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28th April 2018 - 9:00am to 4:00pm



Writers & Artists are teaming up with Arts University Bournemouth to bring a day of getting to grips with the practicalities of writing.

The day includes: a two-hour writing workshop with an author of your choice; plenty of opportunity to network with speakers and fellow delegates over lunch; informative and interactive panel discussions with publishers and literary agents looking for debut authors to add to their lists.

In the morning, three successful writers offer their advice on how to improve your writing with an engaging and interactive workshop. Whether you're writing fiction, non-fiction, or poetry, there's a workshop for you! After lunch, the afternoon sessions will help you navigate the current market, warn you of what to avoid in a submission to an agent and give insight into the minds of leading publishing industry figures. 


09.00-09.30: Registration and welcome teas and coffees

09.30-10.00: Introduction and publishing industry overview from Chair Alysoun Owen, Editor of the Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook

10.00-11.00: A writing workshop of your choice: writing fiction with Natasha Pulley, writing creative non-fiction with Nell Stevens and writing poetry with Kayo Chingonyi

11.00-11.15: Short break

11.15-12.00: Writing workshop continued

12.00-13.10: Lunch break (lunch included)

13.10-14.10: Publishing industry discussion with Mark Richards, Publishing Director at John Murray Press and Harriet Bourton, Publisher at Orion Fiction chaired by Alysoun Owen.

14.10-15.10: How to submit your work to an agent: practical tips from leading literary agents Emma Paterson and Thérèse Coen

15.10-16:00: Networking reception

Speaker Profiles

Natasha Pulley studied English Literature at Oxford University. After stints working at Waterstones as a bookseller, then at Cambridge University Press as a publishing assistant in the astronomy and maths departments, she did the Creative Writing MA at UEA. She later studied in Tokyo, where she lived on a scholarship from the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation. She was chosen to be a Writer in Residence at Gladstone's Library and is now associate lecturer at Bath Spa University and panel tutor at the Cambridge University Institute of Continuing Education. Her first novel, The Watchmaker of Filigree Street, was an international bestseller, won a Betty Trask Award and was shortlisted for the Authors' Club Best First Novel Award. The Bedlam Stacks is her second novel. She lives in Bath.

Nell Stevens has a First in English and Creative Writing from Warwick, after which she went on to study Arabic and Comparative Literature at Harvard, and to receive a Marcia Trimble Fellowship and the Florence Engel Randall Graduate Fiction Award for her MFA in Fiction at Boston University. She is currently researching a Ph.D. in Victorian literature at King's College London. She was a finalist in the 2011 Elle magazine Writing Talent Contest, and a runner-up in both the 2014 Mslexia Memoir Competition and the 2015 Mslexia Short Story Prize. Her debut book Bleaker House was published in 2017. It is part memoir, part travelogue and part story collection, exploring the narrow spaces between real life and fiction.

Kayo Chingonyi is a fellow of the Complete Works programme for diversity and quality in British Poetry and the author of two pamphlets, Some Bright Elegance (Salt, 2012) and The Colour of James Brown’s Scream (Akashic, 2016). Kayo has been invited to read from his work around the world and his poems have been translated into Spanish, German, and Swedish. He was awarded the 2012 Geoffrey Dearmer Prize and served as Associate Poet at the Institute of Contemporary Arts from Autumn 2015 to Spring 2016. His first full-length collection, Kumukanda, is published by Chatto & Windus and is currently shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Prize 2017.

Mark Richards started his career at Fourth Estate, before moving to John Murray in 2013. He is the fiction publisher there, and his authors include Andrew Michael Hurley, Lisa McInerney, Mick Herron and Jessie Greengrass. He started the JM Originals list in 2015, which has a particular focus on debut writers.

As Publisher of Orion Fiction, Harriet Bourton works across all of Orion commercial fiction, overseeing the team and their publishing. She joined in 2016, having worked at Transworld, Hodder & Stoughton and Headline previously. Harriet loves commercial fiction with a ferocity and over the years has been fortunate to work with bestselling authors such as Danielle Steel, Sophie Kinsella and John Grisham. Her background is in Women’s Fiction but she now publishes more broadly; narratives with interesting, intriguing women are a common theme for her but that can encompass a broad church, from emotive, provocative reading group fiction; to warm and funny contemporary fiction; to dark and twisty female-led suspenseful thrillers. Harriet responds to a strong voice, animated storytelling and a plot that you can pitch in a single sentence.

Emma Paterson joined Rogers, Coleridge & White in 2013 after working at The Wylie Agency. She has a BA in English Literature and an MA in Gender Studies and Critical Theory, and is currently the Treasurer of the Association of Authors’ Agents. She represents literary novelists, journalists and writers of narrative nonfiction.

Thérèse Coen was born and raised in Belgium and moved to England in her late teens with her family, and then stayed in London to do a History degree and Masters at University College London. Having been brought up bilingual, speaking French and Dutch, then picking up German and English later on, translation rights seemed like a very logical next step. Her first job in publishing was at Bloomsbury Publishing as Rights Executive. Thérèse then worked at Ed Victor Ltd where she assisted handling huge celebrity titles alongside Booker-prize winning authors.

Thérèse has been building her own list of authors alongside selling translation rights since early 2016 and is now Rights Director and agent at Hardman Swainson. She is happy to cut her teeth on genres across the board and loves nothing more than keeping her reading and her authors an exciting and wide-ranging mix of styles and readerships

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.

Final editor to be confirmed.

Event Details

The event will be held at Arts University Bournemouth. Doors will open at 09.00am, with teas and coffees provided upon arrival.

Booking and Payment

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.

About AUB

Arts University Bournemouth is a leading higher education institution devoted to the study of art, design, media and performance. They have been providing specialist education for over a century and they are dedicated to turning creativity into careers by encouraging a collaborative maker culture. AUB have recently been awarded Gold standard in the Teaching Excellence Framework and have the joint highest graduate employment rate in England.

Their latest innovative programme is the BA(Hons) Creative Writing. Stories are at the heart of how we communicate and Creative Writing equips students with the practical and theoretical skills to express themselves and tell their stories across a wide range of forms and media: from Fiction to Scriptwriting, Poetry to Creative Non-fiction. The course is committed to providing insights into the writing and creative industries through visits, events and networking opportunities with authors, agents and publishers.