TLC Writers' Day 2020 (POSTPONED)

TLC Writers’ Day 2020 (POSTPONED)
20 Jun 2020 at 09:30 am
20 Jun 2020 at 04:00 pm
Free Word Centre
Free Word Centre
60 Farringdon Road,
£60 +VAT

TLC Writers’ Day 2020

A day of talks and workshops by inspiring expert speakers

In light of the recent escalation of COVID-19, TLC remains in close contact with relevant partners in order to ensure our events policy remains in line with government and Public Health guidance. The safety of our guests, staff, and all contractors, remains our top priority. As a result, TLC Writers’ Day has been postponed until January 2021. Further details will be available soon. We very much hope you will join us as a ticket-holder to this special event, in the spirit of creativity and resilience.

The Literary Consultancy’s popular Writers’ Day returns Saturday June 20th at Free Word. A day of inspiration and practical advice, for writers wanting to know more about how best to navigate the changing literary landscapes of writing, editing and publishing. 

A new booking link will be available soon. 


Registration (tea and coffee provided) 9.30am

Introduction by TLC Director Aki Schilz 10am-10.15am

Crowdfunded Publishing: The New Digital Frontier with Joelle Owusu, Commissioning Editor at Unbound 10.15am-11.15am

Publishing is changing, with new formats disrupting the way stories are delivered. Unbound is at the forefront of the crowdfunded publishing movement, with a mission to empower authors to bring to life ideas that doesn’t necessarily fit the mold. Find out how crowdfunding offers a new way to reach, and include, readers in the building of a book.

The Science of Writing Characters with Dr Kira-Anne Pelican, script consultant and author 11.15am-12.15pm

In an illuminating talk, find out why rounded or psychologically-credible characters are the most engaging; place the Big Five dimensions of personality at the core of characterisation; and take part in a short writing exercise that begins to look at how to create memorable characters.

Lunch (buffet style lunch provided) 12.15-1.00pm

Special guest reading by Stephanie Scott (What’s Left of Me Is Yours) 1.00pm-1.15pm

TLC Pen Factor live pitches

With Ailah Ahmed (Little, Brown), Hattie Grünewald (The Blair Partnership), Leslie Gardner (Artellus), and Davinia Andrew-Lynch (Andlyn) 1.15-2.15pm

Break 2.15-2.30pm

Publicity on a Shoestring with Maria Garbutt-Lucero, Senior Campaigns Manager at Penguin Random House 2.30-3.30pm

Publicists are often the unsung heroes of books that are the biggest hits with readers, creating connections and building momentum. Hear from an award-winning publicist about how she builds campaigns, and gain insight into how to apply big scale publicity strategy to small scale projects, to help build buzz around your work.

Networking Break and Announcement of the Winner of the TLC Pen Factor 2020

4pm End

*Nb. All Writers’ Day 2020 ticket-holders are eligible to enter their unpublished writing into the TLC Pen Factor Writing Competition. Previous winners and shortlisted writers include Guinevere Glasfurd (The Words In My Hand, shortlisted for the Costa Prize), Fawzia Kane (Tantie Diablesse, longlisted for the OCM Bocas) and Abi Daré (The Girl with the Louding Voice). Full details will be sent to you by email once you have booked your ticket.


TLC Writers’ Day Speakers

Maria Garbutt-Lucero is a multi-award-winning publicist specialising in literary fiction and non-fiction with ten years of experience at some of the UK’s leading literary imprints including Allen Lane, Vintage, Faber and Hamish Hamilton. She has devised debut launch campaigns for Sally Rooney and Édouard Louis, worked with Man Booker Prize-winner Anna Burns on Milkman and Nobel Prize-winner Orhan Pamuk, built campaigns for a dozen bestsellers, and planned national tours for Zadie Smith, Sophie Mackintosh and Irvine Welsh. She won Publishers’ Publicity Circle awards for her work on Sally Rooney’s Normal People and the Best Newcomer Award for Nate Silver’s The Signal and the Noise. Her non-fiction PR work includes Emilie Pine’s Notes to Self, and Yuval Noah Harari’s Sapiens and Lewis Dartnell’s The Knowledge, both of which were shortlisted for PPC Awards. In her spare time she runs Baboy Club, a Filipino supper club featured in TimeOut, Refinery29 and Lecker Zine.

Joelle Owusu is a 26-year-old writer from Surrey. In 2016, she graduated from the University of Aberdeen with a BSc in Petroleum Geology before swiftly changing careers and entering the publishing world. She has spent the last three years as a Junior Commissioning Editor at Unbound – the world’s first crowdfunding publisher – passionately championing ground-breaking work by writers from underrepresented backgrounds. Since bringing her personal interests in natural science, politics and mental health into her commissioning and broadening her search to reach writers from outside the ‘Southern Bubble’, she has signed a rich mix of activists, innovators, ‘young disruptors’. As a writer, her work has appeared in Nasty Women(404ink, 2017), Mind Matters: Part II(Forward Poetry, 2017), Inspirational Idols(Forward Poetry, 2016), as well as numerous digital and print magazines. Joelle has also been a regular contributor on Sarah Brett’s ‘Must Read’segment on BBC Radio 5 Live since May 2019.

Kira-Anne Pelican is a writer, researcher and script consultant, specialising in understanding how psychological techniques may be used to create more believable and engaging fictional characters. With 25 years of experience working in the British and American film and TV industries, Kira-Anne has worked for film directors including Stanley Kubrick, the Wachowskis and the Coen brothers. She has also written screenplays that have been optioned by the BBC and ITV. She is the author of The Science of Writing Characters: Using Psychology to Create Compelling Fictional Characters (forthcoming from Bloomsbury, late 2020).

Stephanie Scott is a Singaporean and British writer who was born and raised in South East Asia. She read English Literature at the Universities of York and Cambridge and holds an M.St in Creative Writing from Oxford University. Stephanie was awarded a British Association of Japanese Studies Toshiba Studentship for her anthropological work on What’s Left of Me Is Yours and has been made a member of the British Japanese Law Association as a result of her research; an early draft of the manuscript also won the A.M. Heath Prize, the Jerwood Arvon Prize for Prose Fiction, and runner up in the Bridport Prize Peggy Chapman-Andrews Award. What’s Left of Me Is Yours is her first novel and Stephanie was recently selected as one of The Observer’s ‘Ten Best Debut Novelists of 2020’.

TLC Pen Factor Judges

Hattie Grünewald is an Agent at The Blair Partnership. She represents commercial and upmarket fiction – including women’s fiction, crime and thriller, historical and book club fiction – as well as some non-fiction in the areas of lifestyle and personal development. Before joining the Blair Partnership she was a literary agent at Blake Friedmann Agency, where she worked for six years. Hattie has a degree in English and Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia and she is also a poet.

Ailah Ahmed is Publishing Director at Little, Brown and Virago. Her authors include Chigozie Obioma, shortlisted for the Booker Prize 2019 and Andrew Sean Greer, winner of the Pulitzer Prize 2018. She has worked in publishing for over a decade, including previous roles at Tindal Street Press, Canongate Books and Simon & Schuster.

Leslie Gardner co-founded Artellus Ltd in 1986 after extensive work at American publishing houses, London Management, Columbia Pictures and The National Theatre. She handles writers internationally for fiction, non-fiction, film and periodicals. Leslie set up critically acclaimed TV drama ‘Tenko’; after editorial work with Salman Rushdie she landed a deal for Midnight’s Children; she worked closely with Anthony Burgess during his career and handles the estate of eminent writer of spooky stories, Robert Aickman. Leslie Gardner holds an MA from the University of Iowa’s International Writers Workshop and a PhD in Rhetoric. She is a fellow at the Dept. of Psycho-social and Psychoanalytic Studies, University of Essex.

Davinia Andrew-Lynch is the founder of ANDLYN, a boutique agency dedicated to finding storytellers whose material can not only exist on the page but can also find an outlet through other media territories. Davinia was previously an associate agent at a highly reputable film and television agency, and worked simultaneously as a freelance children’s fiction editor and reader for various publishers and literary agencies. She is a regular reader for TLC.


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