rewriting the future - digital publishing day

EMMTEC, University of Lincoln, Brayford Pool, Lincoln, LN6 7TS

Date: Wednesday 26th October 2011

Time: 10:00am – 4:30pm

A powerful and provocative day of discovery, insight and debate looking at the future of writing and publishing and arming you with the pervasive opportunities and challenges that ‘digital’ provides in this ever-changing world.

Hosted in partnership with Writing East Midlands, the University of Lincoln and Threshold Studios, Rewriting the Future won’t ‘rewrite’ the book, but will broaden your horizons and challenge your perceptions of what it means to be a writer or a creative in the digital age.

On the day:
learn about business models for the future and gain practical insight into how to diversify your creative talents
discover more on how to make the web your friend
understand what it means to exist as a writer in a  trans-media and trans-literal world
examine the impact of digital on the publishing and selling arenas
… and much more.

We have a packed line-up for the day including leading speakers ranging from Chris Meade, Director of if:book uk, to Sophie Rochester, founder of The Literary Platform to Sue Thomas, Professor of New Media at De Montfort University, Leicester.

Places are strictly limited and demand for this event is high.

To register, please email with the subject "Rewriting" to

A link will be sent imminently to take your booking in due course.

Fees: Full Rate - £40; Concessions - £25

This event is taking place during the Frequency festival, the inaugural digital culture festival. This day is not only a platform for fostering insight and discovery, but 2011 is the beginning of what we hope will be a biennial event for the county with an international presence.
We would also like to draw your attention to our EXPO on Friday 28th October, a day of talks and seminars including futureproofing and upskilling (full £30/concession £20).
For further information on the many exciting events taking please during Frequency, please visit our website:

The line up.

We are delighted to bring to this event an exciting line-up of world-class speakers and specialists from the literary, digital and cultural worlds, including:

Chris Meade is Director of if:book uk, the think and do tank linked to the Institute for the Future of the Book in New York, if:book Australia and if:lire in Paris.
if:book makes digital reading experiences; undertakes research in schools; gives training courses and talks on digital publishing and the amplified author; runs the Unlibrary Cafe at Hornsey Library, an experiment in the future of the book place. Chris has an MA in Creative Writing & New Media and blogs at He was previously director of the Poetry Society and Booktrust.

Sue Thomas, Professor of New Media at De Montfort University, Leicester
Sue is the author of several books, most recently the internet travelogue ‘Hello World: travels in virtuality’, and is currently writing a study of nature metaphors in cyberspace. She founded the trAce Online Writing Centre, an early online community for writers which ran from 1995-2005, and now co-directs the Transliteracy Research Group. She will offer insights into the ways new media has helped to change the way we think about writing and publishing.  @suethomas

Sophie Rochester, Founder of The Literary Platform
Sophie worked for five years at 4th Estate and Jonathan Cape (Random House) before moving to the digital agency GT London in 2000. In 2002, she joined Colman Getty working for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction and the Guardian Hay Festival. Since 2007 she has worked as an independent literary consultant and in 2010 founded The Literary Platform, a website dedicated to exploring new platforms for literature.


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