The Northern Lights Writers’ Conference 2018 (#NLWC2018) is the fifth such event from Waterside’s artists development arm Creative Industries Trafford. Aimed at novelists, short story writers, poets, playwrights and even journalists and beyond, from early career (and earlier!) to already established and out there, the day-long programme looks into both the craft and the business of writing, and combines creative sessions with industry talks by writers, editors, agents and publishers. Encompassing everything from adapting scripts for radio and performing at spoken word nights to pitching and marketing yourself and your manuscript, this year also sees a masterclass from acclaimed Chocolat author Joanne Harris MBE – with a 17th novel out in April, she definitely knows her stuff! She will also be delivering the keynote speech at the conference, which has been running since 2013, joining a veritable Who’s Who of guests, including Sarah Dunant, Louise Doughty, AL Kennedy and Will Self. Even in the week running unto the conference, the line-up keeps growing and, alongside Harris, now includes: acclaimed short story writers and poets Tania Hershman, Richard V Hirst, Amy McCauley and Sarah Schofield; BBC Radio’s Emily Demol; award-winning spoken word performers Fat Roland and Ella Gainsborough; literary agent Sinead Heneghan; Arts Council England Literature Relationship Manager Alison Boyle; TV producer Ric Michael; app developer and writer Richard Evans, and creative non-fiction experts Kate Feld and Adam Farrer.

Sat 8 Sep, Waterside, 1 Waterside Plaza, Sale, Manchester, M33 7ZF, Tel: 0161 912 5616, 10.30am-6pm, £30-35,

Sat 8 Sep
Sarah-Clare Conlon
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Mon 3 Sep 2018