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Annual Writers' Festival


​​​Join us for our annual Writers' Festival on Wednesday 14 February, for an opportunity to work with professional writers, attend writing workshops and hear readings from our featured writers.

What's happening?

Now in its 14th year, the Leeds Trinity University Writers' Festival welcomes staff, students, alumni and members of the local community to come together for our annual writing event.

As well as insightful workshops and readings by visiting writers, there will be opportunities to speak and work alongside published authors, poets and creative writing staff.


10.00am                           Refreshments on arrival and Welcome (Conference Suite)

11.00am – 1.00pm           Morning workshop – full list below

1.00 – 2.00pm                  Lunch (available to purchase from Starbucks in the Atrium or our Dining Room, or participants may bring their own)

1.15 – 1.45pm                  Lunchtime readings (Conference Suite)

2.00 – 4.00pm                  Afternoon workshop – full list below

4.00 – 5.00pm                  Readings by visiting writers (Conference Suite)

5.00pm                             Close


Wednesday 14 February 2018
10.00am – 5.00pm


Leeds Trinity University, Brownberrie Lane, Horsforth, Leeds LS18 5HD


Leeds Trinity University Writers' Festival costs £10pp.

Staff, students and alumni can attend for free – but must still register to attend.

How to book

Please register, book your workshops and make your payment (if required) via our online store​. To download the event programme please click here.​


Please choose two of the following workshops – one in the morning and one in the afternoon (all sessions will run twice).

Little Horrors – with Dark Doors fiction writer LMA Bauman-Milner

"Ever wanted to write a darker shade of fiction? In this workshop, and through bursts of activity – writing, talking and walking – I'll show you some of the paths I use to find my stories. To get to the dark stuff, though, you're going to have to brave the dark parts of your mind. Don't worry – I've been there before, and I know the way out. Plus, I've brought a torch, so we're good."

Flesh on the Bone – with novelist and researcher Caroline Bond

"This workshop explores the role and power of small details in bringing resonance to your writing. It will challenge you to junk your default descriptive resources and explore alternative approaches to creating character, setting and emotion. In the session we will conduct a reverse autopsy, discovering new ways to add flesh to the bones of our creations and seeking ways to ensure that the end result avoids the identikit versions of received beauty, or monstrosity. As with any reconstructive surgery, we will be mindful throughout of the importance of knowing when to stop."

An eye for the surreal – with published poet and PhD student Joanne Clement

"Writers of both poetry and prose are invited to take this practical session to reinvigorate their imagination and develop fresh work. Together we'll explore experimental strategies in response to multimedia artworks by a range of Surrealist artists, photographers and filmmakers. With time and space to both write and receive vital feedback, you'll be given the tools and inspiration to rethink traditional approaches to voice and form. Allow yourself – and the blank page – to be surprised."

Mundane matters – with published poet Gill Lambert, writer of Uninvited Guests

"Do we make our lives more interesting or tell it how it is? Can we explore our lives through the routine of each day and include it in our poems and stories? This workshop takes the humdrum of everyday life and the places and people we take for granted, and helps us write about them. It will include writing exercises in which we will take the boring ordinary and make it into something we want to write about and that others might want to read. The workshop is suitable for poets and prose writers of all levels."

The crime writer's toolbox – with gritty crime fiction writer Liz Mistry

"This workshop offers a practical exploration of the tricks for producing effective crime fiction. In the workshop we will consider how to choose your crime, and will explore elements of the crime fiction sub-genres to discover just how dark we are prepared to go. Writing Exercises will be aimed at discovering how to find and use day-to-day stimuli in our writing, experimenting with devising effective twists, creating suspense and mystery, and how to place that strategic hook to snare your reader."

Break out of your writing pigeon-hole – with published poet and author Maria Stephenson

"Whether you're a poet or prose writer, take this opportunity to step out of your comfort zone and experiment a little with other types of writing. This workshop will inspire and support you as you try your hand at writing in four writing areas: memoir, poetry, prose and non-fiction. You will leave the workshop with four fledging first drafts, as well as some editing and publishing advice, so you can choose one or more of your pieces to see through to completion."

Finding your voice: Strategies for narrative persona – with published poet and poetry e-zine co-editor Hannah Stone

"Have you ever wondered whether an author using first person narration was just writing autobiographically? Would you like to pretend to be someone else? This workshop will facilitate the adoption of a persona that can shape the narrative – be it real, surreal, absurd or fantastic – of your poetry or prose."

Fake news or true stories? Blurring the line between fact and fiction – with published novelist Alison Taft (now writing as Ali Harper)

"Where do you get all your ideas from? This is one of the most common questions writers get asked. Ideas are all around us but how do you translate them onto the page and make them into compelling poems and stories? Why does fiction have to work harder than fact? And does truth matter in these post-truth times? This fun and friendly workshop will enable you to steal like an artist and provide inspiration for your own imagination to work on."​

When registering, please indicate your first choice of workshop and every effort will be made to accommodate this. However, please also indicate a second and third choice for each of the morning and afternoon workshops, in case this isn't possible. Thank you.

Further Information

If you have any questions, please contact Bernadette Mulligan, Academic Administrator, by email. Car parking is available on campus.