Bournemouth Writing Festival

  • Pavilion Dance South West
  • April 26 - 28
  • 13:00 - 17:00
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The Bournemouth Writing Festival inspires writers to write with practical and hands-on events, workshops, talks, writing activities and networking opportunities over a three-day weekend in April.

A carefully curated selection of self-published, published and writing professionals impart their knowledge and advice to writers of all ages and genres, regardless of where they are on their writing journey.

Following its successful first year – which saw 75 events and activities from more than 100 writing experts and professionals and nearly two thousand tickets sold – the 2024 festival promises to offer tips, guidance, advice and inspiration for writers at all stages of their writing journey.

From talks, workshops and masterclasses to networking events and panels, a plethora of events and activities to inspire writers to write is being planned. In 2023, best-selling author Heidi Perks spoke about writing thrillers on the South Coast whilst horror writer Matt Shaw explained how he created to make a career from self-publishing. AFC Bournemouth partnered with the festival to launch a creative writing competition for primary schools whilst Richard & Judy-winning author Chris Aziz led a writing workshop on the beach.

The 2024 Bournemouth Writing Festival promises to be filled with more events and activities to inspire writers to write, including:

Talks, panels, masterclasses and workshops by renowned authors and writers. The festival will once again feature a line-up of authors, poets, journalists, screenwriters and industry experts, offering a range of inspiring talks, panel discussions, and hands-on workshops. From starting out, techniques and tips to enhance your prose, editing, querying and choosing the traditional vs self-publishing route, there is something for every writer to progress their writing and get it out into the world.

1:2:1s. New for 2024 is the chance to pitch your manuscript to literary agents and to get personalised feedback on aspects of your writing from writing professionals in private sessions. Marketing, plotting, querying, characterisation, agenting, pacing, funding – an expert will be available to help with your specific needs (price per session to be confirmed).

Inspiration to Write. The festival will host a variety of unique indoor and outdoor activities and events to help stimulate creativity. You’ll never have a blank page with the breadth of writing professionals and ideas at your fingertips.

Networking. The Bournemouth Writing Festival is not only a platform for learning but also an excellent opportunity to connect with local writers, agents, publishers, and other industry professionals. The festival’s vibrant atmosphere and funky venues encourage meaningful networking and potential collaborations.

Poetry Hub. New for 2024 will be our Poetry Hub – an exclusive venue where poems and poets are in abundance! For complete beginners to seasoned pros, there will be activities, talks and inspiration-galore to get you writing.

Events for Children. We’re planning activities and events to inspire children to read and write, including workshops, trails and activities designed specifically for children.