COVID 19 (CORONAVIRUS)

In response to the evolving situation relating to COVID19 (Coronavirus), with regards to The Writers’ Conference 2020, we have met with our partners (and hosts) University of Lincoln, and have made the decision to postpone the event.

We have made this decision in order to safeguard our colleagues and audience.

We will be in touch as soon as possible with news of future dates and will message delegates directly with further updates.

12/3/2020 10:39AM

THE WRITERS’ CONFERENCE 2020

Writing East Midlands in partnership with University of Lincoln

Building Successful Writing Careers

Tickets £70 (£65 concessions)

Saturday 28th March, 2020 

The Writers’ Conference is back in March 2020, offering writers across the East Midlands access to leading professionals from across the industry on a dazzling day of inspiration, networking and practical guidance for writers.

Since we launched the conference in 2014, The Writers’ Conference has built a reputation as one of the region’s major literary events, attracting people from all over the country, and this year we are working in partnership with the University of Lincoln.

The event brings established and emerging writers together, providing an invaluable opportunity to make new contacts, learn about getting published, take part in workshops, be guided through the murky waters of funding, and apply to have work read by a nationally-acclaimed literary agent.

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

Activities cover a range of writing disciplines including fiction, poetry, and scriptwriting for screen & theatre, and explore topics and trends on all aspects of writing and publishing, from writing in the digital age to reaching audiences.

Sessions to include: Creative Writing in Communities, The Power of Poetry, Writing for Children and Young People, The Publishing Process and Making Money from Your Writing – with loads more to be announced on the full programme very soon.

Download the full programme here (please note that a further version of the programme will be provided with delegate packs, with times, room numbers and key note speeches on)

THE CONFERENCE IS NOW SOLD OUT, BUT WE ARE OPERATING A WAITING LIST FOR RETURNS.

SIGN UP FOR THE WAITING LIST BY CLICKING HERE.

“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

The City of Lincoln

Lincoln is a beautiful place to visit, and we believe it offers a real opportunity for those of you who are not familiar with it to get to know one of the jewels in the crown of the East Midlands. Click here for our short guide to Lincoln.

“#WEMCONF was extraordinarily good” – Agent Carole Blake on Twitter

All tickets booked before the end of January will have the rare opportunity to apply for a free one to one and have their creative work critiqued a nationally acclaimed literary agent or editor.

And don’t forget, our famous networking lunch is provided as part of the ticket price.

Tickets £70 (£65 concessions)

THE CONFERENCE IS NOW SOLD OUT, BUT WE ARE OPERATING A WAITING LIST FOR RETURNS.

SIGN UP FOR THE WAITING LIST BY CLICKING HERE.

“It was a pleasure to be a part of it” – Matt Haig, Author

Download the full programme here (please note that a further version of the programme will be provided with delegate packs, with times, room numbers and key note speeches on)

KEYNOTE SPEAKER - ROGER ROBINSON

Roger Robinson is a writer who has performed worldwide, an experienced workshop leader and winner of the T.S. Eliot Prize 2019. Chosen by Decibel as one of 50 writers who have influenced the black-British writing canon. His latest collection ‘A Portable Paradise’ was a New Statesman book of the year. He was shortlisted for The OCM Bocas Poetry Prize, The Oxford Brookes Poetry Prize, highly commended by the Forward Poetry Prize and has toured extensively with the British Council.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER - KERRY YOUNG

Kerry Young is the author of three novels: ‘Pao’, ‘Gloria’ and ‘Show Me A Mountain’. She is a Reader for The Literary Consultancy, an Arvon Foundation tutor and Project Fellow at the Royal Literary Fund.

Meet the agents and editors who will be at #WEMCONF20

Kate Barker is a literary agent who has worked in publishing for 20 years. Before setting up her own agency she was an Editorial Director for Penguin Books. Kate has also worked as a ghostwriter.

Oliver Munson is a Literary Agent and Director at AM Heath & Co Ltd.  His client list includes award-winning, bestselling authors of crime, suspense, thrillers and speculative fiction.

Davinia Andrew-Lynch is founder of ANDLYN, a boutique agency dedicated to finding storytellers whose material can not only exist on the page but can also find an outlet through other media territories.

Stuart Bartholomew is Co-founder of Birmingham based Verve Poetry Press, which is dedicated to promoting and showcasing Midlands poetic talent in colourful and exciting ways.