Alison Weir to return in 2018

3rd October 2017

Great news from Alison Weir – she has agreed to return to the Festival in 2018 to talk about the third book in her series on each of Henry VIII’s six wives: Jane Seymour: The Haunted Queen.   Alison will join us on Wednesday 6 June.

Jo Jakeman Blog
We have already mentioned Festival Lead Volunteer Jo’s good news about the publication of her first book, Sticks and Stones, but you may be interested in reading her latest blog post.  Jo won last year’s Friday Night Live at York Festival of Writing, which led to meeting an agent and then finding a publisher for her book.  This year’s event was yet again won by a Derbyshire writer – Sophie Snell.  This means Derbyshire has had three winners in the last four years (with Joanna Cannon starting the trend in 2015, leading to the publication of her first novel, The Trouble with Goats and Sheep).

Calling all writers!
We’ve been contacted about three events which have may be of interest to writers …

Writing Horror Stories
Festival partners, QUAD, run regular writing courses throughout the year.  Coming up in October is Writing Horror Stories on 28 October from 10am – 4.30pm.  Alex Davis, QUAD’s Literature Officer (and horror author) will lead this one day workshop.  Tickets £30, £25 concessions.

Writing East Midlands mentoring scheme and workshop
Writing East Midlands’ mentoring scheme is free to apply for and available to writers across the East Midlands. The deadline for this round of applications is 14 October.

This is a brilliant opportunity for any writer. The scheme matches successful applicants with sympathetic professional writers who will guide them through their writing projects, whether that’s a novel, collection of poems or stories, spoken word, creative non-fiction, or scripts for radio, stage and screen. Mentors have included Jon McGregor, Niki Valentine, Jacob Ross, Anne Zouroudi and Patricia Duncker.

The scheme is highly competitive, and they award mentoring places to three writers each year.  As well as these places, WEM also provide career development workshops, taught by Cathy Grindrod, to the shortlisted writers.  Most of the mentored writers have gone on to secure publishing deals or produced spoken word shows.  They also offer a number of short critiques through their Writing School tutors to applicants who show promise in their work.

Have you written a children’s story?
If so, the Golden Egg Academy is holding an event on Saturday 7 October, 3 – 4.30pm.  You’ll need to travel to Manchester, but it’s a free Q&A event.  Join Imogen Cooper and Vashti Hardy at Chapter One Books to discuss Vashti’s journey as a writer, the editing process, publishing, the Golden Egg Academy and the tools every writer needs to succeed.  No booking essential.

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