The Writer’s Roadmap with Jen Campbell, Michael Donkor and Ben Johncock
This inspiration day is designed to help writers at all stages of their careers and will give you the skills and insider knowledge to help you set your own unique course for a life in literature.
Michael Donkor, author of Hold, shares his route to publication and how he has balanced his creative work and career; the multi-talented Jen Campbell explores writing across different forms and genres, ranging from prose and poetry to podcasts and vlogging; and Ben Johncock, author of The Last Pilot (Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award 2016) will share his tips for building the habit and confidence needed to meet your writing goals.
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.
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.