The Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries invites University of Portsmouth staff and students, and members of the public, to the Writing and Publishing Weekend, part of Portsmouth Bookfest on Saturday 2 March/Sunday 3 March.
Time: 10am – 4.30pm
Location: White Swan Building. Parking is at Eldon car park (meter) Bedford Street
Following the success of the 2018 Publishing Weekend. BookFest once again presents a weekend of talks for writers looking to take the next step. Whether you are hoping to get your work published through the traditional route or via self-publishing, the Publishing Weekend will equip you with the skills and knowledge to make informed decisions.
Saturday topics include: Your book as a product mindset with Christine Hammacott; The editing process with Helen Garvey. Getting an Agent with Laura Williams: SelfPublishing with ingram Sparks and an author panel discussing the choices they made.
Sunday topics include: Researching your book with Suzie Wilde, the crowdfunding option with Unbound. Weathering the publication storm with Wendy Metcalfe and Masterclass: Perfecting your submission with Scott Pack.
The weekend also includes a networking lunch each day.
Helen Garvey is a published author, intermediate SfEP member. and freelance editor under the pen A name Victoria Milne. She has had two books published ‘The ’ Strawberry Farm’ and ‘Writer’s Lock’and her third is being published later this year. In 2016 Love Unlocked (the anthology in which ‘Writer’s Lock’ was published) was a Rainbow Award finalist. Her involvement with the anthology cemented her passion for the mechanics of the craft and, to her surprise, for grammar! Helen’s lifelong fascination with books shows no sign of slowing down, and she loves being able to help other authors perfect their manuscripts. Visit her website at www.victoriamilne.com.
Christine is a graphic designer who runs her own design consultancy and works with businesses and individuals to create brands www.artofcomms.co.uk.
Wendy Metcalfe is a science fiction writer. Her stories explore feminism, sentient artificial intelligences, and environmental issues. She has an MA (Merit) in Creative Writing from the University of Portsmouth and has taught creative writing for over a decade. She is currently Chairwoman of Havant and District Writers’ Circle. She is a member of Portsmouth Writers’ Hub, and regularly performs with spoken word group T’Articulation.
Scott Pack has spent the best part of two decades in the book world. He has worked as buying manager for the Waterstones book chain and publisher at HarperCollins, Unbound, Eye & Lightning Books and others. He is also a freelance editor and public speaker. His regular Guardian Masterclass, How to Perfect Your Submission, is now into its fourth year and spawned a book of the same name.
Unbound, the online trading name of United Authors Publishing Ltd. is a privately held international crowdfunded publishing company. It is based in London, UK.
Suzie Wilde was born a Shackleton in Portsmouth, the year rationing ended. Her parents met in the jig-and-tool J. shop at De Havilland. She is the sixth child of eight but the only girl and only survivor. Her first book dates from before infant school and involves a lonely girl befriending wolves. So does her latest. Suzie has been a postie, shop assistant. lab rat, teacher and maritime researcher. She gained an MA with Distinction in Creative Writing in 201 1. now writes full time and runs writing workshops. The Book of Bera: Sea Paths, published by Unbound. was one of the Guardian’s top five SFF books last year. The second book of the trilogy. Obsidian, will be published in 2019.
Laura Williams – Greene and Heaton: Laura Williams joined Greene & Heaton as an agent in 2018. She worked at Peters Fraser and Dunlop from 2011, after completing a degree in Classics at Oxford. She is actively building a fiction list and a small non-fiction list. She is currently looking for literary fiction, edgy commercial fiction, psychological thrillers and high concept contemporary young adult, as well as narrative non-fiction of all types. Her taste is quite dark, and she loves gothic, ghost stories, horror and anything sinister She also loves books that make her cry, from big love stories to intense family dramas.
Please note: There are a limited number of places to pitch your work to the agent on Saturday afternoon. You should book a slot separately in advance if you would like to pitch your work each 15 minute slot is £25 (charged extra and paid on the day)
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