Get personal feedback or ask questions to a writing expert and literary agent in our 20-minute exclusive 1-2-1 sessions.
All 1-2-1 sessions take place on the 2nd floor of Bobbys.
Latecomers may not be admitted.
Saturday 27th April
Peter Straus CBE, RCW Literary Agency
SOLD OUT. All 1-2-1 slots with Peter have now been taken.
With over thirty years of experience, Peter has worked at Hodder & Stoughton, Hamish Hamilton, Picador and Macmillan. He works with many bestselling and prize-winning writers from around the world, both literary and commercial fiction and non-fiction.
Peter focuses on literary fiction and poetry but he is happy to talk to anyone who has passion and talent for writing.
A private 1-2-1 is 20 minutes long and costs £70. You will be required to submit up to 10 pages in advance for Peter to read before your session.
Broo Doherty, DHH Literary agency
SOLD OUT. All 1-2-1 slots with Broo have now been taken.
Hear Broo in her talk The Role of An Agent at 10am on Saturday 27th April instead.
Broo handles most genres, excluding children’s books, screenplays and SFF but particularly enjoys crime, women’s commercial fiction, literary fiction and quirky non-fiction. Books that transport her to places she has never been, or others that make the ordinary seem extraordinary. For Broo, the focus isn’t so much on the themes or the plots, but rather the way the themes are explored, how the plots are unravelled and the quality of writing.
A private 1-2-1 is 20 minutes long and costs £70. You will be required to submit your 1st chapter and synopsis in Word or PDF format in advance for Broo to read before your session.
David Headley, DHh Literary Agency
SOLD OUT. All 1-2-1 slots with David have now been taken.
Hear David in his talk The Role of An Agent at 10am on Saturday 27th April instead.
David is looking for character-driven debuts, and epic, sweeping stories with big, universal themes. Issue-driven crime and thrillers, high-concepts and fear-inducing suspense. Thought-provoking stories, original narrative voices, uplifting fiction and emotional journeys. His favourite stories are the ones he doesn’t want to end. David is not looking in the areas of children, YA, poetry, plays / screenplays, short stories / novellas.
A private 1-2-1 is 20 minutes long and costs £70. You will be required to submit your 1st chapter and synopsis in Word or PDF format in advance for David to read before your session.
Emma Scattergood, The Creative Path
SOLD OUT! All 1-2-1 slots with Emma Scattergood have now been taken.
Join Emma on her beach walk, The Creative Path, on Sunday 28th April at 11am instead.
Emma Scattergood has been a professional writer and editor for over 30 years. She launched the MA Creative Writing & Publishing at Bournemouth University, as well as the Bournemouth Writing Prize, and now runs writing workshops and mentors emerging writers. In this Writing Surgery, Emma can help you with:
- Overall concept and commercial viability
- The editing process
- Approaching agents
- Independent publishing
A private 1-2-1 is 20 minutes long and costs £30. You will be required to submit a sample of your writing, or any questions you have for Emma, in advance.
Book marketing surgery
Need help marketing your book? Then get tailored and personal advice and guidance from book marketing specialist and self-publishing success coach Linda Liebrand. Linda can advise on all areas of book marketing including:
- Getting seen on Amazon
- Strategies and tactics
- Book launch
- Building your author platform
A private 1-2-1 is 20 minutes long and costs £30. You will be required to send links to any existing books, or the genre/blurb for any books about to be launched in advance.
Sunday 28th April
Megan Carroll, Watson, Little
SOLD OUT! All 1-2-1 sessions with Megan have been taken.
Megan is looking for book club, upmarket women’s fiction, romance, romantasy, YA, MG, memoir and narrative non-fiction but not crime and thriller, sci-fi and picture books.
She is looking for writers from a variety of areas and backgrounds and is keen to hear from Black, Asian, and LGBTQIA+ writers (both fiction and non-fiction).
A private 1-2-1 is 20 minutes long and costs £70. You will be required to send a cover letter, synopsis and the first 3 chapters in one document in advance for Megan to read before your session.
Laura Williams, Greene & Heaton
SOLD OUT. All 1-2-1 sessions with Laura have been taken.
Laura started at Greene & Heaton as an agent in 2018, having worked at PFD from 2011.
Laura is looking for all types of stories - from romantic to sinister, from heartwarming to heartbreaking - across both literary and commercial fiction.
She has a smaller non-fiction list and works with a select number of children's authors.
A private 1-2-1 is 20 minutes long and costs £70. You will be required to submit a covering letter, synopsis and first 5,000 words before your session for Laura to read.
Want to write an unforgettable character? This is a chance to discuss how to make your protagonist(s) more distinctive and memorable. Help clarify their motivations and goals. Define their unique strengths, weaknesses and motivations. Also, consider how their personal development can drive your plot and help your story arrive at a thrilling, surprising and yet perfectly inevitable conclusion.
Dr Bradford Gyori is the Programme Leader of the MA in Creative Writing and Publishing at Bournemouth University. Bradford has worked as a writer-producer for such networks as MTV, VH1, E!, FX and HBO Online, and he was the head writer of the Emmy winning series Talk Soup. His short fiction has been published in No Parties Magazine, The Ghost Story, Café Irreal and others.
A private 1-2-1 is 20 minutes long and costs £30.