The Writers’ Conference 2018

Key Note Speaker – Morning Booker Prize winner, Pat Barker

Writing East Midlands is thrilled to be bringing The Writers’ Conference back to Nottingham. This year we’re delighted to be partnering with Nottingham Trent University.

Saturday 3rd March 2018 at Newton and Arkwright Building, 50 Shakespeare Street, Nottingham, NG1 4FQ

Arrival and registration from 9.30am with conference close at 5.30pm.

This one day conference gives the East Midlands’ writing community access to leading professionals from the industry.  Panel events, debates, seminars, workshops and

activities cover a range of writing disciplines including fiction, poetry, social media for writers, working with literature festivals, and explores topics and trends on all aspects of writing and publishing, from, ‘Writing and Voice’, to ‘Working with an Agent.’

Whether you’re an established or emerging writer, The Writers’ Conference is an

Key Note Speaker – Afternoon Malika Booker – Poetry Pioneer

invaluable opportunity for you to make new contacts, learn more about getting published, take part in workshop and be guided through the murky waters of funding.

Within the ticket price, there is also the opportunity to apply to have your work read by a nationally-acclaimed literary agent or editor and take part in a meeting to receive feedback on your work (see below for further details).

Come and network with regional and national authors, agents and editors and meet organisations that provide advice and support to aid you in furthering your writing career.


Morning – Booker Prize winning author Pat Barker.

Afternoon – Poetry pioneer Malika Booker.

Tickets are limited so do book early to avoid disappointment.

Full price ticket: £65

Full price concession*: £60

Tickets include lunch and refreshments throughout the day.

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

Please note, all bookings are subject to a 4% PayPal booking fee.

Please complete one form per person. If you’re booking a ticket for someone else as well, please fill in a separate form for them.

Arrival and registration is 9.30am with conference close at 5.30pm.

Click here to book your ticket. 

In Conversation with Pat Barker: Delegates’ Competition

Are you a writer, critic or reviewer? Would you like to interview a Booker-Prize winner?

Nottingham Trent University (NTU) and Writing East Midlands (WEM) are seeking applicants to join Professor Sharon Monteith in conversation with author Pat Barker at The Writers’ Conference on 3 March 2018.

Click here for more details on how to win a seat on the panel.


As part of The Writers’ Conference we are pleased to offer the chance to have your work read by and pitched to a literary agent or editor at one of our Agent or Editor One-to-Ones.  These one-to-ones will be taking place throughout the day.

In an Agent One-to-One, you will be able to discuss your work, address any issues you may be having and assess where your work is placed in the current literature and genre market.   You will be given feedback on your work and get their advice on how to develop it. This is a very rare opportunity to have your work assessed first hand by a leading agent or editor in their field.

The application process for the Agent and Editor One to Ones will open on the 1st November 2017 and will close 19th January 2018 at 5.00pm

Please indicate on the booking form if you are interested in applying for an Agent or Editor One to One.

A One-to-One is not available if booking after 19th January 2018, as we need to shortlist and pass the work to agents/writers ahead of the Conference.  You will be notified on 19th February 2018 whether you have been successful or not.

Please note that simply booking for the Conference does not guarantee you an Agent or Editor 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.

Places for the Agent and Writer One-to-Ones are allocated through a submission process for ticket holders, and this will open on the 1st November 2017.

Please click here for a full listing of the terms and conditions for the conference, including refunds and data protection.

If you would prefer to pay by cheque or phone, please call the Writing East Midlands team on 0115 959 7933.

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Have a look at the highlights of the Writers Conference 2017.