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WRITE Festival is returning to The Word at South Shields between 12 – 25 May 2018 with a whole host of unmissable events celebrating writing in all its forms,  performances, comedy, storytelling, poetry slams, a silent book disco, a murder mystery night and more. Our colleagues at Inpress have also put together an exciting day of talks and panel discussions to help demystify publishing on the 20 May 2018, so do come and join us!

10:30 am - 11:30 am: Inpress Presents… Tricks of the Trade: A Guide to the World of Publishing

The life of a book from conception to the shelf. This session offers a practical overview of the publishing process from conception to print, giving budding authors, publishers and anyone interested in learning about the book trade an insight into how that one flash of inspiration makes its way onto bookshelves.This session will cover the nuts and bolts of the often mysterious world of publishing, showing the work that goes in to making a book a success. Sharing their knowledge of the process are Stephanie Hodgson from Seven Stories, Frankie Porter from Moth Publishing, Rebecca Robinson from Inpress and Mark Stanton of the recently launched literary agency, The North. Tickets cost £2 per session.

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm | Getting Your Voice Heard
This session explores the increasingly diverse number of ways to get our voices heard, both through utilising new technology and grass roots print movements. From self-publishing zines to submitting poems to anthologies, there have never been more creative ways to get your work out there and start on the track to publishing success. Join Esther Beadle, Louise Cole and Debbie Taylor as they discuss options for the aspiring writer to take control and get their words out into the world. £2.

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm | Authors Journeys
Join authors Harriet Evans, Daniel James, Guy Mankowski and Nancy Revell as they discuss their journey to becoming published authors. In this intriguing and informative session, the authors will talk about how much work it takes to become a published writer, the different routes to being published and offer some advice and tips for budding authors. £2.

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm | How to get Published?
The question we all want to know the answer to, how do I get my book published? For a mixture of practical advice and good old fashioned encouragement, join poet and novelist Carolyn Jess-Cooke, agent Mark Stanton and commissioning editor Hannah Knowles who come prepared to share their knowledge and expertise. £2.

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