How to Get Published

How to Get Published

Saturday 14 March

For the third year in a row, we’re delighted to be teaming up with the Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook to bring a day of getting to grips with the practicalities of writing. This time, the event is part of Quay Words in Exeter, the newly appointed UNESCO City of Literature!


08:30-09:15: Registration & welcome tea and coffee

09:15-09:30: Introduction from Writers & Artists and Literature Works

09:30-10:30: Writing With Humour and Heart with Amita Murray 

In this session, Amita will explore how writers can navigate through the emotions of writing and how to unlock their creativity to write without fear. 

10.30-11:30: Writing From Experience with Nell Stevens 

In this session, whether you’re writing memoir or fiction, Nell will discuss how you can tell your story without compromising the truth or memory. 

11:30-12:00: Break

12:00-13:00: Writing In The Past with Alex Reeve 

In this session, Alex will discuss the responsibilities of writing in the past and how writers can capture the heart of their setting. 

13:00:14:15: Lunch (lunch included)

14:15-15:00: Key note author talk with Sara Collins

15:00-16:00: Literary agent panel with literary agents to be announced

16:00-16:30: Drinks reception

Speaker Profiles

Sara Collins studied law at the London School of Economics and worked as a lawyer for seventeen years. In 2014 she embarked upon the Creative Writing Masters at Cambridge University, where she won the 2015 Michael Holroyd Prize of Re-creative Writing and was shortlisted for the 2016 Lucy Cavendish Prize for a book inspired by her love of gothic fiction. This turned into her first novel, The Confessions of Frannie Langton, which recently won the Costa First Novel Award 2019.

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Nell Stevens writes memoir and fiction. She is the author of Bleaker House and Mrs Gaskell & Me, which won the 2019 Somerset Maugham Award. She was shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award, 2018. Her writing is published in The New York Times, Vogue, The Paris Review, The New York Review of Books, The Guardian, Granta and elsewhere. Nell lectures in Creative Writing at Goldsmiths, University of London.

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Amita Murray is an award winning writer. Her collection, Marmite and Mango Chutney won the SI Leeds Award in 2016. Her debut novel, The Trouble with Rose, was published by Harper Collins in 2019.

She lives in London with her young family and two neurotic cats.

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Alex Reeve lives in Buckinghamshire and is a university lecturer working on a PhD. The Anarchists’ Club is the second in the Leo Stanhope series, following on from the Richard & Judy Book Club pick The House on Half Moon Street, which was shortlisted for the CWA Sapere Books Historical Dagger and the Polari First Book Prize.

Further speakers to be announced.

Event details

The event is being held at: Custom House, 46 The Quay, Exeter EX2 4AN

Doors will open at 08.30 am, with teas and coffees provided upon arrival.

Booking and payment

The price for this event is £95.

Local writers are able to book a ticket for £65 with an exclusive discount code look out for details on this soon.

We’ll be offering a limited number of free places to creative writing students at Exeter University.

Bursary and sponsored places for low-income writers are being organised. A link on how to apply will be accessible here soon.

For other payment options please email

Bookings can be made by either clicking on the ‘Book’ buttons at the top and bottom of this page, or by calling 0207 631 5985.

Price inclusive of standard VAT.

Please note that this is not a ticketed event, so you don’t need to bring anything on the day as your names will be on our guest list.

Exeter Custom House, Exeter
From 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Doors Open at 8:30 am
Ticket Price: £95/ £65
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