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9th June 2018 - 9:30am to 4:00pm


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We’re pleased to be partnering with The Open University in Scotland to bring a day of advice on the writing and publishing process. This full-day conference, held in the heart of Edinburgh, includes talks on various aspects of the writing journey from best-selling authors, a networking lunch and an informative interactive panel discussion with leading literary agents.

If you’re an aspiring writer with a manuscript and ready to submit, or simply at the beginning of your writing journey, don’t miss out on what promises to be a day essential to helping you work towards producing a publishable manuscript.


09.30-10.00: Registration and welcome teas and coffees

10.00-11.00: First Chapters – grabbing your readers from the off with William Sutcliffe

11.00-11.20: Drinks break 

11.20-12.20: Writing is Re-Writing – the process of editing with author Fiona Mozley

12.20-13.30: Lunch break (lunch included)

13.30-14.30: Turning the page – establishing pace and plot with Jenny Colgan

14.30-16.00: How to get published: practical tips from leading literary agent Lucy Juckes and Editor of the Writers' & Artists' Yearbook Alysoun Owen

Speaker Profiles

William Sutcliffe was born in London in 1971. He is the author of the international bestseller Are You Experienced?, The Love Hexagon, New Boy, Bad Influence and Whatever Makes You Happy. His first YA novel, The Wall, was shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal in 2014, and his next YA novel, Concentr8, was shortlisted for the YA Book Prize 2016. His latest YA novel is We See Everything - a powerfully relevant thriller set in a bombed-out, closed-off London where constant surveillance is the norm. His work has been translated into more than twenty languages. He lives in Edinburgh. 

Fiona Mozley was born in Hackney but grew up in York and studied at Cambridge before moving to Buenos Aires for a year - without speaking any Spanish. After briefly working at a literary agency in London, she moved back to York to complete a PhD in Medieval Studies. She also has a weekend job at The Little Apple Bookshop in York. Elmet, her first novel, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2017.

Jenny Colgan is the author of numerous bestselling novels, including Christmas at the Cupcake Café and The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris, published by Sphere. Meet Me at the Cupcake Café won the 2012 Melissa Nathan Award for Comedy Romance and was a Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller, as was Rosie Hopkins’ Sweetshop of Dreams, which won the RNA Romantic Novel of the Year Award 2013. For more about Jenny, visit her website and her Facebook page, or follow her on Twitter @jennycolgan

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.

Lucy Juckes represents writers and illustrators for children at Jenny Brown Associates. She was previously co-founder and Managing Director of Barrington Stoke, the children’s publisher specialising in books for reluctant readers. Lucy has also worked as Sales Director of Bloomsbury.

She is also co-founder of Picture Hooks, with Vivian French, a scheme to encourage new emerging illustrators through mentoring, conferences and exhibitions. For details check out

Booking & Payment

The price for this event is £95.

If you have a discount code for this event, please enter this on the 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 Scotland's Edinburgh offices at 10 Drumsheugh Gardens, Edinburgh, EH3 7QJ. 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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