Trade Secrets returns. This intensive day-long writers’ workshop is now fully established as ChipLitFest’s invaluable course that will hone your writing skills, introduce you to debut novelists and award-winning writers, help you to identify the trade secrets that really matter in order to transform your writing and pitch your ideas to a literary agent.

Debut novelist Hannah Kohler, author of The Outside Lands will discuss her journey from idea to publication, and will give advice on how to research a novel, and how to wear your research lightly.

Mick Herron’s novels include the Gold Dagger-winning Jackson Lamb series, of which the first, Slow Horses, appeared on the Daily Telegraph’s list of the twenty greatest spy novels of all time. Mick will be discussing the 'rules' of creative writing and how to break them, with specific examples and will share the most useful advice he received throughout his career.

Caroline Wood is a literary agent from the Felicity Bryan Agency. She has a select list of literary and high concept fiction authors including a number of top ten bestsellers. Caroline will consider your book blurbs and pitches and give feedback that could help make the difference between manuscript and publication.

Attendees will have the opportunity to submit up to 250 words about their novel (blurb or synopsis) and the first page, single spaced, to Caroline in advance of the event, for her considered feedback and advice.

If you have any questions about this event, please get in touch with


New Voices 2017

Unbroken Voices

Behind the Screen

Writers' Workshop: Playwriting

Writers' Workshop: Writing Crime

Writers' Workshop: Writing Comedy

Writers' Workshop: How to Sparkle in the Slush

Writers' Workshop: Crafting Character

Writers' Workshop: Crowdfund your Book with Unbound

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