Here's a selection of photos from our 2019 Writers' Day
New for 2019, we partnered with London Literature Festival to bring our Writers’ Day.
Find out about prizes, initiatives and schemes that can advance your writing career in a day of free short talks, advice sessions with agents and networking opportunities.
London Literature Festival Writers’ Day has a particular focus on providing opportunities for literary voices from under-represented groups, supporting writers to reach new audiences and develop their careers.
The talks take place in Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer across the day, and consist of 15-minute presentations from artists, publishers and organisations.
The short talks include the following:
Dean Atta, Creative Future Writers’ Award: What is a writer in residence?
Dean Atta has been a Writer in Residence for Creative Future at Preston Park Recovery Centre in Brighton, and has had residencies at Hampstead School, Metal in Southend and Tate Britain. He shares the most important lessons he has learned and offers advice on how to get and make the most of a residency.
Jennifer Kerslake, Curtis Brown Creative: Why take a creative writing course?
You’re working on a novel and want to finish it and find an agent but you feel a bit stuck and don’t know how to move forwards. Jennifer Kerslake, Senior Manager at Curtis Brown Creative, explains how a creative writing course could help you get your work into the best possible shape to send out. She offers advice on the submission process, including pitch lines, writing a letter to an agent and the tricky art of the synopsis. Come along if you’d like to hear more about scholarships and other free opportunities for new writers to take courses at Curtis Brown Creative.
Julia Kingsford, The Good Literary Agency: What literary agents do and why you really do need one
Literary agents have a longstanding reputation as dealmakers who focus on the bottom line. These days, publishing is changing and authors have more direct access to publishers than ever before. What can an agent offer? Julia Kingsford talks through what literary agents actually do and the enormous value they can bring to your career as a writer
Liv Little, gal-dem: Platforming women and non-binary people of colour
Liv Little founded gal-dem in 2015 as a media publication committed to telling the stories of women and non-binary people of colour. She discusses how gal-dem are addressing inequality and misrepresentation in the industry through platforming the creative and editorial work of their community across essays, opinion, news, arts, music, politics and lifestyle content.
Bobby Nayyar, Spread the Word: Why aren’t you writing?
We’ve all been there: your draft is open alongside fifteen other tabs on your web browser and your phone notifications are on. Work and life deadlines loom all around you. How does anyone get any writing done? Spread the Word’s programme manager Bobby Nayyar offers some practical advice and an overview of the projects and opportunities the organisation offers to London’s writers.
Siena Parker, WriteNow: Opportunities to get published
Sometimes it can be overwhelming to understand how the document saved on your laptop could ever make it onto the shelves of your local bookshop. Siena Parker from Penguin Random House talks about some of the opportunities available for writers including WriteNow, Penguin’s programme to find, mentor and publish new writers from under-represented communities.
Sophia Schoepfer, Dialogue books: Join in the Dialogue
Dialogue Books sets out to amplify voices that are missing from the mainstream. Spearheaded by Sharmaine Lovegrove, it shines a spotlight on stories for, about and by readers from the LGBTQI+, disability, working class and BAME communities. Come along to learn more about Dialogue and how new writers can get involved in their work.
Shereen Tadros, SI Leeds Prize: In it to win it
Prizes schmizes? Shereen Tadros used to think prizes – and particularly those for underrepresented writers – were not for her. Hear her discuss how she was convinced, what winning the SI Leeds Prize did for her, and what it might do for you.
Amy Winchester, Unbound: Power to the People
Sometimes it feels as if publishing is full of gatekeepers and they're all saying no. But there are alternatives. Amy Winchester discusses crowdfunding, and how writers are getting their books into readers’ hands through innovative new publishing models such as Unbound.
Jade Cuttle holds a first-class honours degree in Modern & Medieval Languages & Literature from the University of Cambridge and an MA in Creative Writing (Poetry) from the University of East Anglia. Now Deputy Poetry Editor at Ambit and judging the Costa Book Awards 2019, Jade has written for the Guardian, The Times Literary Supplement, The Telegraph and the Observer. As poet and plant-whisperer, she has been commissioned to write for BBC Radio 3, BBC Proms’ Official Guide, BBC’s Contains Strong Language Festival and BBC Introducing. Cuttle was awarded Gold in the 2018 Creative Future Literary Awards (Prose), selected by Lemn Sissay, and will release an album of nature-inspired poem-songs with funding from PRS Foundation this year.
Joelle Taylor is an award-winning poet, playwright, author and editor. She has performed across the UK as well as internationally, both for the British Council (Zimbabwe, Brazil, Botswana, Australia and Singapore) and on solo projects across Europe.
She has read in a diverse range of venues from the 100 Club, the 02 Arena, the Royal Festival Hall and Ronnie Scott’s to the Royal Court, the Globe, the ICA, Buckingham Palace and various prisons including Pentonville and Holloway.
She has published three full collections of poetry: Ska Tissue (2011, Mother Foucault Press), The Woman Who Was Not There (2014, Burning Eye Books), and her latest collection Songs My Enemy Taught Me (2017, Out-Spoken Press).
Her collection of short stories The Night Alphabet is due for completion in 2019.
New Writing South
The Poetry School
The Poetry Society
The Royal Society of Literature
Spread the Word
Society of Authors
Writing Our Legacy