Trade Secrets, sponsored by pennyshorts

Are you serious about writing? Would you like to see your novel in print? We all know that the competition is fierce, so book a place on this intensive one-day workshop to get some invaluable tips from industry insiders. Liz Harris, whose latest novel The Lost Girl has just been released, will kick off the day with “The Plot’s The Thing”: how to write an attention-grabbing beginning, a non-saggy middle and a resounding ending. She and Alison Morton, author of the award-winning Roma Nova thriller series will do a joint session on “Researching Your Novel”. Alison Morton will lead a session on “The Ins & Outs of Self-Publishing”. After a delicious hot lunch provided by the Over Norton WI, the afternoon will be dedicated to literary agent Antony Harwood, who started at Chatto & Windus in 1978, and set up his own agency in 2000. Antony will give a no holds barred session on exactly how to catch an agent’s eye. Participants will have the opportunity to submit a half a page book blurb to Antony in advance for his full and frank appraisal.

The programme

9.15 Arrive
9.30 - 10.30 Liz Harris "The Plot's The Thing"
Coffee Break
10.45 - 11.45 Liz Harris and Alison Morton "Researching Your Novel"
5 min break
11.50 - 12.50 Alison Morton "The Ins & Outs of Self-Publishing"
14.00 - 15.30 Antony Harwood “How To Catch An Agent” followed by book pitches
Coffee Break
15.45 - 17.00 Antony Harwood (contd).

About the authors

Liz Harris is the author of The Road Back (US Coffee Time & Romance Book of 2012), A Bargain Struck (shortlisted for the RoNA Historical 2013), Evie Undercover, The Art of Deception, A Western Heart and The Lost Girl. All of her novels, which are published by Choc Lit, have been shortlisted in their categories in the Festival of Romantic Fiction. Liz also writes short stories. Her website is or follow her on twitter: @lizharrisauthor or on Facebook: :Liz Harris.

Alison Morton is the author of the award-winning Roma Nova thriller series. Her third book, Successio, was selected as Indie Editor’s Choice by the Historical Novel Society and in The Bookseller’s inaugural indie preview.

Antony Harwood started his career at Chatto & Windus in 1978, where he became a commissioning editor, working with authors such as Angela Carter, Anne Tyler, Hilary Mantel and Robert Harris. He then became an agent and director of Gillon Aitken’s agency and the Curtis Brown Group. He set up his own agency in 2000. His clients include Louise Doughty, Peter Hamilton, Alan Hollinghurst, A.L. Kennedy and Dorothy Koomson.

Course details

Date: 17th November 2015

Venue: Over Norton Village Hall, Choice Hill Road, Over Norton, OX7 5PP

Time: Arrive 9.15 for 9.30am start. Ends 5pm

Price: £85 includes morning and afternoon tea plus hot lunch.

Sponsor: pennyshorts

Please email to book your place.