London Writers Network: Getting into creative nonfiction with Scribe

Thinking about writing a creative nonfiction book? Join Sarah Braybrooke and Molly Slight from Scribe for an insight into nonfiction publishing from pitching through to publication.

Nonfiction is a broad category, spanning everything from literary essays to memoirs to investigative reportage. Many of the most exciting books published today blur the edges of the genre, blending factual and personal writing. Whether you are interested in experimenting with the form or the content of your nonfiction writing, this talk will give you practical tips for how to shape your project and pitch it to agents and publishers. It will cover: 

– What is creative nonfiction? 

– Case study of a creative nonfiction title we have published 

– Examples of titles that your work might sit alongside 

– How to pitch your project 

– Putting together a proposal 

There will be a presentation followed by an opportunity to ask questions. 

This event is open to all and free to members of Spread the Word’s London Writers Network.

Access Notice:

  • This event will be auto-captioned.

  • If you require BSL interpretation, please email us when booking your ticket on hello@spreadtheword.org.uk no later than Tuesday 30 March 2021 and we will try to secure BSL interpretation for you. Spread the Word will cover the costs of BSL interpretation.

  • All our online events have a relaxed format; you are welcome to take breaks at any point and turn your camera off. All our online sessions have breaks.

  • We’ll send through any reading seven days in advance. We can create adapted handouts to writers attending our workshops and events by request.

  • Our online workshops and events take place on Zoom. As standard, we will send the weblinks to participants a week in advance. If you require the dial in phone number, email us hello@spreadtheword.org.uk and we can send it through to you. Please take a look at Zoom’s accessibility info: https://zoom.us/accessibility/faq#faq1

  • If you have additional access needs, please contact us hello@spreadtheword.org.uk and we will support you to participate in this event.

About the London Writers Network
This event is part of Spread the Word’s London Writers Network series, and designed to give attendees (both members and non members) access to the resources and knowledge they need to develop their writing craft and career.

The London Writers Network is Spread the Word’s membership scheme, and offers a whole range of benefits. Members can attend two London Writers Network events for free each year and get 10% off our paid programme. They also receive a quarterly newsletter and special offers from our friends and partners. And all this for only £25 a year.

You can sign up / buy membership for a friend here. You will need to log in to book your free ticket. 

About our speakers and partner publisher

Sarah Braybrooke

Publisher and Managing Director of Scribe UK


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Sarah Braybrooke is the Publisher and Managing Director of Scribe UK, where she acquires commercial nonfiction and narrative nonfiction. She has worked for Scribe since 2010, initially at its head office in Melbourne, Australia, and since 2013 in London, where she helped to launch the UK office. She was shortlisted for the Kim Scott Walwyn Prize and a London Book Fair Trailblazer award in 2017.

Molly Slight

Editorial Director of Scribe UK


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Molly Slight is the Editorial Director at Scribe UK, where she acquires literary fiction and narrative nonfiction. She is a Clore Emerging Leaders fellow, a Bookseller Rising Star, and a Print Futures Award winner, and was shortlisted for the 2020 LBF Trailblazer Awards. Molly is also a board member at Wasafiri international magazine.

Scribe UK


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Scribe has been operating as an independent publishing house for more than 40 years and is now a multi-award-winning company publishing across three continents. Scribe publishes over 65 nonfiction and fiction titles annually in the United Kingdom and Australia, and about 30 annually in the US. Bestselling Scribe titles include Gut by Giulia Enders, Maybe You Should Talk To Someone by Lori Gottlieb, and The Quantum Astrologer’s Handbook by Michael Brooks.