Want to get your writing published? This talk will help you do just that. Join Zing Tsjeng, the UK editor of VICE's Broadly, and Jasper Jackson, the New Statesman's digital editor, as they discuss what (not) to do when pitching, and how to increase your chances of getting your writing commissioned.
A well-crafted short story has the ability to take us at once inside a dream, so that nothing else exists for us during the reading of it but the people and the places inside it. How does it do that? And how might you do that? Award-winning author Ross Raisin will introduce you to the art of short-story writing
Learn why you need an agent, how to find the right one, and how to create the perfect submissions package with leading literary agent Juliet Mushens, who represents a host of Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling authors, including Jessie Burton (The Miniaturist), and has been shortlisted for Literary Agent of the Year for the past three years.
Crowdfunding is a term often used within the business and startup community, but few people know its ins and outs better than Jeff Lynn, the co-founder of Seedrs. If you're looking to attract serious investors, this talk on the basics of raising money online is for you.
From otters that look like Benedict Cumberbatch to Ellen DeGeneres' Oscars selfie and Ryan Gosling's "Hey girl" memes – everyone can conjure up a number of different posts associated with the word "viral." But if you aren't a celebrity, a social media influencer, or a website like BuzzFeed, how do you create content that will not only be clicked on, but also shared?
Doing your job well (possibly while running your own business, too) can be all-consuming – adding on the responsibility of managing an ever-growing team at the same time can seem impossible. Rather than having to choose between being a good manager and being good at your job, this talk will underline which tools will help you do both things well, without detracting from one another.
Whether you’re looking to make a career in the festival/live outdoor event industry, have an idea for a festival but have never delivered one in its entirety, or are and events manager who wants to learn more about what this career entails, this talk will shed light on the industry and what is needed to succeed in it. Katie Maddison, one of the UK’s most respected producers, who has worked on festivals including Glastonbury and Bestival, will discuss how to fine-tune your idea, figure out what needs adding to your (long) to-do list, and how to curate a fantastic line-up.
Whether you’re a writer looking to create a children’s picture book, an illustrator who would like to tell a story through images, or an artist who can cover all bases, this talk will teach you the key elements of picture books, how to create imaginative fiction, and how to come up with great ideas.
If you know exactly what you want your food brand to say to the outside world but have yet to find the perfect logo, come along to this talk. Learn how to make your brand say what it is with just its logo alone – whether it’s cool, fun, healthy, sophisticated or young. Learn from the people who created their perfect brands, and what they’ve learnt along the way, including the founders of Pip & Nut and Ugly Drinks.
Whether you want to further your own brand, make a living, or simply gain virtual pen pals, knowing how to create, market and sustain a great newsletter has become an invaluable tool. Learn how to do just that, with the founders and writers of the fantastic The Dolly Mail and Domestic Sluttery newsletters.
Launch your business – an evening for female entrepreneurs
Founder of Planet Organic, Renée Elliott, tells her story as a woman pioneering an ethical business and how she proved that values-led, commercially driven business is good business.
Sam Wigan, life coach, gives valuable insights to enable you to launch your idea into the world.
Whether you've yet to enter the world of podcasting or want to improve your current project, this talk will help you along the way. Learn how to improve your production and presentation techniques, how to get your podcast onto iTunes, how to increase your subscribers and how to monetise your podcast.
Whether you have an idea for a pop-up, you already run a food stall or truck, or are looking to make the move towards a permanent venture, this talk will help you find the answers to make your business a success. Read more here
Everyone has a book in them – right? These expert speakers can help you turn your idea into a fully-fledged reality. Join Laura Dockrill, author of the acclaimed Darcy Burdock series, Philippa Pride, British editor of bestselling author Stephen King, and Guardian writer and author Stuart Heritage, as they explore how to unlock your creativity, how to come up with great ideas, and how to increase your chances of getting published. Plus, some practical writing techniques to help you get started (or finish).
Have you been procrastinating the launch of your food business? Whether you have an idea for a product, want to set up a bricks and mortar shop, or are looking to break into the restaurant industry, these experts have been there and done it. Hear how the founders of Planet Organic, Rita's Bar and Dining and Jimmy's Iced Coffee pitched their businesses, stood out, and became hugely successful. Plus, have the opportunity to speak to the experts and network with like-minded people.