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The Festival of Writing + 15% off code

  • Sep 12, 2014 · 12:00 PM

Helping talented writers meet the top agents in one huge writers' festival. Get feedback from top agents, attend writing workshops and have fun.

So I attended this festival last year and I can say, without question, it was the best thing I've done for my writing (ever) so now I'm paying it forward to all of you, with a LWC member discount, of course.

In York, not only do you get to submit work (3k words) in advance for professional critique by top agents, editors and book doctors but you'll attend stacks and stacks of writing workshops to hone your craft at the same time. Past guests of LWC like Jeremy Sheldon and Julie Cohen are both regulars at York (how did you think I met them??)

The feedback is incredibly helpful and motivating, although sessions with the top agents go rapidly, especially if they're genre specialists, so best to consider booking before the end of July when it gets tougher to see the person you really want (just saying).

The Writer's Workshop are an experienced editorial consultancy and they've been putting on this festival for the past five years because they know how tough it can be for writers to get their work in front of the right agent. If they love your work or its reccommended by others, they'll ensure the right introductions are made as agents attending as actively hunting for new voices and new clients. That could be YOU.

Truth: I'm working with the organisers this year to ensure 2014 is a huge success (follow @festivalwriting for my lame attempts to spur conversation) but I wouldn't be doing that if I didn't believe in its ability to help writers move forward, meet their agent and take first steps on the path to a six-figure publishing deal. Don't believe me? Read how that happened for one writer last year:

After attending, I had more focus, more awareness of my strengths and weaknesses and more commitment to my writing than ever before. I'm positive many of you will come away feeling the same.

For those who've already signed up - hooray! - and for those thinking about it, ask me anything and I'll tell you honestly if I think this event is for you. You can also ask anyone chatting about it on Twitter with hashtag #FoW14 (unless they are a first-timer as well).

Venue: University of York campus

Dates: September 12th to 14th

Program, agents attending and workshops:

Cost range from £175 (just Sunday) to £535 (full weekend) but totally worth it if you want to meet a variety of agents at the same time and place. Remember to use the code 'LWC' to get 15% off your ticket when booking:

Questions about accommodation, travel or the program? Just call or email Laura or Nikki of The Writers' Workshop on[masked] or [masked].

Hope to see you there!

Over and out.


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  • Lisa G.

    Hi all, just wanted to let you know that the next Festival of Writing 2015 is up in our calendar. Please spread the word! Hope to see you there again.

    ps: You may recognise some faces in the video!

    June 5

  • Lynne E B.

    I don't think I managed to meet up with any of you - or did I? Intense and tough with a wheelchair but what an experience! I hope you all were successful in your endeavours.

    September 22, 2014

  • Melissa G.

    I had a fabulous time at Festival of Writing 2014. I learned so many things and met a lot of really interesting writers with some wonderful stories! Can't wait for next year!

    1 · September 14, 2014

  • christine l.

    thanks lisa. I already booked months ago for the whole w/e so I look forward to meeting you all there! and after that, I'll be coming to events in London whenever I can.

    1 · September 10, 2014

  • Lisa G.

    Hi all, I'm going up tomorrow to help set-up etc but I'll see you all at some point over the weekend. Woop!
    We'll not have time to have a proper meetup on site but I'll do my best to ensure you meet each other as we go along. Oh, and remember to tweet via #FoW14! Agents will be watching :)

    1 · September 10, 2014

  • Amanda H.

    Anyone know how dressy the Gala dinner is? Wondering whether to take my tiara...

    September 10, 2014

    • Lisa G.

      It's dressy, but sadly not a ballgown and tiara affair. Aim for party dress and heels. See you there!

      September 10, 2014

  • Lynne E B.

    I'll be arriving Friday around 3-4pm and staying until Sunday evening. Hope we can meet up sometime, somewhere between workshops and one-to-ones.

    1 · September 10, 2014

  • Amanda H.

    I've just rsvpd to the message about the writing festival, then realised the meetup is on the Friday and I will only be there Saturday and Sunday. But look out for me on those days, would be good to say hi to fellow LWC people :)

    September 8, 2014

    • Lisa G.

      Hi Amanda, the meetup goes from Friday to Sunday so you're not left out. I'm crafting a meeting spot sign for members to find each other (but it's really not that big so you'll be guaranteed to see each other).

      September 8, 2014

  • James E.

    I'm in. Greatly looking forward to it.

    1 · September 5, 2014

  • Saed A.

    Hey, I don't know if anyone is driving up but I'd love to contribute to their petrol costs in return for a seat!

    September 5, 2014

  • Lisa G.

    Getting excited about York, folks? I am.
    According to site, 17 have booked so we're going to be there en masse.

    August 20, 2014

  • Sarah S.

    Thanks for this Lisa - this looks fantastic. I'm booked for the Sunday!

    1 · June 24, 2014

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