literature & poetry
talks & debates

London Literature Festival Writers’ Day 2019

Part of London Literature Festival

Find out about prizes, initiatives and schemes that can advance your writing career in a day of free short talks, advice sessions with agents and networking opportunities.

Hosted by award-winning poet, playwright, author and editor Joelle Taylor, London Literature Festival Writers’ Day has a particular focus on providing opportunities for literary voices from under-represented groups, supporting writers to reach new audiences and develop their careers.

The talks take place in Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer across the day, and consist of 15-minute presentations from artists, publishers and organisations.

Presented in partnership with Creative Future.

1pm – 2pm
Dean Atta and Jade Cuttle, Creative Future Writers’ Award: What Is a Writer in Residence?
Writers Dean Atta and Jade Cuttle share lessons they have learned from their experiences as writers in residence, and offer advice on how to get and make the most of a residency.

Julia Kingsford, The Good Literary Agency: What Literary Agents Do, and Why You Really Do Need One
Agent Julia Kingsford talks through what literary agents actually do and the enormous value they can bring to your career as a writer.

Bobby Nayyar, Spread the Word: Why aren’t you writing?
Spread the Word’s programme manager Bobby Nayyar offers some practical advice on how to keep writing, and an overview of the opportunities the organisation offers.

3pm – 3.45pm
Shereen Tadros, SI Leeds Prize: In It to Win It
Writer Shereen Tadros discusses how she changed her mind about the value of winning prizes, what winning the SI Leeds Prize did for her, and what literary prizes can do for you.

Jennifer Kerslake, Curtis Brown Creative: Why Take a Creative Writing Course?
Hear how a creative writing course could help you refine your work, and get advice on submission, including pitch lines, writing to agents and the art of the synopsis.

Amy Winchester, Unbound: Power to the People
There are alternatives to the traditional publishing path: Amy Winchester discusses crowdfunding and how writers are reaching readers through innovative new publishing models such as Unbound.

4.30pm – 5.15pm
Siena Parker, WriteNow: Opportunities to Get Published
Hear about some of the opportunities available for writers, including WriteNow, Penguin Random House’s programme for new writers from under-represented communities.

Sophia Schoepfer, Dialogue Books: Join in the Dialogue
Dialogue Books shines a spotlight on stories from the LGBTQI+, disability, working class and black and minority ethnic communities. Learn more about who they are and how to get involved.

gal-dem: Platforming Women and Non-binary People of Colour
Hear how new media publication gal-dem is addressing inequality and misrepresentation in the industry through platforming the creative and editorial work of their community.

Exhibitors include Creative Future, Gal-dem, Mslexia, New Writing South, The Poetry School, The Poetry Society, The Royal Society of Literature, Spread the Word, Society of Authors, and Writing Our Legacy.

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Queen Elizabeth Hall
Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer



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Age recommendation
For ages 16+

Event information
London Literature Festival Writers' Day takes place in a busy space which is open to the public.