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The excitement around the ‘in person’ return of one of the North East’s hugely popular writing festivals is palpable. The sixth instalment of The Word’s Write Festival follows two years spent cloistered online, and now guests and attendees alike are eager to experience the workshops and events in person again throughout September.

No matter whether you’re an established writer or an aspiring one, there’s a month-long programme tailored to everyone seeking tips, feedback and advice from a wealth of experienced industry insiders and some of the region’s bestselling authors like LJ Ross, Kate Fox, Stuart MacBride, M.W. Craven and Vera creator Ann Cleeves all featured this year.

Working in tandem with New Writing North there’s a Summer Film School for those aged 12-19. There are also live performances by numerous theatre groups planned throughout the month both for children and adults.

The most anticipated festival highlights are often the In Conversation With… presentations with new and well known authors as well as the talks and workshops under the Ready To Get Published banner, where those in the industry offer practical advice on everything from how to attract an agent and how to self-publish and promote your work, all geared towards demystifying the process of writing and publication.

There is also a New Writers Showcase and a Writers Retreat, aimed at hearing from the writing community, sharing experiences, providing feedback on your writing and Q&A sessions discussing new writing across a variety of genres.

The main venue for full programme is South Shields’ The Word but also encompasses other library buildings. Pre-booking is essential in a lot of cases – check online for the full programme.

Write Festival takes place at The Word, South Shields from Wednesday 31st August-Tuesday 30th September.

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