#Wemconf is back and coming to Loughborough!

Writing East Midlands brings The Writers’ Conference to Loughborough University on Saturday 5 March 2016

The Conference is now fully booked and our waiting list is open. If you’d like to join our waiting list, please click on the link HERE.

The Writers’ Conference is quickly earning the reputation of becoming the must-attend writing event for the Midlands. Renown literary agent, Carole Blake called it a “masterclass” in writing conferences.

This one-day conference gives the East Midlands’ writing community access to leading professionals from the industry. Panel events, debates and activities cover a range of writing disciplines including literary fiction, crime writing, poetry and scriptwriting for screen & theatre, and explores topics and trends on all aspects of writing and publishing, from writing in the digital age to pitching your work to an agent.

Whether you’re an established or emerging writer, The Writers’ Conference is an invaluable opportunity for you to make new contacts, learn more about getting published, take part in workshops, be guided through the murky waters of funding, and apply to have your work read by a nationally-acclaimed literary agent or critiqued by a professional writer.

Tickets include lunch and refreshments throughout the day. Places are limited so book your place early to avoid disappointment.

Full price ticket: £60
Full price concession*: £55

*Concessionary rate available to pensioners, students and those in receipt of benefits.

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To join the Waiting List, please click on the button below. We will then contact you if a place becomes available prior to the event. Places will be offered on a first come first serve basis.

Join the Waiting List for #wemconf2016

The Writers’ Conference 2016 Programme is here!

Programme Image Wemconf 2016This year’s programme is full to the brim of inspiring workshops, stimulating panels and opportunities to network, chat and find out about what’s happening in the writing and publishing worlds.

Do you want to learn the Art of Shouting Quietly or find out Everything you Need to Know about Grants for the Arts, or unlock the door to your copyright and publishing rights? Click on the link HERE or the programme image to download our programme.

Keynotes announced!

We are delighted to announce our Keynote Speakers for this year’s Conference are Sophie Hannah and Mike Gayle.

Sophie Hannah is an unstoppable force in psychological crime, winning the Specsavers National Book Award for Crime Book of the Year in 2013 with THE CARRIER. She was commissioned by the estate of Agatha Christie to write the first Hercule Poirot novel since Christie’s death, THE MONOGRAM MURDERS which was published in 2014. THE NARROW BED is Hannah’s thirteenth novel. Several of her books have been adapted for television. Sophie is also a prize winning poet and short story writer. Her poetry is studied at GCSE, A-level and degree level across the UK.

Previously a freelance journalist, agony uncle and features editor, Mike Gayle is the author of fourteen novels and his work has been translated into over twenty-eight different languages. He has made regular appearances on national TV and radio and has previously been a judge on The Costa Book Awards, The Betty Trask Award and WHSmith Book Awards. He lives and works in Birmingham and his latest novel is called Seeing Other People. In his spare time Mike is the co-host of a new book show on Brum Radio.

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All tickets include the invaluable opportunity to submit your work for consideration for an Agent or Writer one-to-one.

These places are limited and highly sought after, and the Writers’ Conference is delighted to have been part of the success stories of those writers who’ve had requests for further work or met their future agent through these meetings.

Agents and editors confirmed are: 

Carole Blake from Blake Friedmann
Juliet Pickering from Blake Friedmann
Sam Copeland from Rogers, Colridge and White
Davinia Andrew-Lynch from Andlyn
Fiona Sampson – Poet and Poetry Editor

Places are allocated through a submission process for ticket holders, and this will open on the 16th of November 2015 and close on 22nd January 2016.

wemconf-John JarroldWhat People said about the one-to-ones.

“The agent was so lovely, encouraging and offered brilliant advice!”

“Friendly, honest feedback, encouraging but realistic in terms of work needed.”

“The agent has requested to see more work, so I was thrilled with that.”

wemconf-Blake“The agent I met with was approachable, knowledgeable, and very helpful, he gave useful and specific advice, clearly knows his field and genres.”

“The opportunity to have my work read by an agent and be able to talk to her about it has been invaluable.”


To receive updates about The Writers’ Conference and information on the full programme when it’s available, sign up to the Writing East Midlands e-newsletter from our website www.writingeastmidlands.co.uk.

What people said about The Writers’ Conference 2015


“A unique, inspiring, vitally necessary event”   “inspiring”    “Excellent speakers and choices of sessions”   “fun”    “great keynotes”      “Loved every minute of it”  “ Stimulating”      “Agent 1-2-1 was a fantastic opportunity”     


“WEMCONF was extraordinarily good” agent Carole Blake on Twitter


“There was a real buzz on the day… a terrific choice of venue and first class hospitality, it was a great job all round!” Stephen Booth, novelist.


“A really great conference… one of the best writer development events I’ve been at.” Jane Commane, Literary Agent, Nine Arches Press

Here’s a few of the highlights from #wemconf 2014


Matt Haig’s moving keynote address talking about his depression and the impact it has on his writing and vice versa.

Jon McGregor’s keynote in which he shared his faith in the writing community and the importance for writers to stay connected with one another.

Jon’s introduction to The Letters Page journal.

Matt Haig’s list of 30 things a writer should know.

The Agent One-to-Ones with Carole Blake, Sheila Crowley, Penny Luithlen, and John Jarrold. Duncan Pile, author of The Nature Mage was taken on by John Jarrold on the day.

Rob Gee, The Writers’ Conference Poet in Residence, striding the halls of the Portland Building covered in post-it-notes filled with lines of poems, scribbles and thoughts from delegates that went into his wonderful poem at the end of the day.

A delicious buffet lunch in the beautiful Atrium of the prestigious Portland Building followed later in the day with tea & cake.

Our Books Are My Bag goodie bags filled with notebooks, pens, books, fliers, newsletters, journals and many good things.

The chance to meet up with old friends, make new ones and chat to professional writers. editors, agents and publishers.

Fantastic panel events including writing in the digital age, funding, everything you’ve ever wanted to ask an agent, young adult fiction, writing in residence, writing for screen, self publishing and many more.

The Writers’ Conference Terms and Conditions

REFUNDS AND CANCELLATIONS: Every effort will be made to run the advertised programme, we reserve the right to make changes should this become necessary. In the unfortunate event of cancellation by us, a full refund will be made. Refunds are not normally made in other circumstances. In exceptional circumstances consideration will be given to a request from a ticket holder who wishes to cancel. If a refund is agreed, a £10 administration fee will be charged.

Agent and Writer one-to-ones: Please note that simply booking for the Conference does not guarantee you an Agent or Writer One-to-One, as places are very limited. All applications will be read by the Writing East Midlands team and will go through a selection process. Unfortunately we don’t have the resources to offer feedback on submissions.  Refunds will not be given for delegates who request one due to not receiving an Agent or Writer one to one.

If you wish to contact us about a booking, please call 0115 9597933 or you can send an email to: aimee@www.writingeastmidlands.co.uk

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The Writers’ Conference is brought to you by Writing East Midlands in partnership with Loughborough University. Supported by Arts Council England and ALCS.