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March 2018

Residential Reading Retreat - Kent (weekday)

Sittingbourne, Kent Sittingbourne

Tue 6 March 2018 - Fri 9 March 2018, 5pm

Do you dream of immersing yourself in reading without distraction? We are not talking about those snatched moments of holiday reading. Imagine not having to stop to prepare meals or answer emails. No interruptions, no phones, no access to those must-do jobs around the home? Most importantly, absolutely NO guilt about just sitting and reading.

Welcome to our Reading Retreats - We...

Do you dream of immersing yourself in reading without distraction? We are not talking about those snatched moments of holiday reading. Imagine not having to stop to prepare meals or answer emails. No interruptions, no phones, no access to those must-do jobs around the home? Most importantly, absolutely NO guilt about just sitting and reading.

Welcome to our Reading Retreats - We offer you a fully pampered getaway in the country or by the sea. Our small group retreats take place in lovely houses around the country. Our single priority is to give you space and time to read. All your meals are prepared, speciality teas, freshly brewed coffee and soft drinks are on tap and you can choose solitude or shared time with other readers.

Reading Prescription - You may already have your stack of books selected but, if you are looking for inspiration, we offer you a 'Reading Prescription'. Following a discussion with you, we will prepare a personally tailored reading list.

We have found the most beautiful traditional Oast House, with its distinctive roundels (where four of the bedrooms have curved walls), located in the heart of the Kent countryside, it offers wonderful woodland walks right on the doorstep.

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Writing Adventures For Children w/ Helen Dennis

The Stripe Theatre Winchester

Tue 13 March 2018, 19.30-21.30

Helen Dennis, writer of the Carnegie-nominated Secret Breakers series and the Book Buzz choice 2017 River Of Ink series, will talk about the process of creating exciting stories for children.

How To Get Published - York Literature Festival

De Gray Lecture Theatre York

Sat 24 March 2018, 09.30 - 17.00

If you want to delve into the world of speculative fiction, learn from the best at our day of writing talks and panel discussions with bestselling authors, and literary agents.

Writers & Artists are back at York Literature Festival and have teamed up with Orbit Books, leading publisher of science fiction and fantasy, to bring you informative sessions on writing for the genre; key...

If you want to delve into the world of speculative fiction, learn from the best at our day of writing talks and panel discussions with bestselling authors, and literary agents.

Writers & Artists are back at York Literature Festival and have teamed up with Orbit Books, leading publisher of science fiction and fantasy, to bring you informative sessions on writing for the genre; key note speaker on subverting the normal in fiction; a networking drinks reception with the speakers; and informative and interactive panel discussion with leading literary agents.

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Stratford Literary Festival / Salariya Book Company Children's Picture Book Prize 2018

Tue 21 November 2017 - Mon 5 March 2018, Competition ends 5.30pm on Monday 5th March 2018

The Stratford-upon-Avon Literary Festival and the Salariya Book Company have opened their 2018 Children’s Picture Book Prize for submissions.

The Prize, which launched last year, is open to UK-based debut writers and illustrators over 16, and the winning book will be published in 2019 by Salariya imprint, Scribblers. The winner will receive a £5000 advance against royalties and...

The Stratford-upon-Avon Literary Festival and the Salariya Book Company have opened their 2018 Children’s Picture Book Prize for submissions.

The Prize, which launched last year, is open to UK-based debut writers and illustrators over 16, and the winning book will be published in 2019 by Salariya imprint, Scribblers. The winner will receive a £5000 advance against royalties and career advice from a leading children's book agent. The final date for entries is 5th March 2018 with the winner announced in April 2018.

For terms and conditions and details on how to apply go to www.stratlitfest.co.uk/bookcompetition

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Ten Winchester Writers' Festival Writing Competitions

Mon 1 January 2018 - Wed 11 April 2018

Enter one or more of the ten writing competitions offered by the Winchester Writers' Festival:

Poetry
Flash Fiction
Writing Can Be Murder
Picture Book
Children's Funny Fiction
Short Stories
First Three Pages of a Novel
Skylark Soaring Stories for middle grade and YA readers
Memoir
Young Writers' Competitions for writers...

Enter one or more of the ten writing competitions offered by the Winchester Writers' Festival:

Poetry
Flash Fiction
Writing Can Be Murder
Picture Book
Children's Funny Fiction
Short Stories
First Three Pages of a Novel
Skylark Soaring Stories for middle grade and YA readers
Memoir
Young Writers' Competitions for writers in school years 1 - 11

Details on all competitions: www.writersfestival.co.uk/competitions

Some competitions offer constructive feedback for an additional fee.

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Your Novel

Bloomsbury Publishing London

Wed 7 March 2018 - Wed 9 May 2018, 18.00 - 20.30

Join us for a ten-week course dedicated to helping you transform your novel idea into a fully-fledged manuscript.

Whether you've written half a draft or on your third edit, we've designed this course to help you progress as a writer. Along with giving you the ‘how-to’ writing tools you need to hone your novel-in-progress, your work will be assessed along the way by experts in...

Join us for a ten-week course dedicated to helping you transform your novel idea into a fully-fledged manuscript.

Whether you've written half a draft or on your third edit, we've designed this course to help you progress as a writer. Along with giving you the ‘how-to’ writing tools you need to hone your novel-in-progress, your work will be assessed along the way by experts in their fields, all designed to help you take your writing to the next level.

Led by author and creative writing tutor William Ryan, the course will look at essential elements of the writing craft and how you can apply them to your own manuscript, including writing exercises that directly involve the material of your novel-in-progress.

Based at our Bloomsbury offices, evening sessions will last for two and a half hours, from 6-8.30pm, making it ideal for those with full-time jobs and other commitments. There will be opportunities at the beginning and the end of the course to get to know the other writers, as well as William himself.

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Your Children's Book

Bloomsbury Publishing London

Wed 21 March 2018 - Wed 18 April 2018, 18.00 - 20.30

Do you aspire to be the next Julia Donaldson or Suzanne Collins?

If so, join us in the heart of literary London for five stimulating weeks of practical workshops and expert advice from course leader Caroline Green, an award-winning writer for young people and Sunday Times best-selling writer of adult fiction. Students will explore essential elements of writing for a wide range of...

Do you aspire to be the next Julia Donaldson or Suzanne Collins?

If so, join us in the heart of literary London for five stimulating weeks of practical workshops and expert advice from course leader Caroline Green, an award-winning writer for young people and Sunday Times best-selling writer of adult fiction. Students will explore essential elements of writing for a wide range of ages, including: how to take an initial idea and develop it into a story that others will want to read; how to craft memorable characters; and how to write vivid settings. All attendees will gain an understanding of how the children's book market works and learn how to make their manuscript stand out in the slush pile.

The course has been designed to benefit authors at all stages of their writing journey, so whether you have an initial idea and want to know where to start, or have a full draft and need help with revising and making it the best it can possibly be, this is the course for you.

Each week will combine tutorials with practical exercises, discussion and feedback. Guest speakers are still to be announced. Furthermore, all attendees will receive a critique of up to 5,000 words of their writing and a copy of the latest edition of the Children's Writers' & Artists' Yearbook.

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April 2018

An Explanation of Structure w/ Margaret Graham

The Stripe Theatre Winchester

Tue 10 April 2018, 19.30-21.30

The story of Cinderella will be put under the microscope, to single out her normal world, point of change et al.

To celebrate World Book Night, 23rd April, please bring a book to give to someone at the meeting. Then buy another donated by major publishers to benefit Words For The Wounded.

How to Hook an Agent - April 2018

Bloomsbury Publishing London

Sat 14 April 2018, 09.30 - 14.30

Join us for an intimate lunch in the beautiful Georgian surroundings of Bloomsbury, London.

Are you writing a book for publication but unsure of how to find an agent? This intimate half-day event with four literary agents will give you insider knowledge on how to submit your manuscript to an agent, what they’re looking for and how to grab their attention. With a networking lunch...

Join us for an intimate lunch in the beautiful Georgian surroundings of Bloomsbury, London.

Are you writing a book for publication but unsure of how to find an agent? This intimate half-day event with four literary agents will give you insider knowledge on how to submit your manuscript to an agent, what they’re looking for and how to grab their attention. With a networking lunch and a chance for a one-to-one with the agent of your choice, you’ll receive direct feedback on how best to hook your agent.

Held in the historic literary surroundings of Bloomsbury at Bloomsbury Publishing, home to authors including Margaret Atwood and J.K. Rowling, this is your chance to get noticed.

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