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Charlie Higson & Joanne Harris Headline September Scottish Conference for Writers

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The Society of Authors in Scotland is thrilled to confirm the full programme for ScotsWrite, a three-day conference in the heart of Scotland in September – designed by writers, for writers, 22nd-24th September 2017.

ScotsWrite will take place at the Westerwood Hotel near Glasgow, led by writers Joanne Harris, Charlie Higson, Joanna Penn and Jane Johnson.

Joanne Harris, author of seventeen novels, including Chocolat, who will open the conference on Friday 22 September with a talk about empowering writers, said:

“ScotsWrite will be a great way to connect with other authors, and to learn about new developments in our industry. Authors are often a solitary lot – it’s essential for us to stay connected, help each other and keep abreast of the changes happening in this very mercurial business of ours. The Society of Authors helped me a great deal in this when I was starting out: I’m hoping I can reciprocate.”

Authors running breakout sessions throughout the weekend include novelist, playwright and graphic novelist Denise Mina, and Kevin MacNeil, who was recently shortlisted for the 2017 Sunday Herald Culture Awards, Author of the Year).

The ScotsWrite conference programme is designed for authors at all stages of their careers, whether they write fiction, non-fiction, poetry or translation, and however their work finds its audience.

As Linda Strachan, chair of The Society of Authors in Scotland, said: “ScotsWrite offers published and emerging writers alike the chance to network with other literary professionals, hear how to broaden their income streams, share ideas and learn from specialists.”

Passion, Mission, Profession and Vocation…

Throughout the weekend, twenty-two writers and other literary professionals will deliver talks, debates and workshops on all aspects of the writing life – broadly themed around passion, mission, profession and vocation. Breakout sessions will cover topics ranging from translation and exploring new literary forms to authors’ software, ergonomic workspaces and CPR, and from science fiction and poetry, to building an author brand without losing sight of wellbeing. A number of agents and editors will also be available for one-to-one appointments.

Author, actor and comedian Charlie Higson, will explore the challenges (and benefits) of the often-varied nature of a career in writing, said:

“I’m chuffed to be invited to speak at ScotsWrite in September and am looking forward to coming to Scotland. My career has been pretty varied but writing has been the underlying thread and that’s what I’ll be talking about – diversification. It’s great to be part of a writer’s conference that covers all aspects of the lifestyle and that appeals to writers of all levels and forms.”

New York Times bestselling author Joanna Penn will discuss how to make a living from writing. She said:

“I’m looking forward to giving two key presentations at ScotsWrite in September – How to Make a Living with your Writing and a Book Marketing Masterclass.  It’s the first conference of its kind in Scotland and has a fantastic programme that is relevant to writers of all levels, whether traditional publishing, independent or hybrid. The focus on making writing sustainable for creatives is much needed in a time when funding for the arts is under threat.”

…and more

The programme includes plenty of opportunities to network and socialise throughout the weekend, including a Friday evening opening buffet, and a Gala dinner and ceilidh on Saturday.

  • Full programme details can be found at www.societyofauthors.org/scotswrite
  • Earlybird discounts are available now, with £30 off all prices until Thursday 22 June.
  • ScotsWrite has been made possible with funding from Creative Scotland.
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