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Festivals and Events

Find out information on the events we hold here at Writers & Artists, book festivals and publishing events, and important writing competitions for the aspiring author.

What Is A Writer's Conference?

Linda Strachan, Chair of the Society of Authors in Scotland discusses their exciting new conference ScotsWrite and what writers attending can expect...

The Society of Authors in Scotland has created what is expected to be one of the most exciting events in the 2017 writing calendar. ScotsWrite is a weekend conference for all writers at all stages in their writing life. 

But you may be wondering what is a conference for writers and why is it an exciting place to be?

There’s nothing quite like listening to someone speak passionately about the job they love, especially if they’re experts in their field. At ScotsWrite you can expect to hear from experts talking about writing and publishing, because that is what they do - but we think that’s not enough!

We know there are so many different kinds of writers out there, writing in a whole range of field from translation to poetry, from graphic novels to crime fiction, writing for children and young adults. So, we've brought together …

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Four Tips for Screenwriting Success by Julian Fellowes at the London Screenwriters' Festival

Julian Fellowes

The London Screenwriters’ Festival launched its 2016 edition in fine style last month as Oscar-winner Julian Fellowes (Gosford Park) shared his experiences and insights with a packed house at Regent’s University in London. Bob Schultz took a look at some of the quotes from his talk, and the lessons to be derived from each:


“I Was That Fool”

Opportunity often comes in the disguise of a “Terrible Decision”. Early in his career, Fellowes was on a production that suddenly needed a lot of writing done on literally no budget. “What fool would do that?” came the question. The answer? Julian.

When you are trying to break in, your strategy must include a balance of short-term self-interest and long-term reputation. Are you a team-player, willing to put the production’s goals above your own (within reason)? What other forms of compensation can you devise if money is not an option?

The path from where you are to where you want to be is never a straight one. Taking a job that pays …

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The Writing Process

At Book Aid International we believe books have the power to change lives. In places where books are scarce, libraries are often the best place to discover the joy of reading. That’s why we work in partnership with libraries in sub-Saharan Africa providing books, resources and training to support an environment in which reading for pleasure, study and lifelong learning can flourish.

We were delighted to join up with Writers & Artists for a second year running to offer aspiring authors a fantastic series of masterclasses with established authors on different aspects of the writing craft. Each of these practical sessions – which focused on key facets of the writing process – expertly guided participants through exercises and techniques that helped hone their manuscripts.

Writers & Artists generously donated 50% of proceeds from each ticket sold to support our work and they raised a fantastic £2,032.50! That’s enough to send over 1,016 books to libraries in Africa!

We were …

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Celebrate World Book Day 2016!

World Book Day

Who was your favourite character from a book when you were a child?

Lots of lovely people are currently sharing their answer to this particular question over on bookaid.org in order to help raise awareness of World Book Day, which is being celebrated across the globe tomorrow! (You know about the World Book Day Dress-Up, right?!)

Find out more about what you can do to celebrate World Book Day, and how you can support Book Aid International in general.

But back to those favourite fictional characters! Here’s a quick post on the  subject from children’s author Emma Cox:


"I love Lyra Belacqua. I love her because she runs through the pages of her books as an unstoppable force. I love that she is such a great liar and she delights in using this skill. When she sees it's possible, Lyra is ready to leave the world she was born in and she's not afraid to do so. Lyra falls in love with Will and she’s not afraid of that, either.


"I love that the universe has chosen her - I am very fond of …

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Writing is Re-Writing & Upcoming Events

Let's be honest - writing is no easy feat. It's a labour of love, taking your ideas and transforming them into perfectly crafted stories. There are hardships along the way - every writer knows that! But then comes the hard work once your manuscript is as good as it can be. How do you approach the editing process? What's a literary agent? And how do you go about submitting your manuscript to them?

Here's where we come into play. Writers & Artists want to help make this part of your writing journey as smooth as possible, offering advice to help you sidestep bumps in the road.

This year, we have a whole host of events lined up to inform, inspire and stoke your creative fires; present networking opportunities with other authors and industry professionals; and provide the sort of practical advice you'll need to take your manuscript to the next level.

Take a look at some of the events we have coming up over the next few months: 

How NOT to Submit Your Manuscript
When: 12th March 12:00 - …

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