2nd December 2017 - 8:30am to 4:00pm
Writers & Artists are joining forces with literature development charity Literature Works once again to bring you a day of getting to grips with the practicalities of writing. Including talks from an array of acclaimed authors, panel discussions with leading publishers, and insight from top literary agents, this is a day of discovery dedicated to how you can take your writing to the next level.
Taking place at Plymouth University, the day – which will cover essential aspects of the writing process, from immersing your characters into your writing world to the process of editing – will include: keynote talks from leading authors; panel discussions with leading literary agents, who are always on the lookout for debut authors to add to their lists. Furthermore, these sessions will also help you to understand the current market and offer guidance on the all important manuscript submission process.
08.30-09.00: Registration and welcome teas and coffees
09.00-09.30: Introduction and publishing industry overview from chair Alysoun Owen, Editor of the Writers' & Artists' Yearbook and the Children's Writers' & Artists' Yearbook
09.30-10.30: Writing Is Rewriting - the process of editing with author Wyl Menmuir
10.30-10.50: Short refreshment break
10.50-11.50: First Chapters – immersing your readers in your world with author Joanna Nadin
11.50-12.20: Introducing Literature Works with CEO Helen Chaloner
12.20-13.30: Lunch break (lunch included)
13.30-14.30: Establishing pace and plot with author C.L.Taylor
14.30-16.00 How to submit your work to an agent: practical tips from literary agents Kate Johnson and Juliet Pickering
Our chair Alysoun Owen is a publisher with over 20 years' experience as a commissioning editor and running her own publishing consultancy business. She has been the Editor of the Writers' & Artists' Yearbook and the Children's Writers' & Artists' Yearbook for five years and is a regular speaker on how to get published at literary festivals and writer events.
Wyl Menmuir was born in Stockport in 1979. His first novel, The Many (Salt Publishing), was long listed for the 2016 Man Booker Prize. He is also an editor and literary consultant and teaches creative writing at Manchester Metropolitan University. Wyl lives with his wife and two children on the north coast of Cornwall.
Joanna Nadin is the author of more than 30 books for children and young people, including the best-selling Rachel Riley series for teens and the award-winning Penny Dreadful series for younger readers. She has been shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, thrice shortlisted for Queen of Teen, while Spies, Dad, Big Lauren and Me (9+) was a Richard and Judy Book Club pick. Her first book for adults The Queen of Bloody Everything will be published by Mantle in February 2018.
Joanna is a former broadcast journalist and Special Adviser to the Prime Minister, and also freelances as a speechwriter. She lives in Bath.
C.L. Taylor is a Sunday Times bestseller, and is currently working on her fifth novel. She lives in Bristol with her boyfriend and toddler son, and started writing fiction in 2005. Her short stories have won several awards and been published by a variety of literary and women’s magazines. Her international bestselling romantic comedies, Heaven Can Wait and Home For Christmas were translated into 14 different languages, and her debut was voted ‘Debut Novel of the Year’ by chicklitreviews.com and chicklitclub.com.
In 2014, The Bookseller named C.L. Taylor as one of the year’s Bestselling Adult Fiction Debut Authors for The Accident. The Lie and The Missing were Sunday Times top 10 bestsellers in paperback, and both books hit the #1 spot on the Kindle bestseller list. She has sold 1 million books to date.
Her debut YA novel The Treatment was published in 2017 by HQ.
Kate Johnson is an agent at Wolf Literary, representing authors and handling rights in both the US and the UK. Prior to joining Wolf Literary, Kate was an agent and vice president at Georges Borchardt, Inc., for more than eight years. She previously edited and reported at StoryQuarterly, Bookslut.com, New York magazine and elsewhere, and graduated from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. Her authors have won the Center for Fiction’s Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize, Whiting Award, Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35, Whitbread Award, the Nigeria Prize for Literature, and have been longlisted for the National Book Award in non-fiction.
Juliet Pickering worked for Waterstones as a bookseller and fiction buyer before starting at A P Watt in 2003, where she became an Associate Agent in 2007. Juliet joined Blake Friedmann in 2013, becoming Vice Head of the Book Department in 2017, and her authors have been shortlisted for Booker, Costa, and Guardian First Book Awards, won the Whitbread and Green Carnation Prizes and, in 2015, the prestigious French literary award Prix Femina Etranger. Her fiction interests range from literary through to book club, and she enjoys commercial novels with fresh, contemporary and feminist central characters. She also represents many non-fiction writers across the board, including memoir, pop culture, social history, current affairs and political commentary, cookery and food writing, humour, and all sorts in-between.
Helen Chaloner is the CEO of Literature Works, and has held previous positions as Head of Development at Theatre Royal, Plymouth, National Director of The Arvon Foundation, an Arts Council national portfolio organisation, and Chief Executive of Farms for City Children. She has also run her own consultancy offering charities support with developing, funding and growing their organisations. She has a strong track-record in raising funds for writers and artists’ residency programmes and educational outreach and her early professional life was in publishing PR/marketing at Faber, Penguin Books and Macdonald Publishing.
The event will be held at Portland Square Building, Plymouth University. Doors will open at 8.30am, with teas and coffees provided upon arrival.
Doors will open at 08.30am, with teas and coffees provided upon arrival.
The price for this event is £95.
Bookings can be made by either clicking on the 'Book' buttons at the top and bottom of this page, or by calling 0207 631 5985.
Price inclusive of standard VAT.
Please note that this is not a ticketed event, so you don't need to bring anything on the day as your names will be on our guestlist.
Literature Works is the strategic literature development charity for South West England. Their role is to fundraise for the Literature Works Annual Fund, a support and grant scheme providing small awards for literature activity across the region, and where possible securing funding for larger regional projects with delivery partners, advice, advocacy and partnership. They also provide a central resource for literature in the South West region and support the wider literature sector through large scale research and evaluation. Their mission is to support, understand and advocate for the regional literature sector in all its contexts, for everyone, for all ages, and that sector's place, growth.