Saturday 1 March, 10am-5pm
Course Leaders: Ian Douglas and Deborah Bailey
Fees: £50 NWS members, £75 non-members (includes lunch)
Call 0115 959 7947 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book
Please note: this workshop will take place at our new premises – 25 Hockley, Nottingham NG1 1FP.
This one-day workshop will help you focus your mind on getting your work published, which isn’t easy, even for great writers.
During the day, Deborah will look at:
- Paid versus unpaid – Is giving your story away for “exposure” ever the right choice?
- How to find markets and opportunities
- How to maximise chances for acceptance by learning what editors really want
- What slush readers really think — and how to make it past them
- Anthologies – an easier way in?
- Rejectomancy and the fabled “good rejection”
and Ian will cover:
- Finding markets and resources
- Adapting to the market and adapting the market to you
- Submitting your work – formatting, covering letters etc
- Working with editors and publishers
- Homepages and blogs – are they worth it?
- Useful secondary skills
- Diversifying your income streams – pros and cons
- A few thoughts about self-employment
Ian C Douglas is a Nottingham-based writer and knows the pitfalls of freelancing from personal experience. Ian’s career as a published writer began with magazines and the press. After graduating with an MA in Creative Writing (Distinction), he became a children’s author. His short stories have won prizes and his work has appeared in the Museum of Toys. He was also a finalist in the 2013 Independent Writing competition. Current commissions include a sci-fi animation, a radio play, a graphic story and an app. He teaches Creative Writing for NWS and the WEA and does regular author visits to schools.
Deborah Bailey is a full time freelance writer and editor who has certainly put in her time in the editorial trenches. Over the past ten years, she has worked as a staff editor, a proofreader, a slush reader, an acquisitions editor, a developmental editor, a ghost-writer, a non-fiction self-help writer, a copywriter, and a blogger. She is currently finishing her first novel. She blogs at FourGreenSquares.wordpress.com, and you can follow her on Twitter at @4GreenSquares.