GREAT VALUE……..There are still places at the Wigtown Writers’
Gathering 2014 for both aspiring and experienced writers from outside Dumfries and Galloway. The cost is £12 for the whole day, including lunch (homemade soups, artisan breads, salads, dips and spreads all suitable for people to make a sandwich or attractive tasty plate of
food, locally sourced and organic where possible.) Book online:
www.wigtownbookfestival.com/programme  or phone 01988402036

9.30 Registration – tea/coffee

10.05 Welcome: Carolyn Yates

10.15 Zoe Strachan ‘The Devil’s in the Detail – editing prose fiction’

11.00 Facilitated networking session, Alison Bell

11.30 One to one sessions: Cynthia Rogerson, Debbie Williams, Helen Bleck, Robert Twigger, Helena Nelson, Zoe Strachan,

Coffee and Tea in supper room – workspace/networking for participants – book displays

12.00 Lunch and informal networking

13:00 Workshop sessions #1(3 workshops running concurrently)

Robert Twigger: Creating creative non-fiction

Helen Bleck: Preapring for submission

Cynthia Rogerson: Creating Credible Characters

14:10 One to one sessions: Cynthia Rogerson, Debbie Williams, Alison Bell, Helen Bleck, Robert Twigger, Helena Nelson, Zoe Strachan,

Workshop sessions #2 (3 workshops running concurrently)

Debbi Williams: Writing for children and young people

Helena Nelson: How (and why) to get poems published in pamphlet form.

Zoe Strachan: How I write fiction

16.15 Conclude – evaluation activity and prize draw

Debbie Williams Head of UCLan Publishing, has over ten years’
experience of working in the book and publishing trade.

Cynthia Rogerson, Programme Director of Moniack Mhor Writers Centre is the prizewinning author of four novels and a collection of short stories. She is a creative writing lecturer at the Universities of Edinburgh and Dundee.

Helen Bleck has been in publishing for over 20 years, and during that time she has worked in-house and freelance for several publishers and organisations.

Zoe Strachan has published 3 novels to great acclaim. She teaches on the Creative Writing Programme at the University of Glasgow, is on the Board of Directors of Glasgow Women’s Library, and is a Patron of the Imprint Festival in East Ayrshire, and a supporter of Scottish PEN.

Robert Twigger has written poetry, plays, prose, film scripts, novels, and non-fiction. His books have been published by Penguin, Harper Collins, Picador and Hachette. He has won writing awards such as the Somerset Maugham and the William Hill sports book of the year and has been described as “a 19th Century adventurer trapped in the body of a 21st Century writer”.

Helena Nelson created and runs HappenStance Poetry Press, specialising in poetry pamphlets. HappenStance has no public funding.
The press mainly publishes first collections from UK poets and is based in Scotland. Each year a couple of the publications are by Scottish or Scotland-based writers.
AND FOR YOUR EVENING ENTERTAINMENT 18:00 to 19.00 Spoken Word Slam – Wild, witty, wise or wry, writers compete against each other to win
£50 in prize money and title of Wigtown Slam Champ. Whether rhyming, rapping or raving, all styles of prose and poetry are welcome.

Tickets £5 on the door; performers £3.50 Pay bar available

For terms and conditions of entry contact [email protected]


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