IN PERSON One-Day Short Course: Pitching Your Work (Nov 2022)

Saturday 12 November 2022, 10am – 4pm (lunch not included)

(5 hours of teaching)

Writing West Midlands office, Zellig Building, Custard Factory complex, Gibb Street, Birmingham


This one-day workshop will teach you in a practical way how to talk about your work, and pitch it to agents / editors / commissioning editors / producers – whatever is relevant to your artform.

You’ll learn how to structure your pitch, talk confidently and clearly about your plot and genre, and practise your pitch several times through the day in different ways.

This workshop is intended for prose writers (both fiction and non-fiction) and scriptwriters but likely won’t be relevant for those writing poetry.

In order to participate fully, you will need to have a complete story (in whatever form) which you can talk about from start to finish. You will learn skills you can transfer to any other story, but to get the most out of the workshop, it will be helpful to just focus on one you can finesse.

Although you do not need to be published to attend, you do need to have a complete manuscript to be able to base your pitch on.



Olivia Chapman is the PR & Communications Manager for Writing West Midlands, and has been pitching books and scripts as well as events and festivals since she started working in publishing in 2005.



The workshop will take place in person, at the Writing West Midlands offices at Zellig building, Custard Factory complex, Gibb Street, Birmingham.

Places will be limited to 10.

The space is large, and will be well ventilated.

An online alternative to this in-person workshop is also available. Please book that online version if you would feel more comfortable. See all courses available at:


Short courses 2022:

We are running a mix of short courses and workshops online and in person, so you can choose to attend the session you are the most comfortable with.

All our short courses and workshops are priced at £15 per taught hour.

We understand that not all writers are able to pay for their writing courses to further their career, and we run a Bursary Scheme as a consequence. If you feel you need a bursary, please contact us:


Please note: you must sign up for the full course even if you cannot attend all dates. No partial course ticket is available.

Short Courses are for over 18s. If you are a young writer, you can sign up for our Spark Young Writers Programme.

All Writing West Midlands short courses are collaborative, and you will learn as much from your fellow course attendees as from the tutor. You will be expected to play an active role in group tasks, and you will also have time to reflect on your own writing during sessions.

Course handouts are sometimes (but not always) available, and notes may be available in advance upon request. If you have any additional needs, please contact Writing West Midlands in advance of the course starting and we will try to assist you.

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Writing West Midlands


12 Nov 2022