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  1. Yes I canturn the next page

  2. Discuss a departure or development which has been inspired or confirmed by today. • e.g. • Write for TV • Promote my self-published book • Get a BBC radio drama commission • Be a visiting writer in schools • Be a writer in the business sector • Start a performance event • Adapt my novel for the stage Where are the opportunities which might match your departure or development?

  3. creative passion money sanity time

  4. Step 1 - I want to: Edit a creative non-fiction anthology of writing about landscape and nature

  5. Step 2 – what skills/experience/understanding have I got?: From my writing life I know I can: • write on the subject myself • meet deadlines • give constructive feedback to writers • work alone • spot quality writing I also.. • have experience in compiling a small anthology of writings • already know a number of candidate writers and know networks through which to find others • have read widely within the genre From my non-writing life I can show that I: • Understand the publishing process • Have managed complex projects

  6. Step 3 - how can I show that I have what’s needed? • ‘Biggar Little Stories’ • My own writing on this theme was supported by a Creative Scotland Award in 2007 • See the interest in my ‘Walking and Writing’ blog • Positive feedback from writers I’ve worked with How do we demonstrate this on a CV? “In 2007 the Scottish Book Trust paid for me to be mentored by playwright Douglas Maxwell in adapting my novel The Incredible Adam Spark for the stage.” Alan Bissett “1999: Established Kettillonia, a pamphlet-publishing imprint for new Scottish writing, and produced five pamphlets” James Robertson

  7. Step 4 – what do I need to learn? • How to select and order work to accrue to a theme • How to be an intermediary between publisher and writer • How to evaluate each writer so as to know what style of editorial intervention will be most helpful • What an anthology introduction should be like • To use ‘track changes’ in Word effectively

  8. Step 5 – what else do I need? • Support from others on my decisions • Time • A sense of confidence and authority • To trust my intuition • Inspiring examples of similar books

  9. Step 6 – Where can I get help with Steps 4 and 5? • Ask Philippa Johnston, Writer’s Compass – useful articles on how others make decisions about anthology editing • Ask Anne Caldwell – editor of another non-fiction anthology

  10. Yes I Can (Can I?)

  11. Step 1 - I want to: Write for TV Promote my self-published book Get a BBC radio drama commission Be a visiting writer in schools Be a writer in the business sector Start a performance event Adapt my novel for the stage etc Steps 2 and 4 – Skills, understanding and experience Discipline Team-working Meeting deadlines Speaking in public Showcasing other writers Organising live events Writing clearly Diplomacy Synopsis-writing etc Ideas pool Step 5 – what else do I need? • Time • Money • Confidence • Contacts • An agent • To have a visible profile • A business card • Public liability insurance • Disclosure • etc

  12. Turning the Next Page: Yes I can! My action points arising from today are: I will do these within the next …..days/weeks/months