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The 2013 Newcastle Writing Conference
Saturday 4 May, 9.30am-5.30pm
Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne
New Writing North presents a conference for new and emerging writers of fiction that explores trends in publishing, identifies new markets for writing and supports authors to make connections with each other and with industry experts. The conference is presented in conjunction with Northumbria University.
The Newcastle Writing Conference is a must-attend event if you are an aspiring writer at work on a first novel, are approaching the publication of your first novel or are an early career writer looking to find new ways to promote your work and to understand more about the industry that you are now working in.
If you’re studying creative writing at university the conference will also be a useful introduction to the industries of writing and publishing and a chance to learn from experts and writers.
Here’s the full confirmed programme for the Newcastle Writing Conference:
9.30am – 10am: registration and coffee
10am – 10.15am: Welcome from Claire Malcolm, chief executive of New Writing North
10.15am – 10.45am: Keynote speech
Costa Prize-nominated novelist Stephen May talks about how to develop a career as a writer.
10.45am – 11.45am: Breaking into Writing: Agents and publishers
A panel giving the lowdown on how to break into the writing industry with author, blogger and self-publisher Nicola Morgan, literary agent Juliet Mushens, and Two Roads Books publisher Lisa Highton. The panel will cover how writers engage with and identify suitable agents and publishers, how best to make approaches, and how to manage relationships in the writing business.
12noon – 1pm: Market Focus: What’s hot and what’s not?
A discussion about current trends in publishing with Barry Cunningham, MD of Chicken House Publishing (and the publisher who discovered JK Rowling); agents Mark Stanton and Julia Churchill; and Faber & Faber publishing director Lee Brackstone. The panel will explore current trends in publishing in adult and children's fiction, and discuss what kind of work is selling at the moment and the themes and trends that they see emerging in the market over the next two to three years.
1pm – 2pm: networking lunch (included in ticket price)
2.15pm – 3.15pm: Selling Books
Revealing the nuts and bolts of book selling and eBooks with Chris White, head fiction buyer at Waterstones; Rosie Gailer, publicity director at Hodder & Stoughton, and Julia Churchill, children's agent at AM Heath, and will be chaired by Claire Malcolm. The panel will explore the changing state of bookselling on the high street and in the retail sector, the impact of e-books and online selling on the marketplace, new strategies that authors and publishers are using to sell books and give you the lowdown on what writers need to know about how their work is sold.
3.30pm – 4.30pm: Digital Writing
The Literary Platform hosts a panel event that will introduce The Writing Platform, their new online space for writers and profile emerging and innovative work within the field of digital books and writing. The Writing Platform is a guide to the digital world for writers - from social networking to new digital projects that are exploring how books exist in the digital sphere.
4.45pm – 5.15pm: Any questions?
The day will end with a Q&A session with speakers and Claire Malcolm.
Please note that lunch is included in the package.
Refreshments will be served on arrival and at the afternoon break.
When & Where
New Writing North and Northumbria University
Newcastle Writing Conference is a partnership between New Writing North and Northumbria University.
New Writing North is the writing development agency for the north of England, and is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation. www.newwritingnorth.com
New Writing North works with writers to develop career opportunities, new commissions, projects, residencies, publications and live events. It works in partnership with a broad range of organisations, universities, local authorities, regional development agencies, sponsors and media producers to develop opportunities for writers.
Northumbria University, Newcastle is a research-rich, business-focused, professional university with a global reputation for academic excellence.
Northumbria is one of the largest universities in the UK with almost 34,000 students from 131 countries. The University has over 186,000 alumni worldwide. Northumbria has invested more than £200 million in our estate since 2005 to improve the student experience. Northumbria is ranked top 50 in the UK for research power and had the 4th largest increase in quality research funding (REF 2014). According to Times Higher Education, Northumbria had the biggest rise in research power of any university in the UK. Northumbria is ranked 3rd in the UK for international student satisfaction in the International Student Barometer survey 2015, a rise of 26 places on the previous year.
Northumbria University’s cultural partners include New Writing North, Live Theatre, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Tyneside Cinema and Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums.