Afternoon Tea with Dean Atta

Grab a cuppa and get to know writer and poet Dean Atta in conversation with SoA’s Membership Manager, Nadia Bonini. Our last Afternoon Tea of 2020 – Dean talks poetry, offers insights into his work and creative routine, and how he is adapting to life online.

Industry Insider – The Role of a Literary Agent

What do literary agents do – and do I need one? In collaboration with the Association of Authors’ Agents (AAA), the SoA’s new network for Authors with Disabilities and Chronic Illnesses is holding this 45-minute event for anyone interested in learning about literary agents.

Staying in Character: How to Protect Yourself and Your Characters

Join us for an in-depth session on using characters and real people in your work, as well as how to avoid the pitfalls and protect your own creations. With years of legal and practical experience, SoA Chief Executive Nicola Solomon will be in conversation with Joe Sullivan, Director of Cartoon Museum, offering an overview of using characters and real people, including copyright defamation, privacy, trademarks and more.

Publishing Contracts and How to Improve Them

Join us advisors Catherine Fuller and Theo Jones for a comprehensive insight into what they do when they look at your contracts – from the types of publishing agreements the team see on a daily basis, to tried and tested negotiating techniques, identifying clarifiers and matters left unsaid.

Feel Good Fridays – The SoA End of Year Quiz

Round off 2020 with the SoA’s inaugural End of Year Quiz. Your quiz masters are Prizes & Awards Manager Robyn Law and Contracts Advisor Theo Jones, who will be joined by a special mystery guest for a bonus round.

Spreading the word about your work

How do you create buzz around your book? Do you need a publicist? Join Jordan Taylor-Jones on a whistle-stop tour of the UK publishing industry – from best practice in self-promotion, the author-publicist relationship, and an overview of large publishers and independent presses

Industry Insider – The Brave New World of Digital Theatre

Join author and playwright Barney Norris, Daniel Evans (artistic director, Chichester Festival Theatre), Mojisola Elufowoju (Founder/Artistic Director, Utopia Theatre) and Rupert Goold (artistic director, Almeida Theatre) as they explore the role and the potential of digital in the future of the theatre.

Feel Good Fridays – Draw-A-Long with The Good Ship Illustration

Members, join us for a live art class with The Good Ship Illustration! Illustrators Helen Stephens, Tania Willis and Katie Chappell (who form The Good Ship Illustration) will take you through timed exercises and chat about working practice and techniques as you draw.

Margaret Atwood in conversation

In our second fundraising event of the Autumn / Winter SoA @ Home Festival, grab a cuppa and get to know bestselling author Margaret Atwood, in conversation with Nicola Solomon, Chief Executive of the Society of Authors.