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The Mechanics of Page Turning: Narrative Drive
11.00am – 12.30pm
Narrative drive is a vital element in getting your work published. Novelist Sara Sheridan provides key hints and tips to keep the pages turning.
Making the Pitch and not Striking Out
11:00-12:30 or 14:30-16:00
Novelist Helen FitzGerald and screenwriter Sergio Casci will look at the art of the verbal pitch.
Looking for an Agent? An Expert Guide to the Submissions Process
Now you’ve written – or are writing – your book, how will you get it accepted by an agent, publisher or editor? Nicola Morgan reveals the common traps for the unwary and offers tips for success.
11.00am – 12.30pm Part 1 (requires advanced preparation by participants)
Don’t get left behind. Writer and web designer Cat Dean will guide participants through setting up their own writer’s website-with-blog. By the end of the day, each participant will have a simple, but fully functioning website-with-blog.
12.30am – 14.30pm FREE
Interested in the Scottish publishing scene? If so ‘The Marketplace’ is the place to be. This showcase will feature independent publishers and Scotland-based magazines that provide an outlet for new writers. Pick up the latest and the best new writing along with ideas on how to get started writing or where to place your work.
Book to Film, Film to Book – Adaptations
An inside look at adaptation with author Helen FitzGerald, screenwriter Sergio Casci and film producer Claire Mundell. The session will also look at new developments and opportunities for writers.
Is Blogging For You? – Blogging Your Way to Success
Whether it’s getting started or improving confidence in blogging newbies, experienced writer and blogger Cat Dean will provide practical tips on how to make the most of your blog.
Writing For Graphic Novels
Rodge Glass discusses the process of writing a graphic novel: the challenges of collaboration between writer and artist, and gives tips and advice on making your graphic novel a success.
Your Book Needs You
Novelist Sara Sheridan debunks the myths of book promotion and publicity and gives expert advice on how to use all the communications tools available to sell yourself effectively.
What Are Publishers Looking For?
Nicola Morgan, author of 90 books, will share her knowledge of what makes agents and publishers say yes, giving you the best chance of success.
14.30am – 16.00pm Part 2 (requires advanced preparation by participants)
Second half of this web design workshop.
The Making of a Bestseller - Christopher Brookmyre
Award-winning crime writer and author of 14 published novels, Christopher Brookmyre has plenty of experience to share with aspiring writers and interested readers.