Write Now

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Write Now in the Past
Thank you to speakers, members of Chorley Writers’ Circle and our wonderful audience who made the 2018 Write Now very special. Thank you all for coming and to those who lent their support. See you next year!


This year’s event will be held on the afternoon of Saturday 17 November, 1pm-5pm.

The theme will be how to get published and we’ll be exploring the different avenues open to writers and the advantages of each.

Amy Durant from renowned London digital publisher Sapere Books will be talking to us about what they’re looking for from authors, how they work and what they offer.

Andrew Bibby, author and founder of Gritstone Publishing Co-operative will be showing us there are always other ways.

Simon Michael, a barrister turned traditionally published crime writer, will be sharing his experiences and thoughts on getting published.

Ruth Sutton, a self-published author, will be letting us know the pros and cons.

The afternoon will take the form of individual talks and then a moderated panel, with crime writer DJ Harrison in the chair,  with lots of chances for the audience to ask questions and get to grips with publishing opportunities today.

Tickets are £10 (free for Chorley Writers’ Circle subscribed members). Here is the NEW link to book your ticket:


You are also welcome to pay on the door, although if we are full (it has happened!) preference will be given to ticket-holders.

Any questions or difficulties booking, please email us.


Do you have books to sell?

We will also be holding a book fair. Tables will cost £5 in addition to the Write Now ticket price. Any writer can take a table – just email us on the address above.  You pay for the table on the day (your Write Now ticket must be purchased in advance).

The venue will be the same as last year: Chorley’s St Mary’s Social Centre off West Street car park, accessed via Devonshire Road: PR7 2SR. There is free parking from 1pm.


Photos from Write Now in past years, with speakers including authors Zoe Sharp, Cath Staincliffe and Carys Bray, and Katherine Armstrong of Bonnier Zaffre publishers and Kevin Duffy of Bluemoose Books.

Author Carys Bray (left) with organiser Dea Parkin’ Kevin Duffy from Bluemoose Books; crime writer Zoe Sharp; author and TV writer Cath Staincliffe; Katherine Armstrong, then Senior Editor with one of London’s foremost publishing houses, Bonnier Zaffre.







Last year’s event: November 2017

Write Now, the publishing event held annually by Chorley & District Writers’ Circle, was held on the afternoon of Saturday 18th November at St Mary’s Club and Function Room, West St, Chorley, PR7 2SR.

We had two speakers.  Laurence O’Bryan,  is a  published author who has been training authors in digital marketing since 2012.

Laurence O’Bryan

Laurence has had three novels published by Harper Collins in the U.S., the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. These were translated and published in 10 languages. The Istanbul Puzzle, was shortlisted for Irish Crime Novel of the Year, 2012, and won the Southern California Writers Conference Grand Prize. He also self published Social Media is Dynamite For Writers, and another novel in the puzzle series.

Laurence started BooksGoSocial.com to help other authors get discovered. The service has helped promote over 4,000 international authors. His background includes twenty five years in marketing and training. Laurence is a FETAC qualified trainer, and on the committee of the Irish Writers Union. He founded the Dublin Writers Conference.

Laurence gave a great talk about the need for authors to be ‘authorpreneurs’ and how when writers get together to help each other, great things happen.

Our second speaker was Wendy H Jones – Wendy is the author of the bestselling DI Shona McKenzie Mysteries and the Fergus and Flora Mysteries. She is currently completing Killer’s Crypt, the 6th outing for DI Shona Mckenzie. The Haunted Broch, the second book in the Fergus and Flora Mysteries, is also near completion.

Wendy H Jones

Wendy gave a very entertaining talk about how she publicises her work – from WI meetings to Glamis Castle, she never misses a chance to promote her books.

The day ended with a panel session that included our own Dea Parkin and DJ Harrison, the questions were well thought out and the answers intriguing.

Our panel. L to R – DJ Harrison, Wendy H Jones, Dea Parkin, Laurence O’Bryan

We also had a small book fair where local authors were selling their wares. Reading local is a great way to support emerging writers.








Stories by Jeanette Greaves

Thank you to everyone who made it such a great day.