Author Talks, Masterclasses and Open Mics for Writers Inspiration and Expert Advice

Author talks and masterclasses to support your writing. 

The next Novel Nights events

Maggie Gee Live
Author Discussion &
Writers' Showcase

7.00 - 9.00 pm

Live at Burdalls Yard, Bath

Join Novel Nights for a live author talk on writing craft at Burdalls Yard in Bath. 

 Maggie Gee shares her experiences on the art of writing, what it takes to be a best-selling novelist, and her latest novel, The Red Children. The Red Children deals with climate change and is set in 2030. Books will be available to buy on the night from Mr B’s Emporium. 

Maggie Gee is the author of sixteen acclaimed novels, which have been translated into more than fourteen languages, including The White Family (shortlisted for the Orange and IMPAC prizes) and My Cleaner, and a memoir, My Animal Life

She is a Fellow and Vice-President of the Royal Society of Literature, and a Professor of Creative Writing at Bath Spa University. Gee was awarded an OBE in 2012 for her services to literature.

Readers Showcase: Alison Clink, 

Open Mic & Writers' Social

8.00 - 10.00pm

Live at Bristol Folk House

Live literature in bite-size readings – bring your story or novel extracts to share, or surprise us with a piece of flash fiction.  Be part of this event as writers reading your work, or as a supportive audience listening to contemporary fiction and unbridled creativity.  After an inspiring, laughter fueled first event  this session will have 12 slots for writers to read. There will be more time to chat, network and meet other writers. 

Request to read: Email submit@novelnights.co.uk

The Open Mic will be followed by socialising. Meet other writers.  

 The venue is at Bristol Folk House in the lovely cafe bar, right in the heart of Bristol

Details of June Open Mic on June 8th

BATH SPA University MA in Creative Writing
Showcase

7.00 - 9.00 pm

ONLINE VIA ZOOM

Authors appearing at the MA in Creative Writing Showcase

What do writers do after completing an MA in Creative Writing?  In this event six former MA students from   Bath Spa’s MA Creative Writing Course,  share their experiences about the MA , their careers, book deals and publication.

Guest Speakers: Fiona Williams, Holly Moberley. Tom Parfitt, Jane Shemilt and Jude Higgins.  

Our guest speakers write fiction, non-fiction, poetry, flash fiction and direct a publishing company

 

Masterclass The Synopsis, Pitching & Finding an Agent

2.00 - 5.00pm

Live at Bristol Folk House

Novelist Sean Lusk will lead this highly interactive masterclass for writers. The Novel Nights workshop will cover the essentials of getting your debut novel published. This three-hour event will cover the importance of establishing voice, character and story in the opening few lines; how to pitch your novel; the role of the synopsis; and how find that elusive but all-important agent! It will include exercises, and a chance to share your work with others.

There will also be an opportunity to receive feedback on your work from Sean in advance of the workshop. Bring along your synopsis, cover letter and first two pages of your novel. 

Sean Lusk is an award-winning short story writer, winner of the Manchester Fiction Prize, the Fish Short Story Prize and runner-up in the Bridport and Tom-Gallon Trust prizes. His novel The Second Sight of Zachary Cloudesley will be published by Doubleday in June 2022.

In Bristol At the Folk House. 

Author Talk & Writers' Showcase

8.00 - 10.00pm

Live at Bristol Folk House

What makes an historical novel feel relevant and contemporary without seeming anachronistic or false? Sean Lusk  will talk about the process of writing his own debut novel as well as dissecting how other authors of historical fiction make their work successful. He will cover research; voice; character; language and tone; anachronism; foreshadowing; and talk about the current market for historical fiction.

Sean Lusk is an award-winning short story writer, winner of the Manchester Fiction Prize, the Fish Short Story Prize and runner-up in the Bridport and Tom-Gallon Trust prizes. He has lived in Greece, Pakistan and Egypt, working variously as a gardener, speechwriter and diplomatic official. 

His novel The Second Sight of Zachary Cloudesley will be published by Doubleday in June 2022. 

Submission slots for 3 historical fiction writers to read. 

Fresh Fiction Short Story Night

7.30 - 9.30

Hand picked short stories or flash fiction by the best fiction writers in the region. Every Sunday, once a month 

Readers are hand-picked by Novel Nights to create a night of stories to entertain, delight and thrill.

Live literature


A writer at the mic

Fresh Fiction Short Story Night

7.30 - 9.30

Live at The David Hall, South Petherton

Hand picked short stories or flash fiction by the best fiction writers in the region. Every Sunday, once a month 

Readers are hand-picked by Novel Nights to create a night of stories to entertain, delight and thrill.

Live literature

 

 

A writer at the mic

Fresh Fiction Short Story Night

7.30 - 9.30

Live at The David Hall, South Petherton

Hand picked short stories or flash fiction by the best fiction writers in the region. Every Sunday, once a month 

Readers are hand-picked by Novel Nights to create a night of stories to entertain, delight and thrill.

Live literature

 

 

A writer at the mic