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Venue: The Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, London, EC1R 3GA.

Wordstock 2012

13 October

A day of inspiration for everyone who works with words: writers, designers, clients, agencies... including a very nice lunch.

This year the keynote speaker is David Bodanis - "author, mathematician, bearded intellectual - thinks faster than he can talk. This is very disturbing because he talks at an auctioneer's clip." He's done a TED talk and now we've got him too. He'll be talking about future trends in society, technology and the economy, probably, and his books include e=mc2, Electric Universe and Passionate Minds.

Speakers & practical sessions

  • John Simmons: 26's co-founder and our very own business writing expert, author of We Me Them & It, The Invisible Grail and Dark Angels.
  • Rhys Williams: creative director of The Quiet Room, on his songwriting and his business writing.
  • Sharon Duce: actor and speech trainer, on how to take ownership of a room, whether you're speaking, presenting, interviewing or pitching for business. (And she might even tell some stories about what it's like to work on Corrie.)
  • Sara Sheridan: best-selling author on PR for writers.
  • Brian Jenner: founder of the UK Speechwriters' Guild, will help us with our social speechwriting. How To Stay Married, Please Relatives And Keep Friends.
  • The Law: did you know that an email to a client is a legal contract? Well it is. All this and more from a friendly lawyer, Frances Anderson of Cobbetts.
  • 26 new project launch.
  • Wordsworth - an update on what our words are worth. What are we charging? How to get paid.
  • Getting published: Our own brilliant Martin Lee will interview publishing industry experts - including Gordon Kerr - who will give us the 2012 lowdown on the alternative routes to getting read.

Wordstock prides itself on the rather fabulous Italian lunch provided by the cafe at the Free Word Centre, which will be accommodating the event for the day.

Tickets are available at: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/event/2711567371

For further information contact Sara Sheridan at sarasheridan@hotmail.com

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