The Bristol Festival of Literature 2020 Writers' Retreat
Updated: Sep 29
10am, Saturday 17 October
The Bristol Festival Of Literature Writers’ Retreat has become one of our most popular events in recent years so book your slot early to avoid disappointment. This event is aimed at writers who want to get published and comprises four separately bookable sessions with industry experts.
10am-11am: Writing And Polishing Your Novel.
Whatever stage you’re at, inspiration, story structure and self-editing are key. How much should you do yourself and what services should you buy in? Psychological thriller writer Jo Ullah explains.
11.30am-12.30pm: Traditional Or Independent Publishing?
Hear from successful authors who have done both. Debbie Young chats with Jane Shemilt, Stella Wilkinson and Valerie Keogh.
Debbie Young writes warm, witty mystery novels set in the Cotswolds, and her seventh book was a finalist in the 2020 Bookbrunch Selfies Awards. You can buy her books here. Go to Debbie’s website and social media links here.
Stella Berry writes cosy murder mysteries and has also published several series of YA romance and paranormal romance under the pen name Stella Wilkinson.. Buy her books here. Go to Stella’s website and social media links here.
2pm-3pm: Build Your Social Media Presence
Publishers expect authors to help them sell books. Whether traditionally published or self-published, you can connect with your audience online. Writer and social media specialist Tom Mason explains how.
3.30pm-4.30pm What Is Going To Sell?
We ask an agent, publisher and reviewer about the latest industry themes and trends. Michael MacMahon chats with Kate Hordern, Phoebe Morgan and Anne Cater.
Michael J MacMahon hosts a show on Bristol community radio station BCfm. He is also a coach, public speaker and writer of books about personal finance and wedding speeches. Buy his books here. Go to Michael’s website and social media links here.
Literary agent Kate Hordern set up KHLA, which represents about 30 published authors including crime, thriller, women’s fiction, non-fiction and children’s fiction writers.
Go to Kate’s website and social media links here
Phoebe Morgan is a bestselling psychological thriller writer and an Editorial Director at HarperCollins working on crime, thrillers, women’s fiction and saga. Buy her books here. Go to Phoebe's website and social media links here.
Anne Cater is a book blogger at Random Things Through My Letterbox. She is also a judge for the CWA Dagger Awards and reviews women's contemporary fiction for the Daily Express. Go to Random Things Through The Letterbox here or follow Anne on Twitter or Facebook.