Workshop

The Writer’s Roadmap with Jen Campbell, Michael Donkor and Benjamin Johncock

Saturday 27 April
National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall
10am - 4pm
£55 / £45 conc

A day packed full of inspiration, practical advice and insider knowledge to help you set your goals and fulfill your writing ambitions.

Hear from Michael Donkor (‘warm and accomplished’  Guardian), Jen Campbell (a Sunday Times bestseller) and Benjamin Johncock (‘great skill and some nerve’  Guardian) on how to pursue publication, how to make a living from writing and how to set goals, build a writing habit and plot your exciting and fulfilling journey as a writer.

Session 1: Writing around your day job with Michael Donkor, author of Hold

  • Michael’s personal journey to publication and how he was able to stay true to the needs of his book through the writing, submission and publishing process
  • Tips on how to find confidence when you are writing around your day job, family commitments, etc

Session 2: Writing without boundaries with author and award-winning poet Jen Campbell

  • Jen’s personal writing journey to date and her experience of the publishing industry
  • Insight on writing across different forms and genres
  • How to utilise other elements of your writing life, such as podcasts and vlogs, creatively and effectively

Session 3: The road to publication with Benjamin Johncock, author of The Last Pilot

  • Benjamin’s personal writing journey to date and his experience of the publishing industry
  • A look at the reality of the writing life: the balance of discipline, commitment, creativity and confidence needed to take a book out into the world
  • Tips on how to build a writing habit and grow in confidence as a writer

With writing exercises to get your creativity flowing, opportunities to have your questions answered, and plenty of time to connect with other writers, this inspiration day will illuminate your next steps wherever you are on your writing journey.

Teas and coffees will be provided, but please bring your own lunch and writing materials.

Group booking offer

Book five or more places on ‘The Writer’s Roadmap’ and receive 10% off! 

Offer will be automatically applied to your basket.

Bursary places

Five bursary places are available for this workshop. Click here to apply >>


About our writers

Jen Campbell is a best-selling author and award-winning poet. Her debut short story collection The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night is published by Two Roads and her children’s picture book Franklin’s Flying Bookshop, illustrated by Katie Harnett, is published by Thames & Hudson. She is also the author of the best-selling Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops series and The Bookshop Book. Her poetry collection The Hungry Ghost Festival is published by The Rialto, and she received an Eric Gregory Award in 2016. She talks about books at www.youtube.com/jenvcampbell and is currently a judge for the Somerset Maugham Award.

Michael Donkor was born in London in 1985. He was raised in a Ghanaian household where talking lots and reading lots were vigorously encouraged. Michael read English at Oxford and later undertook a Masters in Creative Writing at Royal Holloway. HEworked in publishing for a number of years, but eventually decided to put his literary enthusiasms to other uses: in 2010, he retrained as an English teacher. In 2014 Michael was selected by Writers’ Centre Norwich (now the National Centre for Writing) for their Inspires Mentoring Scheme, and worked with mentor Daniel Hahn. His first novel, HOLD, which explores Ghanaian heritage and questions surrounding sexuality, identity and sacrifice, was published by 4th Estate in 2018.

Benjamin Johncock was born in England in 1978. His short stories have been published by The Fiction Desk and The Junket. He is the recipient of an Arts Council England grant and the American Literary Merit Award, and is a winner of Comma Press’s National Short Story Day competition. He also writes for the Guardian. He lives in Norwich, England, with his wife, his daughter, and his son. The Last Pilot is his first novel.

More about our inspiration days

Join our community of writers at one of our convention days. These motivational, practical meet-ups are designed to build your confidence as a writer and provide insight into the practical nuts and bolts of the writing life. Each day consists of three sessions led by expert speakers, inspiring activities, and a chance to connect with other writers.

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April 27, 2019 10:00 am April 27, 2019 10:00 am Europe/London The Writer’s Roadmap with Jen Campbell, Michael Donkor and Benjamin Johncock Writers' Centre Norwich –

A day packed full of inspiration, practical advice and insider knowledge to help you set your goals and fulfill your writing ambitions. Hear from Michael Donkor (‘warm and accomplished’ – Guardian), Jen Campbell (a Sunday Times bestseller) and Benjamin Johncock (‘great skill and some nerve’ – Guardian) on how to pursue publication, how to make a living from writing and how […]

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