Frequently Asked Questions:

Is there WiFi on campus?
Free WiFi is available throughout both the main King Alfred and West Downs campuses.

May I bring a guest to the Dinners?
Yes, you can.  A limited number of dinner tickets will be available for purchase at the Festival Reception desk during the Festival.  Please stop by to purchase any extra tickets when you arrive.  Cash and cheque only, please!

How should I dress for the Saturday Festival Dinner?
There is no set dress-code for the Festival Dinner.  Some choose to dress up and some wear their festival attire.  It’s up to you!

I am not attending the Festival on Saturday.  Can I buy a ticket to hear Patrick Gale’s Keynote Address?
There are a few tickets available to hear the Keynote Address on Saturday morning at 9:00 am, 17 June.  The cost is £12 per ticket and includes coffee.  Patrick will be available to sign books following his talk.  To purchase a ticket, please click HERE.

Are there any Free activities that are open to the public?
Yes there are!  Friday night activities are free and open to the public:
Please refer to the Free Friday Evening Events page of the website.

Is the conference wheelchair accessible?
The University of Winchester is located on a steep hill with a beautiful view of St. Catherine’s Hill, an Iron Age settlement.  However, it can be strenuous to walk and tricky if you’re in a wheelchair.  The campus is terraced with a number of steps, but there are lifts in all buildings that will be used during the Festival.  Every effort is made to accommodate special needs.  Please indicate on your registration form if you have special needs and introduce yourself at the registration desk so that we can help.  To discuss your concerns, or pre-arrange assistance, please call the Festival Event Manager: Sara Gangai, at 01962 826367.

If you will be staying in the student accommodation at West Downs, we can reserve a ground floor room for you.

I would like to arrive on Thursday.  Is accommodation available?
Yes!  Accommodation with breakfast is available on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.  Please indicate which nights you would like to stay when booking.


Notes and Key Dates

April 11 – Deadline for all Writing Competitions
April 13 – 
Deadline for Festival Scholarship applications
May 4 – Deadline for Bursary application
May 11 – Competition shortlist announced on this website
May 18 – Competition winners announced on this website
May 24 – Deadline to submit work for One-to-One appointments.  If you book your One-to-One appointment after this date, you will need to bring a copy of your submissions with you. Your submission will not be previewed by the speaker before your appointment.
May 25 – Deadline for refunds to the Winchester Writers’ Festival (less 20% of total package price fee.)  No refunds after this point. (Full refunds given if cancellation within one week of booking until 26 May)
June 12      Deadline for registrations for the Winchester Writers’ Festival