‘Writer’s Surgery’ at Pipers Coffee House in Tain offers potential writers the chance to start a new chapter with the professional help of published word editors

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The four authors offering a helping hand are (lr) Helen Sedgwick, Liz Treacher, Ceitidh Hutton and Philip Paris.

Four Highland-based best-selling authors come together during Scotland Book Week to offer informal and friendly ‘writers surgery’ for anyone interested in learning more about the book publishing industry.

Together they have experience writing contemporary and historical fiction, non-fiction, crime, science fiction, women’s fiction as well as Gaelic and children’s books, as well as knowledge of self-publishing and traditional publishing, publishing, using a literary agent or working directly with a publisher.

“Trying to understand the book publishing business can be terribly confusing, as we all know from our earliest days as writers, and each of us would have jumped at the chance to ask questions specific to our own circumstances. “, said Easter Ross. -based Philip Paris. “Over coffee in the newly opened Pipers Coffee House, we decided to come together and offer this opportunity.

“People can be at any stage of their writing career and may not even have pen to paper, but want to have a better idea of ​​how to get started. There are no fees and no need to book. Writers love to be around like-minded people, so we’re looking forward to meeting new faces and hopefully helping others on their own journey. I suspect we’re enjoying too lots of coffee and cake!”

Scotland Book Week is an annual celebration of books and reading that takes place across the country, this year from November 14-20.

‘Writers Surgery’ will take place on Friday 18 November from 10am upstairs at Pipers Coffee House, which is on Tain High Street.


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