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Afternoon Tea with Raymond Antrobus

29 September @ 14:30 - 15:15 BST

Grab a cuppa and get to know award-winning poet Raymond Antrobus. Raymond will be in conversation with poet Victoria Adukwei Bulley to discuss his work and career and will offer a glimpse into his creative routine.

Feel Good Friday – Stretch at your Desk

30 September @ 11:00 - 11:45 BST

Fitness professional and author Tina Baker specialises in fun, functional exercises you can do at your desk. With 17 years’ experience teaching older bodies, bodies with issues and fellow desk-bound creatives, exercise has transformed her body and mental health.

Professional Development – Tax Talk with HW Fisher

4 October @ 10:00 - 11:30 BST

HW Fisher is hosting a session led by consultant Barry Kernon, to help people understand how to deal with tax minefields.

Industry Insider – Debut Authors

10 October @ 14:00 - 15:30 BST

Join authors Lizzie Pook, Julie Owen Moylan, Lizzie Damilola Blackburn, and chair Margaret Skea, as they share their different experiences of the ‘long road to publication’: the positives and negatives they have experienced along the way, where they are now in their journeys as authors, along with any top tips for others hoping to follow in their footsteps.

Professional Development – The Business of Working with Literary Agents

11 October @ 10:00 - 11:30 BST

Join SoA Publishing Contracts Advisor, Johanna Clarke, as she talks through the key things to be aware of when navigating an author/agent relationship from an advisory perspective.

SoA in Scotland: Industry Insider – Promoting Yourself and Your Work

18 October @ 18:30 - 20:00 BST

Panellists Damian Barr and Anna Frame join our chair Heather Parry for the fifth of our SoAis Industry Insider events. This series is designed for new and emerging authors based in Scotland to learn more about the publishing industry and the process of being published.

Professional Development – Your Writing Journey – From Ideas to Bookshelves

20 October @ 10:00 - 11:30 BST

A writing workshop where SoA member Frances Mensah Williams, and Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah, will share with you everything they know about writing.

Feel Good Friday – Virtual Literary Walk

11 November @ 11:00 - 11:45 GMT

Join us for a virtual literary walk around the City of London, starting with the places known to and written about by Charles Dickens. We’ll chat about Dr Johnson, his dictionary and his cat. We’ll then see where Samuel Pepys was born and the site of William Shakespeare’s playhouse. We will take in the Stationers’ Hall and discuss some of the key poets such as John Donne, William Wordsworth, John Milton, John Keats and TS Eliot.

Professional Development – Social Media for Authors

29 November @ 10:00 - 11:30 GMT

Social media, more than any other element of book marketing, often feels like a minefield for authors. How do algorithms actually work, how can you choose which platforms will work for you, and what content should you share?

Afternoon Tea with Joseph Coelho

1 December @ 14:30 - 15:15 GMT

Grab a cuppa and get to know British Poet and Children’s book author, Joseph Coelho. Joseph will be in conversation with SoA Chief Executive, Nicola Solomon, to discuss h work and career, offering a glimpse into his creative routine and his role as Waterstone’s Children’s Laureate.

Professional Development – Social Media Strategies for Authors

5 December @ 10:00 - 11:30 GMT

This session will take you through the key steps in creating a social media strategy, so you can plan out your social media activity and feel confident building your social media presence.

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