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National Writers' Conference 2018

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National Writers' Conference 2018


Saturday 30 June, 2018, 10am-4pm (registration from 9.15am)
Followed by: 4.30pm – 5.30pm Spark Young Writers’ Award Ceremony and the launch of our Creative Europe funded READ ON project.
Includes buffet lunch, tea and coffee.
A day with industry experts and best-selling authors, plus opportunities to meet and mingle with other writers of all genres and disciplines.
The National Writers’ Conference helps writers of all skill levels to develop their craft and sustain their creative careers.
Please book before Friday 15 June 2018 to ensure your dietary requirements are met. 
Early Bird ticket sales end: Thursday 31 May (noon)
Ticket sales end: Thursday 28 June 2018 (noon)

Timetable:
9.15am – 10am: Registration & Refreshments
10am: Welcome & Introduction, Jonathan Davidson, Chief Executive, Writing West Midlands
10.10 – 10.30am: Keynote Address from Shoo Rayner, children's writer and illustrator. 
                              Title: Alternatives to traditional publishing
10.35 - 11.35am: Breakout sessions (to be selected at registration on the day):
Choose one from the following three sessions: 
1. Working with Agents & Publishers – Liam Brown, novelist; Rebecca Carter, Literary Agent, Janklow & Nesbit (UK) Ltd; Tom Chalmers, Managing Director, Legend Press
2. Writing for Children & Young People – Shoo Rayner, writer/illustrator; Katy Moran, writer; Narinder Dhami, writer
3. Sustaining a Creative Career – Kit de Waal, novelist; Jasmine Gardosi, poet/performer, workshop leader; John Prebble, Coach
11.35 - 11.45am: Break
11.45am – 12.45pm: Breakout sessions (to be selected at registration on the day):
Choose one from the following three sessions:
4. Writing for Film & Broadcast – Hayley McKenzie (Script Angels); Kim Revill, screenplay writer/story consultant; Dave Payne, BBC Radio Producer
5. Working Internationally as a Writer – Jonathan Coe, novelist; Sonja Vanderath, Director, Frankfurt LiteraTurm Festival; Gabija Grušaitė, Lithuanian writer
6. Becoming a Reviewer – Sandeep Parmer, poet/reviewer; Noelle Holten, book-blogger; James Urquhart, reviewer
12.45 – 1.45pm: Networking & Buffet Lunch (included in ticket price)

1.15pm – 1.45pm: Speed Pitching Workshop (limited places, reserve when booking)

1.45 – 2.45pm: Breakout sessions (to be selected at registration on the day):
Choose one from the following three sessions:
7. DIY & Independent Publishing – Rachael Kerr, Unbound; Stuart Bartholemew, Publisher, Verve Press
8. Performing Writing – Jo Bell, poet/performer; Bohdan Piesecki, poet/performer, Beatfreaks; Luke Kennard, poet/performer
9. Finance & Tax for Writers – Peggy Long, bookkeeper; Phil Pellegrini, Partner, Dains Accountants 
2.45pm-3.15pm: tea and coffee break (provided)
3.15pm-3.45pm: Keynote Address from award-winning novelist, Kit de Waal [Title being confirmed]
3.45pm – 4pm: closing remarks from Jonathan Davidson, Chief Executive, Writing West Midlands
Please feel free to join us for our Spark Young Writers’ Award Ceremony and the launch of our Creative Europe funded READ ON project, taking place from 4.30pm – 5.30pm in the Elgar Concert Hall.

The National Writers’ Conference is presented in partnership with University of Birmingham, and supported by ALCS. We are also grateful for the support of our many panelists and speakers and their organisations.



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