Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Forward to the Festival

Less than a month to go to the Festival of Writing in York.
And, yes, I'm really excited about it.

Imagine - a whole weekend spent in the company of other writers, being surrounded by the full literary experience of talking about the crafting (and selling) of words.
Bliss.
I'm going to be the there for the full weekend.
On Friday, Emma Darwin and I are running the Self Edit Your Work for Market mini course.
Saturday morning, I'm running a workshop concentrating on how to deal with the thorny problem of handling POVs.
Then, on Saturday afternoon, I'll be doing an hour of 1-1 sessions, meeting with writers (who will have submitted writing in advance) and discussing their book.
Saturday night, there's a gala dinner.  (What to wear???)
Then on Sunday, I have another session of 1-1s.

In between, I'm going to have to decide whether to explore York, gatecrash some of the other workshops, hang out and chat with anyone around, or (and this is my fantasy) sit and work on my own WIP, inspired by the atmosphere.

Oh and there will be lots of people there I'm really looking forward to seeing.  Some I already know - either through my writers' group or because they've attended workshops I've run in the past.  Others I know through blogging or Facebook.  And I can't wait to put faces to authors whose books I have worked on but who I've never met in Real Life.

Bookings close on 25th March, so if you'd like to join us all, you'd better act fast.

10 comments:

JJ Beattie said...

*Sigh*

Sometimes, I really wish I didn't live in Thailand.

JJ Beattie said...

PS I do look forward to post mortems in huge detail! Have a lovely time...

Queenie said...

It sounds fabulous. If you decide to explore York, I recommend walking around the walls. I bet you'll have a wonderful time, whatever you do.

Debi said...

JJ - I'm thinking I might live blog the weekend, so watch this space.

Queenie - I bet you're right ...

BarbaraS said...

Magic! Hope you have a ball there, and get lots of kudos too :)

Debi said...

Eek! A ball, Babs? Do I have to wear a ballgown to that gala dinner???

Emma Darwin said...

Sooo looking forward to it! Though I can't see a moment to change into best bib and tucker for the dinner, so I'll be the one in the jeans with a drip of coffee where I was talking too hard to notice at lunchtime...

But whatever you do, don't reckon to get any of your own work done. If you're not teaching or Doctoring or drinking, you'll be being cornered by an aspiring writer...

And it'll take at least a day back home to calm down sufficiently to wash up a teaspoon, let alone write.

Debi said...

Dirty teaspoons chez Alper mid April then ...

JJ Beattie said...

Oh that would be so brilliant. And if you can arrange some cyber wine at the same time...

Debi said...

Virtual vino on tap, JJ.