Annual writers’ bash is at Quad

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Edge-Lit 3 is Derby’s annual science-fiction, fantasy and horror writing event, and this year runs at arts centre Quad on Saturday, July 19.

As always, the day is packed with a host of activities for writers, including the perennially popular thread of workshops.

These sessions offer a host of interactive writing exercises and discussion, and this year zoom in on areas both creative and practical for aspiring authors. An addition there is an evening comedy show with Joel Stickley.

The day opens with Jaine Fenn’s Pantster vs Plotster workshop, exploring just how much planning people should use in their stories and how much they should leave to chance. This is followed by Kim Lakin-Smith’s workshop Penny Dreadful, which will be focussing in on gothic fiction. The afternoon sessions sees another four workshops taking place, including two devoted to the more practical elements of writing, with Tricia Sullivan showing you how to ‘Walk the Walk’ and keep writing despite all of the distractions that can happen in life.

This is complimented by Simon Clark’s session, Writing for Life, which explores how to build and maintain a writing career. The workshop schedule is completed by Andrew David Barker’s Keeping it Personal, exploring how you can ‘write what you know’ within genre fiction, with Janet Edwards’ Writing for Young Adults slot closing the thread of workshops.

A spoken word comedy show will round off the evening’s entertainment. How To Write Badly Well is a chance to join Joel Stickley (Time Out Critics’ Choice of the Year 2005) for a celebration of terrible writing in all its forms.

Tickets for Edge-Lit 3 are £25 for the day and this includes access to the full range of panel discussions. Tickets for Joel Stickley: How To Write Badly Well are: £9, £6.50 Concessions and £4.50 for Edge-Lit Pass Holders. For more information, or to book your tickets, call 01332 290606.