Beyond the First Draft –
Self-Editing with the Professionals

As part of NaNoWriMo 2017, we're running a self-editing workshop led by Sam Eades and Jennifer Kerslake.

Are you taking part in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month)? Or do you have a manuscript you want to polish ready to submit to agents and competitions? Perhaps you’d like to meet an editor to talk you through the next stage of the process?

Beyond the First Draft: Self-Editing with the Professionals is a three-hour development session led by experienced editors Sam Eades and Jennifer Kerslake.

This workshop is suitable for those with a piece of writing that is ready for the next edit. There will also be opportunities for each writer to get individual feedback on their work.

Discounted rates

London Writers Network members receive a 10% discount on Spread the Word’s paid programme of activities, and access to two free specially programmed London Writers Network events a year. You can find out more about the London Writers Network scheme here. If you are a London Writers Network member please login to receive your discount.

To see if you are eligible for a concessionary rate, please take a look at our concessions policy.


Islington Central Library

2 Fieldway Crescent,
London, N5 1PF

Sam Eades


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Following ten years as a publicist, Sam is now an editor building a list of commercial fiction at Trapeze Books, the newest imprint of Orion Publishing Group. She is looking for exciting debuts and repeating brands in the crime, reading group, women's fiction, SF crossover and psychological thriller areas. Her authors include Tilly Bagshawe, Sharon Bolton and new writers Luke Allnutt and Daniel Cole, whose debuts have been sold in over 30 countries around the world.

Jennifer Kerslake


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Jennifer is Editor at Weidenfeld & Nicolson, part of the Orion Publishing Group. She works on literary and reading group fiction, narrative non-fiction, and is responsible for the W&N backlist. She has also launched Hometown Tales, a series of short books featuring established writers and new voices from across the UK.