The Pitching Sessions
This all-day event includes an opening keynote speech from an acclaimed author, morning panel discussions, and an afternoon split into two halves, in which delegates attend a workshop of your choosing led by esteemed writers and organisations, and are given the opportunity to pitch your work to two literary agents/editors in the genre/s that best describe your work (selected upon booking).
When booking your ticket, we ask that you choose one workshop which you will join during one half of the afternoon. In the other half, you will have your pitches. During the time when you are not in a pitch or a workshop, there will be drop-in sessions and stalls running.
In order to get the most out of your pitching sessions, we ask that you prepare at least 1 pitch for each agent/editor that you will be paired with. What you include in these pitches is up to you, but the more questions and ideas you come with, the better your experience will be. Think of it like an 'elevator pitch' - what are the core points about your manuscript, work in progress or idea that you think the agent needs to know about to give you feedback. Each pitching session is only 15 minutes long, so make it count!
This year (2019), each delegate will be e-mailed a 'Writers & Artists Short Guide: How to Perfect Your Pitch', containing advice that's been exclusively tailored for the National Creative Writing Industry Day.
When you book your ticket, we ask for you to pick 3 genre choices from the options below, and you should have at least an idea for a pitch for all of these. We have given our attending agents the same list of genres, and asked them to select which are of interest to them - this is how we will match you.
When allocating agents to writers, we will prioritise your first choice, then your second, then your third, and we will endeavour to allocate you at least your first choice, if not your second as well. You can pick the same genre twice, if you like, but you must have at least one different selection.
Genres to pick from when booking are:
Middle Grade Children's (8-12)
Young Adult (12+)
Science Fiction / Fantasy
Short Stories (inc Flash fiction)
Creative non-fiction (biography, autobiography, any other prose)
All of the literary agents, editors and publishers attending will have a wealth of experience and knowledge to share with you during your pitching sessions, so don't worry too much if you don't get matched with who you want. We'll let you know in advance who you're meeting with so you can do some background research, but we ask that you please don't contact them before the Industry Day. Anyone found contacting their agents will lose their pitching sessions with that agent.