Being A Writer: An Interactive Forum

Being A Writer: An Interactive Forum
23 Oct 2019 at 07:00 pm
23 Oct 2019 at 09:00 pm
Free Word Centre
Free Word Centre
60 Farringdon Road,
£12+VAT/ £10+VAT concessions

Explore what it means to be a writer today, and what writers need to thrive. From time and space, to financial and emotional support. Be part of the conversation.

The Literary Consultancy presents an interactive forum drawing from key findings of the Royal Society of Literature’s ‘A Room of My Own’ survey, exploring what it means to be a writer today, and what writers need to thrive. Four inspiring writers working across novels, comics, poetry and creative writing teaching, all of whom have forged unique paths for themselves and their work, will present their experiences, from managing finances to finding and cultivating support networks, and making time and space to write.

Guests are invited to interact and contribute using their mobile phones through a unique website login. Following the presentations, we invite you to be part of a discussion about how we can address the biggest areas of need to better support the writers of today, and of the future. Come away inspired, and be part of the conversation.

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  • A room of one’s own (space and time to write)
    Yomi Ṣode, winner of the Jerwood Compton Fellowship 2019
  • A nest of one’s own (networks, community and emotional support)
    Dean Atta, poet and author of The Black Flamingo
  • Show Me the Money (financial support)
    Hannah Berry, graphic novelist, UK Comics Laureate 2019-21. Fellow of the RSL
  • Creative opportunity; professional development (mentoring, workshops and the creative writing industries)
    Nathalie Teitler, educator, activist, Director of The Complete Works. Honorary Fellow of the RSL

About ‘Being a Writer’

TLC, the UK’s longest-standing editorial assessment consultancy, is launching a new programme, ‘Being A Writer’, spanning events, interdisciplinary learning, research collaboration, podcasts, and digital content to help writers understand how to sustain and protect their creativity and develop their craft in a range of settings. The programme, conceived by TLC and co-curated by novelist and writers’ mentor Julia Forster and TLC Director Aki Schilz, focuses on how best to support writers at each phase of their creative journey. This collaborative event marks the official launch of the programme.

Accessibility notice

The venue for this event, Free Word, is wheelchair accessible and this event will take place in the Lecture Theatre, which is on the ground floor. There is a hearing loop in the Theatre. If you require the assistance of a carer, please call or ">email us to let us know and we will allocate your carer a place free of cost (we must have this information, with their full name, in advance please for capacity reasons). If you have a wheelchair, or require a seat near to the stage/near an exit, please let us know.

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