One-to-one Beginners Writing Advice Sessions with Word Factory & Susmita Bhattacharya

We are delighted to welcome leading novelist and short story writer Susmita Bhattacharya as our spring/summer 2021 Word Factory Writer in Residence. During her residency, running from March to July 2021, Susmita will be offering four exclusive half-hour one-on-one advice sessions aimed at helping writers at the beginning of their writing journey. Within the session, she will critique a story sample of around 500 words and also offer time to answer any questions you may have related to the business of writing, from practical considerations such as dealing with agents to pitching, to the technical writing queries.Once your place has been secured, we will contact you to find out what you are hoping for from the session and to put you in touch with Susmita for your online mentoring session. We will add new sessions in the season if they become available.Susmita Bhattacharya is an award-winning author and creative writing lecturer. Her debut novel, The Normal State of Mind (Parthian, 2015, BEE Books, India 2016) was long-listed for the Word to Screen Prize at the Mumbai Film Festival, 2018 and her short story collection, Table Manners (Dahlia Publishing, 2018) won the Saboteur Award for Best Short Story Collection (2019) and was a finalist for the Hall & Woodhouse DLF Prize, 2019. She teaches creative writing at Winchester University.Dates: Monday 1 March - Saturday 31 July 2021 Location: Online Cost: £65.27Further details and to book here

The London Library’s Emerging Writers Program: Applications Now Open!

The London Library Emerging Writers Programme, now in its third year, is a unique opportunity which offers writers, in all genres, one year’s free membership of The London Library and includes writing development masterclasses, literary networking opportunities, peer support and guidance in use of the Library’s resources. With its rich cultural heritage, extensive open access book collection, dedicated writing spaces and its diverse community of established writers, the benefits of Library membership are invaluable. The London Library Emerging Writers Programme is open to anyone over 16 years of age who is committed to pursuing a career in and developing their writing. Applicants should be working, or planning to work, on a specific project, with the aim of publication or production, have a clear idea of how they might use the Library’s resources to achieve that aim and be willing to fully participate in all elements of the Programme. There is no application fee and participation on the Programme is funded. (Please see the Application Guidelines for more eligibility details.)The Programme runs from 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2022 and is designed to take place as much as possible at the Library. However, it will be adapted to move online as much as is required according to Covid-19 restrictions (much of this year’s Programme has successfully been adapted to take place online).Applicants will be selected anonymously by a panel of judges including: travel writer and London Library Trustee Sara Wheeler (Chair), Publishing Director at Virago, Abacus and Little, Brown Ailah Ahmed, YA and adult fiction writer Sareeta Domingo, screenwriter Karim Flint, poet Will Harris, playwright and screenwriter Alexis Zegerman, novelist, memoirist and writing mentor Tim Lott, and agents from A M Heath.Applications close at 11am on 5 March 2021