Writing a novel? Struggling to edit your manuscript? Interested in developing a plot line?
Eager to find an agent or publisher?
The Virtual Writers’ Weekend is for writers working at all levels and in every genre who want to improve their writing, get their manuscript published, and network with agents, published authors, and other writers in a friendly and supportive environment.
The 2021 Virtual Writers' Weekend was held from 24-27 June with record attendance!
See what attendees had to say and scroll down for a short round-up on this year's event!
And that’s a wrap!
The 2021 Writers’ Weekend was host to a record number of attendees from 23 countries, including New Zealand, the Philippines, Pakistan, Sweden, Norway, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, France, all over the USA and Canada, Hungary, Greece, Cyprus, Australia, Belgium, the Netherlands, Ireland, Scotland, Romania, and of course, England!
We enjoyed 18 talks on the craft of writing, keynotes by the delightful Diana Gabaldon and incredible illustrator Chris Riddell, plus over 600 one-to-one appointments with 33 top literary agents, publishers and author mentors. Attendees met each other for small-group Braindate discussions on interesting topics, such as the highs and lows of the submission process and self-publishing. A number of speakers also offered their expertise in Braindates, and some took the opportunity to form writing groups by genre or location.
Our exceptional speakers included bestselling and award-winning novelists Robert Fabbri, Kate Mosse, Lissa Evans, Tracey Corderoy, MG Leonard, Derek Miller, Kiran Millwood Hargrave, Reshma Ruia, Helen Fields, induststry specialists Ness Wood, Jo Fletcher, Ian Drury, Ella Kahn, Megan Carroll, Laura Williams, Denise Baden, Candy Gourlay, Kira-Anne Pelican and Adrienne Dines. The programme is overflowing with ways to learn, discuss, ask questions, be inspired and entertained, and meet others.
The highlight for many were the one-to-one sessions with the many literary agents and publishers that attended to give supportive commercial feedback on manuscripts. For a list of the agents and publishers attending, see our Speaker page and click on ‘Virtual One-to-One Mentors’.
And we must also mention the fabulous evening events, including Success Story Author Readings given by nine debut authors that found success, in part, by attending the Writers’ Weekend, a panel led by best-selling author Kate Mosse and including author Abi Dare and literary agent Lucy Morris to help women to discover and develop their writing talent, plus an informative panel given by professional editors at Reedsy.com.
Competition winners were announced on Friday evening and can be viewed on the Competition Winners page.
The Expo was buzzing with the opportunity to have a virtual chat with exhibitors and take advantage of special discounts offered to attendees. Check out our Exhibitors page to see them all!
It was wonderful to see old friends and make new ones at the Writers’ Weekend and as recordings are now available, attendees can enjoy the talks throughout the summer.
We hope that those that attended this year enjoyed the Weekend and we hope to see you next year!
2021 Keynote Speakers
Best-selling author of the Outlander series
Award-winning illustrator and author of books for children
Fans of Diana’s hugely popular Outlander series were delighted to hear her talk that mixed her writing process, readings from her upcoming ninth book in the series, Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone, and answering questions from the audience (Apparently, Lizzie is a mushroom! Who knew?)
Illustrator, author and political cartoonist, Chris presented a fascinating talk about his inspirations and writing process, whilst sketching throughout! It was a rare glimpse into his shed at the bottom of his garden. He illustrated his entire talk enthralling the audience with his drawing skills and had us all in hysterics!