Saturday 16 July 2016, 9.30am – 4pm, Bramall Music Building, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT
This July Writing West Midlands is launching its first ever National Writers’ Conference in Birmingham, featuring inspiring keynote speeches and specialist subject sessions for emerging and established writers.
In partnership with University of Birmingham, this intensive day of talks, discussions and presentations brings together the individuals and organisations to help creative writers in a range of genres get the best from their talents.
The conference succeeds the annual Writers’ Toolkit run by Writing West Midlands, the region’s literature development agency, and will take place at Bramall Music Building, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston. Previous events have drawn a wide audience from across the region and beyond.
The conference gives writers the pick of nine sessions with industry professionals including an exploration of the book trade, financial management, how to write for broadcast and podcast, and how to get booked onto festival programmes.
For the first time, the conference also offers one-to-one sessions with an agent, a bookseller and a literature festival programmer.
This year’s closing keynote speech is from award winning writer for children and young people, Bali Rai. Most of Rai’s stories are about modern Britain and his first novel (un)arranged marriage is a recommended read for KS3, whilst Rani & Sukh is now a set text for GCSE. He is a charismatic and inspiring speaker who has appeared on television and radio.
Jonathan Davidson, Chief Executive of Writing West Midlands, said:
“One of the many events, activities and projects run by Writing West Midlands, the National Writers’ Conference is an invaluable opportunity for writers to make new contacts, share ideas, and celebrate the world of writing.
“This event brings them into contact with industry professionals, including agents, editors and publishers as well as providing a rare opportunity for peer networking and support.”
The National Writers’ Conference is programmed and produced by Writing West Midlands, and supported by University of Birmingham.
Tickets cost just £50 / £45 (concs) and includes a buffet lunch. To book, and for the full programme, see http://www.writingwestmidlands.org/event/the-national-writers-conference/