An online practical workshop to give you the best chance of success when submitting your writing to agents, publishers and competitions
with Avril Joy and Lynn Michell.
Sunday 11th February 11.00 – 13.00

A workshop run by two award-winning writers, one of whom is also the director of a long-standing, independent women’s press. With our wealth of experience, we will help you perfect synopses and extracts to tempt agents and publishers, and help you maximise your chances of success for short story competitions. We are familiar with the tricks of the trade as well as common pitfalls, and can help you get your work noticed.

If you are stuck, stumbling or just plain disheartened, we understand, and we’ll restore your confidence and show you the way forward. You’ll get professional advice from inside the publishing industry about submitting your work. Topics will include beginnings, synopses, extracts and your writer’s CV.

An added incentive:
Completing this workshop will ensure you will be fast tracked to Linen Press submissions with your finished novel or memoir. Male participants will receive feedback on a synopsis or the first 1000, words of a submission.

We are open to the possibility of further workshops.

There is no fee, but to book your place on The Fine Print workshop, we ask that you buy a copy of Lynn Michell’s The Water All Around Us and Avril Joy’s The Silent Women from the Linen Press website because they may be used in the workshop. If you have already purchased either or both of these books, please buy copies for a friend or someone who would enjoy reading them. When purchasing, write FINEPRINT in the message box. We will then book your place and email you with further details.

The Water All Around Us
The Silent Women

Avril Joy’s short fiction has appeared in literary magazines and anthologies, including Victoria Hislop’s, The Story: Love, Loss & the Lives of Women. Her work has been shortlisted in competitions including, the Bridport, the Manchester Prize for Fiction and The Raymond Carver Short Story Prize in the USA. In 2012 she won the inaugural Costa Short Story Award. Sometimes a River Song, published by Linen Press, won the 2017 People’s Book Prize. Her poetry has also been widely published online and in poetry magazines, and in 2019 her poem Skomm won first prize in the York Literary Festival Competition.

Lynn Michell’s seventeen books cross-cross genres, a publisher’s nightmare. They include Write From the Start, a writing scheme for primary schools, Shattered:Life with ME, a book recording the experiences of people with severe Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and the authorised biography of super-realist painter, Rosa Branson: A Portrait. Lynn has written four novels, White Lies, set in Kenya during the Mau Mau uprising, was runner-up twice for the Robert Louis Stevenson award. This was followed by Run, Alice, Run, The Red Beach Hut and the water all around us. Lynn Michell is the director of Linen Press. Since founding the press 18 years ago, she has read thousands of submissions, but has taken only 12 on to a published book on their list. She will tell you why.