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21 Dec 2015

Award-winning writer to speak at conference

An award-winning crime writer and poet will be among the speakers at a conference hosted by Loughborough University next year.

Run in conjunction with the region’s writer development agency, Writing East Midlands, the Writers’ Conference 2016 will bring together new and established authors and industry experts.

One of the key note speakers will be Sophie Hannah, whose thirteenth novel is due for publication in February next year. In 2013, Sophie won the Specsavers National Book Award for Crime Book of the Year with The Carrier and several of her works have been adapted for television. Sophie is also a prize-winning poet – her poetry is studied at GCSE, A-level and degree level across the UK – and a short-story writer.

The Writers’ Conference is an excellent opportunity to:

• attend panel events, debates and seminars covering a range of literary genres and literary topics
• take part in workshops
• make new contacts
• learn more about getting published and securing funding
• submit your work for a chance of a one-to-one session with a nationally acclaimed literary agent or being critiqued by a professional writer

Renowned literary agent Carole Blake, who has worked in publishing for more than 50 years, described last year’s Writers’ Conference as a “masterclass” in writing conferences.

In 2016, the conference will take place on 5 March in the School of the Arts, English and Drama at Loughborough University.

Tickets are £60/£55 concessions, including refreshments and lunch. To purchase and for more information, see the Writing East Midlands’ website.

Picture: Philippa Gredge.