People like you never get published? A major literary agency is trying to do something about it…
Literary agency David Higham Associates is to host an open day for writers who don’t have an an agent and come from underrepresented backgrounds – that includes LGBTQ+ writers, BAME, those from working-class backgrounds and from ethnic, cultural and religious minorities, along with people with disabilities. It doesn’t actually say so on the press release, but I think the definition also embraces older writers.
The day will offer 10 writers the opportunity to meet with industry experts and to receive tailored feedback on their work.
Intended to be a bi-annual event, the inaugural DHA Open Day will take place on Thursday 13th December 2018 at the agency’s offices in Soho and will focus on fiction-writing for adults. It will also feature talks and Q&As with agents and publishers, one-to-one sessions to provide tailored feedback on current writing projects and a drinks reception.
DHA’s second Open Day will take place in 2019 and will focus on writing for children.
A bursary for travel expenses will be available for each writer chosen. Applicants should apply via the form on the agency’s website before the deadline of Monday 17th September. The selected writers will be informed on Monday 12th November.