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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with the name of session in the subject. The deadline for applications is Tuesday 1 October 2019.
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.