As usual Winchester was brilliant. I have returned with plans and targets and many new friends and contacts.
I had a great 1-2-1 with Maggie Butts, who appraised some of my poems and said many kind things…I felt really good about my work after speaking to her…thank you Maggie. I also spent valuable time with Phillippa Johnston of Writers’ Compass, exploring where to go next, and how to achieve the next big step…publishing my collection. I am fortunate to have been asked to submit it to Oversteps Books and that will be my focus for the next few weeks. Head down, I must finish and polish these poems.
I have decided that my long term target – that is over the next 12 months – is to establish an income stream from writing associated activities. Now I have written it here, I have to make it happen. Fortunately I have ideas gleaned from the contacts at Winchester.
For any writer who has never been to Winchester, it is an absolute must. I know of no other event where publishers, agents, industry experts and successful writers make themselves available with such generosity. It matters not whether you are only just starting out, have been published many times or are just imagining yourself as a writer, Winchester is the one place to be on the last weekend in June.
Next year’s conference details will soon be posted on the website…so book mark it now!