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So you want to be a writer? These are the 10 steps to make it happen – Tuesday April 20, 2021

Apparently we all have a book in us. In advance of their appearances at Cork World Book Fest, fiction writer Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin and literary agent Simon Trewin explain how you can go from idea to actual publication.

Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin is a bestselling crime fiction author, writing under the pen-name Sam Blake, and also founder of, the Inkwell Group publishing consultancy and crime writing festival Murder One. On Saturday, April 24, she will facilitate three panels on how to get published at the Cork World Book Fest. Participating on the ‘First Page Pitch’ panel is Simon Trewin, a long-established literary agent based in London. Here they give ten of their top tips to aspiring writers.

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New Literary Agent: Emily Talbot – Tuesday April 20, 2021

Represents children's illustrators and authors of picture books, middle grade, teenage and YA.

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10 free online writing courses for getting real good at words – Sunday April 18, 2021

Writing is a much-prized skill and a difficult one to master and, while some are naturally gifted in stringing sentences together, we all need to take the time to learn the craft. 

Whether you want to write your first novel, pen a poignant poem, pull together a screenplay, or create better business content, there is a free, online course out there to help. We've rounded up a list of free, online writing courses so you can find the perfect program of study to help you write gooderer. 

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Winchester Writers' Event to be virtual, says Sara Gangai – Sunday April 18, 2021

WINCHESTER Writers' Weekend is being held virtually once again after a successful inaugural event in 2020.

Originally planned to be held in the city in-person, director Sara Gangai decided it was safer to hold it online until Covid eases.

The event provides opportunities for writers to hone their craft, rub elbows with published authors and other writers, and meet one-to-one with literary agents for feedback.

Ms Gangai said: “Last year we had around 250 people take part in the event but this year bookings are already exceeding expectations as we have two amazing keynote speakers, including Diana Gabaldon, author of the hugely popular Outlander series, and Chris Riddell, best-selling children’s author/illustrator."

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Ethics, Envy and Egotism: Chris Power’s Guide to Writing a Novel – Wednesday April 14, 2021

As a writer, Chris Power has lived many lives. He entered the industry as an incisive literary critic, writing for broadsheets like the Guardian and the Times. He then shifted to advertising, taking work as a creative director and corporate copywriter. But something about these roles never felt quite right. “I was constantly feeling frustrated by the fact that I wasn’t writing fiction,” the Surrey-born writer says today. “I reached some sort of breaking point, where my unconscious was like, well no, you’ve really got to do this.”

In the years since this breaking point, Power has become one of Britain’s most esteemed short story writers. His 2018-published debut anthology Mothers was an acclaimed, cross-continental study of emotional longing, examining the psychic residue of lost loves and forgotten pasts. And this month, Power is moving beyond short stories to release his first full-length novel: a taut, tense thriller titled A Lonely Man.

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With no new edition of Writer's Market, writers are flooding to The Writers' Handbook – Wednesday April 14, 2021

In 2019, the publisher of Writer's Market, F+W Media, filed for bankruptcy. The last edition of Writer's Market was published the same year. It was called the "2020" edition, but in reality no edition was published in 2020, or since. 

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New Book Publisher Listing: Sublunary Editions – Wednesday April 14, 2021

Started as a small-scale, DIY project in early 2019. For the first several months, the press's sole output as a regular envelope of new writing mailed (the old fashioned way) to subscribers. Since then, the press has expanded to publish 8-10 brief books every year, and, as of early 2021, a quarterly magazine

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Janet Fillingham Associates rebrands to cement Weston partnership – Tuesday April 13, 2021

Literary, directors’ and composers’ agency Janet Fillingham Associates is rebranding to Fillingham Weston Associates (FWA), cementing a decade-long working relationship between agents Janet Fillingham and Kate Weston.

The move comes ahead of the agency’s 30 year-anniversary next year.

FWA will continue to represent writers, directors and composers in the fields of TV, film and theatre. Clients work across film and television drama, comedy drama and animation in the UK and overseas, as well as theatre including musical theatre and opera.   

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New Magazine Listing: The Undercommons – Tuesday April 13, 2021

Dark fantasy magazine. Each issue includes one novella, one short story, and one poem.

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New Agent Listing: Karmen Wells – Tuesday April 13, 2021

Looking for published or to-be-published books to represent to producers for film or TV adaptation.

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