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The Writer's Festival

Monday 22nd February 2016

Calling all budding novelists, poets, historians, calligraphers and entrepreneurs.

Following our successful partnership with Guardian Masterclasses in 2015, this year the Stratford Literary Festival is putting on another series of workshops for writers of all abilities and genres.

This year’s programmes will be tutored by some of the literary world’s most prominent names, and the choice of masterclasses available will suit anyone wanting to learn how to publish their own work, document their family history, learn how to write great sales copy or even master the art of calligraphy. There’s something at this year’s Festival for you.

Join Self-publishing guru, Ben Galley, as he takes you through the process of publishing your own book. Orange Prize nominated novelist, Kathryn Heyman, is leading a masterclass on the Art and Carpentry of Fiction, where writers at any stage in the creative process will be given the tools to help write and structure their stories. Costa Award winning author A.L. Kennedy’s Masterclass, The Principles of Prose, will give any writer beginning to work in prose a chance to look at the core ingredients of story writing, whilst award-winning poet Jane Draycott will guide a day of exercises on creating new draft poems and tell you how to unleash your creative flair in a Poetry Masterclass.

There’s plenty too if traditional literature isn’t for you.

Learn how to write beautifully with the Calligraphy Masterclass. It’s going to be a hands-on event led by expert, Eileen Worthington, where you’ll be creating everything from illuminated capital letters to book marks and thank you cards. In Anatomy of A Successful Sales Letter, leading business writer Andy Malsen, will give business people of all sector’s an insight into the psychology behind prospering in the art of selling through print. How do you begin writing your family story? Best-selling writer Meg Sanders will give the answers to you in the Writing a Family History Masterclass. You’ll be shown how to source and verify information and facts, and how to write down your past in an engaging way.

Launching this year is our Writer’s Bootcamp, which takes place every day throughout the Festival week from Monday 25th to Friday 29th April. If you are keen to write but are unsure of how to progress your work or just want to share it with others, then the Writers Bootcamps are the perfect solution for you. Come along to one or all of the the one and a half hour informal sessions with Meg Sanders, and each day she’ll be looking at a different topic with you, and you can share any writing hiccups and get the encouragement you need to keep progressing your work. The Bootcamps culminate in a finale session on Saturday 30th April with Meg and Orion editor and publicist Sam Eades who'll be giving you an insight in how to get your manuscript under the nose of the publisher.

As ever the Festival is celebrating writing and writers, with our New Voices platform giving debut writers the chance to talk about their work - tickets are free - and we’re excited to be featuring some very high profile debuts this year with Andrew Michael Hurley’s Costa Winning The Loney, actress Janet Ellis’ The Butcher’s Hook and Joanna Cannon’s The Trouble with Goats and Sheep - already a bestseller.

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