How could I have not mentioned this before? The Writers’ Workshop Festival Of Writing, which takes place in York next March, is now open for bookings.
I plan on attending Saturday’s keynote address from literary agent Carole Blake and publisher Patrick-Janson Smith; Emma Darwin’s sessions are bound to be brilliant because I don’t think she’s capable of being anything else; and if I absolutely have to I might just participate in one of Nicola Morgan’s two workshops if only to heckle her.
A few of my friends took part in the festival last spring, in its inaugural year, and they all found it a very positive experience. I’d recommend that you go. But please don’t book up all the tickets for the things I want to do, because that would make me very cross.
If you can’t participate in the Festival for any reason you could always join The Word Cloud, the online writers’ community for The Writers’ Workshop; and don’t forget The Writers’ Workshop itself, where you can go for excellent editorial advice on your work what ever you write. I’ve heard only good things about the critiques which The Writers’ Workshop provides which might have something to do with its insistence on only employing the very best writers to provide those critiques; I don’t usually recommend such services, but I am very pleased to be able to recommend this one.