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The Young Writer Weekend

Ages 15-18 Live Online

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Overview

The Young Writer Weekend gives students aged 15-18 an immersive experience of creative writing, publishing, marketing and editing. Across 2 days you will take part in a series of activities, seminars, simulations and Q&A sessions, all led by a wide-ranging group of experienced industry professionals. 

Attendance will give you a competitive edge in the race for the best universities, colleges and literary-based jobs, as well as providing a 'super-curricular' experience to add to your university or college applications. The programme will end with a personal and creative ‘Project Launchpad’, an invaluable starting point from which to begin your journey into this exciting industry.

Highlights

Immersive Experiences of Writing, Editing, Marketing and Publishing:

  • Experienced professionals will coach you through live, interactive simulations, including:

  • Writing a fictional paragraph from a series of prompts, before receiving personalised feedback from a professional writer
  • Deconstructing, and then re-writing, your favourite stories in order to discover the structural and stylistic techniques deployed by the world’s most famous authors
  • Writing a comprehensive press release for a manuscript and putting your book proposal to the test

Career Coaching for Future Writers:

  • Training on how to fulfil your ambitions of writing, editing, marketing and publishing

  • An action plan of how to break into the industry, starting now

  • Coaching by experts on A-level/IB/college class choices; university/college and degree choices; extra-curricular activities; work experience; application and interview techniques

An Audience With Top Literary Professionals:

  • Q&A time with leading writers and publishers from a large range of disciplines

  • Unlimited lifetime access to our depth of expertise. Students can contact us for further advice at any time

Boost Your University/College Application and CV/Resumé:

  • Attendance demonstrates you’ve gained key skills such as creativity, independent thinking, communication, storyboarding and many more

  • Complete the online assessment after the programme and receive a personalised certificate to include in your applications

DAY ONE: BUILDING A BESTSELLER – CREATING YOUR STORY

DAY TWO: PUBLISHING A BESTSELLER – SELLING YOUR STORY

DAY ONE: BUILDING A BESTSELLER – CREATING YOUR STORY

11.00amThe World of Writing

- The variety of roles available to aspiring writers
- Finding the ‘Writer’s Mind Set’: the skills and demands of a professional writer
- Technology, Social Media, E-Readers and the ever-changing world of literature
- Preparing for a career in writing: consume the content you want to create

12.00pmBuilding a Bestseller: ‘Just Write!’

- ‘Just Write!’: how to deal with writer’s block and stay inspired
- ‘Write about what you know best’: research techniques and the detailed planning behind every bestseller
- Test your skills: work collaboratively to write a fictional paragraph from a series of prompts and receive live feedback from professional writers

1.30pmLunch Break

2.15pmBuilding a Bestseller: Substance, Structure & Style

- Discover the common structural techniques and plot points deployed by the world’s most famous authors
- Get step-by-step advice from a professional writer: how can you organise your initial ideas and transform them into a publishable book?
- Deconstruct your favourite stories: how are they structured and what specific techniques have been used?

3.00pmBuilding a Bestseller: Become a Brontë

- Reconstruct your favourite stories: what happens when we shift perspective, change from first to third person, or play with chronology?
- Unleash your creativity: experiment with different stylistic decisions and establish an engaging narrative
- Work collaboratively in groups and receive live feedback from professional writers

4.15pmCareer Coaching: Writing for the 21st Century

- Coaching on how to break into writing
- Your Career Options
- A-Level, degree and university choices
- How to stand out: skillsets, work experience and extra-curricular activities
- Equality, diversity, and inclusion within the industry: when coming up with ideas, how can we be sure to represent diverse perspectives?

5.00pmPanel Q&A: Storytelling from Multiple Perspectives

- Panel discussion with professional writers from a range of different backgrounds and areas of expertise
- Get your key questions answered
- Receive valuable advice

5.30pmClose

*exact programme subject to change without notice.

DAY TWO: PUBLISHING A BESTSELLER – SELLING YOUR STORY

11.00amThe World of Publishing: The Lifecycle of a Book

- The key players in publishing and the role of a book editor
- Today’s leading publishing houses
- The author-editor relationship

11.30amGetting Published

- Transforming a book into a product
- Finding an agent and securing your publisher
- Representing yourself as an author: financial responsibility, royalties and maintaining good practice as a freelancer

12.15pmThe Book Proposal

- Spot value in a manuscript: read, review and rate
- Negotiate and secure your manuscript
- Write a press release for your manuscript and put your proposal to the test

1.30pmLunch Break

2.30pmMarketing & Publicity: Selling your Story

- How to market: fiction vs. non-fiction
- Identify a book’s target audience and key selling platforms
- How much does a book really get judged by its cover? Debate stylistic choices such as design, colour, embellishments, font, illustrations, etc.
- Gain exposure for your bestseller with a strategic marketing & publicity campaign

3.15pmThe Pitch

- Put your marketing campaigns to the test
- Receive live feedback from industry experts

4.15pmCareer Coaching: Finding an Agent

- Coaching on how to get into the literary world
- Avenues in writing: blogging, screenwriting, slam-poetry and much more
- The key pitches needed to secure agents and publishers: elevator pitches, cover letters, synopses
- Project Launchpad: finding an agent and defining your career path in literature

5.00pmPanel Q&A

- Panel discussion with industry experts in publishing, marketing, editing and copyrighting
- All your burning questions answered

5.30pmClose

*exact programme subject to change without notice.

Fees, Eligibility and Options

This programme is for students aged 15-18. No prior knowledge or experience is required. The programme involves a mixture of interactive simulations, exercises and Q&A sessions. You can choose to attend the programme either in-person or ‘Live Online’; the content is the same for both. 

Programme Fee:

'Live Online’: £165/student for both days

In-Person: £165/student for one day (you can choose either day 1 or 2) OR £295/student for both days

There is no application process, and you can secure your place simply by clicking “Register Now”. We operate on a first-come first-served basis and programme places are limited.

Venues, Dates & Locations

London, UK

In-Person

5th - 6th November 2022

University College London (UCL)

Bloomsbury

London

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Live Online

In-Person

5th - 6th November 2022

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In-Person

5th - 6th November 2022

University College London (UCL)

Bloomsbury

London

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Online

5th - 6th November 2022

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AmbitionX

As part of your booking, you will receive 12 months’ access to our state-of-the-art tech platform, AmbitionX. Here you will find all of your programme materials and complete post-programme assessments to gain coveted ‘experience points’ to demonstrate your levels of professional development. You will also be able to access any of InvestIN’s Live Online weekend and evening programmes through AmbitionX at no extra cost.

COVID-19 Group

If the in-person programme is cancelled because of Covid-19 then students will have two options: i) move to the next in-person date; ii) move to the ‘Live Online’ version of the programme you selected and be refunded the difference in price. (If you pay via credit because you postponed a previous booking then the credit note will be reissued to you in full). Any government guidance on Covid-related safeguarding (such as the wearing of masks and social distancing) will of course be adhered to. We have managed to successfully deliver in-person programmes during the Covid-19 pandemic, including during the summers of 2020 and 2021, with excellent feedback. We are therefore highly experienced in giving students a fantastic experience even with social distancing rules in place.

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