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4th June 2020 - 8:30am to 4:30pm


PLEASE NOTE: In accordance with government guidance, all W&A events are cancelled for the foreseeable future. If you have reserved your place at any of our events, please look out for an email from a member of the W&A team.


For the third year in a row, we're delighted to be teaming up with Literature Works to bring a day of getting to grips with the practicalities of writing. This time, we're coming to Exeter, the newly appointed UNESCO City of Literature!


08:30-09:15: Registration & welcome tea and coffee 

09:15-09:30: Introduction from Writers & Artists and Literature Works 

09:30-10:30: Writing With Humour and Heart with Amita Murray 

In this session, Amita will explore how writers can navigate through the emotions of writing and how to unlock their creativity to write without fear. 

10.30-11:30: Writing From Experience with Nell Stevens 

In this session, whether you're writing memoir or fiction, Nell will discuss how you can tell your story without compromising the truth or memory. 

11:30-12:00: Break

12:00-13:00: Writing In The Past with Alex Reeve 

In this session, Alex will discuss the responsibilities of writing in the past and how writers can capture the heart of their setting. 

13:00:14:15: Lunch (lunch included) 

14:15-15:00: Key note author talk on writing with Sara Collins 

15:00-16:00: Panel discussion with leading literary agents on how to submit your manuscript: Juliet Pickering of Blake Friedmann and Laura Williams of Greene & Heaton

Speaker Profiles

Sara Collins studied law at the London School of Economics and worked as a lawyer for seventeen years. In 2014 she embarked upon the Creative Writing Masters at Cambridge University, where she won the 2015 Michael Holroyd Prize of Re-creative Writing and was shortlisted for the 2016 Lucy Cavendish Prize for a book inspired by her love of gothic fiction. This turned into her first novel, The Confessions of Frannie Langton, which won the Costa First Novel Award in 2019.

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Nell Stevens writes memoir and fiction. She is the author of Bleaker House and Mrs Gaskell & Me, which won the 2019 Somerset Maugham Award. She was shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award, 2018. Her writing is published in The New York Times, Vogue, The Paris Review, The New York Review of Books, The Guardian, Granta and elsewhere. Nell lectures in Creative Writing at Goldsmiths, University of London.  

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Amita Murray is an award winning writer. Her collection, Marmite and Mango Chutney won the SI Leeds Award in 2016. Her debut novel, The Trouble with Rose, was published by Harper Collins in 2019.

She lives in London with her young family and two neurotic cats. 

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Alex Reeve lives in Buckinghamshire and is a university lecturer working on a PhD. The Anarchists’ Club is the second in the Leo Stanhope series, following on from the Richard & Judy Book Club pick The House on Half Moon Street, which was shortlisted for the CWA Sapere Books Historical Dagger and the Polari First Book Prize.


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; the main requisite is that these stories have a deep emotional heart, and rich, multi-layered, real characters. She also represents many non-fiction writers across the board, including memoir, pop culture, social history, writing on issues of race, gender and class, cookery and food, humour, and all sorts in-between. She is always looking to bring more under-represented voices to readers, and for her writers and their books to provoke conversation. 

Laura Williams joined Greene & Heaton as an agent in 2018. She worked at Peters Fraser and Dunlop from 2011, after completing a degree in Classics at Oxford.

She is actively building a fiction list and a small non-fiction list. She is currently looking for literary fiction, edgy commercial fiction, psychological thrillers and high-concept contemporary young adult, as well as narrative non-fiction of all types. Her taste is quite dark, and she loves gothic, ghost stories, horror and anything sinister. She also loves books that make her cry, from big love stories to intense family dramas.

Event details

The event is being held at: Custom House, 46 The Quay, Exeter EX2 4AN

 Doors will open at 08.30am, with teas and coffees provided upon arrival.

Booking and payment

The price for this event is £95

Local writers are able to book a ticket for £65 with an exclusive discount code. Please email with your postcode to verify for the local writers' discount.

We'll be offering a limited number of free places to creative writing students at Exeter University.

Bursary and sponsored places for low-income writers are being organised with Literature Works. A link on how to apply will be accessible here soon. 

For other payment options please email

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 Literature Works

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.