23 & 24 August 2018


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European Lesfic Literary Conference


The Con will take place over 23 & 24 August 2018 (1.5 days).  The schedule published below may change slightly closer to the event date – please allow for 9 am to 6 pm on Day 1 (23) and 9 am to 1 pm on Day 2 (24). Vendor Tables will be located in the King’s Foyer on both days.



ELLCon values diversity, and we hope our panels similarly reflect the diversity in lesbian fiction publishing. We are looking forward to some lively discussions!
To delegates: we value your participation – questions for panels can be submitted in advance using our contact form.


DAY 1 Programme (King’s Room)

8.30-9.30 am – Arrival, Registration, Coffee/Tea, Ice Breaker
9.30-9.35 – Welcome

9.35-10.20 –  Panel 1: What is in a Cover? The Do’s and Don’ts of Designing a Winning Cover

Chair: Robyn Nyx

Panellists: Caroline Manchoulas, Sally Xerri-Brooks, Miranda MacLeod, May Dawney

10.20-10.30 – Break – Tea/Coffee in Royal Foyer

10.30-11.15 – Panel 2: Tropes in Publishing: should they be Embraced or Avoided?

Chair: Clare Lydon

Panellists: Clare Ashton, A. E. Radley, Brey Willows, G Benson

11.15-11.45 – Break – Tea/Coffee/sweet & savoury pastries in Royal Foyer

11.45-11.55 – Author ReadingSuzanne Egerton

12.00 -12.45 – Panel 3: When Writing Feels Like a Marathon – how to get over the Finish Line

Chair: May Dawney

Panellists: Jen Silver, Harper Bliss, Nita Round, Emma Nichols, Jane Fletcher

12.45-2 – BUFFET LUNCH (Royal Foyer)

2-2.45 – Panel 4: Better Reading Makes for Better Writing – how does reading Another’s work help your Own?

Chair: Justine Saracen

Panellists: T. B. Markinson, Emma Nichols, Robyn Nyx, Emma Sterner-Radley

2.50-3 – Author Reading Kiki Archer

3-3.20 – Break – Tea/Coffee in Royal Foyer

3.20-4.15 – Panel 5: Plotter or Pantser?: should you be Flexible or stick to your Plot Outline?

Chair: Andrea Bramhall

Panellists: Nita Round, Clare Ashton, G Benson, Kiki Archer, A. L. Brooks

4.15-4.45 – Break – Tea/Coffee/sweet & savoury pastries in Royal Foyer

4.45-5.30 – Panel 6: Finding Inspiration – Where do Ideas Originate from?

Chair: Emma Nichols

Panellists: Wendy Hudson, Suzanne Egerton, Anna Larner, Emma Sterner-Radley

5.30-6 – Time to chat to authors and book signings. Vendor tables will be located in the King’s Foyer on both days.


DAY 2 Programme (King’s Room)

9 amDoors Open
9.30-10.15 – Panel 7: Should Lesbian Characters be more realistic?

Chair: Brey Willows

Panellists: Andrea Bramhall, Anna Larner, Wendy Hudson, Miranda MacLeod
10.15-10.30 – Break (tea/coffee can be bought from the bar)
10.30-11.15 – Panel 8: Diversity and Inclusivity: why representation matters

Chair: Jody Klaire

Panellists: Jae, A.L. Brooks, Justine Saracen, Jane Fletcher
11.15-11.45 – Break – Tea/Coffee/sweet & savoury pastries in Royal Foyer
12 -12.40 – Panel 9: Collaborations in Lesfic Publishing- how working together can benefit all

Chair: A. E. Radley

Panellists: T.B. Markinson (I Heart Lesfic), Caroline Manchoulas (My Lesfic), Jae (Lesbian Book Bingo), Clare Lydon (The Lesbian Book Club)
12.40-1 – Discussion + Farewells

Day 1 Workshops (Lancaster Room)

11.45 am – 12.45 pm: Brey Willows and Robyn Nyx (Whose POV is it anyway?)

3.10-4.15 pm: Jody Klaire (Narrative Distance)



Jody Klaire Bedazzled Ink

23 August, 3.10-4.15 pm

The power tool of writing – Narrative Distance underpins every aspect from showing and telling, to controlling pace, building emotion and getting right to the heart of your characters. In this masterclass, you’ll learn the levels of intimacy between character and reader and just how you can pack the ultimate punch with your prose. Narrative Distance is a class for all skill levels, from beginner to pro looking to enhance their knowledge.


Robyn Nyx and Brey Willows will be hosting a workshop on Whose Point of View Is It Anyway?

23 August, 11.45 am -12.45 pm

Robyn Nyx BSB

Brey Willows BSB

Point of View is a tricky beast which requires careful taming. In this workshop, we’ll discuss several elements of point of view, including how to choose whose story you want to tell; when to switch and how to do it well; and how to get the most emotional punch from the one you’ve chosen.