Mindshift: The Business of Writing
Starts: Sat 23 March 2019
Time: 10.30am – 4.30pm
Duration: 1 Day
Location: The MAC, Belfast
If you wish to learn more about the business of being a writer including the process of writing applications with a view to improving your success rate for bursaries, residencies, retreats and other writing opportunities, as well copyright law, contract law and managing your taxes then this course is for you. These professional development sessions are aimed at established and emerging writers and will focus on the business aspect of writing. All sessions will allow time for Q&A.
10.30am-11.40am: Do's and Don'ts of Application Writing with TBC: Learn how to communicate more effectively and present your best self on the page. Topics will include how to draft a quality writer's CV, how to make your application stand out from the rest and what to avoid.
11.50am –1.00pm: Copyright & Authors’ Rights with Richard Combes: What is copyright and what does it allow and prevent? Is it a barrier to innovation or does it adequately protect creators’ rights. Find out all you need to know on getting legal advice for writers, to issues of plagiarism and (illegal) downloads, etc.
2pm-3.10pm: Managing your Taxes with TBC: When it comes to understanding and managing your own taxes you’re not alone. This presentation is led by a leading accountant and tax specialist operating in the arts sector.
3.20pm-4.30pm: Writers' Contracts with Conor Kostick: There is always a tension between the ideal author-publisher agreement and the attainable. Each clause, and every situation can be negotiable. Writers should bear this in mind when examining an offered contract. This seminar will cover details on the optimum contract a writer might hope to obtain from a publisher.
Richard Combes has been Head of Rights and Licensing with the Authors' Licensing and Collecting Society in London since 2007. His work at ALCS focuses on the development of collective rights and licensing schemes in the UK and internationally, aimed at providing writers with fair remuneration for the re-use of their work. He represents ALCS on the Boards of the British Copyright Council and the Educational Recording Agency, of which he is currently Vice-Chair.
Conor Kostick is the author of a number of successful books and was the 2010 Farmleigh Writer-in-Residence. He has been the Disputes Officer of the Irish Writers Union for eight years and is also a delegate to the European Writers Council and International Authors Forum.