Introducing the Friday mini-course
There's so much on at the Festival, that it can be difficult to find room for everything that you want.
We've chosen some of the most experienced and capable workshop tutors in the country to run these courses, so please don't leave it too late to book, as places are strictly limited.
When? How? How much?
The courses are on Friday and run from 14.30 to 18.30.
Harry is the bestselling author of five novels with HarperCollins and is currently writing non-fiction for 4th Estate. His latest book is The Writers' & Artists' Guide to Getting Published. As boss of the Writers' Workshop (organiser of the Festival of Writing), he has helped dozens of writers into print ... including a number of authors who went on to be bestsellers.
Helen runs Cornerstones literary consultancy, established 1998. They provide editorial feedback, scout for agents and run self-edit workshops. To date they've helped launch over 50 writers. She's a leading UK consultants and has co-written a book, Teach Yourself: How to write a Blockbuster by Lee Weatherly and Helen Corner, Hodder.
How to get Published
The afternoon course will cover:
To participate in Slushpile Live, please email firstname.lastname@example.org at least two weeks before the Festival with a single file (.doc, .docx, or .pdf) containing (i) your draft agent's covering letter, (ii) your synopsis, and (iii) a random page from your manuscript. Your name should not appear on the MS. Feedback will be given live and in public, so please don't send your work in if you're not sure you want this. You'll learn masses whether or not your work is reviewed. Please note, we will try to review all submissions during the time allocated, but can't guarantee it.
Debi is the author of the tough, funny, contemporary Nirvana thrillers, published by commercial powerhouse, Orion. She's also a hugely experienced editor and workshop leader for the Writers' Workshop.
Emma is the bestselling author of The Mathematics of Love and A Secret Alchemy (both Headline Review). She's also a winner of both Bridport and Fish Short Histories Prizes. She also works as editor & workshop leader for the Writers' Workshop.
Find Your Voice
The thing that all agents and all publishers are looking for more than anything is voice - that elusive quality that makes your work sound like no one else in the world but you could have written it. Why does voice matter so much? It matters because agents will see dozens of perfectly competent manuscripts in a year, but only one or two that actually sing. It's those one or two that have voice:
Ashley is one of the hottest properties in British television at the moment, with a huge string of credits to his name (Eastenders, Casualty, Silent Witness, Down to Earth, Tom Brown's Schooldays, Wild at Heart, Bonekickers) - but he is probably best known for his co-creation of the BBC smash hit Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes.
Screenwriting is the most lucrative career path for any budding writer - and TV is by far the most important market for screen drama. Just as much to the point, writing for TV hones any writer's skill in two critical areas: (1) writing for the market, and (2) focusing on the story. These are essential skills for any screenwriter, of course, but there are equally essential - and too often neglected - by would-be novelists too:
Kate writes historical fiction under her own name as well as part of the Jennifer Lindsay writing partnership. Her first novel, Fateful Deception, was shortlisted for the RNA New Writer Award.
Jane writes romantic fiction for the indie publisher, Choc Lit.
Long after the intricate details of plot have vanished from a reader's memory, we remember the characters we read about. Too many characters in first-time novels are either bland or strain credulity. Kate and Jane will use workshop-style techniques to help you build characters that sizzle with life and have an entirely believable unpredictability:
How to write for Children
How to Write for Children
How to get published
How to get published
Finding your Voice
Finding your Voice