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 – TICKETS NOW ON SALE

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 at the 2020 conference will include: The Synopsis Surgery, Social Media for Writers, How to Edit Your Work and Work with an Editor, The Publishing Process and Writing Short Stories – with more to be announced. 

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“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)

Click here to book your ticket

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

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.