Georgina Lippiett

Georgina Lippiett is the social media expert and all-around huge help to the Writers’ Weekend.  She has an MA in Writing for Children, is an active member of SCBWI-BI and is delighted to be involved with the firest-ever Writers’ Weekend.

Hello!  I’m Sara Gangai, Director of the Writers’ Weekend and former Director of the Winchester Writers’ Festival, which was formed in 1980 by Barbara Large MBE and is owned by the University of Winchester.  Throughout the years, the Writers’ Festival was host to many distinguished authors, including Carol Ann Duffy, Sir Terry Pratchett, Sebastian Faulks, Lemn Sissay, Joanne Harris, Julian Fellowes, Patrick Gale and recently, Katherine Rundell.  The Festival was also the launchpad for over one hundred writers who found representation and, ultimately, publication by attending. 

In July, 2019, after 39 years, the university decided that the Festival would no longer be held in its current format going forward.  After receiving many appeals to not let this prestigious and much-loved conference fade away, I formed the ‘Writers’ Weekend‘, which will carry on the friendly and supportive atmosphere of the Writers’ Festival, but with a fresh programme. 

When the Covid19 pandemic struck, we changed direction yet again and created an exciting, fully virtual programme.  It will be dynamic, interactive and packed with talks, workshops, panels, one-to-one appointments with literary agents, peer-to-peer Writers’ Circles, Braindates to virtually discuss topics important to attendees, open mics and much more!  In addition, sessions will be recorded and available for up to one month after the event!

Keep an eye on this website, subscribe to our newsletter, or follow us on Twitter (@WritersWkend), or Facebook (Writers’ Wkend) for updates as the programme progresses.  

We are keen to find sponsors to ensure that the Writers’ Weekend starts off with a bang and continues for many years.  Please get in touch if you’d like to become a sponsor.

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Thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you from 9 – 12 July, 2020!

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