Empowering Authors Day Conference

Location: London
Address: Waterstones, 203-206 Piccadilly, St. James's, London W1J 9HD
Event time: 10.30am-7.30pm
A dynamic, empowering and knowledge-packed day to help children's writers and illustrators boost income, opportunities and control over our careers.

Event details

Join Tony Bradman, Daniel Blythe, Dawn Finch, Candy Gourlay, Di Hofmeyr, James Mayhew, Nicola Morgan, Miriam Moss, Shoo Rayner, Nicky Singer and Justin Somper for a dynamic, empowering and knowledge-packed day to help children's writers and illustrators boost income, opportunities and career control.

Our speakers will inspire and inform - enabling you to make the best decisions, to value your work and to encourage others to value it too. 

Being a children's author is challenging but we're up for that challenge so we've built a programme that will have you buzzing with new possibilities and practical ideas. And we haven't forgotten the social part: finish the day by chatting with fellow children's writers and illustrators over drinks and canapés!



SoA member Eventbrite ticket: £90* Flash sale to members for the last few days: £66*

Spread the word!
We will be inviting students, partnership organisations and non-members at the following rates. Bookings will open 15 May.

Students: £90*
Partnership organisations (ALCS, IBBY, WGGB, Golden Egg Academy and SCBWI): £102*  
Non-member: £126*

You can book your place online through Eventbrite or call 020 7373 6642 to make an off-line card payment. Cheques should be made payable to 'The Society of Authors', with ID 616 on the reverse. Please send your email as we will need  to confirm your details for the delegate pack.

*This professional course is an allowable business expense for tax purposes and can be set against your business income. All bookings include a VAT element and you will receive an automated invoice when booking via Eventbrite, but if you are VAT registered and booking offline you should request a VAT invoice for your records.

Any questions? Please contact Poppy Rosenberg on PRosenberg@societyofauthors.org


The Programme

10.30 Registration with tea and coffee

11.00 Welcome by SoA Chair, Nicola Morgan
Chaired by: Dawn Finch

James Mayhew: Fighting for fairness
Tony Bradman: Free money - getting everything you’re entitled to
Daniel Blythe: Using your online presence

12.30 Munch - sandwich buffet, soft drinks, tea and coffee
Chaired by Di Hofmeyr

Dawn Finch: How to stand-up without falling down
Miriam Moss: Managing and working with your audience
Nicola Morgan: The money side: how to negotiate fair speaker fees, terms & conditions, and be properly valued

14.50 Comfort break
Chaired by: Candy Gourlay    

Shoo Rayner:  The hybrid author - Kickstarter, Youtube and Patreon          
Nicola Morgan: Create, publish and sell your own teaching resources – and support your books in the process. The why, what and how?          
Nicky Singer: Why did Nicky self-publish her (2017 Carnegie longlisted) novel Island via Kickstarter? and is it a viable publishing route for other authors?          

16.20  Comfort break

16.30  THE POWERFUL AUTHOR – Justin Somper chaired by Miriam Moss 
17.45 Social with wine, soft drinks and canapés
19.30 Ends

We are grateful to ALCS for their sponsorship of this event.