Frequently Asked Questions

When will the programme be announced?

The programme will be posted on this website before booking opens.

How much does it cost to attend?

There are a number of packages available that range from the Full Weekend package for £625, that includes all meals and accommodation, to the Virtual package for those unable to attend, which costs £36.

Is there disabled access and accommodation?

The University of Winchester is built on a slope and it is hard to avoid walking up and down sometimes steep inclines.  However, all of the buildings that will be utilised have lifts and accessible bathrooms.

Disabled parking can be found behind the Stripe building.  Please note that there are steps or a slope up to the Weekend Reception Desk in the Stripe.  If you are concerned about accessible parking, please contact us.  Our friendly volunteers are happy to help you, if you need it.

Unfortunately, all accessible accommodation is already being used by students that stay year-round.  However, there are a number of hotels in Winchester that have accessible rooms, including the Travelodge.  If you plan to stay overnight, it is best to secure accommodation as soon as possible, as Winchester is a popular tourist destination.

How old do I have to be to attend?

Attendees must be 18 or over.  However, young people, aged 16 or 17 may attend with a parent or guardian who has also paid to attend.  Please inform sara@writersweekend.uk if you are a young person attending.

My child would like to hear Eoin Colfer and Lissa Evans speak. Can they come?

There will be tickets available for Eoin Colfer and Lissa Evans’ keynote talks at a cost of £12 per ticket.  Tickets will go on sale in May.  As these speakers are popular with young people, we will welcome children aged 10 and up with a parent or guardian who has also purchased a ticket.  Children must leave immediately after the keynote and book-signing.

  • Please note that Eoin and Lissa will be directing their talks to an adult audience of emerging writers and will not be reading from their work.  Some of the content may not be appropriate for a young audience.
Tell me about the accommodation

Writers’ Weekend attendees that book our student accommodation should expect basic, but comfortable, accommodation in the Burma Road halls of residence on the main campus.  It is convenient to the buildings where workshops, talks and one-to-ones will take place and the upper floors have a spectacular view of St. Catherine’s Hill.

All of the rooms are single, ensuite bedrooms with desk, lamp, duvet and two pillows, sheets, two towels and a small pack of toiletries.  There is a kitchen on each floor with tea and coffee-making facilities.

It is recommended that you bring an extra towel, hair dryer (if necessary), and a few extra hangers.

Check-in is anytime after 2:00 pm and check-out is by 10:00 am on the day of departure.  (You may stow your luggage at the Weekend Reception Desk in the Stripe Building until you leave)

Arrival instructions will be emailed three weeks before the event.

What is a one-to-one?

As part of your package, you may meet one-to-one with a literary agent, commissioning editor or author mentor of your choice for supportive editorial feedback.  Writers that feel ready can pitch their work and may receive a request to see a full manuscript!  

Appointments are fifteen minutes long.  You are asked to upload your submission into our online system for the agents/editors to read and make notes in preparation for your one-to-one.

This golden opportunity to meet face-to-face with an agent can be nerve-wracking, but see it as a business meeting.  Agents and editors may be looking for specific things and if you receive lukewarm feedback, consider it a learning experience.  It is only one person’s opinion, after all.

If you aren’t ready to pitch your work, you may choose to meet with one of our friendly author mentors who will give you editorial feedback on your submission.  Most one-to-ones with our author mentors are 30 minutes long and count as two one-to-ones.

Can you cater for those of us with dietary issues?

When you book, you will have a choice of a regular or vegetarian meal.  The buffet lunches will have both offerings. If you have food allergies or other dietary restrictions, please note this when you book.  The university catering staff is used to accommodating all different types of dietary requirements and will do their best to deliver an enjoyable meal.

Is parking available?

Free parking is limited to the spaces in the ‘Dytche’ and Medecroft car parks.  Please refer to the ‘Venue’ tab on this website for a map.

Parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis.  A parking map and permit will be emailed three weeks before the event.

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