SNWF 2023’s theme is…

The Best of Surrey!

27th May 2023

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Missed last year’s festival? Catch up down below and get excited about what’s to come!

Timetable for our 2022 Festival!


10:3011:45Taster Session: ‘Gazing Inwards: Exploring Characters’ Emotional Landscapes’ with Michael Donkor and a Q&A
11:4512:00Networking chat via Zoom
12:0013:15Conveying Identity with Dara Kalima, Ella McLeod and Joelle Taylor
13:2013:40Networking chat via Zoom
13:4515:00Lunchtime Readings: Narrative with Beth Miller, Stephen Mooney, and a Q&A with Neel Mukherjee hosted by Paul Vlitos
15:1516:45Building Brand Identity: A Panel on Small Presses with Angela Szczepaniak, Stephen Mooney, Sharron Green, Chiara Fumanti and guests from the University of Surrey
17:1518:45Psychology of the Author and the Self with Lauren Foley, Sunny Singh, and Julia Armfield
18:45 19:45Dinner break
19:45 21:00Headline Reading: Elise Valmorbida


11:0013:00Masterclass: ‘They f*** you up, your mum and dad: Writing about Dysfunctional Families’ with Beth Miller (ticketed separately; limited spaces)
13:3015:00Open Mic
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Our 2022 lineup!

Headliner – Elise Valmorbida

Italian Australian author Elise Valmorbida has published journalism, poetry, short stories, three non-fiction books and four novels including The Madonna of the Mountains, which has been translated into several languages and in 2019 won Australia’s biggest literary prize for fiction. Elise is also an award-winning indie film producer and script consultant. Her latest work is The Happy Writing Book, an inspirational guide to creative writing and wellbeing, fuelled by her 20+ years of experience as writer-teacher.

Panel – Conveying Identity

Dara Kalima

Joelle Taylor

Ella McLeod

Panel – Psychology of the Author and the Self

Sunny Singh

Julia Armfield

Lauren Foley

Panel – Building Brand Identity: A Panel on Small Presses

Angela Szczepaniak


Sharron Green

‘High Salvage’ reading

Chiara Fumanti

‘High Salvage’ reading

Stephen Mooney

Lunchtime reading

Beth Miller

Lunchtime reading

Taster Session: ‘Gazing Inwards: Exploring Characters’ Emotional Landscapes’

Michael Donkor

Working with a selection of exciting contemporary works by authors from Deborah Levy to Caleb Azumah Nelson, Michael Donkor will take you through lively creative exercises. These will help enrich, deepen and animate moments when your characters are involved in complex self-reflection.

Question and Answer Session

Neel Mukherjee

Masterclass with Beth Miller

They f*** you up, your mum and dad: Writing about Dysfunctional Families

This year’s Masterclass session is ‘They f*** you up, your mum and dad: Writing about dysfunctional families’ and will be given by the novelist Beth Miller. Suitable for both new and practised writers, this intimate session will see Beth explore how to construct family dysfunction and the impact it has on characters. Through this workshop, writers will gain a better understanding of how to realistically present dysfunctional families in a way beneficial to their stories!

Beth in her masterclass for our 2020 SNWF

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