The Summer Festival of Writing 2020

A ground-breaking digital festival for writers all over the world

1 June – 5 September 2020

50+ events – one life-changing Summer of Writing

Location: Online


  • Full Festival Ticket  £150
  • 50% discount for members of Jericho Writers

Don’t miss a word

Join some of the biggest names in global publishing for this extra-special summer event – all from the comfort of your own home.

The Summer Festival of Writing is a ground-breaking new digital festival, 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, your ticket will give you full access to over 50 events over 3 months.

See below for an overview of what’s in store during the Festival, or see our programme for full details of each session.

This Festival has been specifically created to be accessible to writers from all over the world. For more details on the basic technology requirements you’ll need to access these events, see our FAQs.

“I loved the festival. I learned loads and now feel re-energised to write more. Fabulous sessions.” – Chloe R

Your Festival at a glance


We kick things off with workshops covering writing, wellbeing, editing, publishing and self-publishing. Highlights include:

  • Mini course – Practical plotting
  • Folio Literary
  • Adam Croft
  • Juliet Mushens
  • Joanna Penn


Things are heating up with some of the biggest names in traditional and indie publishing on hand to answer questions. Highlights include:

  • Clare Mackintosh
  • Mini-course – Self-editing
  • Dave Gaughran
  • Bookouture
  • Amazon Publishing


With two mini-courses and extra-special guests, August brings incredible sessions to your living room. Highlights include:

  • Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell
  • Mini-course – Commercial Fiction
  • Mini-course – Self-Publishing
  • Sam Copeland


We bring things to a close with some more outstanding workshops and an extra-special competition for ticket-holders.

  • Mini-course – Sophie Hannah
  • Picador Books
  • Friday Night Live
  • Closing party

Get 50% off when you become a member

All tickets give you access to every event this summer, spanning over 50+ webinars from presenters all over the world.

Can’t make every event? You’ll also have full access to replays of every event until 30 September 2020, for you to watch at your leisure.

Become a member of Jericho Writers and save 50% on your ticket

Jericho members get half-price tickets to the Summer Festival of Writing, plus access to hundreds of recorded masterclasses, video courses, agent search engines and regular webinars. Find out more about joining, here.

Book a one-to-one with a book doctor, publisher or literary agent

Want direct feedback on your work? Book a one-to-one and choose from an expert list of our most trusted tutors, agents and publishers. Find out more about one-to-ones here

Festival success stories

The Summer Festival of Writing is based on the physical Festival of Writing conference, based in York, UK.

Jericho Writers have helped hundreds of writers finish books and go on to publish traditionally and independently, and The Summer Festival of Writing gives us an opportunity to help more writers than ever before. Get your ticket now.

View all our success stories.

Joanna Cannon

“The Festival is the most wonderful, supportive, fun environment, filled with amazingly talented people, and I’ve learned so much in the time I’ve been going… Within hours of leaving York and heading back down the M1 [in 2014], I would have seven offers of agent representation.”

Felicia Yap

“It made a huge difference!”

Felicia Yap, was snapped-up by Jonny Geller at Curtis Brown soon after our 2015 Festival of Writing. Her brilliant high-concept thriller, Yesterday, was bought by Headline’s Alex Clarke for a six-figure sum. The book has since been optioned for film.

Eleanor Anstruther

“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.”

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