Penguin Random House launch WriteNow for new writers

Penguin Random House UK is looking to find, mentor, and ultimately publish new writers from communities that are under-represented on the nation’s bookshelves. This includes writers from BAME and LGBTQ communities, and economically marginalised writers.

150 writers across the UK will be invited along to three insight days in London, Birmingham and Manchester to hear from published authors, literary agents, book sellers and editors who will share their knowledge, expertise and experience. Writers will also get one-to-one feedback on their work from a Penguin Random House editor, and the opportunity for longer-term mentoring.

The London event has now taken place but (until 28th October) applications are open for Birmingham and Manchester.

  • WriteNow Birmingham is taking place on Saturday, 26th November, 12.30-17.30 at The Insight Hub, Walker Building, 58 Oxford Street, Birmingham B5 5NR.
  • WriteNow Manchester will take place on Saturday, 4th February 2017, 12.30-17.30 at Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, Manchester M2 5N.

Sessions at both venues will include ‘Publishing, de-mystified’, ‘Writing fiction and non-fiction for adults’, and ‘Writing for children and young adults’ as well as one-to-ones with editors.

Interested? Find how more, including how to get involved and what criteria you must meet to apply, at the initiative’s official website.

Deadline for submissions: 28th October 2016

Source: BBC Writersroom


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