New Writing South Writers’ Day

Join us in Brighton for a relaxed, conference-style day of informative industry sessions for emerging writers, hosted by New Writing South. Panel discussions, Q&A sessions and one to ones with writers, agents, publishers and other experts – the perfect opportunity to ask your burning questions and grow your writing support network. 

Tickets are for the full day and are available now.

Agent one-to-ones

A limited number of agent one-to-one sessions will be made available for booking nearer the time, to those who already have tickets for the day.

Discounted places

Creative Future is sponsoring discounted places for writers who face barriers due to health, mental health, identity or income. These are limited and available first come first served. Visit their website to find out more and apply for the discount.



Schedule for the Day

Please note that programmes are subject to change where unavoidable. We will always endeavour to let you know of significant changes to our events, but under certain circumstances, or at short notice, this may not be possible.

Sessions will run in parallel across two rooms. You will be able to select the four most applicable sessions.


10am – Arrival & Registration


Session 1 (a): The Art of Editing 

So you’ve written something. Now what do you do with it? How do you turn that sprawling mess into a finely-tuned draft? Advice on where to start and what to do when you’re stuck.

 Session 1 (b): Building A Poetry Career

How to develop your career as a poet, from identifying and generating opportunities, approaching publishers and journals, and releasing your poetry independently.


Session 2 (a): The Business of Writing

Everything you need to know about being your own business. How to handle tax and self-assessment, keeping accurate financial records, and advice about dealing with copyright, royalties and contracts.

Session 2 (b): Working With Agents

How does the writer-agent relationship really work? Hear from two agents about how to approach them, submitting appropriate work, and what they’re really looking for.


1.35pm: Lunch & Networking Break / Agent 1-1s


Session 3 (a): Working With Publishers

What’s happening in publishing today? Insights and tips from a range of publishers, including those who have stepped away from traditional models and those who champion under-represented voices.

Session 3 (b): Submitting to Competitions & Prizes

How to develop winning submissions, interpret submission guidelines and stand out from the crowd.


Session 4 (a): The Burden of Representation

What is the ‘burden of representation’ and how does it impact on what writers write? Who do stories belong to and how does the publishing industry gate-keep who is allowed to tell them?

Session 4 (b): Ideas Hack for Writers

Small, informal discussion groups led by our creative ideas experts to help you quickly develop innovative and workable ideas for writing-related projects. The best idea wins a development meeting with New Writing South!


5pm: End


Speakers Include:

Sarah Baxter (Society of Authors)

Nii Ayikwei Parkes (Writer /Literature Producer, Brighton Festival)

Juliet Jacques (Writer, Film-maker)

Louise Tondeur (Writer)

Astra Bloom (Writer)

Sally Orson-Jones (Literary Editor)

Sara Starbuck (Writer, Editor)

Alkin Emirali  (Scriptology)

Abi Fellows (The Good Agency)

Anna Blasiak (Poet and Translator)

Elise Dillsworth ( Elise Dillsworth Agency)

Farhana Shaikh (Dahlia Publishing, The Asian Writer)

Millie Seaward (Dialogue Books)

Anna Burtt (Myriad Editions)

Sarah Naomi Lee (Writer and creative producer)


This event has been made possible through the kind support of Mary Allen.

Presented in Association with Creative Future, and with thanks to Brighton and Hove Libraries.



2 May 2020
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Full Price: £55 / Conc £47.50 / NWS Friends: £47.50