Mark your calendar!
(Booking opens on 3 March, 2020)
10 – 12, July, 2020
at the University of Winchester, Hampshire UK
Struggling to edit your manuscript? Interested in developing a plot line? Eager to find an agent or publisher?
The Writers’ Weekend is for writers working at all levels and in every genre who want to improve their writing, network with agents, published authors and other writers and get their manuscript published.
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Eoin Colfer and Lissa Evans announced as Keynote Speakers
for the inaugural Writers’ Weekend
Eoin Colfer is the author of the internationally bestselling Artemis Fowl books. Kenneth Branagh directed the movie version for Disney, which will be released in May, 2020. Eoin’s books have won numerous awards including The UK Children’s Book of the Year, The Irish Children’s Book of the Year and The German Children’s Book of the Year. The BBC made a hit series based on his book Half Moon Investigations.
Eoin also writes crime novels featuring Irish bouncer Daniel McEvoy. He has just finished a two year term as Ireland’s Children’s Laureate and was delighted to be allowed play around with the Iron Man character in his 2016 novel The Gauntlet. For theatre, he has written scripts for the musicals The Lords of Love and Noël, and the plays Holy Mary, Dustin The Turkey’s Comeback Vehicle and My Real Life. His latest books are The Fowl Twins and Highfire, a fantasy novel for big children.
Lissa Evans is the author of five novels for adults, including Their Finest Hour and a Half (filmed in 2017 as ‘Their Finest’, starring Bill Nighy and Gemma Arterton), Crooked Heart (longlisted for the Baileys Prize) and Old Baggage (a #1 Times bestseller, and shortlisted for the Bollinger Prize for Comic Fiction).
She has also written three books for children: Small Change for Stuart, Big Change for Stuart and Wed Wabbit. Both Small Change and Wed Wabbit were shortlisted for the Costa Award and the Carnegie Medal.
Before becoming a writer, Lissa initially studied medicine, but later worked in radio and television comedy, where she produced and directed numerous series, including ‘Room 101’ and ‘Father Ted’.
Welcome to the Writers' Weekend
“Awesome events, brilliant and informative sessions! Writing is hard work and often lonely, so events like this one are so important for writers to network – make friends and find support. This event excels at this. Not only does it offer seminars and workshops for writers to learn and improve upon their work, but also opportunities to meet with agents to pitch and authors for professional feedback. It also offers time – breakfasts, dinners, lunches, coffee breaks, open mics – perfect times for writers to get to know each other and continue on their writing journey knowing others are right there with them. This is what this weekend does best!”