Writers' Day

Writers’ Day
23 Jun 2018 at 09:30 am
23 Jun 2018 at 04:00 pm
Free Word Centre
Free Word Centre
60 Farringdon Road,

Following on from the success of previously sold-out Writers’ Days, The Literary Consultancy brings this event back to the literary calendar on Saturday June 23rd at Free Word Centre, with special industry guests in a full-day programme, for writers wanting to know more about how best to navigate the changing literary landscapes of writing, editing and publishing.

Writers’ Day 2018 Programme

Registration (tea and coffee) 10am

Introduction by TLC Director Aki Schilz 10.30am-10.45am

Building an Author Platform: Let’s Get Visible with Sunday Times bestselling author Angela Clarke 10.45am-11.45am

It’s essential an author understands how to maximise their visibility, however they plan to publish their work. In this dynamic talk, Angela Clarke will give practical guidance from tried and tested strategies to help build a platform for you, and for your writing.

Negotiating Relationships: From Draft to Bookshelf with novelist Guy Gunaratne (In Our Mad and Furious City), and editor Mary-Anne Harrington (Tinder Press, Headline) 11.45am-12.45pm

A discussion between a novelist and his editor on the journey a book takes from submission at a publishing house to publication, looking at how the writer fits into the network of relationships that bring books to readers.

Lunch (buffet style lunch provided) 12.45-1.30

Special guest reading (tbc) 1.30pm-1.45pm

TLC Pen Factor live pitches with industry judges Sharmaine Lovegrove, Zoë King, Robert Caskie and Niki Chang 1.50pm-2.30pm

Who Dares Wins: Take Risks and Supercharge your Writing with Shelley Harris 2.30pm-3.30pm

The most exhilarating work often comes when we let go and give ourselves permission to take risks. In this practical, fun workshop, acclaimed novelist Shelley will take you through some ways to approach the blank page in a spirit of derring-do.

Announcement of the Winner of the TLC Pen Factor Writing Competition

Networking Break 

End 4pm

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All Writers’ Day 2018 ticket-holders will be eligible to enter their unpublished writing into the TLC Pen Factor Writing Competition.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.

The TLC Pen Factor 2018 prize package is worth over £1,000 thanks to the generosity of our sponsors:

Spread the Word – 1 Year Membership to ‘London Writers’ Network’ (worth £25)

Royal Society of Literature – 1 Year Membership to Royal Society of Literature (worth £50)

Urban Writers Retreat – One-day weekend retreat (£45)

Head and Heart – 1.5 hour personalised consultation (£112.50)

Headline – Lunch with editor Mary-Anne Harrington to talk about your work

National Book Token (£50)

Writers & Artists Yearbook – A copy of the 2018 directory (£17)

TLC – Full Manuscript Assessment (£500 approx), attendance at an industry day with an agent and publisher, and an online showcase of your writing



Angela Clarke

Angela is The Sunday Times-bestselling author of the Social Media Murder Series, including Follow Me, Watch Me, and Trust Me. Follow Me was named Amazon’s Rising Star Debut of the Month January 2016, long listed for the Crime Writer’s Association Dagger in the Library 2016, and short listed for the Dead Good Page Turner Award 2016. Angela’s humorous memoir Confessions of a Fashionista is an Amazon Fashion Chart bestseller. She is also an actress, award-winning playwright, and has given masterclasses for City University’s Crime Writing MA, Noirwich, Camp Bestival, and Panic! (in partnership with Create, the Barbican, Goldsmiths University and The Guardian). Angela is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, volunteers with Womentoring, Meet a Mentor, and at HM Prisons.


Guy Gunaratne

Guy Gunaratne was born in North West London and has lived in Berlin, Helsinki, San Francisco and Malmö, Sweden. He has worked as a designer, documentary filmmaker and as a video journalist covering post-conflict areas around the world. He co-founded two technology companies and has given public talks on new media, storytelling and human rights issues globally. He now lives in London with his wife and two beautiful cats. In Our Mad and Furious City is Guy’s first novel.

Mary-Anne Harrington

Mary-Anne has worked in publishing for twenty years, and in 2013 she co-founded Headline’s Tinder Press imprint. Her authors include Maggie O’Farrell, who won the Costa Novel Award for The Hand That First Held Mine, and whose memoir, I Am, I Am, I Am, was published this autumn; Eowyn Ivey, whose The Snow Child was a Richard and Judy pick and international bestseller; Helen Walsh, Lesley Nneka Arimah and newcomer Guy Gunaratne.


Shelley Harris

Shelley Harris is the bestselling author of  Jubilee and Vigilante (Weidenfeld & Nicolson). She has taught Creative Writing for Faber Academy, the Arvon Foundation, the Oxford University Department of Continuing Education and the York and Winchester Festivals of Writing. She has mentored for Writers’ Centre Norwich and the Womentoring Project, and is a Royal Literary Fund Fellow. Shelley loves salted caramels and knows the words to every pop song released 1978 – 1985.




The TLC Pen Factor 2018 Judges will be…

Robert Caskie, Director at Caskie Mushens

Until recently Robert Caskie was a senior Agent and COO at Peters Fraser and Dunlop. He joined the agency in 2008 after two years at MacFarlane Chard Associates and six years at Capel & Land Ltd where he developed and expanded his list of bestselling and award winning writers of fiction, non-fiction and journalism. His  clients have included Sarah Winman, Ruby Wax, Celia Imrie, Rev Richard Coles, Julie Burchill, Simon Schama, Monty Don and Mariella Frostrup. In 2015, Robert founded and launched a digital publishing company, ipsobooks, within the PFD group, publishing 40 books in the first year. Before becoming a literary agent Robert worked in film PR in New York and was a founding partner in the 1990s of euphorium restaurant and bakery in Islington.

Niki Chang, literary agent, Aitken Alexander

Niki Chang joined Aitken Alexander Associates in 2015 and works closely with Clare Alexander and her authors, having previously worked in the film & TV department. Niki is building a client list of her own and is looking for fiction and non-fiction. She is interested in brilliant storytelling, great writing and diverse voices and places. Fiction she has recently enjoyed includes The Lucky Ones by Julianne Pachico, A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara, The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead and anything by Junot Díaz. In terms of non-fiction, she is currently engrossed in Evicted by Matthew Desmond as well as several cookbooks. Niki also handles the agency’s audio.

Zoë King, Senior Agent and Partner, The Blair Partnership

Zoë heads up the agency team at Blair Partnership and represents a wide range of writers and creatives. She also works with Neil Blair, Founding Partner of The Blair Partnership and Chairman of Pottermore, on J.K. Rowling’s new commercial publishing activity. Before joining the company, Zoë worked at the Christopher Little and Darley Anderson agencies representing bestselling and debut writers, and developing new talent.

Sharmaine Lovegrove, Publisher at Dialogue Books

Sharmaine Lovegrove is the publisher at Dialogue Books, a new Little, Brown imprint that aims to showcase work by writers neglected by traditional British publishing. Sharmaine has previously run a bookshop in Berlin, been literary editor of ELLE Magazine and co-founded Dialogue Scouts, a consulting company that looks for books to be adapted for film and television.