BPA Online Events

Online: Craft Tutorials and Industry Expert Q&As

Our online tutorials offer writers the chance to get some tuition from best selling and exciting authors who also have expertise in teaching and inspiring other writers.

The publishing world is notoriously hard to get into and finding the right agent to represent you and sell your novel to publishers is a business in itself.

We bring you literary agents actively looking for debuts and publishers to give an inside knowledge on the publishing world and some help with your submission.

We offer a range of events over Zoom so you can join in from the comfort of your own home.

Coming up we have craft tutorials on all aspects of novel writing to help with your technique and also a submissions tutorial on the important pitch letter and synopsis.

We also have genre tutorials for crime& thrillers, romance & women’s fiction as well as YA.

We’ve also got Q&A sessions with literary agents and publishers on submissions and publishing outside the mainstream.

In Person: Retreats and Away Days

There’s nothing like gathering with a group of writers to learn the craft and chat about your work-in-progress over a cup of tea or glass of wine. Our in person events combine beautiful locations with in-depth tutorials from some impressive guests, usually authors, tutors or literary agents.

Our retreats (when restrictions allow) offer you the chance stay in glorious private homes often with a literary connection, write in peace, explore and develop your skills alongside support from one of our editors. Writers work on their novels in the mornings and there are creative writing workshops with guest tutors in the afternoon. There are Q&A sessions with the tutors and evening readings from authors. There is also a workshop or Q&A session during the retreat with a literary agent and/or publisher.

Away Days give you a taste of the retreat experience with practical workshops and the chance to quiz an industry gatekeeper.


Tutors at previous retreats have included

Best selling Authors Tessa Hadley, Claire Fuller, Louise Doughty and Marcel Theroux

Publishers Doubleday’s  Kirsty Dunseath, Penguin Random House’s Selina Walker,

Literary Agents Eve White, Caroline Wood and Antony Harwood.

Numbers are limited so there is plenty of time for discussion and Q & A.

Online Events 2022

Three Evening Craft Tutorials January – March 2022

In this series of three monthly online craft workshops, creative writing tutor and author Emma Darwin will guide you through six key aspects of a novel: characters, themes, plot, structure, voice, and prose.

Characters and Themes – January 27

CHARACTERS AND THEMES January 27, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. GMT Location: Zoom Everyone tells you that character is the foundation of storytelling, but what does that mean for how you build your characters? What do you do if it’s not people that excite your creativity but ideas? What if you’ve no idea what your idea…

Publishing: Beyond the Mainstream – February 8

PUBLISHING: BEYOND THE MAINSTREAM February 8, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. GMT Location: Zoom In this Q&A session, authors J David Simons and Alice Jolly will discuss various ways of getting published beyond the mainstream, such as self-publishing or working with smaller independents,  hybrid models and crowdfunders such as Unbound. Will it be easy to arrange…

Plot and Structure – February 24

PLOT AND STRUCTURE February 24, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. GMT Location: Zoom Thinking of structure as the architecture of a novel, and plot as the engineering, can be very helpful – but without characters acting and interacting on your pages, who would ever read it? In this practical workshop we’ll dig into how plot and…

Agent and Competition Submissions – March 29

Q&A: AGENT SUBMISSIONS March 29, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. GMT Location: Zoom If you are considering submitting to our First Novel Award or indeed any competitions for debut novel writers, this session with our agent judges Rowan Lawton and Marina de Pass will be invaluable. And even if you aren’t planning on entering, they will…

Voice and Prose – March 31

VOICE AND PROSE March 31, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. GMT Location: Zoom Voice is the element which all agents and editors say they are looking for in a manuscript – but that’s by no means the only reason to work hard on the word-by-word text and textures of your novel: in the end, the words…

Pitch Perfect: Cover Letters and Synopses – April 21

PITCH PERFECT: COVER LETTERS AND SYNOPSES April 21, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. GMT Location: Zoom It’s not only agents and editors who judge a book by the first page: in an industry driven by ‘Look Inside the Book’, the opening of a novel or memoir is one of the keys which draws a reader in…

Crime and Thrillers – May 26

CRIME AND THRILLERS May 26, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. GMT Location: Zoom How do you write a book that pulls readers in and won’t let them go? How do you handle the business of twists and red herrings in crime and thrillers? And how do you do the right amount of research so that your…

Women’s Fiction – April 28

WOMEN’S FICTION April 28, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. GMT Location: Zoom Women’s fiction is unusual in publishing, because it’s defined by its readership, rather than strictly by its content. That means that women’s fiction authors, and novels, have a unique relationship with their readers—and the privilege of touching their hearts. In this practical tutorial, including…

Visiting Tutors and Guests

Thanks to the Authors, Publishers and Agents who have been so generous with their time.



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