Pow Wow Wow: Pow-Wow Litfest 2013

The Pow-Wow Litfest returns this year and is spread over two days (Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th September) to pack in all the features – including guest genre writers, M John Harrison and Stan Nicholls, and more.


On Saturday 14th September, a number of workshops will take place at the Moseley Exchange.

Luke Brown, editor (Tindal Street Press) and author, will be available for half-hour consultations on how to get your work polished for publication. Karen King will be leading a workshop on how to write for children (Get Writing: Children’s Fiction; Perfect Summer), and another on how to kick-start your writing. Lindsay Stanberry-Flynn (The Piano Player’s Son; Unravelling) will be workshopping Flash Fiction character development. Poet and co-editor of Nine Arches Press, Matt Nunn, will share tips on how to write confident and polished poetry. David Wake (I, Phone) will share his tips on Indie publishing, and experienced writing collaborators Heide Goody and Iain Grant (Clovenhoof), will run a workshop on collaborative writing.

Workshops can be booked here.

On Sunday 15th September, a number of panels, talks and discussions will be held  in a  relaxed and friendly pub atmosphere with the following guests:

  • Adam Foulds, multi-award winner and one of Granta’s Best Young British Novelists 2013
  • M John Harrison, legendary writer of speculative fiction
  • Suzi Feay, influential book reviewer and literary prize judge
  • Danuta Kean, publishing analyst and cultural commentator
  • Stan Nicholls, award-winning, million selling author of the Orcs series
  • Mark Edwards, bestselling self-published crime writer
  • Lucy Luck, literary agent

Pow-Wow Litfest is described as:

  • a great way to find out more about the world of books, to hear from, meet and talk to publishers, agents, marketing people, and published authors.
  • friendly and informal. We welcome writers at all stages, from absolute beginners to the most experienced.
  • run by writers, planned to meet the needs of writers.
  • a place for the writing community in the Midlands to come together, network and make friends.

Early bird tickets cost £15, and include £5 of tickets for our grand draw, with prizes worth £1000. Buy them here: http://powwowlitfest2013.eventbrite.com/


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About Donna Scott

Chair of the BSFA since June 2013. Prior to this I was Awards Administrator, taking over that role from Claire Briarley in 2008. I am officially Donna Bond since getting married in May 2013, but continue to write and perform under my previous name, Donna Scott. My short fiction stories have been published in various anthologies and magazines, and I was winner of the inaugural Short Cuts at the MAC in 2005. As a comedian, I have performed all over the UK. Comedy has also given me the opportunity to perform alongside big names like Sarah Millican and Jasper Carrott! As a poet, I've also performed all over the place, including lots of science fiction conventions, and sometimes my poetry and comedy get kind of mixed up. I was the first official Bard of Northampton, it's true. I've got a tankard that says so... I love being a part of the BSFA - I've always been a devourer of books and being part of this association has enabled me to explore some great science fiction classics - and classics of the future, that I might otherwise have not heard about. I've met some lovely people with an enthusiasm for the genre, made firm friends, and got to meet some of my favourite writers, too! As a writer, I also have to say that FOCUS is the best magazine for writers I've ever come across - and as a member I get that for free. Who wouldn't want to be a part of this?

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