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On 6th December 2016 we successfully raised £626 with 28 supporters in 28 days

Support Grrrl Con! Help make 2017 even bigger & better than ever!

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Earlier this year, Write Like a Grrrl and For Books’ Sake joined forces to coordinate the first ever Grrrl Con, a two-day event championing writing by women. The weekend aimed to revolutionise attendees’ writing craft and confidence through a programme of talks and practical workshops. Speakers included Scottish Makar Jackie Kay, crime fiction queen Dame Denise Mina and prizewinning literary agent Jenny Brown, while workshops focused on everything from magical realism to writing about sex via plotting, magic realism and more.

Grrrl Con 2016 was an incredible weekend, and we want to build on this year’s sell-out success to make Grrrl Con 2017 - taking place in Manchester from Friday 16th to Sunday 18th June 2017 in Manchester - even bigger and better than ever.

Your donation will help us cover essential costs while ensuring we’re able to take feedback on board and make our programme even more diverse, accessible, impactful and exciting.

Praise for Grrrl Con 2016

“Before Grrrl Con I thought I’d never have a book but now apparently I’ve got two to finish. It showed me the ability I have, and how not to shy away from it!”

“I’ve gained confidence, new techniques and ways to improve my writing, a list of women writers I want to read, and a fantastic community. An amazingly useful weekend that has motivated and inspired.”

“You’ve given me self-belief. For someone with none, that’s an unforgettable feeling. Thank you.”

“Incredibly amazing, engaging, life affirming, practical, inspiring and empowering.”

“I’ve learnt to trust my instincts and gained confidence, as well as a clear idea for a novel and an almost complete synopsis. I’m inspired!”

“I feel so inspired, so supported and so lucky to be in this nurturing environment. Grrrl Con has provided a community for me - it is truly my home and where I feel that I belong.”

“Realistic but encouraging - made everything feel more reachable. Each session had knowledge, encouragement and inspiration - the weekend has done so much for my confidence and motivation, and makes my pursuits feel legitimate and feasible.”

More feedback from Grrrl Con 2016 can be seen here.

Get your tickets for Grrrl Con 2017 here.


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

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Snap up an e-book of "The Sewing Machine' by Natalie Fergie published by Unbound (Available 2017)

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Receive a bundle of three of the most recent issues of The Chapess

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Grab yourself a signed copy of our our Claire Askew's amazing debut poetry collection, This Changes Things, published earlier this year by Bloodaxe.

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Copy of the fantastic Gut Flora anthology from The Chapess, plus a limited edition 'Support Women Writers' badge

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Roll up, roll up for the AMAZING For Books' Sake digital goodie bag - get your mitts on three of our most recent books: FURIES, (RE)Sisters and Tongue in Cheek

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For Books' Sake AMAZING book lucky dip - receive a mystery but guaranteed-to-be-brilliant book by a woman writer and a handwritten thank-you card

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Become a Word Factory Salonista! Entry to one Word Factory salon at Waterstones Piccadilly (redeemable by March 2017). Join The Word Factory and emerge yourself in stories and literary conversation. Word Factory guarantee a warm welcome and glass of wine!

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Can't make it to Grrrl Con? For just £15 we'll send you the audio of our six headliners' lectures so you don't miss out on what we've got planned!

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Receive a signed copy of Helen Sedgwick's outstanding, The Comet Seekers

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Snaffle up a signed hardback copy of Lucy Ribchester's The Hourglass Factory

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Is your writing lacking momentum, magic or just that extra oomph? Get a 45-minute Skype coaching session with Kerry Ryan, Claire Askew or Jane Bradley to explore and blitz those blocks!

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Feast your eyes on a bumper book bundle from Turnaround, the UKs leading independent book distributor (

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Need some feedback on your writing? Grab this reward and get up 3k words critiqued by Kerry Ryan, Claire Askew or Jane Bradley in a 45-min Skype session.

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Get a critique of up to 3000 words by the fantastic LondonLitLab. Novelist, Lily Dunn & Costa Prize winner, Zoe Gilbert will use their expertise to help you find your story. Snap up this brilliant opportunity! Limited to 2

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Laura MacDougall, agent extraordinaire with brilliant literary agency, Tibor Jones will provide email feedback on your synopsis and first three chapters

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Snap up this editorial critique of up to 3000 words of prose (novel extract/short fiction) from fantastic author Helen Sedgwick

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