Seeking a way around the slush pile? Brave enough to have your manuscript critiqued in front of an audience? Whether you’re ready to throw your hat in the ring, or just want to pick up tips for your own writing, this event is one for aspiring authors everywhere.
Literary agent Carole Blake (pictured right) teams up with author of Wannabe a Writer? Jane Wenham-Jones (pictured below) for this interactive ‘reality show’ event. Submit the first 1,000 words of your novel by the end of February 2014 (entries over the 1,000 words excluding title will be disqualified). Click here for the terms and conditions, and entry form.
They’ll be inviting just five shortlisted writers to pitch their work to Carole. The audience will listen as Carole critiques each piece, before opening it up for audience question and answers. Based on the new TV show Wannabe a Writer, this promises to be the Dragons’ Den of the literary world. Join in, if you dare.
Chipping Norton Literary Festival is a four-day celebration of books, reading and writing, with a host of author talks, signings, discussions and workshops. This year’s speakers include crime writers Nicci French, Tania Carver and Mark Billingham; columnists Tim Dowling, Lucy Mangan and India Knight; and novelists Kate Mosse, Joanna Trollope, and Rachel Joyce; as well as Jonathan Aitken, Alan Johnson, Kate Adie, and economist Tim Harford. Kids will love meeting Charlie and Lola’s Lauren Child, with the chance to see Winne the Witch illustrator Korky Paul in action! The Playbus will be in town, along with a special ‘Meercat Mayhem’ hunt organised by Cotswold Wildlife Park.
Tickets on sale now: 01608 642350. Visit www.chiplitfest.com for the full programme.
See http://wannabeawritertvshow.com/chipping-norton-literature-festival-competition for more details of this competition.