Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Countdown to York Festival of Writing

Only a couple of months to go to the next Festival of Writing in York and things are hotting up.  Some of the biggest names in the business will be there: authors, agents and publishers.  I can't wait to meet people like Nicola Morgan, whom I know online but have yet to meet in Real Life.


Click here to see the full programme.
Details of the Friday mini-courses are here.  (I'm running one with Emma Darwin on Finding Your Voice.)
The workshop schedule is here. (I have a slot on Saturday on Breaking the 'Rules'.)
Included in the fee is the opportunity to pitch your book directly to agents or have it diagnosed and treated in one-to-one Book Doctor sessions.  See here. (I have 2 sessions on the Saturday (though one is now fully booked) and 3 on Sunday.)

On the Saturday evening there will be a gala dinner and another Authonomy Live event. Remember last year when Shelley Harris won?  You can see Shelley's own account of how the Festival changed her life here.

The last Festival was so amazing, I thought it would be tough to come up with another winner, but this one is shaping up to be even better.  I'm looking forward to renewing connections with people that I suspect are going to become regular attendees, as well as making new ones, all in the fabulous setting of York University.


Tickets are going fast but there are still some spaces left.  I know it's a lot of money for many people but I can promise it will be worthwhile.  You'll have a wonderful time, meet some inspiring people, get some incredibly useful personal feedback, learn new skills ... and ...
Who knows?  You could be this year's Shelley.

Raid the piggy bank; beg, steal or borrow; do whatever it takes but, if you possibly can, get yourself along here and start the booking process.

Look forward to seeing you!

6 comments:

Queenie said...

So wish I could go :-( but a big family party was already arranged for that weekend, and I can't miss it. I don't need to say 'have a good time' because I know you will.

Debi, don't you have a bar mitzvah to tell us about?

Debi said...

Ha! Yes, ma'am, I know, but you'll be pleased to hear I'm concentrating on whipping my WIP into some semblance of shape.

The Festival is here to stay, I'm sure, so there will be other opportunities. You would love it!

Michele Helene (Verilion) said...

This is going on my 2012 list of things to do, but I'm looking forward to hearing all about it. I'm looking forward to hearing about the Bar Mitzvah too.

Debi said...

See? We're already talking about 2012!

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