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Pitch Your Work

20 October @ 10:00 - 12:00 BST

Virtual Event
Image of Olivia Chapman for the SoA at Home Festival Autumn / Winter 2020 #SoAatHome

This 2-hour online workshop will teach you in a practical way how to talk about your work and pitch it to agents / editors / commissioning editors / producers – whatever is relevant to your artform.

Learning to have a succinct pitch that does your story justice will help you talk about it to strangers and key people you want to impress, but will also help you unknot any tricky plotlines and issues of pacing, characterisation and context.

What will this workshop cover?

You’ll learn how to structure your pitch, talk confidently and clearly about your plot and genre, and practise your pitch. In order to participate fully, you will need to have a complete story or poetry collection (in whatever form) which you can talk about from start to finish. You’ll learn skills that you can transfer to any other story, but to get the most out of the workshop, it will be helpful to just focus on one you can finesse. Although you do not need to be published to attend, you do need to have a complete manuscript to be able to base your pitch on.

Who is this workshop for?

This workshop is intended for prose writers (both fiction and non-fiction) and scriptwriters. The content can be adapted for poetry but works best if your poetry collection is themed or can be pulled together to talk about in broader terms than individual poems.

The line-up

Olivia Chapman – Author, journalist, editorial trainer

Olivia Chapman is the PR & Communications Manager for Writing West Midlands, and has been pitching books and scripts as well as events and festivals since she started working in publishing in 2005.

Any questions? Contact us


SoA Members: £15

Book your place using the ticket form below.

There are 14 spaces available on the workshop. If tickets sell out, please email Sophia Jackson to be added to our waiting list or to be notified on the next session.

How to take part in this session

The workshop will take place online via Zoom Online Meeting software. It is free to download and you will only need the free version to attend. Please download it and check it is working before the day of the workshop.

Olivia will be “hosting” the meeting and will be online 15 minutes before the advertised start time to allow you to join and test your audio and video is working as it should.

Please try and be somewhere you can concentrate and won’t be interrupted. Headphones can be useful if you have some, to cut out other noise.

The meeting host will mute all mics and switch them on for general discussion, asking participants to raise their hand to speak – online meetings make it much harder to see if someone wants to speak.

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20 October
10:00 - 12:00 BST
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