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LitFest for Writers

Becky Grace

3 Sept 2023

Check out what the LitFest has to offer for writers!

We're delighted to bring you a host of events for writers. Whether you are a seasoned author or a newbie writer, there is something for everyone. Read on to see what's on offer.

Monday 2nd October 3-4.30pm

ARCHI'VE Imagined: Kent Archives Talk and Tour

Are you writing historical fiction or non-fiction? Join archivist Mark Bateson for a behind-the-scenes tour of the Kent archives followed by a workshop with the experts. Discover the wealth of resources available at the Kent archives as Mark demonstrates the potential of historical records as source material for creative writers.


Wednesday 4th October 7-8pm

Archive Mining (or never underestimating the power of serendipity)

Dr Jane Shankar, author of upcoming novel Dode, talks about how the Kent Archives helped to shape her novel. From manorial records to notebooks, estate accounts to pastedowns, Dr Shankar takes you through the possibilities that research can bring to your writing.


Saturday 7th October 10-11am

You've Written a Novel. What Next?

Congrats! You've finished your novel. But what happens now? Get an agent? A publisher? What other options are available to authors today? Mark Stay, writer and co-presenter of the Bestseller Experiment podcast, has a wealth of information to share about publishers, agents, advances, royalties, self-publishing and more. Q&A session available.


Saturday 7th October 11.30am-12.30pm

Building a Marketing Plan for your Book

Join marketing expert and author coach Kelly Weekes as she shows you how to find your ideal readers and to tell them about your book. In this unmissable workshop, Kelly explains the key stages of forming a marketing plan that really resonates with your audience.


Sunday 8th October 10am-4pm

Local Writers' Showcase

The final day of the festival gives local authors a chance to share their work with visitors to the Lockmeadow Entertainment Centre. If you would like to hire a pitch for the day to share your work, contact us at Alternatively, join us as a visitor, meet other local writers, speak to a local publisher and maybe you'll find your next favourite read!

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