Self-editing Masterclass and Digital Literature Workshop

Self-editing Masterclass and Digital Literature Workshop
24 Mar 2018 at 10:00 am
24 Mar 2018 at 05:00 pm
Nottingham Writers' Studio
Nottingham Writers' Studio
25 Hockley

Nottingham Writers’ Studio Creative and Professional Development Workshops

March 24, 2018 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm


TLC Director Aki Schilz will be leading a day of workshops at Nottingham Writers’ Studio, to engage writers with professional development and the creative potential of digital projects. Writers can join for the morning session, the afternoon workshop, or both with a networking lunch included.


10am till 1pm – Self-editing: A Mini Masterclass

In this three-hour workshop, gain insights into the self-editing process to help take your writing to the next level. The Literary Consultancy‘s Aki Schilz will take you through top tips gleaned from the consultancy’s team of professional editors and her experiences as an editorial consultant and as a literary prize judge. You will be taken through a pre-submission checklist to ensure you have covered all bases before taking the plunge and submitting your work to a literary agent, publisher, or self-publishing. Guidance will be given on how best to choose which path might work best for you, and in the last hour of the workshop Aki will also give her advice on best ways to approach an agent, sharing her top tips on polishing up your pitch and writing a synopsis that really sells your story, as well as sharing do’s and don’ts for the crucial opening chapters. All attendees will be eligible for a 15% discount on a TLC assessment of their work. This workshop is for writers working on novels.

1pm till 2pm – Networking Lunch (lunch included if you book for the full day)

Your chance to chat with Aki and fellow writers over a buffet spread.

2pm til 5pm – Digital Literature: Maximise Your Creativity Online

 In this practical, fun and inspiring workshop, learn about the new ways writers are using the internet, and in particular social media platforms, to reach readers and flex their creative muscles. Aki Schilz, co-founder of the Saboteur-shortlisted #LossLit digital literature project, will talk you through how she and Kit Caless set up a Twitter writeclub that has accumulated over 15,000 contributions since 2014, that now trends every month and has created a collaborative online community as well as a zine for longform writing. Writers are asked to come with an open mind and will be led through some fun online writing exercises, and we’ll look at some inspiring digital literature projects that, with any luck, might inspire some entrepreneurial thinking around ideas of your own. All writers at all levels welcome, but it would be helpful to have an active Twitter account. You will be required to bring a laptop or tablet to use for this workshop (if you do not have a portable computer, please let us know and we may be able to lend you one for this session).

About Aki

Aki Schilz is the Director of The Literary Consultancy, the UK’s longest-running editorial consultancy for writers, providing editing services, mentoring and literary events since 1996. She is a member of the Advisory Board for the award-winning experimental publisher Penned in the Margins, and a judge for the Bridport First Novel Award and the Creative Future Literary Awards for marginalised writers. Aki is a member of the #BAMEinPublishing network, and an advocate for improved diversity, representation, and accessibility in the literature sector. She is also a prize-winning writer and editor, and co-founder of the Saboteur Award-shortlisted #LossLit digital literature project.


Twitter: @TLCUK @AkiSchilz

Prices and Booking

Half day (NWS member) £22

Half day (non-member) £28

Full day with lunch included (NWS member) £38

Full day with lunch included (non-member) £52

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This is a Nottingham Writers’ Studio event. For any enquires please email