BIRMINGHAM – #WriteMentor Writing Weekend Workshops



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22nd and 23rd February 2020
£200 for 2 full days
£100 for 1 full day
*PLEASE NOTE that 1-2-1s are now SOLD OUT, however you can still buy workshop tickets.
Concession prices (CODE: WWW40) and payment plans available
4 workshops, 1-2-1s, hours of free writing time and all-inclusive lunch, snacks and drinks from 9-5pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Workshop details:

SAT AM: What’s so funny – how to make the humour in your stories leap off the page.

SAT PM: Hooking your reader – key elements for a compelling beginning.

SAT PM: 1-2-1s: Kate Shaw

SUN AM: How to impress an Agent – how to write the perfect cover letter and synopsis.

SUN PM: Pitching your novel – how to succinctly sum up your story in one line

Inclusive of the following:

–          All Mineral water

–          Delegate stationary

–          Dedicated event host for the day

–          Complimentary wifi

–          day room hire

–          3 servings of tea, coffee and biscuits

–          hot and cold buffet lunch

–          Projector, screen and flipchart

–          complimentary bacon rolls on arrival.

Workshop Leader/Guest:

Serena Patel was shortlisted for the Asian Writer Short Story Prize in 2017 and finalist in the Undiscovered Voices Anthology 2018. Soon afterwards her debut children’s series about scientifically-minded school girl – and reluctant detective – Anisha, secured a contract with Usborne following a fiercely contested auction.

Serena lives in Walsall with her young family.

After eighteen years as a literary agent at Aitken Alexander Associates and The Viney Agency, Kate Shaw founded The Shaw Agency in 2019.   

During Kate’s career in books she has promoted Booker-shortlisted authors, discovered Sunday Times-bestselling writers and represented multiple award-winning books that have sold millions of copies worldwide in dozens of languages and been optioned for film & TV.

Kate has brought her client list with her to The Shaw Agency and her mission is to continue to inspire them to be the finest writers they can be, to negotiate the best deals for them across the world and to discover and nurture new authors.

Kate’s passions are literary and commercial fiction, crime fiction, powerful and quirky non-fiction, teen and children’s books.


Copthorne Hotel Birmingham

Paradise Circus, Birmingham, United Kingdom B3 3HJ


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2 full days, 1 full day Saturday, 1 full day Sunday, 1-2-1

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