Writers' Clinic with Karen Campbell

Online Event
Sat 15 May
9:30 UK

Whether you’re looking for some impartial feedback on an extract of work or just have some specific questions you’d like answered, why not book yourself into our writers’ clinic for a 20-minute one-to-one with author Karen Campbell?

Places are limited so booking is essential. Once you’ve booked your place, we’ll be in touch to allocate you a time slot. Alternative times can be arranged if you’re not able to attend 9:30-11:30 on Saturday 15 May.

If you’d like to submit an extract of work for Karen’s feedback, please limit this to 500 words or a side of A4.

About Karen Campbell:

Galloway-based Karen Campbell is the author of seven novels, and a graduate of Glasgow University’s Creative Writing Masters. She’s the recipient of an SAC New Writers Award and a Creative Scotland Artists Bursary. Her novels range from writing about the police, to refugee issues, politics and Italy in World War Two. Until January this year she was writer in residence at Dumfries and Galloway Council, writing a collection of short stories based on Council staff experiences during COVID (as part of the regionwide Atlas Pandemica project). Karen is an experienced creative writing tutor and mentor, working with organisations such as Scottish PEN, Moniack Mhor and Wigtown. Her latest novel, Paper Cup, will be published by Canongate in Spring 2022. More at www.karencampbell.co.uk.

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How do the Writers Gathering events work?


Once you have booked your workshop place using our online ticketing site, you will receive a confirmation email. 30 minutes before the start of the workshop, a reminder email will be sent out to you with the link to access the workshop on Zoom. Workshops will not be streamed live anywhere else. Each workshop is limited to a maximum of 20 participants, and will last for two hours, including a short break.

Panel discussion

The panel discussion will be streamed live on the Wigtown Book Festival website, YouTube channel and Facebook page, so you don’t need to register to access it. However, it’s still worth signing up as you will be sent a direct link to the event and a reminder 30 minutes beforehand.

Don’t forget to check your spam folder for the confirmation and reminder emails in case they end up in there.

WG21 Weekend Pass
Why not purchase our WG21 pass, which at £30 gives you a 100% discount on 1 ticket to each event. Please note that you will still need to book a place on the workshops you would like to attend. Click Here To Purchase WG21 Pass. Passes must be purchased separately before booking on to the individual workshops.

We appreciate that not everyone can afford the £8 workshop fee or £30 for a weekend pass. Making the Writers’ Gathering as accessible as possible is a priority of ours and so we are offering a number of bursaries for each workshop. If you would like to apply for a bursary, please complete this online form or email Isla on isla@wigtownbookfestival.com. Live captioning will also be available on request.

Asking questions

During the workshops, you can ask a question verbally and by using the chat facility on Zoom. On live-streamed events, questions can be put into the live chat box on YouTube or in the comments box on Facebook and they will be forwarded to the speakers.

Catch up

The panel discussion will be available on catch-up. However, the workshops are not being recorded and will not be available anywhere else after they take place.

Buy the books

Browse our online bookshop, which will stock all our speakers’ latest titles.


If you have any queries about the Writers’ Gathering, please don’t hesitate to get in touch by emailing isla@wigtownbookfestival.com.