The Writers’ Workshop Festival of Writing

The UK’s largest literary editorial company will hold its fourth annual celebration of writing and publishing at York University on 13th  – 15th September.

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One of the most popular events of the literary year, it unites aspiring authors with top agents, publishers, book doctors and best-selling authors for a weekend of workshops, panels, keynote speeches, one-to-ones and social events with an emphasis on development, networking and unrestricted access to top professionals.

Festival Director, Laura Wilkins, comments “The Festival of Writing is unique within the literary festival circuit due to its focus on getting delegates published. At the core of the weekend are the one-to-one sessions in which delegates get to sit down individually with agents, publishers and book doctors who have read samples of their work in advance and candidly discuss their writing and career prospects. There has yet to be a Festival of Writing which hasn’t resulted in several delegates being signed by agents and subsequently published as a direct result of these encounters. The agents are there specifically to find the next publishing sensations.”

Throughout the whole weekend, the festival also offers a massive selection of mini courses and workshops lead by top industry professionals and squarely aimed at developing delegates’ writing craft and helping them get to grips with the demands and processes of the publishing industry. There is also an increasing focus on self-publishing and the world of e-books. This is all backed up by vibrant and animated industry panels and fantastic keynote speeches delivered by best-selling authors. This year’s keynotes will be presented by Adele Parks and S.J. Bolton. The festival is motivational, inspirational, beneficial and essential for anyone hoping to write or get published.

The Festival of Writing is a social and welcoming event which is defined as much by its joyful spirit as its focus and genuine usefulness. Each year, lasting friendships are forged and cemented with communal meals, evening entertainment and competitions giving delegates a chance to relax and compare experiences.

This year’s industry experts include top agents and publishers from Random House, Troubadour, Matador, Blake Friedmann, The Agency Group, Picador, Hodder & Stoughton and A.M. Heath.

The Writers’ Workshop was established in 2005 to provide advice, support and literary services to first-time writers. It has grown into the UK’s largest literary consultancy service. The firm was set up by Harry Bingham, himself a bestselling author of both fiction and non-fiction. Harry’s work has been published in the UK, the US, Australia, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, China, Japan and numerous other territories besides. He has been short-and long-listed for major literary awards. His Getting Published is the standard work on the subject

For further information, contact Events Director Laura Wilkins at: The Writers’ Workshop, The Studio, Sheep St, Charlbury, United Kingdom, OX7 3RR/ 0845 459 9560/ info@writersworkshop.co.uk

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