Sunday, 28 September 2008

New Writing

Below are some details from The New Writing Partnership on their forthcoming workshops and conferences. For further information contact

Masterclass: Two-day workshops, 10-5.30. Deal – Take two for £150 – save £50
Daycourse: 10-5.30. Deal – Take two for £100 – save £20

Taking the Fear out of Novel Writing Day Course with Tahmima Anam and Joe Treasure
Sat 25 Oct, 10-5.30, King of Hearts, Norwich, £60 (£40 conc)

Plotting and Narrative Structure Masterclass with Louise Doughty
Sat 1/ Sun 2 Nov, 10-5.30, King of Hearts, Norwich, £100 (£70 conc)

Writing 21st Century Fiction Masterclass with Matt Thorne
Sat 15/Sun 16 Nov, 10-5.30, King of Hearts, Norwich, £100 (£70 conc)

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How to Make Poems Masterclass with Alan Jenkins
Sat 25/Sun 26 Oct, 10-5.30, King of Hearts, Norwich, £100 (£70 conc)

Poetic Forms Masterclass with Mimi Khalvati
Sat 15/ Sun 16 Nov, 10-5.30, King of Hearts, Norwich, £100 (£70 conc)

Page to Performance Day Course with Patience Agbabi
Sat 15 Nov, 10-5.30, King of Hearts, Norwich, £60 (£40 conc)

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Writing for the Small Screen Masterclass with Jonathan Myerson
Sat 25/ Sun 26 Nov, 10-5.30, King of Hearts, Norwich, £100 (£70 conc)

Writing and New Media Day Course with Kate Pullinger
Sat 1 Nov, King of Hearts, 10-5.30, Norwich, £60 (£40 conc)

Turning Life into Prose Masterclass with Aminatta Forna
Sat 1 Nov/ Sun 2 Nov, King of Hearts, 10-5.30, Norwich, £100 (£70 conc)

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Poetry Manuscript Workshops with James Byrne and Clare Pollard
Sat 25 Oct, 10-5.30, King of Hearts, Norwich, £40 per half hour (double ups possible)

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1:1 Manuscript Surgery with The Writer’s Practice (reduced price offer)
Full read: novels, non-fiction, radio play, screenplay, children’s book; 1 hour slot
Works in progress, short stories or resubmissions (5000-15000 words): ½ hour slot.
Sat 25/ Sun 26 Oct, Sat 01/ Sun 02 Nov, Sat 15/ Sun 16 Nov, King of Hearts, Variable prices.

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CONNECTED, 22nd- 23rd November
The final weekend of New Writing Season will allow writers to get their work out there and take advantage of new writing opportunities. Featuring respected agents, international writers and online experts.

Day pass: £45
Two-Day pass; £75
Breakout sessions; unavailable to non pass-holders
Agent sessions; £40 (pass-holders only)
Individual panel tickets; £10 (for non pass-holders)
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What Agents Want Panel Debate with Camilla Hornby (Curtis Brown), Anna Power (Johnson and Alcock) and Juliet Pickering (AP Watt).
Sat 22 Nov, King of Hearts, 10.00-11.30am, £10 (for non-pass holders)

Agents Manuscript Consultations with Camilla Hornby (Curtis Brown), Anna Power (Johnson and Alcock) and Juliet Pickering (AP Watt).
Sat 22 Nov, King of Hearts, 12.00am-1.30pm, £40 (pass-holders only)

Getting There with Erica Wagner
Sat 22 Nov, King of Hearts, 2.30-4.00pm, (Follow-up book signing: 4-4.45). Pass-holders only.
+ please note that Erica’s reading time is different to that stated in our booklet.

Connected Keynote: Know Your Rights with Giles Foden
Sat 22 Nov, King of Hearts, 6.00-7.30pm, (Networking session 7.30+). Pass-holders only.

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The Rules of the Game Panel Debate with Naomi Alderman (Disobedience), Steve Ince (Perplex City) and David Varela (Writing for Video Games)
Sun 23 Nov, King of Hearts, 10-11.30am, £10 for non-pass holders

The Rules of the Game Breakout Sessions
As above, 12.00-1.30pm, pass-holders only

Online Opportunities Panel Debate with Bill Thompson (BBC), Jeremy Ettinghausen (Penguin) and Tony Cook (ABCTales)
San 23 Nov, King of Hearts, 2.30-4.00pm, £10 for non pass-holders

Online Opportunities Breakout Sessions
As above, 4.30-6.00pm, pass-holders only

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Go to to find out more.

Katy Carr
Marketing and Communications Manager

The New Writing Partnership
4-6 Netherconesford
93-95 King Street
Tel: 01603 877177
Fax: 01603 625452

General email enquiries:

Wednesday, 24 September 2008

Writing Conferences and Literary Festivals

The Havant Literary Festival begins on 25 September and runs until 28 September. There is a packed programme of events for writers and for all who love literature. Check out the full programme on Featured writers include: saga author Dee Williams, (left) and crime writer, Pauline Rowson (right). There are also talks by Costa Poetry Prize Winner, John Haynes and workshops for children, hosted by Warblington School, with authors Ali Sparkes (Shapeshifter) and Craig Simpson (Dogfight)

Literary Question Time
Literary consultant and author, Helen Corner will be on a panel for Literary Question Time on Monday, 29th September. This event is for authors interested in furthering their writing career and there are five tickets left. See links below to sign up and to hear an interview with Helen.

Children's writers SCBWI conference in Winchester.
Turning Pages: The Art and Craft of Story, November 22 to 23, 2008, West Downs Campus, University of Winchester. This is British SCBWI's first combined Writers AND Illustrators Conference. It will be an inspiring weekend of interactive seminars with award-winning authors and illustrators, editors and art directors, opportunities for one-on-one reviews with editors and art directors, and workshops on everything from writing series fiction to building your website. View the exciting programme now at

Sunday, 21 September 2008

Harnessing Social Media To Market Books

There’s an interesting article in the Bookseller Magazine this week about the potential of social media and how publishers can jump on the bandwagon of web 2.0 to build readership and ultimately sell their books. There’s also an intriguing sentence in the article, ‘This month an author tracked down a number of Bookseller employees and sent them Facebook friend requests.’ I am wondering if I am the author they are alluding to because I did just that. And why not? When an author does not have a huge publisher’s marketing budget behind them, and smaller publishers cannot afford newspaper advertising, massive PR campaigns, bill board advertising and giveaways then how does an author or a small publisher create author and book awareness and stimulate sales? One very effective way has been for some time, and is increasingly, through the Internet.

Social media can be a very powerful and effective tool in spreading word of mouth via the Internet. I find it helps me to connect with others who have the same interests as I do; it keeps me up to date with events and friends’ news and introduces my work to new readers, as well as allowing me to communicate with my loyal fan base. Social media and the Internet played a large part in spreading the word about my thriller, In Cold Daylight, which was shortlisted for the World Book Day Prize 2008 through an online vote. It also helps authors to connect with each other and provides support and a valuable exchange of ideas.

In the book industry harnessing social media is not just for publishers but for authors and readers. In fact it is for anyone who wants to search out new friends, new ideas, discover new authors, artists, musicians and businesses. So if you haven’t found me yet then check me out on Facebook (and don’t forget to send me a friend request) and you can also find me on You Tube, Crimespace, Shelfari, GoodReads, the RedRoom, LibraryThing and Twitter, not to mention my blogs, and my web site. I know there are more, but hey, come on, I have to find some time to write novels!

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Monday, 8 September 2008

Creative Writing And Revisions

You have an idea, you work it into a plot, you create and build your characters and you write your novel. It's finished. Wrong. It's only just begun. The creative writing process is just the first step on the road to producing a novel and exhilarating though it is there is still a great deal more work you need to do to make your novel the best it can possibly be and therefore stand a better chance of getting published.

The revision stages are vital if you wish to turn out an accomplished, exciting and professional piece of writing.

Once I have completed the first drafts of my novels I then revise, revise and revise until I know it backwards, upside down and inside out. When I first started writing many years ago it was this revision stage that I skipped, and I now know the cause of so many rejection slips from literary agents and publishers.

When giving talks I liken writing a novel to painting a picture. First you put on the wash, and draw the outlines and then you begin to fill in the details until you are happy with the perspective, the colours, the composition etc. So here is a quick checklist when revising your novel or short story. The revisions will allow you to:

  • flesh out the characters
  • analyse the structure of your novel
  • check if you have overwritten
  • ensure your story has shape
  • make sure that you are telling the story from the correct point of view
  • check that there are adequate tensions, conflicts, rhythm and pace
  • check your research and tie up any loose ends
  • ensure you are using the correct words, sentence structure and paragraphs.

Friday, 5 September 2008

Attracting an agent and getting a publisher

Question Time - everything you ever wanted to know about how to write great fiction, raise your writing to the next level, attract an agent and get published.

Helen Corner, founder and director of Cornerstones will be on a panel with Lee Weatherly, award-winning children's author, and Maxine Hitchcock, editorial director at HarperCollins, ready to answer all your publishing questions. Go to this link and sign up:
It takes place on 29th September at Adams Street, London, 7-9pm, £30.
NB: You need to sign up and submit two questions by 15th September.

Any commercial women's writers out there who want a publishing deal with Little Black Dress or lunch with Julie Cohen (runners-up) should enter this competition. Closing date for your short story is 15th September.
Listed by The Society of Authors, Scouts for leading literary agents

Tuesday, 2 September 2008

Self-Edit Workshop

The next self-edit workshop run by Cornerstones Literary Consultancy will take place on 10-12th November and there is a 10% early booking discount, which runs out on 15th September. This is for children's and adult writing and all genres are welcome. It's run by Lee Weatherly and Helen Corner. Literary Agent, Eve White, joins the course for the evening session where she will reveal all about the market and what she looks for in an author and a story. There are eight spaces left so do call or email now for a programme.

Eve White is a UK-based literary agency representing internationally published authors of fiction (commercial and literary), non-fiction, children's fiction and picture books. Eve works with sub-agent, Diana Mackay at Melcombe International, who has twenty years’ experience in translation rights and sells their books in foreign territories. Eve is a solo agent, with in-house editors/readers, and set up the agency in 2003. Children’s authors include: Andy Stanton, Jimmy Docherty, Carolyn Ching, Rachael Mortimer, Gillian Rogerson, Tabitha Suzuma, Margie Hann Syme and Tracey Corderoy.

Authors writing for adults include: Rae Earl, Alexander Stobbs, Charlie Mitchell, Chris Pascoe, Vijay Medtia and Ruth Saberton and Shanta Everington. Details of their books and their many awards and nominations can be found on the website:

For further enquiries or to book a place on the course contact Kathryn Robinson