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We are living in an increasingly technological age where it’s increasingly easy to publish your own work online, whether it’s a blog, a journal or your own creative writing. Getting it noticed, though, can be a really difficult mountain to climb, especially with the amount of people publishing out there. In a recent survey, writing development agency New Writing North found that 80% of writers in the north of England would like more help with using social media to help promote their work, while 82% wanted advice on running a successful writer’s blog. 67% of them even wanted to find out more about publishing their own e-book.

The results of the survey have directly informed the shape of NWN’s work, which continues with the Newcastle Writing Conference on Saturday 6th June at Northumbria University. With a strong DIY ethos, the conference is aiming to inspire writers to embrace the opportunities of the digital era as well as connecting them with other writers and experts at the cutting edge of the publishing industry.

Acclaimed writer Meg Rosoff will be delivering the keynote speech of the day, whose own career began in her forties. Other speakers include the influential vlogger Sanne Vliegenthart (of Books and Quills fame), blogger Simon Savidge, digital publicist Ben Willis, editor Francesca Main, literary agents Mark Stanton and Jo Unwin, and the editor of We Love This Book, Anna James.

Rachel Kerr, from crowdfunding publisher Unbound, will be exploring non-traditional routes into publishing, alongside Debbie Young of the Alliance of Independent Authors. They’ll also be joined by numerous lecturers from Northumbria, including the novelist Fiona Shaw, who will be running sessions on how to edit and pitch your own work.

The day is set to end with What’s Hot and What’s Not, a panel discussion exploring current trends in the publishing industry, with experts including Francesca Main, Rachael Kerr, Anna James and Jo Unwin discussing the changing nature of the industry. The session is followed by questions from the floor, giving you the opportunity to ask that burning question.

Claire Malcolm, Chief Executive of New Writing North, commented: “The Newcastle Writing Conference is an opportunity for us to bring together publishing experts and successful writers, who will highlight the very positive changes writers can make to advance their own careers. We want to energise writers to take their careers into their own hands and to encourage an enterprising ‘do it yourself’ spirit.”

With a day crammed full of activities and discussions surrounding the digital age and the new era of publishing, it’s a day that will be enlightening both for aspiring authors and established writers.

The Newcastle Writing Conference 2015 takes place on Saturday 6th June at Northumbria University, Newcastle. Tickets for the event are now on sale.

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