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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.

Tomorrow - 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

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

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

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

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

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

Events are subject to change.

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

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