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SUNDAY IS A LITTLE DIFFERENT!


At I AM in print we want everyone to feel included, whatever your story. So for the first time in Winchester the festival is opening up on a Pay-As-You-Go ticket basis for the Sunday workshops.

You can either take advantage of one of our package prices and attend the whole day of workshops including the agent panel talk or for £37 you can chose just one workshop. Whatever you pick, you can soak up the creative atmosphere, surrounded by like-minded people… and books!

With a whole range of topics on Sunday you will find favourites like how to get published in both fiction and non-fiction, how to pitch to an agent, show not tell and finding the right voice. In addition, choose from a whole host of workshops aimed at poets and songwriters, writing for TV, upping your social media game, and even podcasting! We hope we’ve created a festival that really does have something for everyone.

09:30 - 11:30 - SUNDAY 12 JUNE 2022 (WORKSHOP #SU1)

SLAY THE SLUSH PILE

JOHN BAKER | WORKSHOP (REF: SU1A)

09:30 – 11:30 | SUNDAY 12 JUNE 2022

Have no fear, John is here to talk through all the dos and the many, many don’ts on submitting to literary agents. Learn how to dodge the instant noes, hook the agent’s attention, and elevate what is extra special about your work. He’ll bring examples of the cover emails that had him diving in for more, the comps that got caught his eye and help you work on perfecting your pitches, with extra special prizes to be won.

More about John Baker
John joined Bell Lomax Moreton in 2019 where, as a junior agent, he is focusing on building his own small, cultivated list, shaped around his passion for Science Fiction and Fantasy, alongside providing administrative support across the agency. 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 speculative 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’s clients include Gabriela Houston, A. M. Shine, Esmie Jikiemi-Pearson, Nadia Attia and Salma Ibrahim.

WHO SHOULD BE TELLING THIS STORY?

ADRIENNE DINES | WORKSHOP (REF: SU1B)

09:30 – 11:30 | SUNDAY 12 JUNE 2022

This is a workshop that considers who readers need to hear when they read a story. Who should the storyteller be – a viewpoint character, an onlooker or you, the author? What happens if that voice gets in the way? How can you tell? We’ll look at authorial voice, narrative choices and the how the viewpoint you choose affects the story being told.

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.

PICTURE BOOK IDEAS

DAVID LITCHFIELD | WORKSHOP (REF: SU1E)

09:30 – 11:30 | SUNDAY 12 JUNE 2022

In this session David will workshop new picture book ideas that could potentially be developed in the future. Imagine and explore together where ideas come from and how we can all tell unique and captivating stories drawing from our own experiences. There will be an opportunity to develop an idea for a brand new picture book text within this session.

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.

SHOW NOT TELL – IT’S ALL ABOUT DRAMATISATION

VANESSA HARBOUR | WORKSHOP (REF: SU1D)

09:30 – 11:30 | SUNDAY 12 JUNE 2022

Show not tell is a phrase bandied about a lot. This workshop explores what the phrase means and how you can approach it in your writing. Show not tell can often be referred to as dramatisation and we consider how you might do that in your writing. Don’t dismiss telling though, there is a time and a place for it.

Explore the power of dialogue, how important it is to use all the senses and how vital it is to use details in your writing and the difference it can make when bringing your narrative to life. Throughout the workshop, there will be exercises and opportunities to write. For the final exercise please bring 750 words of your own writing that you would like to discuss and consider in relation to show not tell. There will be an opportunity to rewrite this based on what you now understand after the session and to then workshop it with your peers.

More about Vanessa Harbour

Vanessa Harbour is an author who happens to be disabled and an academic who loves words and believes in living life to the full regardless of what it throws at her. In particular, she likes to weave her words into stories for children and young adults providing moments of hope in a difficult world. Her novel Flight, a historical middle-grade adventure was published by Firefly in 2018. It was shortlisted for the Branford Boase and Sheffield Children’s Book Award. It was also picked by the EmpathyLabUK for their Guide for Empathy Reads in 2020. Safe, the sequel to Flight will be published in September 2022. She is currently working on an adult historical novel.

Vanessa has a creative practice PhD which focused on creative writing and young adult fiction. She is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Winchester and has been for 15+ years. Previously she has also worked as an editor and workshop leader at the Golden Egg Academy.

11:45 - 12:30 - SUNDAY 12 JUNE 2022 (PANEL #SUL)

ASK AN AGENT

JOHN BAKER, ARABELLA STEIN & JO WILLIAMSON | PANEL (REF: SUL)

11:45 – 12:30 | SUNDAY 12 JUNE 2022

Here is your chance to ask an agent anything you would like to know about how to perfect your submission package, what an agent loves and hates to see in a covering letter, what will get you out of the slushpile and what happens if they fall in love with your work. 

 

John Baker - I AM Writing Festival - Winchester
More about John Baker
John joined Bell Lomax Moreton in 2019 where, as a junior agent, he is focusing on building his own small, cultivated list, shaped around his passion for Science Fiction and Fantasy, alongside providing administrative support across the agency. 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 speculative 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’s clients include Gabriela Houston, A. M. Shine, Esmie Jikiemi-Pearson, Nadia Attia and Salma Ibrahim.
Arabella Stein - I AM Writing Festival - Winchester
More about Arabella Stein

Representing award-winning and best-selling illustrators and authors, both established and at the beginning of their careers, Arabella is particularly drawn to artwork with an immediate and unforgettable impact; individual, yet relatable characters and a strong narrative. Arabella is able to inspire and encourage artists and authors – setting up long lasting collaborations with publishers internationally. Arabella is also now leading the literary list at Bright.

Jo Williamson - I AM Writing Festival - Winchester
More about Jo Williamson

Jo Williamson has been in publishing for over 25 years. Having worked in Children’s books PR for Dorling Kindersley, HarperCollins and Orion, she started as an agent with Antony Harwood in 2008. She feels very privileged being with authors at the very start of their publishing journey and enjoys close working relationships with all her clients. From editorial help, general advice on the publishing world, guiding careers long-term and general cheerleading, she feels she has the perfect job. Although nothing is off limits and she loves being surprised by submissions.

13:00 - 15:00 - SUNDAY 12 JUNE 2022 (WORKSHOP #SU2)

THE 2022 SOCIAL MEDIA UPDATE: FINDING WHERE YOU FIT

LEX BROOKMAN | WORKSHOP (REF: SU2A)

13:00 – 15:00 | SUNDAY 12 JUNE 2022

Whether you’ve got your feet firmly in Facebook, or you’re giving it all to the ‘gram, everyone needs a refresher. And with the rate that new features and algorithms are being rolled out, it’s easy to feel a little overwhelmed. Join Lex to chat about all things social, she’ll give you the lowdown, and you can all figure out where you fit. You’ll spend time on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok and YouTube, with a few honorable mentions of platforms to take a peek at, if you’re feeling brave. This session is dedicated to authors / writers / creatives who are looking to up their social media game, build a community, celebrate your work, and have a little fun whilst you’re at it!

You’ll need: your preferred method of note-taking, and your mobile phone.

More about Lex Brookman

Lex Brookman is a freelance Marketing & Communications strategist, specialising in ‘launch moments’. Having spent the majority of her life online, she’s fully versed in the latest trends and strategies for making your big moments resonate with the ideal audiences around the world, both on and offline. Lex also has experience in events and project management on an international level, brand strategy, content creation, freelance mentorship and more. She’s also partial to a good crime novel.

WRITING AUTHENTIC CRIME FICTION

STUART GIBBON | WORKSHOP (REF: SU2C)

13:00 – 15:00 | SUNDAY 12 JUNE 2022

The workshop will cover a number of areas providing attendees with the knowledge to write crime, thriller and police procedural with confidence. Topics will include ranks/roles, research, arrest and detention, police characters and murder investigation. The workshop will be interactive and will include ample opportunity to ask questions.

More about Stuart Gibbon

Stuart Gibbon is a former police officer who served for 30 years in London and the East Midlands. He was a detective at every rank from Constable to Chief Inspector. As a DCI he was a Senior Investigating Officer (SIO) in charge of murder investigations. Stuart now works as a writing consultant, offering advice to authors to help them ensure that their police procedures are accurate and authentic. He also writes true crime books and commentates on TV true crime documentaries.

WHAT IS LITERARY FICTION? 

HELEN SALSBURY AND LOREE WESTRON | WORKSHOP (REF: SU2E)

13:00 – 15:00 | SUNDAY 12 JUNE 2022

What is ‘literary fiction’ and how does it differ from its genre cousins? This workshop will explore key elements of literary fiction such as its experimental or poetic use of language, its preoccupation with character, and the all-important ‘gap’ that allows a story to continue living in the reader’s mind long after they’ve finished the final page. After analysing examples from well-known authors, Helen and Loree will guide participants through a series of exercises and help them discover the often indefinable mysteries of the form.

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

As the founder of Pens of the Earth and a former yoga teacher, Helen Salsbury is an experienced workshop and event leader, whose workshops have included the crossover Portsmouth BookFest event Yoga for Writers. Helen’s debut novel Sometimes When I Sleep was published by Troubador in October 2021. She is a published short story writer, spoken word performer and trained community journalist who has been longlisted for the Mslexia novel competition and shortlisted for the Impress Prize for New Writers.

Website: www.helensalsbury.com

Loree Westron - I AM Writing Festival Winchester
More about Loree Westron
Loree Westron is an American writer, reviewer and educator now living in the UK. Her short fiction has been shortlisted in competitions including the Fish Prize, the V.S. Pritchett Memorial Prize and the Seattle Review Fiction Contest, and published in journals and anthologies including The London Magazine. She holds a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Chichester, and has taught on undergraduate programmes there and at Portsmouth University. Her debut novel Missing Words was published last year by Fairlight Moderns.

HOW TO QUERY A PICTURE BOOK AGENT 

ARABELLA STEIN | WORKSHOP (REF: SU2F)

13:00 – 15:00 | SUNDAY 12 JUNE 2022

Global Head of Publishing at the Bright Agency, Arabella Stein works constantly to inspire and develop picture book artists and authors while building lasting relationships with publishers around the world. In this workshop, Arabella will talk you through the dos and don’ts when querying a picture book agent, including what to put in your cover letter, how to write a killer pitch paragraph, how to present your work, what to include in your portfolio, and some turn-offs for agents. She’ll also advise you on what an agent can do for you and your work, and some of the key things you should look for in an agent, and how to pick the right agency to send your work to.

More about Arabella Stein

Representing award-winning and best-selling illustrators and authors, both established and at the beginning of their careers, Arabella is particularly drawn to artwork with an immediate and unforgettable impact; individual, yet relatable characters and a strong narrative. Arabella is able to inspire and encourage artists and authors – setting up long lasting collaborations with publishers internationally. Arabella is also now leading the literary list at Bright.

15:15 - 17:15 - SUNDAY 12 JUNE 2022 (WORKSHOP #SU3)

SHORT STORY MASTERCLASS

SARA NAIDINE COX | WORKSHOP (REF: SU3A)

15:15 – 17:15 | SUNDAY 12 JUNE 2022

In this class, Sara teaches her approach to imaginative storytelling, voice and plot. Learn how to find your unique voice, develop original ideas and breathe life into your characters. Discover Sara’s philosophy on what drives a story – how to structure a short story for maximum impact and how to set yourself apart in this competitive sector. Sara will also share industry tips and techniques for writers wishing to submit for publication.

More about Sara Naidine Cox

Sara 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

THE WRITERS’ ROOM EXPERIENCE: COLLABORATIVE WRITING FOR TV

BRADFORD GYORI | WORKSHOP (REF: SU3D)

15:15 – 17:15 | SUNDAY 12 JUNE 2022

In this highly interactive session, you will work in small teams to create treatments for TV. Discover collaborative techniques from professional writers’ rooms. As you work to create a compelling treatment, you will learn what to include and what to leave out. You will find out how to brainstorm, vet new ideas and refine them. You will also explore strategic pitching techniques and learn how to match your concept to formats networks are looking for. Best of all, you will discover how to avoid “group think” and amplify “group genius.”

More about Bradford Gyori

Bradford Gyori is Principal Academic in Digital Storytelling at Bournemouth University, UK. He leads the MA in Creative Writing and Publishing. He has worked as a writer-producer for such networks as MTV, VH1, E!, FX and HBO, and he was the head writer of the Emmy winning series Talk Soup. He has been nominated for 5 Emmys. His theatrical works have been presented by Steppenwolf theatre, Phoenix Theatre and Bournemouth Emerging Arts Fringe. He is the Founder and Artistic Director of Starecase Productions. His short fiction has been published in No Parties Magazine, Café Irreal, The Museum Journal and Lighten up. 

HOW TO GET PUBLISHED IN FICTION

JO FLETCHER | WORKSHOP (REF: SU3C)

15:15 – 17:15 | SUNDAY 12 JUNE 2022

The pandemic gave many people the opportunity to complete the novel they’d always planned to write. So today, literary agencies and publishers are awash with scripts awaiting their attention. How do you get yours to the top of the inbox and not just slid into the ‘reject’ folder? Publisher Jo Fletcher reveals the do’s and don’ts of today’s market. Some are timeless (get the agent’s name right) others less so.

More about Jo Fletcher

Jo 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.

SOUND & TEXT – APPROACHES TO CREATIVE PODCASTING

AND WRITING FOR AUDIO

ANTOSH WOJCIK | WORKSHOP (REF: SU3F)

15:15 – 17:15 | SUNDAY 12 JUNE 2022

This short course will introduce some creative approaches to concepting, writing and developing podcasts, as well as examine artistic tools that writing for audio provides writers of any form. Together you’ll seek to answer: why should this idea be presented in audio? Beginners are welcome, as are advanced writers. Bring along a summary or draft of an idea, story, poem, play that you are thinking of turning into a podcast / audio piece.

More about Antosh Wojcik

Antosh Wojcik is a poet, producer and sound designer. He is a member of the creative house, FWRDMTN, and produces literary events and development activities for ArtfulScribe. In 2020, he produced three radio plays for BBC Arts as part of Calling The Shots’ New Creatives Scheme and led the ‘Soundtext’ poetry & sound course for The Poetry School. He is currently writing, sound designing and developing the short film, Trip The Light Fantastic, dir. Xenia Glen, which is supported by BFI Southwest.

Sunday In-Person #Agent121s

(Please note in-person #agent121s do not include the Virtual Talks)

What happens when you book an #agent121 on Sunday 12 June 2022?

  • 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.

The deadline for emailing your submission package is 20 May 2022.

Checkout issues? Book here.