As all the writers on our programme will tell you, the only way to become a writer is to write.
However, everyone needs some expert help along the way, so we’ve put together great programme of workshops this year – everything from how to navigate the highs and lows of self-publishing to a Writing Workout hosted by the fabulous literary magazine Ambit. You’ll get some superb advice, top tips and access to a number of publishing professionals to help hone your writing skills and land a publishing deal.
Books for Everyone – kids / families
Kick off the children’s festival with writing – or drawing – yourself into stories! With the help of Sarwat Chadda and other authors, and the lovely people from Letterbox Library, everyone can get involved and create stories that you might not find on the bookshelf. From picture books to fiction, come and join in – and pssst, this is FREE.
10.30 am, Saturday 7th June, Abney Public Hall
How To Write For Children and Teens
Writing a children’s book may look easy at first glance, but it’s really not. A selection of experienced authors share advice, tips and secrets, both on writing – from ideas, plot and character – to how to get publishers to look at your work (and publish it!) With a Q and A session, you’ll be able to find out anything you want to know.
11am, Saturday 7th June, St Mary’s Old Church
Ambit Workshop: Writers Workout
Ambit is a literary and arts magazine that has been established for over 20 years, and includes poetry, short stories and art. Join editor Briony Bax and writer Helen Gordon for a gruelling but fun writer’s workout. Suitable for all writers, poets, and anyone interested in improving their process. The price includes admission to ‘How Do I Get Published?’ at 1pm (details below). Places are limited so get your ticket now to avoid disappointment.
11am, Saturday 7th June, The White Hart
How Do I Get Published?
Learn from professionals about how to get your work published. What is the difference between a commercial publisher and self publishing? Do you need an agent? Audience members will be encouraged to ask their most pressing questions and get honest answers from two key decision makers who make it their daily mission to seek out and discover new talent and a writer who has gone through the process of having her first novel published.
1pm, Saturday 7th June, The White Hart
£5 (free to attendees of Writers Workout)
Ciaran Murtagh’s Story Writing Workshop
CBBC’s Ciaran Murtagh writes…LOTS. When he’s not writing TV shows, he’s writing kids books. Bring your budding writers to this fun packed morning – they are never going to be stuck for ideas after this! Suitable for children aged 7 and up.
11am, Sunday 8th June, Stoke Newington Library Gallery
Last but definitely not least, there’s a FREE workshop at Mascara Bar at 3pm on Sunday 8th in which Dan Holloway – author of the alt novel The Man Who Painted Agnieszka’s Shoes which earned him a place on Mashable’s Top 100 Writers on Twitter list – guides you through the pros and cons of self-publishing, from how to get started to how to be your own publicity, sales and distribution team.
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