The Business of Writing Appearance

23 Oct

The Business of Writing
Aspex, Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth
November 18th, 6.00pm-9.00pm

Digital technology has changed the landscape of writing considerably in recent years. From the rise of the e-book to self publishing, to blogging and digital journalism, this new landscape presents a wide range of challenges and opportunities to established and aspiring writers alike.

The Business of Writing brings together three writers to explore new ways of developing paid work and creating your own opportunities in this new and shifting landscape. Our speakers work across a variety of mediums, including:

Script Writing
Travel Writing

Sean Tyler, an award winning Hampshire-based playwright, who has had multiple plays performed in New York and in the UK. Sean will address overseas and UK commissions and how he has generated interest in his work.

Tom Sykes, Tom teaches at University of Portsmouth, in addition to being a prolific and award winning travel writer (Observer Book of the Month). Tom will be speaking about his experiences of travel journalism and creative nonfiction and talking about online publishing opportunities.

‘Crunchy, punchy, surreal, occasionally severe and always on the button. As with all great language, forget what you’ve heard before and escape with what’s coming at you NOW. Brilliant.’ John Mayfield,

Southsea-based Helen Wallen is a professional copywriter and recent Mum whose humour filled new blog site has been nominated for several awards.

Sarah Cheverton,freelance writer and researcher, who also runs Portsmouth Writers Hub will be keeping this diverse range of talents in order!

There will be opportunities to put questions to our speakers as well as to network over refreshments.
Welcome drink: 6.00pm
Speaker session starts: 6.30pm
Finish: 9.00pm

Venue: Aspex Gallery, The Vulcan Building near Loch Fyne, Gunwharf Quays.
Car Park: Gunwharf Quays
Rail: Portsmouth Harbour Station (10 minutes walk)

Price: £10 advance, £8 Concessions, £12 on the night
More info: Sarah Mayell-Thomas:

The Business of Writing is one of 4 events which are part of The Art of Business.
Other events in the series are: “Where’s the Money”, “Created by Technology” and “Standing from the crowd”.
For more information about these events see

The 4 days are part of a Global initiative, Global Entrepreneurs Week, 18th-24th November which takes place in 115 countries since its inception in 2004.

Portsmouth has responded by hosting the first ever ”Entrepreneurs Unite” week. Solent Innovation supported by Portsmouth City Council, Shaping the Future, University of Portsmouth, Parity Trust and UK Business Angels are all partners.

There are a wide number of events confirmed for the week with a Business Awards event, Start Up event, Silicon Island Business Angels Conference, Raspberry Pi sponsored event, Pitch and Win and Schools and Colleges throughout the Region are putting on a whole series of events during the week.

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