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16th November 2018 - 9:30am to 5:00pm


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Hot on the heels of our sold out conference in Edinburgh, we’re pleased to be teaming up with the Open University once again to bring you a day of writing and publishing advice from authors and industry professionals.

Held at the Open University's Camden offices on Friday 16th November, this full-day event includes talks on various aspects of the writing journey for both book and screen, from best-selling authors and scriptwriters, a networking lunch, and an informative interactive panel discussion with leading literary, film and TV agents.

If you’re an aspiring writer with a manuscript that you are preparing to submit, or a scriptwriter looking to get your work shown on screen,or simply someone at the beginning of your writing journey, don’t miss out on what promises to be a day essential to taking your project that little bit closer to publication.


09.30-10.00: Registration and welcome teas and coffees

10.00-11.00: First chapters - grabbing your reader from the off with novelist Emma Flint

11.00-11.20: Comfort break

11.20-12.20: Establishing setting and character with novelist Mary Lynn Bracht

12.20-13.30: Lunch break (lunch included)

13.30-14.30: Turning the page - establishing pace and plot with scriptwriter and novelist Mark Illis

14.30-14.50: Comfort break

14.50-16.00: How to submit your work to agent: practical tips from literary, film & TV agents Jo Unwin and Cynthia Okoye

16.00-17.00: Networking drinks reception

Speaker Profiles

Emma Flint grew up in Newcastle upon Tyne, and has been writing fiction since she knew what stories were. She graduated from the University of St. Andrews with an MA in English Language and Literature, later completing a novel-writing course at the Faber Academy. She worked in Edinburgh for four years, and now lives in north London.

Since childhood, she has been drawn to true crime stories, developing an encyclopaedic knowledge of real-life murder cases. She is equally fascinated by notorious historical figures and by unorthodox women – past, present and fictional.Her debut novel, Little Deaths, was published in 2017 and was longlisted for the Women's Fiction Prize, CWA Gold Dagger and Theakston's Crime Novel of The Year. She is now working on her second book: also a re-telling of a real case, but this time set in London in the 1920s.

Mark Illis has written extensively for TV, including The Bill, EastEnders, Peak Practice, Emmerdale and Jamie Johnson. He’s currently developing an original drama with Lime Productions. He wrote the screenplay for Before Dawn, which won the Best Screenplay award at the Bram Stoker International Film Festival (and he had a cameo as a zombie in the finished film!) He has also had five novels for adults published. His first Young Adult novel, The Impossible, won a Northern Writers Award and was published by Quercus last year. The sequel, The Impossible: On The Run, was published in July. He has run writing workshops at Arvon, in universities and schools, and in Reading Prison and Broadmoor secure hospital. He lives in Yorkshire with his wife and two children.

An American author of Korean descent living in London, Mary Lynn Bracht grew up in a large ex-pat community of women who came of age in postwar South Korea. In 2002, she visited her mother’s childhood village, and it was during this trip she first learned of the “comfort women.” She completed an MA in Creative Writing at Birbeck, University of London. Her debut novel, White Chrysanthemum, was published in January 2018 by Chatto & Windus Books and Putnam Books. 

Cynthia Okoye joined Curtis Brown in 2008 having freshly graduated from the University of Nottingham with a degree in Law (LLB). She initially worked with agent Amanda Davis across her brilliant list of writers and directors in the theatre, film and television department. Clients included: Gareth Edwards (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story), Paul McGuigan (Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool) and Iain Morris & Damon Beesley (The Inbetweeners). 

In 2013 Cynthia began to build her own list of writers, directors and filmmakers from the ground up. Her mission was, and still is, to find and represent unique filmmaking talent and enable them to build careers in the UK film and television industry, and beyond. She now has the pleasure of working with an eclectic range of writing and directing talent. From the very new to the very established. From smart character based comedy to bold drama and imaginative, distinctive surprising ways of story-telling. Her clients work across film, TV and occasionally theatre.

Jo Unwin became a literary agent in 2008, leaving behind a successful career as an actress, screenwriter and film scout. Jo was in a shortlist of three for the Bookseller Industry Awards Literary Agent of the Year in 2010, and was picked out as one of the Bookseller’s Rising Stars in 2011. She joined Conville and Walsh Literary agency in 2008 and has gone on to set up her own agency JULA Ltd, based at Somerset House. 

Jo represents authors of literary fiction, commercial women’s fiction, Young Adult and children's books (though not picture books) as well as narrative non-fiction and comic writing. 

Booking & Payment

The price for this event is £95.

If you have a discount code, please enter this on our checkout page.

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.

Event Details

The event will be taking place at The Open University, 1-11 Hawley Crescent, Camden Town, London, NW1 8NP. Doors will open at 09.30am with teas and coffees provided upon arrival. 

The Open University

Study for an MA in Creative Writing with the Open University

Launched in 2016, our two-year Master’s Level course is taught by practising writers and is entirely online, giving students across the world access to workshops, forums and our acclaimed course materials. One of the most exciting aspects of the MA is its flexibility and the way it explores the relationship between genres, offering four distinct strands – fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction and scriptwriting.

The OU’s Creative Writing modules and qualifications have attracted over 50,000 students since 2003, and our course materials have been praised by publishers, leading authors, and teachers in other universities. 

For more information about the MA in Creative Writing, click here. For more information on how Creative Writing is taught at the OU and our undergraduate modules, follow this link. If you are interested in studying for our BA (Hons) English Literature and Creative Writing or BA (hons) Arts and Humanities (Creative Writing) see our Undergraduate degrees.


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