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The Asian Writer Festival

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We're celebrating our tenth birthday with an all-day festival on Saturday October 21st 2017 at Royal Asiatic Society in London...

We've dipped into the archives, unearthed some treasures, and put together a programme that will inspire and delight.

For one day only, The Asian Writer will bring together the contents of its website – interviews, masterclasses and features on literary trends - in a live format. The festival aims to support and encourage writers, by offering advice and inspiration and seeks to raise the profile of emerging voices.

Featuring: Roopa Farooki, Mahsuda Snaith, Vaseem Khan, Radhika Swarup, Lynne E. Blackwood, AA Dhand, Rishi Dastidar, Juliet Pickering, Susmita Bhattacharya, Emma Smith-Barton, Lorella Belli, Rukhsana Yasmin as well as emerging new voices.

Organised and programmed by Farhana Shaikh, Editor of The Asian Writer, Dahlia Publishing

10 AM Registration

10:15 - 11:00 AM Welcome and Keynote by Roopa Farooki

11:15 - 12:15 PM First time writers: From draft to publication

What is it really like being a first time writer? How can new writers develop their skills and what advice, if any, should they take on board. In this session, new writers share their experiences of writing their first novel, writing rules and having their work published.

Featuring readings from debut novelists Mahsuda Snaith and Radhika Swarup as well as Emma Smith-Barton. Chaired by Aki Schilz from The Literary Consultancy.

12:30 - 1:30 PM Meet the gatekeepers: how publishing really works

An opportunity to meet the editors and agents you need to get past to get your work published.

Discover how publishers work and what they are looking from writers. Learn how to make your submissions stand out from the crowd. An informal event which will offer useful advice and guidance for terrified.

Featuring literary agents Lorella Belli from LBLA and Juliet Pickering from Blake Friedmann. Chaired by Rukhsana Yasmin from Wasafiri.

2:15 - 3:15 PM Book Launch: Dividing Lines

Join us to celebrate the launch of our latest anthology, Dividing Lines: borders, boundaries and belonging selected from The Asian Writer Short Story Prize 2016.

With readings by new and emerging voices, followed by a Q&A. Featuring writers Farrah Yusuf, Lynne E. Blackwood, Meera Betab and Farhana Khalique. Chaired by Namita Elizabeth Chakrabarty.

3:30 - 4:30 PM Up-lit to grip-lit: Meet the new faces of crime fiction

What are the key ingredients for writing good crime fiction? How do you know you’re on to a good idea and what holds readers' interest over a series? Crime authors Vaseem Khan, AA Dhand and Sanjida Kay discuss their work. Followed by a Q&A with the audience.

4:45 - 5:45 PM Love and marriage in fiction: a road to happiness?

The pursuit of love and marriage might offer writers ample inspiration but what do writers gain and lose in writing about love? In this panel discussion, writers who have been inspired by this universal theme will explore what it means to them and consider whether writing about love is a road to happiness. Featuring readings and discussion with writers Roopa Farooki, Farahad Zama and Radhika Kapur.

WORKSHOPS

We have a limited number of spaces on the following workshops:

2:15 - 3:15 PM Creative writing workshop: write your novel and get published £15

Suitable for writers of all abilities, this session will offer tips and advice to find your voice, nurture your writing muscle and the pitfalls to avoid when sending out your work to publishers.

3:30 - 4:30 PM Poetry Workshop: How to steal like a poet £15

If you’ve just started writing poetry – or even if you’ve been doing it a while – it might feel that it’s taking time to feel that you know what you’re doing. Don’t worry – finding your voice as a poet is a long-term project. In this workshop we’ll look at how you can arm yourself for the journey: using your own experiences; borrowing from other writers; and stealing from others artists too. Lead by Rishi Dastidar.

4:45 - 5:45 PM Short story Masterclass: The art of writing short stories £15

In this masterclass, prolific short story writer, Susmita Bhattacharya will teach you how to develop your short story voice. Learn what makes a good short story and the writing techniques you can employ to develop your work. Each participant will receive a free anthology published by Dahlia Publishing.

Tickets: Purchase your all-day festival ticket for just £30, workshops will need to be booked separately.

For more information or partnership opportunities please contact Farhana on f.shaikh@dahliapublishing.co.uk

Made possible with generous support from: The Literary Consultancy, IPG, Arvon, Writing Magazine, Spread the Word, Mslexia and Wasafiri.

Spread the Word Bursary

Spread the Word, London’s writer development agency, are offering three bursaries for writers to attend the festival. The bursary (valued at £45) is available for writers on a low-income and includes an all-day ticket and one workshop session. If you would like to apply for this place please write to f.shaikh@dahliapublishing.co.uk by 29th September, stating why you'd like to attend the event and how the bursary would benefit you.

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