

Sarah will be discussing the three main aspects of a submission that affect her decision to call in the full manuscript: cover letter, concept, and writing style. She’ll explain what an agent wants to see and how to achieve this; what they really mean when they ask for a commercial concept; and how you can make sure you’re keeping all this in mind right from the start of the writing process. She’ll be highlighting the most common pitfalls seen in writers’ first three chapters, too. You’ll leave with renewed understanding and more confidence submitting to agents.

Session 3  – Questions & Answers and Slushpile Live!

After the session concludes, there’ll be chance to put your questions straight to William, Sarah, and industry guests. 

Plus, we'll be running a Slushpile Live! Agents may well receive over 50 unsolicited manuscripts a week. With each submission, they have to make a rapid, commercially driven decision about whether to (A) reject the MS immediately, (B) read the submission package, but then reject it, or (C) read the submission package, then ask to read the full MS.

Slushpile Live is there to show you how agents & publishers make those decisions - and there to show you how YOU can make sure your manuscript is not one of those rejected. Here's how the process works:

· Bring along 3 copies of your Agent Query Letter

· We will randomly select from audience volunteers

· Each selected person will read their letter out loud and the agents/authors present will be asked for instant feedback and comment.

· Please note that if your work is selected for review your letter will be commented on in public.


William Ryan is a published author and writing tutor. His Captain Korolev Novels have been shortlisted for numerous awards, including the Theakstons Crime Novel of the Year, The Kerry Group Irish Fiction Award, the Ellis Peters and John Creasey Daggers and the Irish Crime Novel of the Year (twice). William teaches on the Crime Writing Masters at City University in London. His latest novel The Constant Soldier has been described by A.L. Kennedy as “a nuanced, complex and gripping tale of guilt and love that captures the chaos at the end of World War Two”.

Sarah Manning is a literary agent at The Bent Agency. She is looking to actively build her list and represents adult fiction and narrative non-fiction. Sarah’s taste is varied: she enjoys crime, thrillers, and commercial women’s fiction through to accessible literary fiction and grounded speculative fiction. Her publishing career started at Orion where she worked on some exciting titles, including Gone Girl. She went on to work in script development for TV and film, becoming an agent’s assistant and then a full-fledged agent looking to build her list at The Bent Agency.

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