Writers' Day

Writers’ Day
24 Jun 2017 at 10:00 am
24 Jun 2017 at 04:00 pm
Free Word Centre
Free Word Centre
60 Farringdon Road,
£60 + VAT

TLC Writers’ Day 2017 has now SOLD OUT. If you would like to be added to the waiting list in the event that spare tickets become available, please email the Free Word Box Office on  using the subject header ‘TLC Writers’ Day 2017 – waiting list tickets’.

Following on from the success of the sold-out Writers’ Day 2016, The Literary Consultancy will be re-programming this event on Saturday June 24th at Free Word Centre, with special industry guests in a longer full-day programme, for writers wanting to know more about how to prepare their work for submission, and how best to navigate the changing literary landscapes of writing, editing and publishing.

Writers’ Day Programme

Registration 10am

Introduction by TLC Manager Aki Schilz 10.30am-10.45am

‘Mapping the Novel’ with acclaimed novelist Jacob Ross (author of Pynter Bender and The Bone Readers) 10.45am-11.45am
A talk on planning, plotting, and story structure

‘An Editor’s Perspective’ with Editorial Director at Granta Books, Max Porter (Young Writer of the Year 2016, Grief is the Thing with Feathers, also shortlisted for the Goldsmith Prize and Guardian First Book Award) 11.45am-12.45pm
A look at some compelling first chapters of published works, presented by one of the UK’s leading publishers


Special guest reading, bestselling novelist Giles Kristian 1.30pm-1.40pm

TLC Pen Factor live pitches with judges Emma Paterson (Rogers, Coleridge & White), Angelique Tran Van Sang (Bloomsbury), Crystal Mahey-Morgan (OWN IT!) and Ed Wilson (Johnson & Alcock) 1.45pm-2.30pm


‘Finding Markets’ with Julia Kingsford (KingsfordCampbell), Stefan Tobler (And Other Stories) and Jonathan White (Matador) 2.40pm-3.40pm

Networking and book signing opportunity 3.40pm-4pm

End 4pm




All Writers’ Day 2017 ticket-holders will be eligible to enter their unpublished writing (adult/YA fiction) into the TLC Pen Factor Writing Competition. Previous winners and shortlisted writers have gone on to be shortlisted for the Costa Prize (Guinevere Glasfurd, TLC Pen Factor 2014, The Words In My Hand), longlisted for the OCM Bocas (Fawzia Kane, TLC Pen Factor 2012, Tantie Diablesse) and selected as WH Smith Fresh Pick (Piers Alexander, TLC Pen Factor 2013, The Bitter Trade). Five finalists will be selected to live-pitch on the day, and the winner will receive prizes worth over £1,000.