FULL WEEK PASS: WRITERS’ WEEK 2023

Writers Week 2023
Mon, 27 Feb – Sat, 4 March 2023
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£54 (£42 Concessions)
Full Week
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Writer’s Week is a week of online events for writers at all stages navigating how we work, what we cover, and the support we need for our writing lives to thrive.

Tickets to individual events are priced individually and are available from just £8.

You can save money by booking a ticket for the whole of Writers’ Week for just £54 (or £42 Concessions).

Book your Full Week Ticket here.

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A weekly ticket grants you access to all sessions throughout Writers’ Week, including:

Keynote
My Policeman – From Book to Big Screen with Bethan Roberts (Mon 27 Feb, 7-8pm)
Bethan Roberts’ third novel, My Policeman, was published to critical acclaim in 2012. Nine years later it was optioned for the screen. In the autumn of 2022 the film, starring Harry Styles, had its cinematic release. This is the story of that journey.
Glean insider insights into the process by which a novel becomes a filmand learn what happens to a book – and its author – in the wake of this new life.
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Panels
What it Means to be a Poet in the 21st Century (Tues 28 Feb, 7-8pm)
Poets Roy McFarlane and John McCullough in conversation with poet and chair Akila Richards.Three leading poets talk about the importance of community, embracing experiences of marginalization, speaking from authenticity and much more.
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Help for Writers (Weds 1 March, 7-8pm) Tickets for this event are free but places must be booked. A full week ticket will book your place on this event.
Experts from ALCS, the Royal Literary Fund and the Society of Authors explain what they can do for you. Followed by a Q&A.
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The Challenges of Writing Traumatic Themes (Thurs 2 March, 7-8pm)
Trauma or a traumatic incident often sit as a central theme in many short stories and novels, be they crime, psychological thriller, dystopia or literary fiction. But exploring difficult themes through works of fiction is never straightforward and the challenges of writing trauma in ways which are both powerful and sensitively handled is something writers have to contend with as they draft their work. In this discussion, three contemporary novelists discuss their own approaches to writing traumatic themes in their own work; sharing particular challenges they have faced along the way and offering suggestions for how to get the balance right. With Colette Snowden, Elizabeth Chakrabarty and Jon Ransom.
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Who Does What on the Road to Publication (Sat 4 March, 10.30-11.30am)
The road to publication is an exciting time for any writer but for first time authors, it can be confusing. How does it all work? How long does it take to get from contract to publication? What role does an agent play? What does a writer get offered in a typical contract? How do royalties, foreign rights and publishing schedules work? A writer, agent and editor demystify the process and talk about how the various partnerships work. With Samar Hammam and Sean Campbell.
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Writing the Past for the Present (Sat 4 March, 12.30-1.30pm)
Two leading historical fiction authors discuss why writers now choose to explore the past. Historical fiction has enduring appeal to both readers and writers. What is it about the past that draws us? Why are writers attracted to certain eras, the characters – real or imagined – who populate them? What inspires them? How much research is too much? What are the challenges of writing about the past and why delve into them now? Authors Frances Quinn and Louise Hare discuss.
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Masterclass
Sending Your Work into the World: What Agents Want? How to Give it to Them and How to Deal with the Aftermath with Beth Miller (Weds 1 March, 4.30-6.30pm)
You’ve finished your novel, memoir or non-fiction proposal and polished it to within an inch of its life. Congratulations, that’s a huge achievement! Now it’s time to send it out into the publishing world to agents and editors. How can you ensure that your submission is as good as it possibly can be before you hit the send button? In this session Beth Miller will cover just about everything you need to know: from researching agents and publishers, writing the dreaded synopsis, tricky query letter and perfect pitch, to handling the inevitable rejections. She’ll also talk a little on how to handle success when it comes your way. 
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