Wordpool Festival Writers' Day

17 May 2018 - 12.00PM - 5.00

Following on from the success of their Writers’ Day last year, we are delighted to partner with Blackpool's Wordpool Festival on a full-day programme of events for writers wanting to hone their skills and learn more about the journey to publication. 

The programme includes:

12 noon - Introduction by Comma Press Publishing Manager Sarah Cleave and Keynote Speaker.

1-2pm - Towards Publication: Submissions Masterclass with Amy McCauley
Are you ready to send your work out to magazine editors, agents and/or publishers? If so, this workshop is for you! We will cover: knowing your strengths as a writer and identifying your position in the market; the art of ‘doing your research’, writing a synopsis and cover letter; creating a striking submission package; learning how to better understand, represent and ‘sell’ your own writing. 
Amy McCauley is a writer, editor and performer. Her poetry, essays, reviews and interviews have appeared widely in UK magazines and anthologies. Her first book Oedipa will be published by Guillemot Press in the Spring of 2018.

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Writing Voice-driven Fiction with Clare Fisher
Find out how to find and develop fictional voices that grab the reader and won't let go. Novelist and short story writer Clare Fisher will lead you through a series of fun creative exercises and readings designed to find your voice as a writer and use it as the basis for moving and engaging fiction.
Clare Fisher is the author of All The Good Things, described as 'a sparky and unsettling debut' by The Guardian. Her short story collection How the Light Gets In will be published in June 2018 by Influx Press. When she's not writing, she's teaching creative writing, mentoring and editing, running and tweeting about all of the above @claresitafisher. 

2-2.30pm Refreshments Break (refreshments included in ticket)

2.30-3.30pm Writing Crime Fiction: Structure, Characters and Principles with Jacob Ross
Author of the Jhalak Prize winning crime novel, The Bone Readers, Jacob Ross, hopes to help you solve the mystery that is writing a successful crime novel. He’ll be focusing particularly on plot and structure and procedure, genre principles, and guidelines for strong character development. 
Jacob Ross is a novelist, short story writer, editor and creative writing tutor. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and is also Associate Fiction Editor at Peepal Tree Press in Leeds. 

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Flash Fiction workshop with Tania Hershman
They say that less is more - and it's certainly true when it comes to flash fiction. The shortest of short stories, a page or less, the best flash fictions can leave you reeling, their effects felt long after you finish reading them. Come and try your hand at the tiniest of stories in this workshop run by flash fiction writer and poet Tania Hershman, where we will be reading some brilliant examples and then using everything from art to science as inspiration to write our own. No previous writing experience necessary, just bring pen, paper and your imagination!
Tania Hershman's third short story collection, Some Of Us Glow More Than Others, was published by Unthank Books in May 2017, and her debut poetry collection, Terms & Conditions, by Nine Arches Press in July. Tania is also the author of a poetry chapbook, Nothing Here Is Wild, Everything Is Open, and two short story collections, My Mother Was An Upright Piano, and The White Road and Other Stories, and co-author of Writing Short Stories: A Writers' & Artists' Companion (Bloomsbury, 2014). Tania is curator of short story hub ShortStops www.shortstops.info

3.30 - 4.30pm Panel Discussion - Changing the Climate: Tomorrow’s Publishing 
Members of the Northern Fiction Alliance will lead a discussion on the rapidly changing world of independent publishing, and how there has never been a better time to get your voice heard in the North.

Networking break

Tickets are £5 and include refreshments, get yours now on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/writers-day-tickets-44407285386?aff=efbeventtix