Writers' Day

Writers’ Day
22 Jun 2019 at 10:00 am
22 Jun 2019 at 04:00 pm
Free Word Centre
Free Word Centre
60 Farringdon Road,


The Literary Consultancy’s popular and annually sold out Writers’ Day returns on Saturday June 22nd 2019, 10am-4pm, at the Free Word Centre.

Writers will hear from industry experts offering up the best in thinking for writing across all environments. A must-attend for the aspiring writer. Writers’ Day will also see the return of the popular TLC Pen Factor Writing Competition. Now in its seventh year, selected finalists of the competition will live-pitch to an expert panel of agents and publishers at the event. Previous winners include Guinevere Glasfurd (The Words In My Hand, shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award). Entry to the TLC Pen Factor competition is open exclusively to Writers’ Day ticket-holders. It’s a unique and fun opportunity to pitch your work in a supportive environment, and hear feedback from industry experts.

Writers’ Day 2019 Programme

Registration (tea and coffee) 10am

Introduction by TLC Director Aki Schilz 10.30am-10.45am

Snapshots of a Debut Novel  with Rowan Hisayo Buchanan 10.45am-11.45am

In a visually exciting presentation format, with original images and sketches by the author of Harmless Like You, novelist Rowan Hisayo Buchanan takes us through the story behind her debut, sharing what she has learned about the process to help guide others as they face submissions to agents and publishers.

Sell Your Story, Not Your Soul with Sam Missingham 11.45am-12.45pm

So much of marketing strategy is billed as promoting a product, but how do you manage this with an eye on protecting your own creative energy, wellbeing, and artistic integrity? Marketing guru Sam takes learnings from a decade working in the books industry, transforming them into practical advice to help you think both creatively and holistically about your ‘brand’ from the inside out.

Lunch (buffet style lunch provided) 12.45-1.30

Special guest reading by Robert Scragg (What Falls Beneath the Cracks) 1.30pm-1.45pm

TLC Pen Factor live pitches with special industry judges Nelle Andrew (PFD), Jo Unwin (JULA). Harry Illingworth (DHH), Susan Yearwood (Susan Yearwood Literary Agency) 1.50pm-2.30pm

Writing In The Dark: The Short Story That Shocks with Leone Ross 2.30pm-3.30pm

The short story is the perfect vehicle for slipping out of your comfort zone. In this mischievous and practical session, fiction writer Leone Ross discusses her favourite strategies for taking chances on the page, breaking through taboo and telling your absolute truth, while nailing the short story form.

Announcement of the Winner of the TLC Pen Factor Writing Competition

Networking Break 

End 4pm

You can read a write-up of last year’s Writers’ Day here and browse our gallery of photos here