The thriving author

, 10.00 - 13.00
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This workshop focuses on moving your writing from a hobby to being your part or full-time profession.

The ‘starving author in a garret’ is a myth and an unhelpful one. If writing is your dream, come and turn it into a working reality! This workshop focuses on moving your writing from a hobby, relying on ‘the muse’, to being your part or fulltime profession. Mighty oaks from little acorns grow!

We’re going to cover:

  • Writing steadily, understanding the market, finishing your work and submitting without fear.
  • Self-publishing (Indie) vs. the traditional route.
  • Becoming an author-entrepreneur: the business side can be fun too!
  • Identifying multiple income streams, writing a business and marketing plan, moving to being a part or fulltime author.

This workshop is for you if you want to take your writing to the next level but need some encouragement, ideas and resources to take that next big step. This workshop will be fast, friendly and fun! We'll do lots of interactive work to get you thinking about what you need to do next and share our ideas for growing and learning as professional writers.

You’ll receive all the slides from the workshop with plenty of useful resources listed, from books to read, courses to take, software to use and more. You’ll also receive an eBook of Merchandise for Authors, Melissa Addey’s book written while she was Writer in Residence at the British Library in 2016.

Praise for Melissa’s past workshops at the British Library:

A most insightful workshop on writing/publishing your book: not to be missed.

She managed to pack so much information into a short space of time and her delivery was engaging and entertaining

Hard won gems of experience from someone who has actually done it. Practical, pragmatic and entertaining.

The best workshop I’ve been to at the British Library.

(If you have to cancel, you will not receive a refund however after the workshop you will still be sent the eBook and all the slides with lots of exercises and resources listed, so you won't miss out too much: but we hope you'll be with us on the day as it's a lot of fun working as a group!)

Don’t forget we have over £5m worth of online market reports from top publishers Mintel, Frost & Sullivan, Euromonitor amongst others, company data for over 144 million UK and global companies, over 60 million patents and more. With a Reader Pass you can access all of these resources for free before or after your workshop (or in the break if you can’t keep away!) and get your business ahead of the competition.


Name: The thriving author
Where: Business & IP Centre
The British Library
96 Euston Road
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When: , 10.00 - 13.00
Price: £35.00
Enquiries: +44 (0)20 7412 7901
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