The Writer’s Roadmap
A day packed full of inspiration, practical advice and insider knowledge to help you set your goals and fulfil your writing ambitions.
Gain tips on how to:
- Pursue publication
- Make a living from writing
- Create opportunities through residences and commissions
- Plot your exciting and fulfilling journey as a writer
Our speakers are award-winning poet, writer and filmmaker Victoria Adukwei Bulley; scriptwriter, poet and theatre-maker Molly Naylor (‘Brave, tough, funny and beautiful writing’ – Guardian); and prize-winning novelist and Edward Parnell, prize-winning author of Ghostland and The Listeners (Winner, Rethink New Novels).
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.
Session breakdown (60 minutes each)
Session one: Finding residences and commissions with Victoria Adukwei Bulley
Poet, writer and filmmaker Victoria Adukwei Bulley has had her work featured on BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour and has held residencies internationally in the US, Brazil, and the V&A Museum in London. In her session, she will share:
- Approaches for how to find or create opportunities for residencies and creative commissions
- Tips on making convincing applications and pitches, as well as balancing creativity with writing to a brief
- Her experiences of finding additional work to pay the bills and help her CV
- The benefits of seeking collaborative work with other artists
Session two: Working across genres with Molly Naylor
As a TV scriptwriter, poet and theatre-maker, Molly is very experienced at adapting her writing process and styles across different genres. In this session, she will share:
- Her experiences of writing for stage, screen and page and how she has made a name for herself across different mediums
- Tips on how to alter your writing approach and process across genres
- How to balance the demand of a busy and varied writing workload
Session three: Journeying into creative non-fiction with Edward Parnell
This year Ed is publishing his first non-fiction book, Ghostland. In this session, he will share:
- His experience of writing, editing and finding publication for his latest book
- The key differences between writing fiction and non-fiction, and top tips to keep in mind when making the switch
- How he interwove personal narrative into his observations and research for the factual elements of his book
Teas and coffees will be provided, but please bring your own lunch and writing materials.
Feedback from previous ‘Writer’s Roadmap’ participants
‘A good format, a beautiful venue and excellent speakers’
‘Real life experience and thoughtful reflections from published writers’
‘Good variation, very different stories and journeys’
‘It made me feel my writing might have a future’
Group booking offer
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About our writers
Victoria Adukwei Bulley is a poet, writer and filmmaker. A former Barbican Young Poet, her work has appeared variously in publications including The Poetry Review, in addition to featuring on BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour. She won a Society of Authors Eric Gregory Award in 2018, and has held residencies internationally in the US, Brazil, and the V&A Museum in London. Victoria is the director of MOTHER TONGUES, an intergenerational poetry, film and translation project supported by Arts Council England and Autograph. She is a Complete Works Poetry and Instituto Sacatar fellow, and sits on the advisory board of the Poetry Translation Centre. Her debut pamphlet is Girl B. Website
Molly Naylor is a scriptwriter, poet, director and theatre-maker. She is the co-creator of sell-out storytelling event True Stories Live. Her work has been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and Sky One. She has performed her poems, stories and shows all over the world. Website
Edward Parnell lives near Norwich and has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia. He has been the recipient of an Escalator Award from the National Centre for Writing and a Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship. His novel The Listeners was the winner of the Rethink New Novels Prize. His next book, Ghostland, will be published in October 2019. Website