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Writers Day 2019: 1:1 Agent Advice

Part of London Literature Festival

Consult a leading literary agent in a 15-minute session for writers from under-represented backgrounds.

Whether it’s feedback on a pitch, industry tips or simply finding out how a literary agent can help your career, take the opportunity to get some personalised advice between London Literature Festival Writers' Day talks.

Get general advice on pitching, submission letters, approaching agents and industry insights.

The literary agents leading the sessions include the following:

Nicola Barr has worked as an editor and a book reviewer and moved into agenting nearly ten years ago. She represents a broad range of literary and commercial fiction and non-fiction.

She works for The Bent Agency, a boutique literary agency home to many bestselling authors, with offices in London and New York.

Elise Dillsworth became a literary agent in 2012. Previously she was a commissioning editor at Virago Press, an imprint of Little Brown Book Group.

She co-founded the Diversity in Publishing Network, which received the New Venture Award from Women in Publishing in 2005. She has been a judge for awards including SI Leeds Prize, the London Short Story Prize and the Northern Writers’ Awards.

Carrie Plitt is a literary agent at Felicity Bryan Associates where she is building a list of both fiction and non-fiction. She was named a 2018 Bookseller Rising Star.

The authors she represents include Sunday Times bestseller Reni Eddo-Lodge, Wellcome Prize winner Will Eaves, and Royal Society Science Prize shortlisted Joseph Jebelli.

Matthew Turner joined Rogers, Coleridge & White in 2012. In non-fiction Turner’s tastes tend towards agenda-setting social issues – be they economic, political, scientific, environmental – and voices writing from the centre of those issues.

He reads narrative non-fiction, and favours playful, hybrid texts, undergirded by emotionally intelligent storytelling.

The Good Literary Agency is a social enterprise literary agency funded by Arts Council England explicitly to represent British writers who are under-represented in UK publishing including writers of colour, working class, disability and LGBTQI+.

Founded in 2018, in their first year they have signed more than 40 writers and done a dozen deals across fiction, non-fiction, children's and poetry.

Dates & times

26 Oct 2019
Approximate run time: 15 mins
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Queen Elizabeth Hall
Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer


Booking fee: £3.00 (Members £0.00)
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need to know

Age recommendation
For ages 16+

A limited number of free bursary places are available for people who would otherwise not be able to access tickets to the 1:1 sessions due to financial circumstances. For more information and to apply please contact with the name of session in the subject. The deadline for applications is Tuesday 1 October 2019.

Event information
Please arrive 5 minutes before your session begins.

The 1:1 Agent Advice sessions are only for writers who identify as coming from an under-represented background. For a guideline on what constitutes an under-represented background, please consult Creative Future’s eligibility criteria.