Writing Industries Conference – Loughborough University, 9 February 2008, 9am – 6pm Writing Industries Conference Loughborough University, Saturday 9th February, 2008 writingindustries.wordpress.com February 2008 sees the East Midlands host its first Writing Industries Conference, offering local writers an unmissable opportunity to meet professionals from the worlds of writing, publishing and live literature. The conference will feature panel discussions on a wide range of subjects featuring experts in the field. Topics covered including playwriting, commercial fiction, writing for children, spoken word, poetry and many more and panels will include representatives from BBC, Hodder Headline Publishing, Arts Council England and Theatre Writing Partnership as well as a host of local and national writers and performers. On top of this, the conference will also be offering selected writers the chance for an agent one-to-one session, giving you the chance to have your work read and assessed by leading agents from around the UK. These sessions will allow you the chance to receive advice and guidance from the people at the very heart of the publishing industry. One-to-one sessions are available with: John Jarrold – Science Fiction and Fantasy Melanie Abrahams – Poetry and spoken word Lorella Belli – Fiction and general non-fiction James Wills – Commercial and literary fiction One-to-one sessions are extremely limited and you should apply as soon as possible for a chance to secure one. The Writing Industries Conference takes place at Loughborough University on February 9th 2008 from 9am-6pm. Tickets are available at £32/£24 concession and are available from Loughborough Town Hall 01509 231914 or online at www.loughboroughtownhall.co.uk/bookings Agent one-to-one sessions will be strictly limited. Writers can apply for a one to one session after purchasing their conference ticket, and will then be sent information on how to apply for one to one sessions. Applications for one to ones will close on Friday 25th January. The Writing Industries Conference 2008 is a Literature Network project supported by Arts Council England, Loughborough University, Creative Leicestershire, Derbyshire Arts Partnership (DAP) – DAP is the forum for joint working on arts development between local authorities in Derbyshire and Writing School Leicester.