Conference 2013: Lighting the Spark - Creating Stories that Last a Lifetime

Jo Wyton


I am thrilled to announce that our 2013 conference is now open for booking! And I am already wondering how I will choose between all of our wonderful speakers... We have the Children's Laureate. A Kate Greenaway Medal winner. A Carnegie Medal 2013 shortlisted author. A twice CBI Book Trust winner. A Times/Chicken House Children's Fiction competition winner. Not one but TWO of the 2008 Booktrust Ten Best New Illustrators. And to top it all off, we've got a selection fo the very best industry people who make it all happen! But I must stop myself from going any further, and tell you who I'm talking about...



We've got Malorie Blackman, Catherine Rayner, Alexis Deacon, Sophia Bennett, Elizabeth Wein, Sheena Wilkinson, Nicola Morgan, Anne Rooney and Teri Terry and so many more!

Want to know how to get published? Attend our Sunday workshop with agent Gemma Cooper and editor Non Pratt. Want to know how to create a picture book character? Come along to Catherine Rayner's workshop. Want to know where the book industry is heading in these changing times? We've assembled a panel to discuss that very thing, and we've got Nicola Morgan to chair it. We've got a party, competitions, one-to-one manuscript and portfolio reviews, opportunities to talk to agents, editors and art directors and pitch to your heart's content, the presentation of the Crystal Kite Award to Dave Cousins, a Friday Night Critique, a chance to meet local writers and illustrators, and a workshop on how to get the most from your promotional tour. Find out more at the conference website!

Come and join us at Winchester University on the 23rd and 24th of November, for two days filled with all things writing, illustrating and publishing!

See you there!



Jo Wyton took over the conference coordinator role from Bekki Hill. She writes YA, was one of the winners of Undiscovered Voices in 2012 and is represented by Molly Ker Hawn. She blogs on Let's Get Serious and Notes from the Slushpiule.

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