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Local Writers Day: How to Get Published

Sunday 17th March 1pm

Venue: Pizza Margherita, Lancaster

Tickets: £7 Full/ £5 Concession

Tickets can be purchased in a variety of ways: AVAILABLE NOW!

Online: VIC Ticketbox

In Person: Lancaster & Morecambe Visitor Information Centres

By phone: 01524 582394/ 01524 582808

Local authors, Zosia Wand and Caroline Gilfillan, describe their very different routes to       publication. The inside story on the traditional agent/mainstream publisher deal and the   independent press/self-publication route. Join us for a frank discussion and Q&A about how to navigate your way through the highs and lows of the publishing process and how to write quality fiction that has commercial potential.

Zosia Wand is a novelist and playwright. She has gained an MA in Creative Writing from Lancaster University and has had numerous plays commissioned for BBC Radio 4. Her stage play, Quicksand, was premiered at The Dukes Playhouse Lancaster in 2011 and sold out during its run at Theatre by the Lake in Keswick. In 2014 she wrote the script for The Lancaster Williamson Park/Dukes Theatre production Hansel and Gretel and More Tales from the Forest, the largest outdoor promenade production in the country. In 2017 she was selected for the Royal Court Northern Writers Programme. Her novels, Trust Me (2017) and The Accusation (2018) are published by Head of Zeus. She was born in London and lives in the Lake District with her family. She currently developing a new drama for Radio 4. To find out more about Zosia’s work and teaching go to or The Reading Room on facebook.

Caroline Gilfillan grew up in Sussex and spent most of her young adult life in London, where she played music in various groups, including The Stepney Sisters, one of the first women-only bands, and joined several inspirational writers’ groups. After taking an MA in Creative Writing at Lancaster  University, she taught in universities and communities in Lancaster and North Norfolk and has published four collections of poetry, the two most recent of which are Pepys (Hawthorn Press) and Poet in Boots (Brewster Press). Her debut murder mystery novel, The Terrace, was published by Cowslip Press in 2018. She also writes plays and songs, and performs in the South Lakeland area of Cumbria where she now lives. She’s currently working on The Theatre, the second Rags Whistledown novel, which will be published by Cowslip Press in 2019. To find out more visit