The Writers’ Conference 2015 Programme
It’s arrived! The Writers’ Conference programme is now available for you to download here:
Times of the Conference
9.30am (registration and refreshments) to 5.30pm
Book your place on the following workshops:
photo: Hannah Fox
Behind the Scenes: Playwriting Workshop
with Kevin Fegan
Imagine an empty stage… a character enters, carrying flowers. He/she tells us how much they love their wife/husband/partner. That’s nice, the audience thinks, taking it at face value. He/she kneels down and lays out the flowers. Now it appears as though he/she is at a grave and the person they love has died. All is not what it seems as a drama unfolds…
In this workshop Playwright, Kevin Fegan, will take you back to first principles in writing for the theatre.
2pm – 3.15pm
Development Planning for Writers: Taster Workshop
with Cathy Grindrod
Are you satisfied with the time and attention you give your writing? What would writer paradise be for you? Does a lack of confidence, poor motivation or isolation hold you back? If so, you are not alone! This workshop will give you a taste of writer development planning – a guided process to help you take stock, set new goals and begin to explore your writing future.
Please note, places are available on a first-come-first serve basis.
BOTH WORKSHOPS ARE NOW FULL.
Join the Waiting List at the link below.
PLEASE NOTE: JOINING THE WAITING LIST DOES NOT GUARANTEE YOU A PLACE – ANY PLACES THAT BECOME AVAILABLE ON THE DAY WILL BE OFFERED ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVE BASIS TO THOSE ON THE WAITING LIST. Please visit the TWC Registration Desk during the Lunch break at the Conference to see if any spaces have become available.
Places for all of the other panel events and seminars at the Conference are to be offered on a first come first serve basis on the day.
The panel rooms have a capacity of 60 or more but to avoid any disappointment, please ensure you come to the allocated panel/seminar room in good time for the start of the event to get a place.
The following seminar has a limited capacity:
12.15pm – 1pm
Knowing Your Book – The Importance of the Synopsis with Hannah Ferguson
The Writers’ Conference 2015 Venue
The Writers’ Conference is to be held once again in the prestigious Portland Building at the University of Nottingham, once home to DH Lawrence, who studied there in the early 1900s.
The University now houses the DH Lawrence Research Centre, which provides a focus for research and hosting Lawrence-related activities such as readings, conferences and events. The Manuscripts and Special Collections section at the University includes one of the world’s major international collections on DH Lawrence among its extensive historic archives and literary papers. The University’s public arts venue, Lakeside Arts Centre, plays a keyrole in Nottingham’s cultural life attracting thousands of visitors every year.
University of Nottingham, Portland Building, University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RJ.
Make a weekend of it
Spend a few days in beautiful Nottingham with its wealth of literary and cultural myth and history. Get to know our Rebel Writers: Byron, Lawrence, Sillitoe, explore our fantastic spoken word and literary events, gigs and venues, while away a few hours in our wonderful bookshops, and even have a look in the Dukki shop (where you’ll learn the meaning of the word mardy!)…
Where to stay?
We have some lovely hotels and B&Bs, some of which are offering special prices over the Conference weekend. For a more detailed list please click here.
The Orchard Hotel
Holiday Inn, Nottingham Castle Marina
P & J Hotel – Bed & Breakfast
The Grove Guest House – Bed & Breakfast
Saco Apartments – Self Catering
GETTING TO THE CONFERENCE
Writing East Midlands have teamed up with East Midlands Trains and DG Taxis (Nottingham) to support Conference travel.
to Nottingham or Beeston (Beeston is the nearest station to the Conference venue)
BOOKING TRAIN TICKETS
Writing East Midlands have teamed up with East Midlands Trains to support delegate travel to/from The Writers’ Conference on journeys that are made directly on East Midlands Trains. The flexible East Midlands Trains’ Conference and Events Ticket, which you can book up to 7pm on Friday 27 March, is available for following journeys and prices:
East Midlands Trains are offering the following Conference ticket fares to Beeston or Nottingham station:
London St Pancras – 1st £62 / Std £44
Bedford – 1st £ 30/ Std £20
Wellingborough– 1st £25 / Std £18
Kettering – 1st £20.50 / Std £15
Market Harborough– 1st £20 / Std £15
Leicester– 1st £17 / Std £12
Loughborough– 1st £17 / Std £12
Chesterfield – Std £14
Sheffield – Std £14
How to book:
To book one of the above journeys, please contact the East Midlands Corporate and Events Team:
Mon – Fri 0800 – 1900
Telephone: 08457 125 678 option 4
or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and a member of the team will call you back to take your credit/debit card details.
Please quote – Writers15
Terms and Conditions
Valid for all services arriving into London St Pancras at or after 0956 and for trains departing London St Pancras until 1626 and at or after 1825 on weekdays.
Travel at anytime during a weekend.
On Liverpool – Norwich route tickets are valid after 0901 Monday – Sunday. These are the services from Sheffield and Chesterfield.
Collecting your tickets:
Please collect your tickets from the departure machine at the station prior to your journey. If booked more than a week in advance, tickets can be sent out to you in the post.
to Nottingham Bus Station (near Nottingham Train Station)
National Express – advance tickets are available from London to Nottingham
from £10 return: www.nationalexpress.com/home.aspx
FROM PUBLIC TRANSPORT STATIONS
DG TAXIS are offering £1 discount taxi fares to the venue, booked through them.
- Print the vouchers and bring them with you on the day
- Call DG on T: 0115 9 500 500 in advance of your arrival at the train station
- Ensure you get a receipt from the driver for you to return to Writing East Midlands
Download your CLICK HERE to download your TWC 2015 TAXI Voucher
Where to find DG Cars at Nottingham Train Station
From M1 motorway to University Park
Leave the M1 motorway at Junction 25 to join the A52 to Nottingham. Follow the A52 for approximately 4 miles, at the Toby Carvery pub roundabout turn right onto the A6464, turn left at the next roundabout to enter the University’s West Entrance.
We recommend that you access the campus from the West Entrance (please note there is a one way system on campus so you will need to drive round the campus to access the designated car parks).
access via the North Entrance
The South Entrance is only accessible (on University Boulevard) via the Beeston/Derby direction due to the ongoing tram works.
Please see the campus map at the link below for more information.
Where to Park?
Parking is FREE ALL DAY on the day of the Conference (Saturday 28 March) in the designated car parks at the University Campus. There are also a number of Blue Badge parking spaces near the Portland Building. Please see the University Campus map provided (CLICK HERE) or visit the university website on: www.nottingham.ac.uk