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The Festival at-a-glance

Friday 16th June

9:00 – 9:30 Arrivals and coffee
9:30 – 16:15 Friday Full-Day Courses

  • The Architecture of Stories: How to Structure Your Writing with  novelist Elizabeth Enfield
  • The Art of Narrative NonFiction with author Kathryn Aalto
  • The Credible Character with author Adrienne Dines
  •  The Perfect Pitch: How to Pitch Your Book and Find an Agent with literary agent Madeleine Milburn
  • Heroes and Villains with children’s author Cliff McNish
  • How to Thrill and How to Kill with novelist William Ryan
  • When to Press Send with literary agent Jenny Savill
  • Scripting Your Story with screenwriter Julian Unthank
  • How to Write Picture Books and Young Fiction with children’s author Pamela Butchart and Head of Picture Books at Nosy Crow, Louise Bolongaro
  • Past, Future and Mythical Worlds with literary agent Ian Drury
12:00 Buffet Lunch
13:00 – 18:30 One-to-One Appointments with literary agents, commissioning editors, authors, poets and industry experts
17:00 Bar opens
18:00 – 19:30 Opening Dinner
Friday Evening Activities – Free and Open to the Public
19:45 – 20:30 10 Minutes of Hellos
Talk by Vanessa Amberleigh
If you’ve ever thought writing for the younger viewer was easy – think again!  BAFTA-winning script editor and producer Vanessa Amberleigh gives an insider’s insight into writing scripts for an audience with the best imaginations in the world.  St. Alphege Building.Launch of MA Anthology Litmus 2017
Meet students studying on the University of Winchester MA Writing for Children and MA Creative and Critical Writing programmes and listen to a selection of quick-fire readings from the Litmus anthology.  Senior Common Room, Main Building.
19:45 – 21:15 Meet the Editors with Mslexia – Independent publishers are the first step to literary stardom for many novelists – and for writers of short fiction and poetry they are the only game in town. To find out what they are looking for and how to submit, come along to an informal discussion with three specially invited editors, and find out what they can do for you.  Chaired by Mslexia’s Editor Debbie Taylor.  Stripe Auditorium.
21:30 – 23:30 Open Mic Readings – Speakers, attendees and members of the public are invited to read excerpts from their published or unpublished short stories, novels, or plays. Terrace Bar Lounge, University Centre.
Saturday 17th June
8:00 – 9:00 Arrivals and Coffee
9:00 – 10:00 Keynote Address with Lemn Sissay
10:00 – 10:30 Coffee and book signing
10:30 – 12:40 Morning Saturday Talks – see programme for details
10:30 – 18:30 One-to-One Appointments with literary agents, commissioning editors, authors, poets and industry experts
12:30 – 14:00 Buffet Lunch
14:00 – 16:45 Afternoon Saturday Talks – see programme for details
17:00 Bar open
17:00 – 18:00 Editing Workshop with bluepencilagency
An editing workshop with examples of excellent first lines and paragraphs and why they work.
17:00 – 18:00 Festival Reading with Claire Fuller
Winner of the Desmond Elliott Prize for Fiction for her acclaimed novel Our Endless Numbered Days, Claire Fuller reads from her new novel Swimming Lessons, followed by Q&A and book signing.  Sponsored by Kyoto Kitchen, Winchester
18:30 – 19:15 Writing Competitions Awards Ceremony – Open to the public
19:30 – 21:30 Saturday Festival DinnerDress up or dress down for a celebratory three-course dinner followed by special guest speaker, crime novelist Helen Fields, who reveals how she drew upon her experience as a criminal barrister to write her thrilling debut novel Perfect Remains.
21:30 – 23:00 Saturday Open Mic Readings – Speakers and attendees are invited to read excerpts from their published or unpublished short stories, novels, or plays.  Spots open for those who have not already read at the Friday Open Mic.
Sunday 18th June
9:00 – 9:30 Arrivals, pastries and coffee
9:30 – 15:30 Sunday Workshops

  • The Magic of Middle Grade Fiction with Helen Dennis
  • From First Ideas to Script with Lisa Evans
  • Fantasy: Real People in Imaginary Worlds with Rebecca Alexander
  • The Power of Point of View with Lorna Fergusson
  • Character Portraits in Poetry – Escaping the Ego with Rhian Edwards
  • Tightening the Noose with Simon Hall
  • From Jane Austen’s Pocket with Rebecca Smith
  • You the Protagonist: Writing About Your Life with Paul Dodgson
12:15 – 13:30 Sunday Lunch and closing remarks
15:30 Close

Package Costs:

All packages include a delicious buffet lunch and all-day coffee and tea, with biscuit and cake breaks.  Dinner and accommodation booked separately.

Full Three-Day Weekend  £450
Includes 4 one-to-one appointments

Friday and Saturday  £380
Includes 4 one-to-one appointments

Saturday and Sunday  £295
Includes 2 one-to-one appointments

Friday Day  £195
Includes 2 one-to-one appointments

Saturday Day  £230
Includes 2 one-to-one appointments

Sunday Day  £110
No one-to-one appointments on Sunday.