Events for Writers

7/8 October 2023 Weekend Workshops

Craft Workshop and Agent Q & A Saturday October 7, 2023  10am – 6pm Private House, Kintbury, West Berkshire Cost: £190 including lunch and afternoon tea Creative Writing Workshop: Storytelling & Plot Building with Emma Darwin Ask An Agent: Marina de Pass, The Soho Agency A full day craft workshop for novel and creative non fiction…

Q & A – Millie Hoskins – VIMEO Recording

AGENT Q & A MILLIE HOSKINSVIMEO recording of live session Recording of Q & A session with Millie Hoskins, our 2023 Pitch Prize judge and The Bookseller’s Rising Star of 2022 Get the inside track on how to get your submission noticed and industry insights. If you are considering submitting to the Pitch Prize or…

Memoir, Life Writing & Creative Non-Fiction – January 25, 2024

Memoir, Life Writing & Creative Non-Fiction January 25, 2024   6:00 – 8:00 pm GMT Location: Zoom Writing about real lives and experiences – your own, or someone else’s – is rewarding but also daunting. What if you have too much information, or your story involves other people? What if you have too little information: how…

Structure & Narrative Drive – March 14, 2024

Structure & Narrative Drive Thursday March 14  6:00 – 8:00 pm GMT Location: Zoom If “story is king”, as the book industry declares, then narrative drive is story’s engine. But how do you come up with a story that has enough drive, while staying true to your need to tell stories that matter to you?…

Casting your Characters – April 18, 2024

Casting Your Characters Thursday April 18  6:00 – 8:00 pm BST Location: Zoom So you have a story in mind, but how do you create characters that readers will want to follow to the end. Or you have a character – but you know that the foundation of story is how your characters act and…

Voice & Prose – May 16, 2024

Voice & Prose Thursday May 16  6:00 – 8:00 pm BST 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. Whether your taste is…

Psychic Distance – September 19, 2024

Psychic Distance Thursday September 19,  6:00 – 8:00 pm BST Location: Zoom Psychic Distance: the fiction writer’s secret sauce. Over the years Emma has found that learning to work with psychic distance – often called narrative distance or emotional distance – is the game-changer for her students. The thing is, novels are the only narrative…

Turning Research into Storytelling – October 24, 2024

Turning Research into Storytelling Thursday October 24  6:00 – 8:00 pm GMT Location: Zoom Whether you’re writing memoir and creative non-fiction, or a novel, you’ll almost certainly have to research out new things: facts, ideas, details and real people. All of these are important in bringing authenticity and vividness to your story. But their very…

Revising & Editing, November 28, 2024

Revising & Editing Thursday November 28  6:00 – 8:00 pm GMT Location: Zoom All writers know that the most important stage of writing is actually the re-write. Most know that it’s about a whole lot more than tidying up the sentences – but what does that actually mean? What should you be looking for and…

BPA Online Events

Online: Craft Tutorials and Industry Expert Q&As

We offer a range of live events over Zoom so you can join in from the comfort of your own home wherever you happen to be living.

Craft Tutorials

Tuition from best selling authors and creative writing tutors with a track record and expertise in teaching and inspiring other writers.

Where possible we try to make these sessions interactive with writers invited to submit some of their work in advance to be included in the tutorial.

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

Industry Expert Q&As

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


Online events take place on a Tuesday or Thursday evening starting at 18:00 hrs London time. We don’t record the sessions professionally but we understand that things crop up unexpectedly and in some instances a recording may be available.

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 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.

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

Coming up at our Autumn Away Day we have added on a second day workshop so if you are looking for a weekend away then please take a look.


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 ,Antony Harwood; Charlotte Seymour; Joanna Swainson; Katie Fulford

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

Visiting Tutors and Guests

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

Judge: Pitch Prize 2023

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Commissioning Editor

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Hellie Ogden – BPA First Novel Award

Literary Agent

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Agent, Eve White Literary Agency

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Publisher, Transworld

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Award winning author and professor

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