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!
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. For information and how to participate, see the webpage.
Young Adult Fiction: Changing the Story
In literature and in life, women of the past and present have a million stories that are untold, mistold or unheard. We hear from Kit de Waal and Kiran Millwood Hargrave, the first authors to be published by Hachette’s newly launched Bellatrix series: a collection of gripping, powerful and diverse YA novels by leading female voices. Kit and Kiran will discuss the classic stories they have reimagined from HER perspective.
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.
Getting It Write
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.
Most, if not all of the Primadonnas, as well as some of our special guests from the world of publishing, 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.
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 !).
Writers toolkit sessions
We’ll be running a whole pile of sessions for writers (and in fact non-writers too) over the weekend which will focus on creating a great mindset for writing. This will include conquering imposters syndrome, procrastination, confidence building and creating space to able to write. Leave Primadonna refreshed, inspired and energised to go forth and create! Keep checking in here or via our newsletter for further details.
Readings from the Primadonna Prize Shortlist
The five writers shortlisted for the inaugural Primadonna Prize for unpublished and unrepresented authors (names to be announced on July 25) will read out their entries on the theme of Primadonna (or, if too shy to do so, a Primadonna will happily oblige). We’ve already seen all the entries and we can tell you: the shortlist is going to be ridonkulously strong.