10:30am - 7pm
Saturday 24 April - Sunday 25 April 2021

Surrey New Writers Festival

Join us for the first fully virtual Surrey New Writers Festival, with two days of events for writers at any stage of their craft. We have a great line up with taster sessions and talks on writing dialogue, creative collaborations, ghost writing and getting started with short poetry. There will be readings with authors of children's books, YA humour, magical realist stories, Victorian crime series, contemporary literacy fiction and Instagram poetry.

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Full Festival ticket: £25 / £10 for students

*The Full Festival ticket includes all events on Sat & Sun except for the two masterclasses.

Masterclass tickets: £15

*Limited number of tickets per event. These tickets sell out in advance so please book ahead! A masterclass ticket is for one masterclass; it does not allow you into the full festival events.


What are the freedoms and restrictions of writing very long or very short form stories and poems? How are contemporary writers crafting their novel series, children’s fiction, or Instagram poems? What can we learn about dialogue, pacing, and the development of theme when getting started on a new book or working with relationships on the page?

Join us for Surrey New Writers Festival this year where we’ll be hosting a great line-up virtually, over two days! Our theme for 2021 is: Long Form / Short Form. There will be taster sessions and talks on writing dialogue, creative collaborations, ghostwriting, and getting started with short poetry. We’ll have readings with authors of children’s books, YA humour, magical realist stories, Victorian crime series, contemporary literary fiction, and Instagram poetry.

Whether you come for the whole day to listen, discuss, and to meet the authors, or just join us for a masterclass or two, we look forward to welcoming you into our festival community.

Event Programme


10:30noonChildren’s Literature: Readings & Discussion
12:1513:15Taster Session: Poetic Compaction (Getting started with Short Poetry)
13:3014:45Lunchtime Readings:Magical Realism
15:0016:20Creative Collaborations Talk
16:3018:30Masterclass with Ruth Brandt: Where to Begin with Your Book
17:3018:30Instagram Poetry Talk with Nikita Gill
18:3019:30Dinner break
19:3021:00Headline Reading: Diana Evans 


10:3011:15Taster Session: Teaching Your Characters to Talk
11:3013:30Masterclass with Michael Donkor‘Presenting Friendships On The Page’ 
14:0015:15Afternoon Novelist Readings
15:3016:30Author Talk: Ghostwriting with Roz Morris
17:0019:00Open Mic Event 

Headliner: Diana Evans

Diana Evans is the author of Ordinary People, which won the South Bank Sky Arts Award for Literature, and was shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction, the Rathbones Folio Prize and the Orwell Prize for Political Fiction. Her previous novels are The Wonder and her bestselling debut 26a, which won the inaugural Orange Award for New Writers. Her journalism, essays and criticism appear in Time Magazine, the GuardianVogue and Financial Times among others. She is an associate lecturer in Creative Writing at Goldsmiths, University of London, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.


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