The Writers’ Weekend 2020, formerly Winchester Writers’ Festival, launches from 9th-12th July 2020, and is your virtual opportunity to mingle with writers, peckish agents and lots of other interesting literary types.
Sara Gangai, Director of the Writers’ Weekend and former Director of the Winchester Writers’ Festival, says: “Faced with uncertainty around social distancing and travel, we have decided to stream the event live across the weekend of 9-12 July. Easy-to-use virtual meeting room technology will ensure every workshop, panel and one-to-one appointment is fully accessible to our attendees, streamed to your computer, tablet or phone, and as engaging as an in-person event.”
Authors Eoin Colfer and Lissa Evans have been announced as keynote speakers.
You can sign up as a viewer or attendee, depending on how immersed you’d prefer to be. As well as talks, workshops, author readings and open mic events, promised highlights include the festival’s renowned One-to-One Appointments with literary agents, commissioning editors, authors, poets and industry experts.
They say: “One-to-ones are 15-minute appointments with specialists who will offer constructive criticism to work-in-progress, discuss publishing/marketing possibilities and give advice on writing difficulties. Specialists read your submissions before the ‘Weekend’ so that your appointment with them is effective. This is a golden opportunity to meet with an agent or editor for commercial feedback on your work. Who knows? They might want to see the full manuscript!”
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