press release
Published: 13 May 2019

Fuel your imagination as Surrey’s creative writing experts bring literary festival to Guildford

By Laura Butler

Are you exploring life as a writer? Would you like to hear new work and advice from professional writers? Courtesy of the University of Surrey’s creative writing team, the annual Surrey New Writers Festival returns to G Live on Saturday 8 June promising to inspire and fuel the imagination of budding writers.

For practical advice on how to secure an agent, pre-book for the Masterclass with Beth Miller: Submitting Your Work to Agents for her unique insight into the literary world.

Hear from a spectrum of artistic voices when industry experts share opinions during thought-provoking panel discussions. Editors and judges discuss the intricacies of selecting work for prizes and publications in Magazine and Journal Publishing for New Writers, while Female Futures sees poets and prose writers consider the future of women’s writing as well as women ‘writing the future’ in science fiction and fantasy.

Writers in the World explores the challenges along the path to publication as a diverse group of writers share stories and advice from their professional journeys, and Developing Your Short Story Portfolio offers guidance for those looking to build a career in this genre.

Be inspired by readings from new and established writers, including published novelists Stephanie Saulter, Beth Miller and Kerry Drewery, and drop in to ‘Writing for Wellbeing’ to discuss your writing process or gain advice on how to write about health and wellbeing.

The perennially popular Poetry Festival Stage welcomes readings from some of the most exciting poets in the country, invited by University of Surrey’s Poet-in-Residence Verity Spott.

The literary celebration culminates with writers and performers mingling before guest readers Sophie Mackintosh, whose debut novel The Water Cure was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and Keston Sutherland, Professor of Poetics at University of Sussex and author of multiple collections of poetry including his recent Whither Russia, take to the stage.

Head of the School of Literature and Languages Professor Bran Nicol said: “Trying to establish yourself as a new writer can be daunting so we hope to nurture creative talent by giving new writers the opportunity to engage with and learn from experienced authors and industry professionals. Featuring an exciting line-up of writers, the Festival will offer an invigorating insight into a life in literature, as well as a platform for advice and discussion, to instil confidence in the next generation of brilliant storytellers.”

The University of Surrey’s Creative Writing course is currently ranked sixth in the country by The Complete University Guide. A Surrey New Writers Festival Pass is £30.50 (students £20.50) which includes lunch at the venue and access to all events except the Creative Masterclass with Beth Miller which is £15.50 per ticket and must be pre-booked. Tickets can be booked via the G Live website.

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