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Plus, our YouTube channel features interviews with our speakers which give a taster of their talks and workshops.

Talks, panels and workshops

The full programme of adult talks, workshops and panels to inspire writers to write and to support you in improving and progressing your writing.

All talks on this page will take place at either Pavilion Dance or The Avenue and last one hour.

Our At A Glance document has all our events and activities across the festival in one place and in chronological order.

Friday 26th April 2024

Creative writing for adults with additional needs

10am to 12:30pm and 1pm to 3:30pm, The Old School House.

Free.

Run by Tricuro Care. For details, call 01202 486114.

Writing for International Students

Creative writing for International Students and young people whose first language is not English

Free

2:30pm - 4pm

Bayswater Bournemouth

Writing to Change the World

Author and founder of Green Stories shows how to write stories that inspire.

Denise Baden

5pm - 6pm

Pavilion Dance

Unearth Your Voice

Learn techniques to help you find your authentic writer's voice.

Louisa Flynn

1:30pm - 2:30pm

Pavilion Dance

Short Story in One Session!

Using creative writing prompts we'll write, or plan, an entire short story!

E.L. Norry

3pm - 4pm

Pavilion Dance

Screenwriting Tricks
for Novelists

Unlock storytelling secrets with screenwriting techniques that help you write captivating novels.

Lucy V Hay

2pm - 3pm

Pavilion Dance

A Bestselling Author's Journey from novel to publication

Discussion about all things writerly, editorial, and the joys (and woes) of being published.

Helen Corner-Bryant & Alex Stone

3:30pm - 4:30pm

Pavilion Dance

Our Friday Night Social starts after Denise Baden's talk.

Events are subject to change.

Bournemouth Writing Festival is not responsible for the content of the events.

Saturday 27th April 2024

The Role of an Agent

Insights into the role of literary agents with Q&As

David Headley & Broo Doherty

10am - 11am

Pavilion Dance

Turn Self-publishing into a full-time career

Tips and tricks to turn your hobby into a full-time career.

Matt Shaw

11:30am - 12:30pm

Pavilion Dance

Writing Your First Full-Length Novel

Kick-start your full-length book into fruition.

Valerie French

12:30pm - 1:30pm

Pavilion Dance

Sniff for better descriptions

Combat cliches and challenge your writing limits using your sense of smell.

Liam R Findlay

1:45pm - 2:45pm

Pavilion Dance

Self-publishing vs Partnership Publishing: An Author’s View

An interview with two authors who have taken different routes to publication.

Chloe May, Steve Couch & Jude Hayland

3pm - 4pm

Pavilion Dance

A Rising Tide

Lifting artists from the margins - reshaping how we talk about ourselves.

Fay Roberts

4pm - 5pm

The Avenue

Mastermind your Way to the End.

A simple, structured way to plan your novel – and more importantly, finish it.

Tracy Baines

5pm - 6pm

Pavilion Dance

Poetry for Beginners

Who the hell is Edgar? How to find your poetic voice.

Emilie Fiirgaard & Tom Masters

10am - 11am

The Avenue

New Life for Old Poems

Ten ideas to try on poems you feel aren't working

Anne Peterson

11:30am - 12:30pm

Pavilion Dance

The Job Of A Blog God: Establishing Yourself As A Writer Online

Making Poetry Pay: How To Weave Well-Written Words Into A Worthy Wage

Matt Miles

1pm - 2pm

The Avenue

Organising Chaos: Turn a Messy Draft into a Publishable Book

Get the inside track on getting your manuscript sorted.

Sophie Beal & Gary Dalkin

2pm - 3pm

Pavilion Dance

Earn as you write

How writing for magazines can build your author profile and earn money.

Alice May

3:15pm-4:15pm

Pavilion Dance

The Art of Adaptation & Other Fantastic Stories

The Inside Story on Adapting From Book to Radio and Other Media

Brian Sibley & Gary Dalkin

4:30pm - 5:30pm

Pavilion Dance

Writing Reality

Using The Outsiders Project methodology to encourage truthful first person storytelling. Pay What You Can.

The Outsider's Project

10:30am - 11:30am

Pavilion Dance

Writing with a Sense of Humour

Learn how to write humorous fiction and inject wit into your novel.

Kathleen Whyman

12pm -  1pm

Pavilion Dance

Traditional vs partnership vs self-publishing: which is best for you?

Explore the different routes to publication and choose what is best for you.

Alex Thompson

1:30pm - 2:30pm

Pavilion Dance

Write Your Poetry Manifesto

How to create your individual Artist statement in manifesto format and develop social justice writing muscles.

Myriam San Marco

2:30pm to 3:30pm

The Avenue

Do you have the write time?

How writers can make the most of each moment!

Rachel Woodward Carrick

3:30pm - 4:30pm

Pavilion Dance

Your Route to Overnight Success

Learn the secrets to your author success with a former celebrity publicist. 

Isabelle Knight

4:45pm - 5:45pm

Pavilion Dance

Our Saturday night extravaganza starts at 7:30pm

Events are subject to change.

Bournemouth Writing Festival is not responsible for the content of the events.

Sunday 28th April 2024

The Fundamentals of Writing Short Stories

The basics of writing short stories: definition, ideas, method, structure and craft.

Paul Draper

10am - 11am

Pavilion Dance

7 Proven Steps to an Amazon Bestseller Launch

How Successful Self-Published Authors Strategically Climb the Ranks on Amazon and Earn the Coveted Bestseller Badge.

Linda Liebrand

11am - 12pm

Pavilion Dance

Market your short stories like a human dynamo

For short story writers who dream: ‘What if?’ How to publish, and then market, your short stories.

Alice Fowler

12pm - 1pm

Pavilion Dance

Dig for the gold in your life story

Unearth inspiring stories for your memoir, autobiography or non-fiction book.

Beverley Glick

1:30pm - 2:30pm

Pavilion Dance

Create a cover that sells

Top ten design hacks to stand out on the shelves.

Briony Hartley

2:30pm - 3:30pm

The Avenue

How to Plot a Novel

From Pantsing to Post-its – How Do I Plot a Novel?

Sam Holland

3:45pm - 4:45pm

Pavilion Dance

Join the Flash (Fiction) Mob

Top tips for writing winning flash fiction

Sally Curtis

5:15pm - 6:15pm

Pavilion Dance

Writing a Synopsis

Crafting the pitch-perfect synopsis when sending to agents and publishers.

Samaira Wilson / SpellBound Books

10:10am - 11:10am

The Avenue

Agent Confidential: Navigating the Author/Agent relationship

What is a literary agent? How do you become one? Does an author need an agent and how do they find the right one?

Caroline Montgomery, Cathi Unsworth & Catherine Bruton

11:30am - 12:30pm

Pavilion Dance

Decolonising Writing

Unpacking identity and writing intersectionality.

Aanka Batta & Jasmine Isa Qureshi

12:30pm - 1:30pm

Pavilion Dance

Going Coastal! Writing, Drawing and Seaside Psychogeography

An illustrator and writer show you how they travel, research, write and draw the English seaside.

Tom Sykes & Louis Netter

2pm - 3pm

Pavilion Dance

Writing for the Community

To serve, share, understand and celebrate - writing to enrich community life. Pay What you Can.

Jane Skellet

3pm - 4pm

Pavilion Dance

Jump Around: writing from multiple perspectives and timelines

A hands-on workshop sharing techniques for switching narrator and timeline in your writing.

Andreina Cordani

4:30pm - 5:30pm

Pavilion Dance

Know Your Place

Past, present, future, fantasy – this workshop will bring your scene to life.

Paula Harmon

10:30am - 11:30am

Pavilion Dance

Legalities of Writing

What can I, or cannot, write in my book?Like last year’s extremely popular talk, there will also be time for Q&As for your legal queries.

Luke English

11:30am - 12:30pm

The Avenue

Just one X (tweet) away from publication

Online pitch parties and how to write an attention-grabbing pitch.

Gail Aldwin

1pm - 2pm

The Avenue

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2:15pm - 3:15pm

Pavilion Dance

Coming Soon

How to Make a Living from Screenwriting

Written a script? Now what? Learn from two screenwriters and directors.

Danny Stack & Tim Clague

3:30pm - 4:30pm

Pavilion Dance

Finding the Right Outline Structure for You

Learn how high-output authors outline their books, for themselves AND for publishers!

Sam Parks

5pm - 6pm

Pavilion Dance

Events are subject to change.

Bournemouth Writing Festival is not responsible for the content of the events.

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