Thursday 10 December 2020
18:00 – 19:00 GMT

New Writing North are excited to host this Northern Writers’ Awards: Writing for Fiction Roadshow.

New Writing North are excited to host this Northern Writers’ Awards: Writing for Fiction Roadshow.

This event will look at the author-agent relationship, finding outlets for new work and advice for writers considering applying for the Northern Writers’ Awards and other opportunities.

Speakers include writer agent Emma Finn; writer Yvonne Battle-Felton; Joe Sedgewick from TLC; and founder of publishing house Saraband, Sara Hunt.

Emma Finn is a literary agent at C&W in London. She represents a wide range of authors writing everything from literary to book group fiction, suspense and thrillers, alongside a wide range of narrative non-fiction and memoir, and is always on the lookout for authors from underrepresented backgrounds.

Yvonne Battle-Felton was born in Pennsylvania and raised in New Jersey. She holds an MA in Writing from Johns Hopkins University and a PhD in Creative Writing from Lancaster University. A writer of fiction and creative non-fiction, Yvonne was a recipient of a Northern Writers’ Award in 2017 for Remembered, which went on to be published by Dialogue in 2019 and longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction.

Joe Sedgewick is the Editorial Services Manager at The Literary Consultancy. Joe has worked at TLC since 2015, and after starting as a paid intern, now manages TLC’s core editorial and operational services, looking after its team of readers and mentors and overseeing all in-house processes. He has been a reader for Spread the Word’s London Short Story Prize & Life Writing Prize.

Sara Hunt founded award-winning independent publisher Saraband in 1994. Saraband initially specialised in non-fiction, but in 2011 literary fiction was introduced to the list, and Contraband, a sister imprint for crime, mystery and dystopian fiction, followed in 2014. Their titles have won or been shortlisted for dozens of awards, from the Booker Prize (shortlist 2016) to international awards (LA Times and others) and regional awards.

Chaired by Grace Keane, Programme Manager, New Writing North.

This event will be hosted on Zoom. Attendees will not have their camera or microphone on but there will be the opportunity to ask the panelists questions should you want to.

This event is free but places are limited. If you sign up for this event and can no longer attend please email

The Northern Writers’ Awards are produced by New Writing North with support from Northumbria University, Arts Council England and a range of industry partners. The awards support work-in-progress by writers based in the North of England.