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How To Get Published - The Open University - Friday 30th October 2020

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30th October 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:15pm



Are you writing but could do with some inspiration to help you along? Are you looking for writing advice to help hone your craft? Do you want to find out more about the publishing process - from securing literary representation to signing a book deal? 

We're partnering with Open University over two evenings in October for How To Get Published, an online incarnation of our successful pre-pandemic conference format. Which means business as usual, with a line-up of acclaimed authors, commissioning editors and literary agents on hand to offer tips on the creative process as well as invaluable insight into the world of publishing.

This page is to reserve a place for Friday 30th October only.

To find out more about Thursday 29th's line-up and to reserve your place for both evenings at a combined price of £35, click here.


Friday 30th October

6pm: Introduction to the event (house-keeping rules, a bit about W&A, a bit about OU, and associated materials) 

6.15-7.15pm: Establishing a sense of place with author Kirsty Logan 

7.15-8.15pm: From Submission to Publication: literary agent panel with Hayley Steed (Madeleine Milburn Agency) and Abi Fellowes (The Good Literary Agency)

Speaker Profiles

Kirsty Logan (c) Simone Falk

Kirsty Logan is the author of the novels The Gracekeepers and The Gloaming, the short story collections A Portable Shelter and The Rental Heart & Other Fairytales, the flash fiction chapbook The Psychology of Animals Swallowed Alive, and the short memoir The Old Asylum in the Woods at the Edge of the Town Where I Grew Up. Her books have won the LAMBDA Literary Award, the Polari First Book Prize, the Saboteur Award, the Scott Prize and the Gavin Wallace Fellowship, and been selected for the Radio 2 Book Club and the Waterstones Book Club. In 2019 she was selected as one of the ten most outstanding LGBTQ British writers for the International Literature Showcase. Her short fiction and poetry have been translated into Japanese and Spanish, recorded for radio and podcasts, exhibited in galleries and distributed from a vintage Wurlitzer cigarette machine. She lives in Glasgow with her wife and their rescue dog. Follow her on Twitter @kirstylogan

Hayley Steed is a Literary Agent and Book to Screen Agent at Madeleine Milburn Literary, TV & Film Agency, actively building a list of fiction, and focusing on film and TV adaptation and scripts written by existing clients. She represents books such as The Authenticity Project by Clare Pooley and The Shelf by Helly Acton, as well as The Animals at Lockwood Manor by Jane Healey and In Black and White by Alexandra Wilson. She was named a Rising Star in The Bookseller in 2019. Twitter: @hayleyemmasteed 


Abi Fellowes joined The Good Literary Agency in March 2019 specifically to look for commercial as well as Children's and YA books. She works across both fiction and non-fiction. 

Before joining TGLA, Abi worked as a literary scout at Rosalind Ramsay Ltd for seven years. She has incredibly broad experience in the industry having been a literary agent at Georgina Capel Associates prior to becoming a scout and having also worked as a bookseller at Blackwell's and on the sales team at Faber and Faber.

Booking & Payment

The price for this event is £25.

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

Students studying on the Open University Creative Writing course can only use their discount code in conjunction with the combined price page (click here to visit 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.

Event Details

The event will take place online via a video conferencing platform. Full details and joining instructions will be sent to attendees prior to the event.

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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.