THE 2015 GET WRITING PROGRAMME ...
THE MAIN HALL
9.00am Opening Address
VWC Chairman, Dave Weaver, will welcome you to the conference and
introduce your Master of Ceremonies, VWC President, John Spencer.
9.15am Editors and Agents: Open Questions - Session 1.
Join Norah Perkins, Francesca Best, Jade Chandler and Lisa Eveleigh as they
answer all your quickfire editor and agent questions.
10.15am COFFEE BREAK
10.45am The Crime Panel: Planning on Murder
Claire McGowan, Willam Ryan, M R Hall and Helen Giltrow discuss the way
in which they approach the enormous and complicated task of plotting
a crime novel.
11.45am The Scriptwriters: Keeping it Fresh
Television and Radio scriptwriters, Jeff Povey and Peter Leslie Wild, discuss how they tackle
the all-important creation of new characters - avoiding those treacherous clichés and
sterotypes - and, just as importantly, how they keep the old ones fresh when writing
for award winning TV and Radio soaps.
12.30pm THE NETWORKING LUNCH
1.45pm The Breakthrough Authors: What it Takes.
Join Helen Giltrow, Sara Crowe and Jenny Barden as they discuss what it took to get their first
novels published and exactly what happened next.
2.45pm Editors and Agents: Open Questions - Session 2.
Another session of editor and agent questions and answers, with Ian Drury,
Joanna Swainson, Jo Fletcher and Ayisha Malik.
3.30pm COFFEE BREAK
4.00pm James Runcie: Not So Cosy After All.
Is it true, as many have suggested, that 'cosy crime' fiction lacks the grit and backbone of
Scandi-noir or American hard-boiled? Or is it in fact a subtly disguised way in which the
audience can contemplate murder, death and mortality within the secular world?
Join Grantchester Chronicles author, James Runcie, as he considers this intriguing question.
5.00pm Competition Results and Closing Address
5.15pm We'll miss you! So do make sure you join us at the pub afterwards!
THE WORKSHOP SESSIONS
SESSION ONE: 9.15 - 10.15
Claire McGowan: The Art of Suspense
Jeff Povey: The Ten Commandments
Peter Leslie Wild: Writing on Air
Sara Crowe and Joanna Swainson: After The End: To Publication and Beyond
SESSION TWO: 10.45 - 11.45am
Debi Alper: Make Your Story Sing
Jenny Barden: What it Takes to Write Historical Fiction.
Catriona Troth and Jane Davis: The Power of Working Together
SESSION THREE: 1.45 - 2.45pm
Debi Alper: The Power of Language
Sue Moorcroft: Matchmaking Between Your Hero and Heroine
Debbie Young: How to Market Your Own Books
William Ryan and M R Hall: Constructing Character and Plot
(1.45 - 4.45pm with a short break for coffee)
SESSION FOUR: 2.30 - 3.30pm
Lesley Eames: Characters That Convince
Liesel Schwarz: Writing it Real - The Practicalities of Fiction
Toby Frost: Building Worlds Through Characters
SESSION ONE: 11.00 - 12.15pm (24 SLOTS)
SESSION TWO: 1.45 - 3.00pm (24 SLOTS)
THE FIVE MINUTE PITCHES
ONE SESSION ONLY: 4.00pm - 5.00pm (56 SLOTS)