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How To Get Published - The Open University - Thursday 29th October

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29th 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 Thursday 29th October only.

To find out more about Friday 30th's line-up and to reserve your place for both evenings at a combined price of £35, click here.


Thursday 29th 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: Finding your voice as an author with Danielle Jawando 

7.15-8.15pm: The Book Commission process: talk/panel with: Angelique Tran Van Sang, Commissioning Editor at Bloomsbury, Jess Whitlum-Cooper, Commissioning Editor at Headline 

Speaker Profiles

Born in Manchester, Danielle Jawando’s previous publications and broadcasting credits have included a short story Paradise 703, which was published by DeadInk in 2012 (and long-listed for the Finishing Line Press Award in 2011). She has also had several short plays performed at the King’s Arms in Manchester, and at Stratford Circus in London. In 2015, she worked on Coronation Street as a storyline writer and in 2018, her short story The Deerstalker was selected as one of the six finalists for the We Need Diverse Books short story competition. Her debut novel And the Stars Were Burning Brightly was published by Simon & Schuster in February 2020.

Angelique Tran Van Sang is a commissioning editor at Bloomsbury, publishing literary fiction and narrative non-fiction. She has worked with writers such as Kamila Shamsie, Madeline Miller and George Saunders, and her authors include Jenny Zhang, Catherine Cho, Reni Eddo-Lodge, Olivia Sudjic and Alexander Chee. You can find her on twitter: @ange_tranvan.

Jess Whitlum-Cooper started her career in publishing working as a literary assistant at Curtis Brown. She now works as a Commissioning Editor at Headline, acquiring fiction ranging all the way from commercial to upmarket reading group. 

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.

The Open University

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.