About the Stockholm Writers Festival

Join us April 13-15, 2018 for Stockholm's first-ever writers' conference gathering authors, poets, agents and editors and delivered in English.

The Stockholm Writers Festival (SWF) gives you the opportunity to polish your craft, build industry contacts and join a community of established and emerging authors. Whether you are just starting out as a writer or finishing your latest manuscript – our 2018 Festival aims to help you find your path to published.

Established in 2017, SWF is a non-profit association of authors, poets, professional copywriters and academics in Stockholm, Sweden. Our annual festival focuses on developing skills, navigating the world of publishing, and fostering a growing community of international writers.

Se hit, svenska författare, poeter och översättare! Vill du knyta kontakter med litterära agenter och professionella redaktörer från New York och London? Sugen på tips från utgivna författare? Vill du dela erfarenheter med skribenter från andra länder? Eller bli publicerad på engelska? Då är du hjärtlig välkommen att delta i Stockholm Writers Festival 2018!

Som Festivaldeltagare får du även – för första gången i Sverige – chansen att vinna First Pages Prize för de första 1250 orden i din roman eller dikt på engelska. Vår sponsor The de Groot Foundation erbjuder kontantpris till de första fyra vinnarna. Tävlingen tar emot bidrag fr.o.m. den 30 november 2017 och t.o.m. den 13 mars 2018. Se First Pages Prize på denna hemsida.

Don't forget to register early - space is limited Add to your calendar now!

Day 01 full schedule

April 13, 2018

Registration opens

Welcome and First Pages Prize presentation

Even the most celebrated wordsmiths get heartburn when they write. We kick off #SWF18 with featured authors reading their peskiest passages and telling us why. The evening concludes with the presentation of the premier de Groot Foundation/Stockholm Writers Festival literary competition, the First Pages Prize, recognizing the talent of emerging writers with generous cash awards for our winner and finalists.

Mixer/cocktail hour

Day 02 full schedule

April 14, 2018

Additional registration, coffee

Breakout Session 1 (choose 1 of 3)

  • How to use setting to move your story.
  • Writing from past pain.
  • Revolutionize your writing with three easy editing hacks.

Breakout Session 2 (choose 1 of 3)

  • To indie or not to indie.​
  • From inspiration to story: the role of research.
  • Infusing elements of game writing into fiction.

Pitch perfect panel

Our industry experts give inside tips on getting noticed.


Buttonhole the expert

This is a "speed-dating" type activity where participants move quickly between tables asking questions of experts.​

Breakout Session 3 (choose 1 of 3)

  • Subtext​:​ finding the heart of your story.
  • Writing from abroad​: ​its effects on language and imagination.
  • Unlikely paths to publication​: writers share their unique paths to success​.

Panel: State of the Industry

The trends changing "business as usual" in publishing.

Panel: Find your Superpower

Turning "weaknesses" into strengths to publish your first book.

Keynote Speech

Elinor Lipman

Literary Idol event

A fun game-show style event where the first page of an anonymous manuscript is read to a panel of experts. The experts buzz at the point where they would stop reading. A brief summary is conducted reviewing the "turn offs" and strengths of each piece.

Day 03 full schedule

April 15, 2018

Part II: Intensive Workshops (400 SEK)

As part of #SWF18 we want to give our participants the opportunity to go deeper into their craft. That's why we offer a choice of six expert-led, in-depth workshops to help you find your path to published. Remember: to sign up for Part II, you must attend Part I.

  • Manuscript Makeover
  • Finding Fiction in Truth
  • Upping Your Travel Writing Game
  • Sound and Sense
  • Indie Publishing: Building Your Platform
  • Writing a Novel: From Idea to ISBN

Part III: Live Pitching to Agents (400 SEK)

Want to get a live reaction to your latest book project? Sign up for a 10-minute live pitch session to be held on Saturday April 14, giving you the opportunity to hone your marketing skills before an industry expert.

Featured Authors and Industry Pros


#SWF18 features powerhouse writers, many writing from a transnational perspective, from across a range of genres in fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Our industry pros are literary agents and publishers from the UK and the US.

Our partners and sponsors


The Stockholm Writers Festival would not exist without the generous support of our partners. Thank you for enriching Stockholm’s literary community.

Stockholm, the Venice of the North!

Venue & Accommodations

Our venue is the Berghs School of Communication in downtown Stockholm and Hotel Hellsten offers participants a 10% discount on accommodation. Hellsten Hotel, Luntmakargatan 68, 113 51 Stockholm www.hellsten.se

Oh! Don’t forget to follow us and share #SWF18 with your friends!

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