Artemis Fowl Author Eion Colfer headlines Virtual Writers Weekend.

Artemis Fowl author Eoin Colfer headlines virtual Writers’ Weekend

The Writers’ Weekend, a unique four-day conference for writers of all abilities and genres will now be streamed live throughout the weekend of 9-12th July.

 Eoin Colfer, author of the Artemis Fowl series (released as a major motion picture by Disney on their channel Disney +) is the keynote speaker.  Asked how important are these events for emerging writers, he says,

Writing festivals are vital for writers to get noticed; I first met my publisher at a literary festival in Ireland and events like these are without a doubt the best forum for all aspiring writers.”

The festival is founded by Sara Gangai, former Director and Event Manager of the Winchester Writers’ Festival, the Writers’ Weekend will host talks and workshops with best-selling, multi award winning authors as well as publishers, editors and literary agents.

Authors including, Lissa Evans, Jasper Fforde, Nick Barlay and Kate Bradley are just 4 of the 65 speakers who are confirmed.  Moving the programme to a virtual platform has meant the event is paving the way for accessibility.

Sara says “we’re very excited to open this event up to a wider audience and provide an interactive and exciting programme in the comfort of their home.

With more and more writing events being cancelled or rescheduled,

Eoin supports the digital transition: “I am disappointed that I won’t be able to talk to writers face to face but delighted that they will still have a platform to interact and showcase their work.  Hopefully this means more writers from around the world will be able to attend.”

The four-day event will offer over 800 one-to-one appointments with literary agents and editors.  Representatives from publishers such as Harper Collins, Hachette, Penguin Random House and Troubador willbe available for talks and workshops as well as open mic sessions and author/agent/publisher panels.

“Writers who wish to take the next step with their work will have the opportunity to showcase their writing to a wide range of experts and interact with authors, agents and other writers in virtual networking rooms.” says Sara

The Writers’ Weekend will be available to stream on tablet, mobile and PC with three full scholarships for writers aged 18-25 available plus bursaries for those writers needing financial assistance to attend.

Leading up to the event, the Writers’ Weekend is running 6 writing competitions to encourage writers to create new work and give children a fun outlet for their creativity.   The competitions for adults are:  Opening of a Novel; The Bright Agency Picture Book Prize; Writing Magazine Short Fiction Competition; Skylark Fabulous Fiction for Fives to Teens and a new Flash Fiction competition.

A children’s writing competition for young writers aged 4 – 15 has been added to give kids a creative outlet while they’re at home.  Young writers are asked to write a one-page poem or story on the topic of ‘What I like about being at home’.  The deadline for all competitions is 19 June.  For all details on the event and competition go to: www.writersweekend.uk

 

Winner of Andover Museums summer historical writing competiton

During the school summer holidays, Andover museum held a summer historical writing competition.

It was open to 5 – 15-year-olds. Children were invited to write a fictional piece of creative writing about a character found in the Museum. The historical facts had to be correct using information found in Andover Museum!

50 children signed up for this summer holiday challenge, only 9 children were shortlisted.

6 of those children were invited to  Andover museum Saturday, September 14th, 2018, treated to homemade lemonade and biscuits, before finding out the results of the competition.

Andover Town Mayor, Barbara Long and local children’s playwright Cat Randle awarded the prizes to the children.

The overall winner of the competition was Nicola Wheeler.

The judges were gripped by her creation of character and her illustration.

With 3 highly commended awards going to Lilla Stacey, Bradley Ware and Jessica Patterson. Lilla won because of her imaginative drawing, Bradley wrote non-fiction, this was not part of the requirements, however, the judges were taken with his writing style. Jessica’s created excellent lifelike characters and wrote about the Andover Workhouse.A.