We in the south of England are feeling very left out. And I apologise in advance to blog readers from other parts of the world. It seems that the place to be during August and September if you write fiction for women's magazines is northern England. Or possibly southern Scotland. Move to Newcastle or Carlisle perhaps and you'll be well placed to attend both these events. Meanwhile down here in Dorset I'll just spit with jealousy.
Firstly - on 26-27 August Edinburgh plays host to MAGFEST - the International Magazine Festival. As part of this festival there is a workshop on How To Get Published. One of the editors taking part is People's Friend fiction editor, Shirley Blair. If you're able to get to Edinburgh that weekend this will definitely be worth attending!
And secondly - on 13-15 September Manchester hosts the Woman's Weekly Live show. This is billed as Creative Stitches and Hobbycrafts show, and most of the exhibitors are crafts companies, but there will also be workshops, including one with the fiction editor Gaynor Davies on how to write a successful short story for WW. For more details about the workshops, I'd recommend buying the latest WW Fiction Special (#7).
So, it's all happening up north.
Beer's cheaper there, too.