PROFESSIONAL writers will be sharing their skills in a one-day event at Leeds Trinity University.

The 14th annual Writers’ Festival Day, on Wednesday, February 14, will be open to anyone with an interest in creative writing.

People taking part will have the chance to develop their writing skills in poetry, fiction, nonfiction and the teaching of writing.

Writers include short story author LMA Bauman-Milner whose first collection Dark Doors was published during her MA in Creative Writing in 2015; novelist and Creative Writing alumna Caroline Bond whose first novel, The Second Child, will be published in March 2018; poet and PhD candidate Joanne Clement; poet and teacher Gill Lambert, who gained both her BA and MA in Creative Writing at Leeds Trinity; best-selling crime novelist and MA Creative Writing alumna Liz Mistry; poet and teacher Maria Stephenson, an MA Creative Writing alumna whose first collection was published last year; award-winning poet and MA alumna, Hannah Stone; and novelist Alison Taft, who writes under the name Ali Harper.

The event will include specialist workshops in crime writing, blurring the lines between fact and fiction, finding your narrative voice, writing horror, mundane matters – using the humdrum of everyday life in writing, and experimental writing.

Poet Oz Hardwick, Professor of English and Creative Writing at Leeds Trinity University, said: "The Leeds Trinity Writers’ Festival is now in its 14th year and has become one of the highlights in the Leeds Trinity Creative Writing calendar. Whether you write fiction, poetry or nonfiction, the festival has something for everyone. It doesn’t matter if you’re an experienced writer or just starting out, the workshops are for all abilities. I’m delighted that all of the professional writers this year are graduates of one – or sometimes two – of our creative writing programmes, and they have all gone on to establish themselves in their chosen fields of writing."

The Writers’ Festival takes place from 10am to 5pm and includes morning and afternoon workshops for poetry and prose writers, readings and refreshments. The day will close with readings by the featured writers.

For more information or to book a place visit the university's website.