Writer’s Development Day Brighton

06 December 2023

Writer’s Development Day: For Underrepresented Writers

Saturday 20th January 2024 | 10am to 4pm | The Dance Space, Circus Street, Brighton

Are you an underrepresented writer looking to develop your craft? 

We’re delighted to be partnering with Writers & Artists to offer this writer’s development day, designed to help you hone your craft, get inspired and build your community. We’ll hear from three writers over the course of the morning who will be delving into their own process and sharing invaluable insight into writing fiction, creative non-fiction and poetry.

In the afternoon you’ll have the chance to hear from a range of writing organisations who are there to support you on your writing journey. You’ll find out what they can offer you and how you can get involved.

To finish the day we will be interviewing a panel of agents and editors who will be discussing the fundamentals of the submission process, as well as the different routes available to publication.

The programme will be packed full of practical and essential advice to move your writing forward.


10:00am : Registration

10:15am : Introduction and welcome

10:30am – 11:30am : Session One – Fiction | In conversation with Irenosen Okojie

11.30am – 11:45pm : Short comfort break  

11:45am – 1:00pm : Session Two and Three | Creative Non-Fiction with Colin Grant | Poetry with Maria Jastrzębska

Guests will be able to choose which they attend of two breakout workshop sessions, one focused around creative non-fiction, and one focused around poetry. These will be practical sessions featuring writing exercises, and ending with 15 minutes of prompted writing time.

1:00pm – 2.00pm : Lunch 

2:00pm – 2:50pm : Your Writing Community

Writers will have the opportunity to hear from organisations in the UK who offer support to writers.

With: Creative Future | New Writing South | Writing Our Legacy | Writers HQ | Writers & Artists

2:50pm – 3:00pm : Short comfort break  

3:00pm – 4:00pm : The Fundamentals of Getting Published with Magdalene Abraha (Jacaranda Books), Jack Thompson (Cipher Press) and Amandeep Singh (TGLA)

A panel of agents and publishers will talk about the submission process, and routes to publication.

Booking & payment

Please note, this an event designed for underrepresented writers. What do we mean by underrepresented?

Underrepresented refers to a person or group of people who are insufficiently or inadequately represented, and face barriers to opportunity due to mental health issues, physical health/disability, sensory impairment, learning disabilities, neurodivergence, substance misuse, survivors, people from working class backgrounds, people from the LGBTQIA+ community, and people from Black, Asian, traveller, mixed heritage or other global majority backgrounds.

If you are an underrepresented writer please use the discount code BRIGHTON10 at checkout to receive your £15 ticket. If you are not an underrepresented writer, we ask that you pay the full £25 to attend. Lunch, and teas and coffees, are included in the ticket price.

To view our event refund and cancellation policy, please click here.

This is an in-person event. Joining instructions and full guidance will be provided by the W&A Team a week before the event start-date. All event times noted on this page are UK time.

To find out more and to book please visit the Writers & Artist’s website here.

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