We all know that writers are generally interested in life, the universe and everything, if only for source material… so please do check out our other programming pages For The Curious and For Fun, but here’s the programming that we have shaped to support, stimulate & delight those of you who are already writing or hope to do so. We haven’t yet worked out the final schedule so we don’t know when these are going to take place so do check back nearer the time and we’ll publish the actual schedule. Remember all events are included in the price of a ticket, other than private relaxation therapies. We’ll be announcing more events over the next few weeks so stay tuned for updates!

Make Sioned Laugh

This is an unparalleled opportunity for all aspiring comedians, comedy writers and performers to present scripted or unscripted material to tease a laugh (or at least a giggle) out of Radio 4’s Commissioning Editor for Comedy, Sioned Wiliam. Participants will be offered a brief coaching sessionbefore getting on stage. In the session, emceed by acclaimed comedian Ayesha Hazarika, each participant will have up to three minutes to tickle Sioned’s funny bone, and can present a monologue, read a short extract from a novel, present a stand-up routine or do pretty much anything else – as long as it’s fairly family-friendly!    This isn’t a competition with an overall winner, but anyone who makes Sioned laugh will walk away with a Curly Wurly and the potentially life-changing experience of testing out material not just on Sioned but a live and lively crowd including established and emerging figures in the creative industries.

Sophie Hannah Masterclass for Writers – How to Think and What to Do To Make Your Writing Dreams Come True.

Not only has Sophie been entrusted with the Poirot legacy as a crime writer, she’s the founder of the Dream Author Coaching programme for writers and she’ll be bringing a two hour masterclass to Primadonna for all aspiring writers.  Come with pencil sharpened, notepad at the ready and fill yourself with knowledge. You’ll be able to book onto this to make sure you get a slot – we’ll keep you posted via social media.

Writers Round Table

How do you write, how do you check your writing, how do you find an agent & publisher and how on earth do you get a break?   Some of the biggest names in publishing – writers, agents, publishers will lead a discussion, with plenty of time for audience participation, to share tips and celebrate or commiserate over experiences, good and bad.

Writing Challenges

Every day we’ll be setting writing challenges for you.  Just to get the juices going. Come and collect your challenge, find a quiet spot to be creative and then share your oeuvre with the masses via the open mic slot, (or get someone else to !).

Primadonna Surgeries

Most, if not all of the Primadonnas will be holding surgeries over the course of the weekend.  Rock up with your questions at the appointed hour, grab a draw ticket and, if your number comes up, use your 5 minutes to show them your drafts, ask advice or simply chew the fat.  If you don’t get selected, stick around and pick up the pearls of wisdom being scattered around the lovely Moroccan outdoor room.

Speed networking – meet the Independent Publishers

We’ll be organising speed networking sessions with indie publishers where they can tell you what they’re looking for in new writing.

Speed networking – meet the Agents

How on earth do you find an agent?  Join our speed networking session with some really top agents where you can get that question answered.  Who knows – maybe you’ll get more than mere advice.