Full Programme

We have an exciting line up of expert talks and workshops planned.

You will be able to sign up for breakout sessions with publishers, editors, successful writers and other experts. There will be workshops on writing, editing, ergonomics (sitting well at your desk), mental health for writers, writing for radio and the small screen, writing for children and so much more.

There will also be opportunities for delegates to sign up for a limited number of free one-to-one sessions with agents, publishers and our Scrivener expert.

How to book your breakouts / one-to-one sessions

Nearer the time of the conference, you will receive an email from us inviting you to sign up for breakouts and / or one-to-one sessions. You don't need to do anything until you hear from us.

Friday 22 September
3-5pm Registration for weekend delegates
Free time to make use of hotel facilities, including spa
6-7pm Reception and welcome
7-8.30pm Dinner
8.30-9.15pm Keynote: JOANNE HARRIS - Empowering Writers and book signing
Saturday 23 September
From 7am

Breakfast and optional Tai Chi drop-in for weekend delegates

8.30-9.20am Registration for day delegates
9.20-9.30am Welcome & introduction: Linda Strachan, Chair of Society of Authors in Scotland
9.30-10.20am Keynote: JANE JOHNSON - Gamekeeper turned poacher, from publisher to novelist: a life in books
10.20-11am Coffee break - book signing - CPR training (all day drop-in) - exhibition - networking - Scottish Book Trust queries
11-11.45am Breakouts - choice
  • A - Denise Mina - Trying new forms and learning from them
  • B - Daniel Hahn & Ruth Martin - Exactly the same book, except for all the words: ‚Äčtranslating and being translated
  • C - Elspeth Paget & Donald Winskill (Gillespie Macandrew LLP) - Planning for the unexpected (and the inevitable!)

One-to-one sessions with publishers and agents (TBA)

11.45-12pm Comfort break

Keynote: The Penguin Random House Keynote with CHARLIE HIGSON on diversification, book signing

1-2pm Lunch
2-2.40pm Breakouts - choice
  • D - Noel Chidwick - Why write Science Fiction in the 21st century?
  • E - Caro Ramsay - Pain free writing: the ergonomic workspace
  • F - Jane Johnson: Heart of the book & what makes publishers fall in love with a novel?

One-to-one sessions with publishers and agents (TBA)

2.50-4pm Longer/workshop breakouts - choice
  • G - Joanna Penn: Book Marketing Masterclass
  • H - Emily Dodd & Mary Hoffman - Fact and Fiction: Writing for Children and Young Adults
  • I - Caroline Dunford and Linda Strachan - Finding your inner Ikigai

One-to-one sessions with publishers and agents (TBA)

4-4.30pm Coffee break - book signing - CPR training (all day drop-in) - exhibition - networking
4.30-5.25pm THE DEBATE: What to expect from one another with agent John Jarrold (John Jarrold Literary Agency), editor Sam Eades (Trapeze Books) & writer Joanne Harris
5.30-5.45pm The Botanist Gin tasting and drinks reception
5.45-7.30pm Free time
7.30-8.30pm Dinner
8.30pm-Late ‘Gillespie Macandrew’ Ceilidh - Martainn Skene Highland Dance Band
Sunday 24 September
From 7am Breakfast and optional Tai Chi drop in for weekend delegates
9.20-9.30am Welcome back and regenerate!
9.30-10.20am Keynote: JOANNA PENN - How to Make a Living with your Writing
10.20-11am Coffee break - book signing - exhibition - networking
11-11.50am Breakouts - choice
  • X1 - Ioa Petra'Ka - Scrivener introduction, FAQ & drop-in surgery (runs until 12.50)
  • J - Mark Brown - Mental Health for Writers
  • K - David Bishop - So You Always Wanted to Write Graphic Novels?
  • L - The Commissioning Process: Behind The Scenes with Francesca Main, Publishing Director at Picador. Chaired by Al Guthrie

One-to-one sessions with publishers and agents

12-12.50pm Breakouts - choice
  • X2 - Ioa Petra'Ka - Scrivener introduction, FAQ & Drop-in Surgery (continued from 11am)
  • M - Kirsteen Cameron & Martin McCardie - Writing for Radio and the Small Screen
  • N - Sally Polson, Floris - Birth of a Children's Book: Initial Idea to Reaching Young Readers 
  • O - Kevin MacNeil - The Better Part of Life, discussing the symbiotic relationship between life and poetry.
    Hosted by Moniack Mhor Writers' Centre
1-2pm Lunch
2-3pm Insider Secrets - top tips from six of our conference speakers to be announced.
3-3.15pm Thank you and goodbye!


Registration and Booking

Please be advised that while we advertise this programme in good faith, it may be subject to change.