Stockholm Writers Festival 2019

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Find your path to published

Join us May 3-5, 2019 for the Stockholm Writers Festival (#SWF19), an English-language gathering of writers, authors, and industry professionals. Our aim: Give writers the opportunity to hone their craft, learn the business, and join a community of established and emerging authors. Regardless of where you are in your process—just starting out or finishing your twentieth manuscript— #SWF19 helps you find your path to published. Ticketing will open in October of 2018.

 
 
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Schedule

We’re thrilled to announce industry powerhouse Jane Friedman as our keynote at #SWF19. This is her first time in Stockholm. We’ve seen her at other events and she delivers unforgettable classroom and keynote experiences. 

This year's festival will have four parts: A special workshop by Jane Friedman, the main Festival Pass, live 1-to-1 critique sessions, and intensive craft workshops. Please note: to purchase any additional sessions, you need to first purchase the main pass.

 
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#SWF19 Faculty

We’re bringing back some of our favorites from 2018. And featuring new authors and agents from the US, UK and Sweden. Below are just a few. The full line-up will be released in autumn of 2018.


 
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Jane Friedman has 20 years of experience in the publishing industry, with expertise in digital media strategy for authors and publishers. She's the co-founder and editor of The Hot Sheet, the essential publishing industry newsletter for authors, and the former publisher of Writer's Digest. Jane's newest book is, "The Business of Being a Writer."  In collaboration with The Authors Guild, she wrote, "The Authors Guild Guide to E-Publishing." 

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Cassie Gonzalez is a creative writing fellow at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Cassie holds a master’s degree in creative writing from the University of Oxford. Her work has been featured in several literary journals including the Kenyon Review. Her play REX has been published and staged throughout the United States.
 

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Jess Lourey (rhymes with "dowry") is an Agatha, Anthony, and Lefty nominated author best known for her critically-acclaimed Mira James mysteries, which have earned multiple starred reviews from Library Journal and Booklist, the latter calling her writing "a splendid mix of humor and suspense." Jess also writes sword and sorcery fantasy, edge-of-your-seat YA adventure, magical realism, and feminist thrillers. 

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Paul McVeigh’s debut novel ‘The Good Son’ was shortlisted for The Guardian’s ‘Not the Booker Prize’. His short fiction has been published in journals and anthologies and been commissioned by BBC Radio 4. Paul is co-founder of the London Short Story Festival and Associate Director at Word Factory, the UK’s leading short story literary salon. He is a reader and judge for national and international short story competitions. 

 
 
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New Venue: Finlandshuset

 

Finlandshuset, located at Snickarbacken 4, is nestled between Stureplan and Hötorget in downtown Stockholm. It is a jewel box of a venue and promises to help deliver an intimate, content-rich event for #SWF19. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
It was incredibly well organized! Loved the breakout sessions, the panel debate, the keynote speech, and to be around so many writers. Very inspirational!
— SWF18 attendee
 
 
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