Today, Mark reminded us all that the annual VWC conference 'Get Writing' is still planned for the 19th February 2011 at the University of Hertfordshire.
Attending the conference costs just £55 which includes lunch and teas/coffees. It will also give you a chance to have one-to-ones with editors and agents, plus book-signings and book sales during
Here's the list of speakers, workshop leaders and the like:
Georgina Hawtrey-Woore (Senior Editor, Cornerstones, Random House)
Marlene Johnson (MD of the Children's Division, Hachette UK)
Lyn Vernham (Marketing Director, Choc-Lit)
Ian Skillicorn (founder of Talking Bookshelf and Short Story Radio, also the driving force behind National Short Story Week)
Jane Holland (critic, poet, author and commissioning editor for the new 'Embrace' imprint of Salt Publishing)
Hilary Johnson (literary scout who also runs an editorial advisory service)
Professor Raymond Tallis (polymath, wit, poet, novelist and philosopher)
Sarah Duncan (award-winning script-writer, tutor and best-selling novelist, recently appointed Royal Literary Fund Fellow for the University of Bath)
Shaheeda Sabir (literary agent with Curtis Brown)
John Jarrold (agent specializing in fantasy and SF genres)
Robert Dudley (literary agent representing mainly non-fiction clients but looking for new writers of quality fiction)
Daphne Knott (of Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies)
Rosy Thornton (bestselling author of social satire 'with a hint of romance' - also a Cambridge legal don!)
Leigh Russell (local crime thriller author)
Christina Courtenay (newly published author by Choc-Lit, in charge of running the 'Love Story of the Year Award' for the RNA)
Toby Frost (sci-fi/fantasy author)
Lesley Eames (successful features and short story writer)
Jenny Barden (historical fiction author)
A 'big name' will also be attending which we'll confirm asap, and Radio Verulam will also be going along.
This month, Mark also supplied details of where you can read free short stories. All are available on line....
Free short stories, including Julie Mayhew’s '4th one down' http://liarsleague.typepad.com/
Oscar Windsor-Smith’s 'Grave Concerns'
Jonathan Pinnock’s story (listen for free)
You can also check out the VWC blog wich has some tremendous and not so tremendous rants and outpourings. That can be found at http://blog.verulamwriterscircle.org.uk/
The Verulam Writers Circle meets on alternate Wednesdays at St Michael’s Church Hall with beer-fuelled evenings at the White Hart on Hollywell Hill! Both gatherings start at 8pm. Check out the VWC website for lots more information: http://www.verulamwriterscircle.org.uk/.
And if you're into Twitter, you can follow Mark (@clem1000), and also our presenter Danny (@Dapperdan75).