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Carving out a Career as an Author

Past Event

Join author and publishing professional Julia Forster for a workshop exploring the practical aspects of carving out a career as an author.

Join author and publishing professional Julia Forster for a professional development mind-mapping workshop.

Over an intensive two hour period, we will explore the practical aspects of carving out a career as an author. Concentrating on a timeline over the next twelve months in order to set clear intentions for our writing lives, we’ll map out the opportunities and obstacles which are both motivating us but also getting in our way.

You will come out with a set of articulated goals, and a better sense of how to balance your creativity against your productivity. Covering a range of genres, this session will offer hard-won perspective, advice and solutions for moving writing careers forwards, and has been designed to accommodate both newer and more established authors.

Coffee and tea will be provided during a short comfort break.

All participants will need to bring writing material to this workshop.

Places for this workshop, which has been especially designed for a small group, are limited to a maximum of 12, to ensure that the advice given is as targeted as possible.


Julia Forster is a writer and publisher with over twenty years’ experience across a broad range of roles.

As a writer, she’s written fiction and non-fiction and is currently represented by C+W agency. Her most recent book, What a Way to Go, is a coming-of-age novel published in 2016 with Atlantic Books. The same year, she was awarded a K Blundell Trust Award from the Society of Authors for her third book, which she is currently working on.

Julia currently sits on the Literature Wales bursary panel, helping to award bursaries to both emerging and established writers. She has worked in the publishing industry across the UK, including a stint in a literary agency in Soho. She also works in the marketing and PR for independent poetry publisher Nine Arches Press.

Julia mentors novelists and runs career development workshops for authors. As a journalist and critic, her writing has appeared in AgendaArts Professional, PN Review, Resurgence, New Welsh Review, The Author, Western Mail and Writing in Education.

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