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The Writers’ Weekend is going virtual!

10 Jul 2020 - 12 Jul 2020

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Address: The University of Winchester, Sparkford Road, Winchester SO22 4NR
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Everything will be streamed live and exclusively to attendees.

Talks, workshops and one-to-one appointments with agents and publishers will all be available via video conferencing
19 one-hour talks, 18 two-hour workshops, and more than 800 one-to-one appointments with literary agents and editors

Easy-to-use video virtual meeting room technology will ensure every workshop, panel and one-to-one appointment is fully accessible to all attendees, streamed to your computer, tablet or phone, and every bit as engaging as a face-to-face event.

With uncertainty around Coronavirus, many events are being cancelled. But the world is quickly getting used to live streaming and meeting online, and the Writers’ Weekend has pulled out all the stops to take the entire event online. It will be easier than ever now for writers in the UK and around the world to access the huge number of sessions that will be covering aspects of the craft and business of writing.

On offer are two keynotes with best-selling authors Eoin Colfer and Lissa Evans, author readings with Jasper Fforde, Nick Barlay and Kate Bradley, an Author/Agent/Publisher panel, a Pitching event, two Open Mics and a book Expo, where you can shop for books and literary gifts or chat with self-publishing companies.

There are bursaries to help those struggling financially, as well as three full scholarships for writers aged 18-25. All details are on the website.

The Winchester Writers’ Festival has run since 1980 and has welcomed many distinguished authors over the years. The Writers’ Weekend is a new initiative run by Sara Gangai who previously organised the Winchester Writers’ Festival.

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Leading up to July, The Writers’ Weekend is running six writing competitions to encourage writers to create new work and give children a fun outlet for their creativity. The competitions for adults are: Opening of a Novel; The Bright Agency Picture Book Prize; Writing Magazine Short Fiction Competition; Skylark Fabulous Fiction for Fives to Teens and a new Flash Fiction competition.

A new FREE Children’s writing competition for young writers aged 4 – 15 has been added to give kids a creative outlet while they’re at home. Young writers are asked to write a one-page poem or story on the topic of ‘What I like about being at home’. The deadline for all competitions is 19 June. For all details on the competitions, go to