Writers' Day 2019 | Free Word

22 June 2019
10:00 16:00-

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Presented by The Literary Consultancy


A day of talks and workshops by inspiring expert speakers

The Literary Consultancy’s popular Writers’ Day returns Saturday June 22nd at Free Word. A day of inspiration and practical advice, for writers wanting to know more about how best to navigate the changing literary landscapes of writing, editing and publishing.

This event has now sold out. To be added to the waiting list, please call the Free Word box office on 020 7324 2570. 


Writers’ Day 2019 Programme

Registration (tea and coffee) 10am

Introduction by TLC Director Aki Schilz 10.30am-10.45am


Snapshots of a Debut Novel with Rowan Hisayo Buchanan 10.45am-11.45am
In a visually exciting presentation format, with original images and sketches by the author of Harmless Like You, novelist Rowan Hisayo Buchanan takes us through the story behind her debut, sharing what she has learned about the process to help guide others as they face submissions to agents and publishers.


Sell Your Story, Not Your Soul with Sam Missingham 11.45am-12.45pm
So much of marketing strategy is billed as promoting a product, but how do you manage this with an eye on protecting your own creative energy, wellbeing, and artistic integrity? Marketing guru Sam takes learnings from a decade working in the books industry, transforming them into practical advice to help you think both creatively and holistically about your ‘brand’ from the inside out.


Lunch (buffet style lunch provided) 12.45-1.30


Special guest reading by Robert Scragg (What Falls Beneath the Cracks) 1.30pm-1.45pm


TLC Pen Factor live pitches with special industry judges 1.50pm-2.30pm


Writing In The Dark: The Short Story That Shocks with Leone Ross 2.30pm-3.30pm

The short story is the perfect vehicle for slipping out of your comfort zone. In this mischievous and practical session, fiction writer Leone Ross discusses her favourite strategies for taking chances on the page, breaking through taboo and telling your absolute truth, while nailing the short story form.

Announcement of the Winner of the TLC Pen Factor Writing Competition


Networking Break 


End 4pm


*Nb. All Writers’ Day 2018 ticket-holders will be eligible to enter their unpublished writing into the TLC Pen Factor Writing Competition. Previous winners and shortlisted writers have gone on to be shortlisted for the Costa Prize (Guinevere Glasfurd, TLC Pen Factor 2014, The Words In My Hand), longlisted for the OCM Bocas (Fawzia Kane, TLC Pen Factor 2012, Tantie Diablesse) and selected as WH Smith Fresh Pick (Piers Alexander, TLC Pen Factor 2013, The Bitter Trade). Five finalists will be selected to live-pitch on the day

22 June 2019
10:00 - 16:00
£60 + VAT

Presented by The Literary Consultancy


Leone Ross

Leone Ross is a novelist, short story writer, editor and lecturer in fiction writing. She was born in England and grew up in Jamaica. Her first novel, All The Blood Is Red, was longlisted for the Orange Prize. Her short fiction has been widely anthologised, and shortlisted for the VS Pritchett Award. She is also a regular anthology editor, and co-edited the award-winning Whispers in The Walls: New Black and Asian Writing from Birmingham. Prior to publishing fiction, Ross worked as a journalist and editor. She has written freelance articles for The Independent on Sunday and the Guardian, and worked for London Weekend Television and the BBC. Leone's first short story collection, Come Let Us Sing Anyway, was published in 2017 by Peepal Tree Press.

Sam Missingham

Sam Missingham is the founder of Lounge Books, an online platform for authors and publishers. She speaks about book marketing all around the world, most recently as a keynote at the Sao Paolo Book Fair. Before setting up Lounge, Sam spent 3 years working at HarperCollins as head of audience development, running large-scale marketing campaigns that connected books and authors with readers. She has also worked at the leading industry trade magazine, The Bookseller, where she was responsible for running their conferences, awards, and marketing, and co-founded FutureBook.

Rowan Hisayo Buchanan

Rowan Hisayo Buchanan is the author of Harmless Like You—the winner of The Authors’ Club First Novel Award and a Betty Trask Award. It was a New York Times Editors’ Choice and an NPR 2017 Great Read. Her short work has appeared several places including Granta, Guernica, The Guardian, The Harvard Review, and NPR’s Selected Shorts. And she is the editor of the Go Home! anthology.



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