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2024 Bournemouth Writing Festival

The Bournemouth Writing Festival is a three-day event that celebrates the written word taking place on Friday 26th, Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th April 2024. This festival is a great opportunity for writers and other literary professionals to connect and collaborate. and learn a thing or two about writing!

The festival will feature keynote speakers, panel discussions, workshops, agent 1:2:1s, writing activities and plenty of networking opportunities. Our goal is to provide a platform for everyone, from beginners to experienced professionals, to share their ideas and learn more about writing and to get their work out into the world.

Talks, panels, masterclasses and workshops by renowned authors and writers. The festival will once again feature a line-up of authors, poets, journalists, screenwriters and industry experts, offering a range of inspiring talks, panel discussions, and hands-on workshops. From starting out, techniques and tips to enhance your prose, editing, querying and choosing the traditional vs self-publishing route, there is something for every writer to progress their writing and get it out into the world.


Expert 1:2:1s. New for 2024 is the chance to pitch your manuscript to literary agents and to get personalised feedback on aspects of your writing from industry professionals in private sessions. Marketing, plotting, querying, characterisation, agenting, pacing, funding - an expert will be available to help with your specific needs (price per session to be confirmed).


Inspiration to Write. The festival will host a variety of unique indoor and outdoor activities and events to help stimulate creativity. You’ll never have a blank page with the breadth of writing professionals and ideas at your fingertips.


Networking. The Bournemouth Writing Festival is not only a platform for learning but also an excellent opportunity to connect with local writers, agents, publishers, and other industry professionals. The festival's vibrant atmosphere and funky venues encourage meaningful networking and potential collaborations.


Poetry Hub. New for 2024 will be our Poetry Hub – an exclusive venue where poems and poets are in abundance! For complete beginners to seasoned pros, they will be activities, talks and inspiration-galore to get you writing.


Events for Children. We’re planning activities and events to inspire children to read and write, including workshops, trails and activities designed specifically for children.

Details will be confirmed in the New Year. Don't miss a thing - sign up to our newsletter to get the programme directly in your inbox!



The Writing Festival is looking for sponsors and advertisers to help make the event a success. We are seeking companies with an interest in writing, literature, and creativity to join us in creating memorable experiences. 

With over 1,800 tickets sold last year, and over a quarter living outside of Dorset, you'll sure to reach a creative and engaged audience for your brand.


The Writing Festival relies on volunteers to ensure the smooth running of all of our events. Whether that's checking people in, hosting a small networking event or helping with marketing, we need you!

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