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LUCY DIAMOND | KEYNOTE SPEAKER

09:00 – 09:45 | SATURDAY 11 JUNE 2022

Bestselling author Lucy Diamond grew up in Nottingham and has lived in Leeds, London, Oxford and Brighton. She now lives in Bath with her family where she writes fiction full of warmth, wisdom and hope. With her seventeenth novel out now, Lucy opens the second day of our festival in Winchester, where as her latest novel suggests, Anything Could Happen.

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Lucy Diamond - I AM Writing Festival Winchester

10:00 - 12:30 - SATURDAY 11 JUNE 2022 (WORKSHOPS #SA1)

CREATING THE PERFECT PLOT TWIST

KATE BRADLEY | WORKSHOP (REF: SA1B)

10:00 – 12:30 | SATURDAY 11 JUNE 2022

It’s not just the thriller genre that needs to surprise its readers: providing interesting plot twists helps engage readers of all fiction.  In a hard-to-be-noticed market, clever ideas can help you successfully market your work to both agents and publishers.  Learn from experienced author, Kate Bradley, how to enhance your writing with crafting clever twists without cheating the reader.  In this interactive workshop, you will look at some examples of twists; understand the ‘rules’ of maintaining integrity; give consideration to the placement of twists and practical tips on how to achieve it.  We will work both individually and together to practise our understanding, leaving you invigorated with fresh perspective.  Whether you’re a plotter or a pantser, considering the impact on where to place one or more twists, can help enlighten not just your writing, but also your readers’ engagement.

More about Kate Bradley

Kate Bradley is a thriller author; building on the success of her first two psychological novels TO KEEP YOU SAFE (Zaffre 2020) and WHAT I DID (Zaffre 2021), her next traditionally published thriller is due out in March 2023, with a fourth in 2024.  Bradley is well-placed to teach creative writing: she holds a first class degree in English Literature, post graduate certificates in both creative writing, and teaching English Language and Literature; additionally she is also a qualified and experienced coach.  She enjoys teaching and coaching writing development, both online and at festivals.

You can reach Kate Bradley via her website: www. katebradley.co.uk; email: Katebradleyauthor@yahoo.com or Twitter @kate__bradley

Praise for Bradley’s writing:

‘Addictive, original and brilliantly twisty’  T. M. Logan
‘I was gripped by this fast-paced thriller’  Claire McGowan
‘Fast-paced – strong . . . and a change from the usual thriller’ C J Tudor
‘A superbly suspenseful and twisty thriller that will have you turning the pages at breakneck speed.’ CultureFly
‘Gripping, thought-provoking, tense and highly recommended’ Karen Hamilton
Kate Bradley - I AM Writing Festival - Winchester

THREE CHARACTERS IN SEARCH OF A STORY

JUDITH HENEGHAN | WORKSHOP (REF: SA1C)

10:00 – 12:30 | SATURDAY 11 JUNE 2022

In almost all great stories, character drives plot. Yet stories also need a place or space in which these characters meet, mingle, argue, love and generally carry on to the end. In this workshop we will examine three key characters: ‘the native’, ‘the stranger’ and ‘the returner’ to see how together they can produce a powerful and compelling narrative within a specific setting. By all means bring along existing characters, but be prepared to create something new through a series of short, focused writing exercises. You’ll have plenty of opportunity to share work and ideas, too.

More about Judith Heneghan
Judith Heneghan is a novelist and a senior lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Winchester. Her first novel for adults, Snegurochka (Salt) was shortlisted for the 2020 Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards. A former programme leader for the MA Creative Writing at Winchester and director of the Winchester Writers’ Festival, Judith is an experienced tutor and workshop facilitator. She mentors emerging writers via Jericho Writers, and has written extensively for young people.
@JudithHeneghan (Twitter)
Judith Heneghan - I AM Writing Festival - Winchester

BUILDING A BESTSELLER

LAUREN JAMES | WORKSHOP (REF: SA1D)

10:00 – 12:30 | SATURDAY 11 JUNE 2022

This guided workshop will help you take a story idea and turn it into an outline and then make it pitch ready for agent submission. Topics you will discuss include plot development, narrative structures and beats, common errors in opening scenes and formatting a synopsis. You will:

  • Learn how to organise your initial ideas
  • Discover the common structural techniques behind a bestseller and find your idea’s Unique Selling Points
  • Build a summary of your own book and write a blurb and tag line
  • Develop your own book outline: 1-3 page plot breakdown by isolating the inciting incident, plot climax and moments of emotional resolution
  • Write a short extract from your novel and learn the most common errors in writing opening scenes
More about Lauren James
Lauren James is the twice Carnegie-nominated British author of many Young Adult novels, including Green Rising, The Reckless Afterlife of Harriet Stoker and The Loneliest Girl in the Universe. She is a RLF Royal Fellow, freelance editor and screenwriter. Lauren is the founder of the Climate Fiction Writers League, and on the board of the Authors & Illustrators Sustainability Working Group through the Society of Authors. Her books have sold over a hundred thousand copies worldwide in six languages. The Quiet at the End of the World was shortlisted for the YA Book Prize and STEAM Children’s Book Award. She was born in 1992, and has a Masters degree from the University of Nottingham, where she studied Chemistry and Physics. Lauren is a passionate advocate of STEM further education, and many of her books feature female scientists in prominent roles. She sold the rights to her first novel when she was 21, whilst she was still at university.
Lauren James - I AM Writing Festival - Winchester

MAKING PICTURE BOOKS

DAVID LITCHFIELD | WORKSHOP (REF: SA1E)

10:00 – 12:30 | SATURDAY 11 JUNE 2022

In this session David will share all that he has learnt from his 7 year career as a Picture Book author and illustrator. Through presentations, discussions and practical tasks David will offer advice on idea generation, story construction, art development and pitching to publishers.

More about David Litchfield

DAVID LITCHFIELD IS A MULTI-AWARD WINNING ILLUSTRATOR AND AUTHOR REPRESENTED BY THE BRIGHT AGENCY.

David first started to draw when he was very young, creating Star Wars and Indiana Jones ‘mash up’ comics for his older brother and sister. Since then David’s work has appeared in magazines, newspapers, books and on T-shirts. He has also exhibited his illustrations in both solo and group shows in the U.K, Europe and America.

David’s author/illustrator picture books ‘The Bear & The Piano’  ‘Grandad’s Secret Giant’  ‘The Bear, The Piano, The Dog & The Fiddle’ ‘Lights On Cotton Rock’ and ‘The Bear, The Piano & Little Bear’s Concert’ are out now. His latest book ‘Kid Christmas’ will be published in October 2022.

David has also illustrated a number of picture books for authors such as Ross Montgomery, Smriti Halls, Andy Stanton and Gregory Maguire as well as book covers for David Almond, Kate Dicamillo, Neil Patrick Harris, Chloe Daykin and many more.

David lives with his family in Bedford, England.

David Litchfield - I AM Writing Festival Winchester

PERFECTING YOUR SUBMISSION

SCOTT PACK | WORKSHOP (REF: SA1F)

10:00 – 12:30 | SATURDAY 11 JUNE 2022

An indispensable guide on how to make sure your submission to agents or publishers is as professional as possible. Don’t get lost in the slush pile because of something you have done wrong. This workshop will look at the research you need to carry out before you send you book to anyone, how to craft a compelling pitch, the elements of an ideal query letter and tips on writing a synopsis or book proposal. Attendees will also have the opportunity to have their book pitches reviewed live during the class. If you are planning to submit your work in the near future, or are already in the process of doing so, then this is an essential workshop.

More about Scott Pack

Scott Pack is now in his third decade working in the book world. During that time he has been head of buying at Waterstones, worked for publishers big and small – including a lengthy spell at HarperCollins – and taught numerous workshops on classes on all aspects of writing. These days he splits his time between writing his own books, editing other people’s, teaching the editors of tomorrow as part of the Oxford Brookes University MA in Publishing, and he is one of the question setters for BBC’s Mastermind. His latest book, Tips from a Publisher, is out now.

Scott Pack - I AM Writing Festival Winchester

COMMERCIAL WOMEN’S FICTION / ROMANTIC FICTION

KENDRA SMITH | WORKSHOP (REF: SA1G)

10:00 – 12:30 | SATURDAY 11 JUNE 2022

What is Commercial Women’s Fiction and why does it sell so well? Because it offers an escape from the realities of life. So just what IS the contract between the writer and the reader? And how do you fulfil that? Do you plot or ‘pant’ it? (No, that’s not a typo). And then there’s story structure. Or is there? How can you get the formula right? So many questions! Find out what the answers are to these questions and more on this workshop.

More about Kendra Smith

Kendra Smith was born in Singapore but educated at boarding school near Glasgow and then onto university in Aberdeen. Her feet grew colder as her education progressed.  Her list of achievements range from being an aerobics teacher in the 90s, climbing the highest mountain in SE Asia, to working in women’s magazines such as OK! in London, and Cosmopolitan in Sydney as well as at the BBC. She currently lives in Surrey and spends her time looking for odd socks or tennis balls – and other random duties associated with being the mother of three boys and a Springerdoodle. With dual British-Australian nationality, she has lived and worked in both Sydney and London. She has been a writer and journalist for over 20 years. She now writes commercial women’s fiction; her fourth novel was published in 2021. Kendra can move from keyboard to cooker with ease. She can rustle up a 100,000 word novel, but finds it hard not to burn boiled eggs.

Find her on Twitter @KendraAuthor or on Facebook as Kendra Smith Author.

Kendra Smith - I AM Writing Festival - Winchester

LUNCHTIME TALKS

COMMERCIAL WOMEN’S FICTION

KENRA SMITH IN CONVERSATION WITH ADRIENNE DINES | TALK (REF: SALC)

13:00 – 13:45 | SATURDAY 11 JUNE 2022

Kendra Smith chats to Adrienne Dines about the joys and challenges of writing Commercial Women’s fiction.

Julian Stannard - I AM Writing Festival Winchester
More about Kendra Smith

Kendra Smith was born in Singapore but educated at boarding school near Glasgow and then onto university in Aberdeen. Her feet grew colder as her education progressed.  Her list of achievements range from being an aerobics teacher in the 90s, climbing the highest mountain in SE Asia, to working in women’s magazines such as OK! in London, and Cosmopolitan in Sydney as well as at the BBC. She currently lives in Surrey and spends her time looking for odd socks or tennis balls – and other random duties associated with being the mother of three boys and a Springerdoodle. With dual British-Australian nationality, she has lived and worked in both Sydney and London. She has been a writer and journalist for over 20 years. She now writes commercial women’s fiction; her fourth novel was published in 2021. Kendra can move from keyboard to cooker with ease. She can rustle up a 100,000 word novel, but finds it hard not to burn boiled eggs.

Find her on Twitter @KendraAuthor or on Facebook as Kendra Smith Author.

Julian Stannard - I AM Writing Festival Winchester
More about Adrienne Dines

Since publication of her novels in the early noughties, Adrienne Dines has taught and talked about the craft of storytelling at Writers’ Festivals, Educational Conferences, in prisons, schools and hospices.  She is currently working on collating her talks into a guide for writers/storytellers on the Craft of Storytelling – how stories work and what to do when they don’t.  She is a regular judge for writing competitions and an irreverent speaker on the Art of Storytelling.

ONCE UPON A STORY

DAVID LITCHFIELD AND AMY SPARKES | TALK (REF: SALD)

13:00 – 13:45 | SATURDAY 11 JUNE 2022

Join David Litchfield and Amy Sparkes in this interactive session where YOU the audience inspire a picture book, live!

David Litchfield - I AM Writing Festival Winchester
More about David Litchfield

DAVID LITCHFIELD IS A MULTI-AWARD WINNING ILLUSTRATOR AND AUTHOR REPRESENTED BY THE BRIGHT AGENCY.

David first started to draw when he was very young, creating Star Wars and Indiana Jones ‘mash up’ comics for his older brother and sister. Since then David’s work has appeared in magazines, newspapers, books and on T-shirts. He has also exhibited his illustrations in both solo and group shows in the U.K, Europe and America.

David’s author/illustrator picture books ‘The Bear & The Piano’  ‘Grandad’s Secret Giant’  ‘The Bear, The Piano, The Dog & The Fiddle’ ‘Lights On Cotton Rock’ and ‘The Bear, The Piano & Little Bear’s Concert’ are out now. His latest book ‘Kid Christmas’ will be published in October 2022.

David has also illustrated a number of picture books for authors such as Ross Montgomery, Smriti Halls, Andy Stanton and Gregory Maguire as well as book covers for David Almond, Kate Dicamillo, Neil Patrick Harris, Chloe Daykin and many more.

David lives with his family in Bedford, England.

Amy Sparkes - I AM Writing Festival Winchester
More about Amy Sparkes

Amy Sparkes is a well-known children’s author who works with top publishers including Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, Walker and Scholastic. She has written over 20 books, such as Ellie’s Magic Wellies (as seen on CBeebies) and the Pirate Blunderbeard chapter book series. Her middle-grade debut, The House At The Edge of Magic, was a lockdown bestseller in 2021, and the second book in the trilogy, The Tower At The End Of Time, was released in January 2022.

She also produces the ‘Writing for Children’ pages in the bestselling Writing Magazine.
Amy is passionate about helping developing writers and set up the Writing Magazine Picture Book Prize and Writing Magazine Chapter Book Prize for unagented, not-yet-published authors in association with the magazine and her agent, Julia Churchill.
When she is not writing, she is running wild with her children somewhere, dreaming up new ways to create mischief and magic.
Twitter: @AmySparkes   Facebook: AmySparkesAuthor

WRITING FOR TEENAGERS

HELEN (H.L.) DENNIS AND LAUREN JAMES | TALK (REF: SALE)

13:00 – 13:45 | SATURDAY 11 JUNE 2022

Whether writing contemporary mystery or romantic sci-fi, what does it take to engage YA readers? Join Carnegie nominated authors Helen (H.L.) Dennis and Lauren James as they discuss writing relatable fiction for today’s teenage market.

Helen Dennis - I AM Writing Festival Winchester
More about Helen Dennis

Helen Dennis (H.L. Dennis) is the prize-winning writer of the Secret Breakers and the River of Ink series, both modern adventure thrillers for readers aged 8+ and 10+ respectively and published by Hodder Children’s Books. Secret Breakers has been bought for translation into seven languages and optioned for live action TV. Helen’s books have been nominated for the CLIP Carnegie Medal; won several regional prizes; been chosen by the BookTrust to be part of the Book Buzz scheme; promoted as a BookTrust Pick as part of Deaf Awareness Week and listed in The Telegraph’s Best YA Books of 2016. Helen secured her first six book publishing deal after a successful one-to-one consultation at Winchester Writers’ Conference.

Find out more at www.helendennisbooks.com or follow her on @HLDennisauthor across social media.

Claire Barker - I AM Writing Festival Winchester
More about Lauren
Lauren James is the twice Carnegie-nominated British author of many Young Adult novels, including Green Rising, The Reckless Afterlife of Harriet Stoker and The Loneliest Girl in the Universe. She is a RLF Royal Fellow, freelance editor and screenwriter. Lauren is the founder of the Climate Fiction Writers League, and on the board of the Authors & Illustrators Sustainability Working Group through the Society of Authors. Her books have sold over a hundred thousand copies worldwide in six languages. The Quiet at the End of the World was shortlisted for the YA Book Prize and STEAM Children’s Book Award. She was born in 1992, and has a Masters degree from the University of Nottingham, where she studied Chemistry and Physics. Lauren is a passionate advocate of STEM further education, and many of her books feature female scientists in prominent roles. She sold the rights to her first novel when she was 21, whilst she was still at university.

JOANNA CANNON IN CONVERSATION | KEYNOTE

14:00 – 14:45 | SATURDAY 11 JUNE 2022

Sunday Times bestselling and Women’s Prize nominated author Joanna Cannon left school at fifteen with one O-level and worked her way through many different jobs before returning to school in her thirties and qualifying as a doctor in her forties. Her work as a psychiatrist and interest in people on the fringes of society continue to inspire her writing. Renowned for writing about ordinary characters in an extraordinary way, A Tidy Ending is Joanna’s third novel.

Follow Joanna on Twitter @JoannaCannon and Instagram @drjocannon.

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Joanna Cannon - I AM Writing Festival Winchester

15:00 - 18:00 - SATURDAY 11 JUNE 2022 (WORKSHOPS #SA2)

SELF EDITING WORKSHOP

SARA NAIDINE COX | WORKSHOP (REF: SA2A)

15:00 – 18:00 | SATURDAY 11 JUNE 2022

Editing your own work is the hidden secret to high-quality writing – the unacknowledged engine that drives fiction from inspiration to publication. It’s also an intimidating process, requiring you to see your work as both writer and reader. So how can you bridge the divide and turn your first draft into something that’s ready to go?

This course will examine the gap between getting an idea down on paper and sending out a finished version, giving you strategies to separate your internal editor from your internal writer and improve your own work at every level.

This course is for…

  • Writers with all levels of experience
  • Aspiring writers looking for direction as they take their first steps
  • Experienced authors who are hoping to refine and renew their established routines for editing plot and structure
More about Sara Naidine Cox

Sara Naidine Cox is a British writer and editor. Sara has an MA in Creative writing, an MA in coaching and completed her editorial training with CIEP where she is a professional member. Once a storyliner on ITV’s Coronation Street, Sara has successfully published a number of short stories in women’s magazines. She now works as an editor and coach. Sara recently founded and launched the Cheshire Novel Prize.

Website: www.saranaidiencox.com
Twitter: @saranaidinecox

Cheshire Novel Prize website: www.cheshirenovelprize.com
Cheshire Novel Prize Twitter: @Prize_Novel

Sara Naidine Cox - I AM Writing Festival Winchester

MIXED EMOTIONS – MASTERING THE EMOTIONAL CRAFT OF FICTION

HELEN DENNIS | WORKSHOP (REF: SA2B)

15:00 – 18:00 | SATURDAY 11 JUNE 2022

When facing the writer’s dilemma of what comes first – plot or character – Helen will help you finally appreciate that it’s neither! Everything you write has to do with emotion. She’ll share practical techniques to ensure that your readers connect so strongly with the characters that they cannot bear to put your story down. She’ll help you structure the delivery of that connection so it can be maintained throughout not just one story but even throughout series fiction. And then, when you’ve learnt how to ensure your work crackles with emotion and power, she’ll help you develop your own techniques to deal with the emotions that are part of the successes and the struggles of being a writer!

A workshop to inspire and to build confidence and writing resilience as well as to help you build characters and stories that readers can believe in!
More about Helen Dennis

Helen Dennis (H.L. Dennis) is the prize-winning writer of the Secret Breakers and the River of Ink series, both modern adventure thrillers for readers aged 8+ and 10+ respectively and published by Hodder Children’s Books. Secret Breakers has been bought for translation into seven languages and optioned for live action TV. Helen’s books have been nominated for the CLIP Carnegie Medal; won several regional prizes; been chosen by the BookTrust to be part of the Book Buzz scheme; promoted as a BookTrust Pick as part of Deaf Awareness Week and listed in The Telegraph’s Best YA Books of 2016. Helen secured her first six book publishing deal after a successful one-to-one consultation at Winchester Writers’ Conference.

Find out more at www.helendennisbooks.com or follow her on @HLDennisauthor across social media.

Helen Dennis - I AM Writing Festival Winchester

SOGGY MIDDLES AND HOW TO AVOID THE MID-STORY SLUMP

ADRIENNE DINES | WORKSHOP (REF: SA2C)

15:00 – 18:00 | SATURDAY 11 JUNE 2022

Sometimes we leap into a story with great enthusiasm, write a few pleasing chapters and then – blank. We polish what’s already shiny in order to avoid acknowledging that we have no idea what’s supposed to happen next. We’ve lost the plot, forgotten the plan and the characters have gone awol! This workshop will define what your story is (supposed to be) about and determine what’s happening in it; differentiate scenes and events; consider beginnings and endings. The aim is to tighten your storyline and revive your storyteller’s mojo!

More about Adrienne Dines

Since publication of her novels in the early noughties, Adrienne Dines has taught and talked about the craft of storytelling at Writers’ Festivals, Educational Conferences, in prisons, schools and hospices.  She is currently working on collating her talks into a guide for writers/storytellers on the Craft of Storytelling – how stories work and what to do when they don’t.  She is a regular judge for writing competitions and an irreverent speaker on the Art of Storytelling.

Adrienne Dines - I AM Writing Festival Winchester

HARPERCOLLINS – PUBLISHING COMMERCIAL FICTION

PHOEBE MORGAN AND VICKY LEECH | WORKSHOP (REF: SA2D)

15:00 – 18:00 | SATURDAY 11 JUNE 2022

This workshop will cover what commissioning editors (from a traditional publishing house) look for when finding new authors, trends in the current commercial fiction market, the importance of a hook or USP for your book, what happens in a publishing house when a book is signed, how the editorial process works and more. It will also include a Q+A at the end.

Phoebe Morgan - I AM Writing Festival - Winchester
More about Phoebe Morgan

Phoebe Morgan is an editorial director at HarperCollins UK. She has published a range of Sunday Times, New York Times and Kindle bestsellers including GIRL A by Abigail Dean, THE CHALET by Catherine Cooper, WHILE JUSTICE SLEEPS by Stacey Abrams and SLEEP by C.L. Taylor. She loves finding new authors and is also a writer herself, with four thrillers published in ten languages and a fifth coming out in 2023. In 2018 she won a London Book Fair Trailblazer award and in 2021 she was named the Bookseller Shooting Star.

She writes about the publishing industry at www.phoebemorganauthor.com and you can find her on Twitter @Phoebe_A_Morgan.

Vicky Leech - I AM Writing Festival Winchester
More about Vicky Leech

Vicky Leech is a commissioning editor at Voyager and Magpie, both part of HarperCollins UK. She specialises in science fiction and fantasy, and is starting to commission Young Adult fiction for the new Magpie imprint. She has worked with a range of bestselling authors and is passionate about finding new voices in this space.

FICTIONAL CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT

SAM HOLLAND | WORKSHOP (REF: SA2E)

15:00 – 18:00 | SATURDAY 11 JUNE 2022

James Wood, in his book How Fiction Works, states: “There is nothing harder than the creation of fictional characters.”

Sam disagrees – there is nothing more fun.

To create a living, breathing person out of thin air? To know what they look like, how they drink their tea, how they love? To feel a real, human connection with them – so much they make you cry? And all of this from your own imagination? What could be better?

In the three hours you have together, Sam will walk you through some of the central tenets of character, creating believable personalities that come alive in your mind and on the page. You will discuss character arcs, what makes them feel real, and talk through long-argued concepts such as ‘do they have to be likeable?’ and the antihero.

More about Sam Holland
Having always been fascinated with the dark and macabre, Sam Holland’s love of reading was forged in the library through Stephen King, Dean Koontz and James Herbert. A self-confessed serial killer nerd, Holland studied psychology at university then spent the next few years working in HR, before quitting for a full-time career in writing. The Echo Man is the result.
Sam can be found on Twitter and Instagram at @samhollandbooks.
Sam Holland - I AM Writing Festival - Winchester

CREATING VOICE AND ENERGY IN PICTURE BOOKS

AMY SPARKES | WORKSHOP (REF: SA2G)

15:00 – 18:00 | SATURDAY 11 JUNE 2022

If you ever receive the dreaded ‘it’s a bit quiet’ feedback, this workshop is for you. Transform your picture books by learning how to inject energy and author voice into your stories. Participants will be invited to bring along a couple of texts to work on during the session.

More about Amy Sparkes

Amy Sparkes is a well-known children’s author who works with top publishers including Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, Walker and Scholastic. She has written over 20 books, such as Ellie’s Magic Wellies (as seen on CBeebies) and the Pirate Blunderbeard chapter book series. Her middle-grade debut, The House At The Edge of Magic, was a lockdown bestseller in 2021, and the second book in the trilogy, The Tower At The End Of Time, was released in January 2022.

She also produces the ‘Writing for Children’ pages in the bestselling Writing Magazine.
Amy is passionate about helping developing writers and set up the Writing Magazine Picture Book Prize and Writing Magazine Chapter Book Prize for unagented, not-yet-published authors in association with the magazine and her agent, Julia Churchill.
When she is not writing, she is running wild with her children somewhere, dreaming up new ways to create mischief and magic.
Twitter: @AmySparkes   Facebook: AmySparkesAuthor
Amy Sparkes - I AM Writing Festival Winchester

ADELE PARKS IN CONVERSATION | KEYNOTE

18:15 – 19:00 | SATURDAY 11 JUNE 2022

Born in North Yorkshire, Adele Parks has lived in Botswana, Italy and London and is now settled in Guildford, Surrey. In 2022 she was awarded an MBE for services to literature. She is the author of 21 bestselling novels including most recently the Sunday Times and ebook Number One bestseller Both of You.  Over four million UK editions of her work have been sold and her books have been translated into 31 different languages as well as optioned for TV. She is a judge for the Costa Awards and an ambassador of the National Literacy Trust and the Reading Agency: two charities that promote literacy in the UK.

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Adele Parks - I AM Writing Festival Winchester

Find Adele on Twitter @adeleparks, Instagram @adele_parks and Facebook @OfficialAdeleParks or visit www.adeleparks.com.

LITERARY AGENTS / EDITORS OFFERING FEEDBACK SESSIONS

How do the in-person #agent121s work?

When you book a package which includes Saturday 11 June 2022 you will be asked to pick your top six agents in order of preference. Your ticket will include two in-person #agent121s and we will do our best to match you with your favourites.

What happens next?

We will notify you of your #agent121s by 7 May 2022 but will do our best to give you as much notice as possible. The deadline for submitting your submission package is 20 May 2022.

Emailing your attachments:

  • Once you have been given your #agent121 details, prepare your submission by putting the covering letter, synopsis and part of the manuscript as requested by your agent in a single word document. Address your covering letter as if you were sending it directly to the agent. Be careful to check the correct spelling of their name and also include your telephone number on your letter.
  • Add your name and agent one-to-one date to the header of the document.
  • Email your submission to agent121@iaminprint.co.uk by the stated submission deadline.
Zoe Antoniades
Zoe Antoniades

LOOKING FOR: MG

Zoe Antoniades was born in West London of Greek Cypriot parents. She graduated from the University of Hull with a degree in English and Drama and later trained as a teacher at the Institute of Education (UCL).

Zoe writes collaboratively with young people and has published four anthologies of short stories: Invincible Voices – Long Shorts, Medium Shorts and Short Shorts which were launched at Waterstones, Chiswick in 2017. The fourth book in the series, Invincible Voices – Winter Shorts, was published in September 2018. Zoe has also written a memoir, Tea and Baklavas which won the Winchester Writers’ Festival Memoir Prize, 2015.

Now signed with Andersen Press, Zoe has written the hilarious and heartwarming series about London-Cypriot twins, Cally & Jimmy. The first title, Twins in Trouble was published in September 2020 the second book, Twintastic, in April 2021 and the third, Twins Together in
February 2022.

Zoe also works as a creative writing workshop leader providing interactive classes and author talks online as well as visiting schools and appearing at libraries, bookshops, festivals and events nationwide and even in Cyprus.

Zoe would like you to submit a covering letter, 1 page synopsis and the first three chapters (or 10,000 words whichever is longest) of your manuscript in a single word document.

John Baker - Literary Agent at Bell, Lomax, Moreton for Literary Agent 121s
John Baker

LOOKING FOR: YA FANTASY, ADULT FICTION

John Baker joined Bell Lomax Moreton in 2019 as a junior agent. Alongside reading every book containing a jaded space captain, an in-over-his-head supernatural detective, or a past-their-prime mercenary crew on one last mission and all possible adventures in between, John has been building a small but unique list of authors, who all share a passion for subverting expectations and creating rich new worlds of adventure.

John is looking for anything under the broad church of SFF, from literary to pulpy, high fantasy to gritty urban, but he would especially love to hear from anyone under-represented in the genre, particularly neurodiverse writers. John is also keen to grow his horror list, but definitely in the vein of psychological terror more than straight gore-fest. John will also accept YA fantasy.

John would like you to submit a covering letter, 1-2 page synopsis and the first three chapters (or 10,000 words whichever is longest) of your manuscript in a single word document.

Ian Drury - Literary Agent
Ian Drury

LOOKING FOR: ADULT FICTION, NON-FICTION

Ian has been a literary agent at Sheil Land Associates since 2007. Before that he worked in the magazine business and at Cassell & Co, then HarperCollins and was Publishing Director at Weidenfeld & Nicolson. Since he is also the author of a number of history books, he has seen this business from all sides. His clients include bestselling fantasy novelist Mark Lawrence, the historical novelists Angus Donald and Robert Fabbri, military historians Peter Hart and Martin Windrow and the biographer Oliver Soden.

Ian is interested in receiving fantasy, science fiction, historical fiction, crime thrillers and action/adventure; and on the non-fiction side history, biography and music.

Ian would like you to submit a covering letter, 1 page synopsis and the first three chapters or 5,000 words of your manuscript in a single word document.

Nicole Etherington - I AM Writing Festival - Winchester
Nicole Etherington

LOOKING FOR: ADULT FICTION, NON-FICTION

Nicole Etherington is an assistant agent at Hardman & Swainson. As a teenager, she was convinced she would have a career as an artist, painting Hockney-esque landscapes. She studies Fine Art at Falmouth University, but it wasn’t long before she realised she wasn’t a natural with a paintbrush and her interest lay in telling stories. In 2015, she joined the MA Writing course at Liverpool John Moore’s University. Words felt much more cooperative and forgiving than oils and acrylics and her love for reading grew. Before joining Hardman & Swainson as an assistant in 2018, she interned at Blake Friedmann Literary Agency for nine months.

Although she likes to read outside her comfort zone, Nicole’s tastes lean towards literary and book club fiction. She loves stories set in isolated places, issues driven contemporary fiction that explores nuanced relationships or darker topics, and novels based on or loosely-inspired by true events. In terms of non-fiction, she is drawn to books that make her think or explore familiar topics in interesting ways.

Nicole would like you to submit a covering letter, 1 – 2 page synopsis and the first three chapters of your manuscript in a single word document. 
Ellie Farmer - I AM Writing Festival Winchester
Eleanor Farmer

LOOKING FOR: PICTURE BOOKS

Eleanor Farmer is Editorial Director of the picture book list at Little Tiger, a UK-based publisher specialising in children’s books. She loves stories that make her laugh, are packed with personality and charm, and that engage young minds. She is always searching for fresh voices or interesting approaches to evergreen themes. During her career in children’s publishing she has edited novelty books, non-fiction titles and licensed properties.

Eleanor would like you to submit a covering letter, one picture book story of no more than 600 words in a single word document. (Themes should be appropriate for the age group).

Jo Fletcher - I AM Writing Festival - Winchester
Jo Fletcher

LOOKING FOR: ADULT FICTION

Jo Fletcher is founder and Publisher of Jo Fletcher Books, Quercus’ SF/Fantasy/Horror imprint (now part of Hachette). The former Fleet Street investigative journalist has worked for, amongst others, Headline, Pan and Penguin, and ran the Gollancz genre list for 16 years. Her award-winning, bestselling authors have included Sir Terry Pratchett, Sir Arthur C. Clarke, Andrzej Sapkowski, Ben Aaronovitch, Charlaine Harris and Joe Hill. As well as editing and publishing, she is also an award-winning poet, writer and ghost-writer. Her work includes non-fiction, ghost-written military and historical, fantasy and horror fiction.
INTERESTED IN: Science Fiction, fantasy and horror, but has in her career published all types of commercial fiction including thrillers, crime, women’s fiction and romance, and can always pass anything outside her own imprint’s needs to colleagues within Quercus.

Jo would like you to submit a covering letter, 1 page synopsis and the first three chapters of your manuscript in a single word document.

Lucy Irvine - Literary Agent at Peter Fraser Dunlop providing Literary Agent 121s
Lucy Irvine

LOOKING FOR: PICTURE BOOKS, MG, YA, ADULT FICTION

Lucy Irvine is an Associate Agent at Peter Fraser Dunlop working primarily on their children’s list. After graduating from University College London with an MA in Issues in Modern Culture in 2017, she interned at Agora Books, PFD’s publishing arm, before becoming assistant to CEO Caroline Michel. She began building her own list in the summer of 2019. Alongside building her own list of clients, Lucy sells foreign rights in children’s and YA titles in Eastern Europe and Russia, and handles audio narration rights for the agency.

Lucy is looking particularly for commercial Middle Grade and YA and is drawn to narratives driven by world building; quick-paced, addictive, and adventurous, with returnable series potential. She loves stories set in worlds that pull you in and stay with you long after you’ve finished reading. She is also looking for picture books and would love to see both funny stories and stories that pack an emotional punch. She is always looking for LGBTQIA+ stories, and would love to see stories with diverse protagonists and casts of characters that are rooted in joy and celebration rather than trauma – although these are very welcome too. She’s particularly keen on fantasy, sci-fi, and speculative fiction, and in these genres will read submissions aimed at adults as well as children’s and YA.

Lucy would like you to submit a covering letter, 1 – 2 page synopsis and the first three chapters of your manuscript in a single word document. For Picture Books please submit a covering letter and texts for two completed stories.

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Molly Jamieson

LOOKING FOR: PICTURE BOOKS, MG, YA, ADULT FICTION

Molly Jamieson has been working at United Agents LLP for just over four years, working across adult and children’s books, and before that she worked at Curtis Brown. She has recently started building her own client list which already includes million-copy selling authors and bestsellers.

Molly has a particular interest in sci-fi and fantasy, both for children’s books and on the adult side, but more specifically anything on the more commercial end of things – big stories, high stakes, twists and turns. In children’s books she will happily take a look at any age group from picture books right up to YA and any genre (she loves anything whimsical, funny, adventurous), and on the adult side she is keen to see historical, reading group, and commercial fiction. She is not the right agent for literary fiction, or military/espionage thrillers.

Molly would like you to submit a covering letter, 1 page synopsis and the first three chapters or 10,000 words of your manuscript in a single word document. For picture books, please submit a covering letter and 2 picture books in a single document.

Jade Kavanagh - Literary Agent offering Literary Agent 121s
Jade Kavanagh

LOOKING FOR: ADULT FICTION

Jade Kavanagh is a Junior Agent at Darley Anderson Literary Agency. She has a degree in English Literature from the University of Westminster then went on to achieve her Masters in Modern and Contemporary Fictions. Alongside assisting Camilla Bolton on her list of clients Jade is starting to build her own list of crime, thriller, and suspense authors. Jade is particularly interested in gripping psychological suspense, commercial thrillers, and escapist stories with a vivid sense of place.

Jade would like you to submit a covering letter, 1 -2 page synopsis and the first three chapters of your completed manuscript in a single word document.

Angharad Kowal Stannus - I AM Writing Festival - Winchester
Angharad Kowal Stannus

LOOKING FOR: ILLUSTRATED FICTION 7+, YA, ADULT FICTION

Founded by Angharad Kowal Stannus in 2017, KSA is a UK-based full-service Literary and Illustration Agency dedicated to serving the needs of its clients across books, licensing and entertainment. Representing Authors and Illustrators of Fiction and Nonfiction for the Adult and Children’s markets, its focus is on maximizing its Clients’ sales potential across multiple income streams and working together to support creative, inventive and dynamic work. As an American based in the UK, Angharad prides herself on having in-depth knowledge of the British, American and International markets as well as a background not only in Agenting, but in Publishing and Licensing too.

Angharad spent the first ten years of her career at Simon & Schuster in NY as Rights Director, selling International, Film &Television, and Merchandise Rights. In 2008, she set up and headed the London office of a major NYC Literary Agency, working across a wide range of Fiction, Nonfiction, YA, and Children’s titles.

Angharad’s current wish list includes: Adult Book Club Fiction, quality crossover – along the lines of THE TIME TRAVELLER’S WIFE or WHERE THE CRAWDAD’S SING, Young Adult Fiction and novels or Illustrated fiction Age 7+

Angharad would like you to submit a covering letter, 1 page synopsis and the first three chapters of your manuscript in a single word document.

Vicky Leech - I AM Writing Festival - Winchester
Vicky Leech

LOOKING FOR: YA, ADULT FICTION

Vicky Leech is a commissioning editor at Voyager and Magpie, both part of HarperCollins UK. She specialises in science fiction and fantasy, and is starting to commission Young Adult fiction for the new Magpie imprint. She has worked with a range of bestselling authors and is passionate about finding new voices in this space.

Vicky would like you to submit a covering letter, 1 page synopsis and the first 5,000 words of your manuscript in a single word document.

Phoebe Morgan - I AM Writing Festival - Winchester
Phoebe Morgan

LOOKING FOR: ADULT FICTION

Phoebe Morgan is an editorial director at HarperCollins UK. She has published a range of Sunday Times, New York Times and Kindle bestsellers including GIRL A by Abigail Dean, THE CHALET by Catherine Cooper, WHILE JUSTICE SLEEPS by Stacey Abrams and SLEEP by C.L. Taylor. She loves finding new authors and is also a writer herself, with four thrillers published in ten languages and a fifth coming out in 2023. In 2018 she won a London Book Fair Trailblazer award and in 2021 she was named the Bookseller Shooting Star.

She writes about the publishing industry at www.phoebemorganauthor.com and you can find her on Twitter @Phoebe_A_Morgan.

Phoebe would like you to submit a covering letter, 1 page synopsis and the first 5,000 words of your manuscript in a single word document.

Lucy Morris - Literary Agent at Curtis Brown providing Literary Agent 121s
Lucy Morris

LOOKING FOR: ADULT FICTION

Lucy Morris joined the Curtis Brown Books Department in September 2014 from Bloomsbury Publishing. She represents commercial and literary fiction, as well as a range of narrative non-fiction and memoir. She is fortunate to represent a list of hugely talented authors, including Hazel Barkworth, Cash Carraway, Gillian McAllister, Chịkọdịlị Emelụmadụ and Elizabeth Lee. Across fiction and non-fiction she is always drawn to clever observation and imaginative storytelling and loves structural conceits and deftly woven plots, writing with purpose – and a sense of mischief. She will read anything by Liane Moriarty, Maggie O’Farrell and Mhairi McFarlane, while other favourites include Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong, Take Me In by Sabine Durrant, Sorrow and Bliss by Meg Mason and Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo.

Lucy would like you to submit a covering letter, 1-2 page synopsis and the first 3000 words of your manuscript in a single word document.

Kate Nash - Literary Agent offering Literary Agent 121s
Kate Nash

LOOKING FOR: ADULT FICTION

As a former author, publisher, publicist and marketer, Kate Nash has seen every side of publishing and set up the Kate Nash Literary Agency so she could do “the best job in publishing”. She was listed in the Top Twenty in UK Fiction by Publishers Marketplace (2017), named a 2018 Bookseller Rising Star and was awarded Agent of the Year by the Romantic Novelists’ Association in 2019. Her reading tastes – from crime fiction to rom coms – are highly commercial and reflected in her wishlist. Kate is looking for crime, thrillers and romantic fiction.

Kate would like you to submit a covering letter, 1 page synopsis and the first three chapters of your manuscript in a single word document.

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Tanera Simons

LOOKING FOR: ADULT FICTION

Tanera Simons joined Darley Anderson in 2017 with a view to building their women’s fiction list. She is actively looking for standout stories and compelling voices in all areas of the genre, but particularly enjoys contemporary rom-coms, uplifting love stories, and sweeping historical romances. Tanera currently represents authors Beth O’Leary, Sandie Jones, Mandy Baggot, Claire Frost, Lauren North, Nicola Gill, and Mary Hargreaves, to name a few. Collectively, her authors have Sunday Times top 5 bestselling status, a Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick, and WH Smiths’ Fiction Book of the Year.

She is always on the lookout for fiction that has a clear, standout hook, high-concept love stories, and voices from under-represented backgrounds. She doesn’t currently have any historical fiction on her list and would love to find a character-driven timeslip or historical romance. She loves fiction that challenges her expectations and that brings something new to the genre, as well as feel-good, escapist rom-coms – there is no such thing as a ‘guilty pleasure’ book! Recent reads that she has really enjoyed include Rebecca Serle’s In Five Years, Brit Bennett’s The Vanishing Half, and debut author Emily Houghton’s Before I Saw You.

Tanera would like you to submit a covering letter, synopsis and the first three chapters of your manuscript in a single word document.