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March 18 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Fiction
  • For writers
  • Non-fiction
  • Poetry
  • Storytelling
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Essex Authors’ Day



Chelmsford Library
County Hall, Market Road
Chelmsford , CM1 1QH
Keynote workshop places limited so please book to secure your place (via the link below)

This exciting day of workshops, stalls and activities brings together Essex-based authors and readers. Listen to author readings, pick up top tips, take part in the writing challenge, meet other writers, or simply browse and buy books.


Keynote workshops can be booked in advance: Click here to register via Eventbrite. There are four workshops:

10am – 10.50am: Develop Your Writing Dr Chris McCully, University of Essex
11am – 11.50am: How to Promote Your Book Diane M Hinds
Noon – 12.45pm: Writing and Publishing Poetry Derek Adams, Essex Poetry Festival
1pm-1.45pm: Getting Your Message Across Diane M Hinds


There is also a series of mini-workshops, which you can sign up for at the event.

10.00am: Writing short stories Sarah Armstrong
10.00am: Using music to inspire Ralph Jackman
10.30am: Writing for cultural diversity Leisa Ebere
11.00am: Researching Horse Racing in Chelmsford David Dunford
11.00am: Pitfalls in self-editing Lisette Skeet
11.30am: Never too late to write a best-seller Liz Trenow
11.30am: Story creation D J Catrell
12.00noon: Historical research Bella D’Arcy Reed
12.00noon: Writing YA/crossover Owen Knight
12.30pm: Publishing and publicity Terry Ward
12.30pm: Synopsis and book blurb Laurie Ellingham
1.00pm: Writing picture books Hollie Hughes
1.00pm: Writing non-fiction Patrick Forsyth
1.30pm: Starting a small press James Patrick
1.30pm: Mad or bad? Psychology in crime fiction Barbara Nadel
2.00pm: How to write a press release Audrey Snee, Estuary publishing


35 authors will be reading their work through the day, with over 40 signing sessions, and special children’s storytime sessions featuring 15 local authors.



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