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The Festival of Writing 2019

Festival of Writing 2018

The Festival of Writing

Friday 6th – Sunday 8th September 2019

Exhibition Centre, University of York, Heslington, York YO10 5DD Get directions


  • Full Weekend (Inc Mini-course)  SOLD OUT
  • Full Weekend (Exc Mini-course) SOLD OUT
  • Sat/Sun  SOLD OUT
  • Sat only  SOLD OUT
  • Sun only  SOLD OUT

Meet agents and publishers, get advice from professional authors and make life-long friends during this inspirational weekend writing conference.

The Festival of Writing is the UK’s biggest writing festival – a weekend of courses, events, one-to-ones and networking, specifically for writers looking to hone their craft and get published traditionally, or independently. Whether you’re just starting out, or are a seasoned professional, there’s something for everyone in this jam-packed weekend.


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The inspirational Festival of Writing is back. All options include meals, competition entry and one-to-ones. Weekend and Saturday tickets also include accommodation.

What happens after you book your ticket?

Once you have purchased your ticket option, you will be automatically diverted to a page to choose your Mini-Course (if booked), Workshop, Book Labs and One-to-One session options. Please note that the Book Labs and One-to-Ones may not be able to be altered after you have submitted, so ensure you are happy with your choices before selecting.

All Workshop and Book Lab options can be seen in our Programme page. One-to-One options can be found here.

Please note that all sessions have a limited number of places that will be allocated on a first-come-first served basis. Therefore, we recommend having a few backup choices, should your first choice no longer be available. This will all be marked on the booking page once you have purchased your ticket.



My very first Festival certainly lived up to expectations. You were all very welcoming and exceptionally friendly and made being in a new place all by myself very exciting and not at all uncomfortable.

Jordan S

Within hours of leaving York and heading back down the M1 [in 2014], I would have seven offers of agent representation.

Joanna Cannon

I’d be very happy to credit Jericho with the enormous helping hand I received at the Festival of Writing 2016. Not sure I’d be where I am now, if I hadn’t got myself a ticket, taken a deep breath, and stood up on that stage at Friday Night Live.

Eleanor Anstruther

I loved the festival. I learned loads and now feel re-energised to write more. Fabulous sessions – jolly yummy food – and lovely people to talk to throughout the weekend.

Chloe R


Behind the scenes at the Festival of Writing 2018

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