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Advice from inspirational authors

Motivation from our favourite writers 

Is anyone else finding it difficult to put pen to paper right now? At times like these, we writers need to stick together. So, what better time to spotlight some of the most inspirational advice from fellow-writers? 

Friday Night Live is BACK at the Summer Festival of Writing (50% discount for members) 

Every year, winners of Friday Night Live go home with offers of representation from literary agents. Well, we’re pleased to announce that this life-changing competition is BACK for 2020 and bigger than ever before. With a huge prize, three events and top literary agent judges – this competition is open to all Summer Festival of Writing ticket-holders, absolutely free. Find out more.  



Keynote Speech with Sarah Pinborough (FREE) 

New York Times bestselling author, Sarah Pinborough, kicks off the Festival of Writing 2018 with a funny and inspiring speech on her journey to being a multi-published author.  



BLOG: Writers in conversation  

Steve Cavanagh and Luca Veste talk through their writing process, getting an agent and their tips for writing a series in this blog post.  


WEBINAR: Perfecting your elevator pitch (Exclusive to members) 

20 MAY 2020. Bestselling author Harry Bingham reveals the secret to writing a captivating elevator pitch in this webinar, as well as giving live feedback to as many members as he can get through, live. 



Content corner: The best writing quotes for life in lockdown 

Times are strange right now. Below are five quotes from authors through the ages to help inspire and motivate us through life in lockdown.  

"A word after a word after a word is power." - Margaret Atwood  

"We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect." - Anaïs Nin 

"I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by." - Douglas Adams 

"Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it's the only way you can do anything really good." - William Faulkner 

"I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn." - Anne Frank 

So – what are your favourite writing quotes that seem particular apt during a pandemic? Share your inspiration in the Townhouse here.  

Stay well x 

Sarah J  

Plus, don’t miss: 

Self-Edit Your Novel Bursary  

Deadline 17 May. Win a free place on our upcoming June Self-Edit Your Novel tutored course – exclusively for under-represented writers. 

30 Bursary places for the Summer Festival of Writing 

Deadline 29 May. Thanks to the generosity of our speakers Chris Riddell, Neil Gaiman, Clare Mackintosh and Cathy Bramley – we are happy to offer thirty Full Festival Tickets to deserving under-represented writers. 

Manuscript Assessment  (Discounts available for members) 

 Our most popular editorial service matches you to your dream editor and gives you tailored feedback on your work. It doesn’t get better than that. 


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