LBF and Curtis Brown partner for new writers' fair

LBF and Curtis Brown partner for new writers' fair

The London Book Fair (LBF) and Curtis Brown Creative are partnering to host a new one-day writers' fair in London, which will have speakers including Costa-winning author Nathan Filer and novelist Adele Parks.

Curtis Brown agent Karolina Sutton and Conville & Walsh agent Sophie Lambert will also talk at the event, which is designed to give writers the chance to take part in creative-writing classes and gain advice from industry players on how to pitch to literary agents and publishers. It will take place on Friday 11th April 2014 at Foyles in Charing Cross Road, London.

LBF director Jacks Thomas said: “The combination of creative-writing expertise, access to author and agent experience and advice, all taking place within one of London’s most iconic bookshops is sure to be a great and rewarding day.”
 
Anna Davis, director, Curtis Brown Creative - who will chair The London Writers Fair - said the day would be "as useful as possible" for new novelists. “I’m personally very much looking forward to reading the work from applicants who’d like to take the classes, and to meeting the larger group of writers in the afternoon event,” she added.
 
On the day, 30 aspiring novelists will take part in a morning of writing workshops led by Curtis Brown Creative tutors Nikita Lalwani and Louise Wener, themselves both novelists.  In the afternoon, which will be free of charge to those registered with The London Book Fair, a further 70 writers can attend panel events on how to hone a debut novel and pitch it to agents and publishers.  This will be followed by a drinks and networking session.  
 
The London Writers Fair will be the final day of LBF’s London Book and Screen Week. The week is designed to bring into focus the importance that written content has across an increasingly multi-channel route to the consumer.