Thursday, August 26, 2010

Are You a Speechwriter or Speechmaker?

I've been asked to give a mention to the UK Speechwriters’ Guild conference 2010, and as it is sponsored by Total Politics, how could I refuse? It’s taking place on Friday 17 September in Bournemouth’s £5.5m new conference facility, just a short walk from the station.

There are still some places left.

John Shosky is giving the keynote (he’ll be signing copies of Speaking to Lead, too), plus two leading speechwriter/making bloggers, Charles Crawford and Max Atkinson. We also have Edward Mortimer, former speechwriter to Kofi Annan and Phil Collins, Tony Blair’s former speechwriter, who will be speaking at the Gala Dinner. The day also includes breakout training sessions in small groups.

It’s pan-European and cross-party, aimed at anyone who wants to sharpen their writing skills, and hear stories from the experts. Unlike the Party Political conferences, delegates go to hear the speeches, as well as for the networking and gossip. Training usually costs £700 a day in London, at this conference, you get to hear half-a-dozen experts for just over £200.

For more details click HERE.


Unknown said...

I initially read that as "Edward Mortimer, former speechwriter to Kofi Annan and Phil Collins"

Terry Hamblin said...

Very expensive accomodation, Iain. Just a little further along Holdenhurst Rd you can get a B&B for about £20 a night.

Unknown said...

Separate to this, Whitehall speechwriters are having one of our regular get-togethers in Westminster on Thursday, 23rd September. We usually get 40 plus speechwriters along to these, including writers to each of the three main party leaders. The price of entry to this is not £700, not £200, but zero. Anyone interested in coming along should email

Unknown said...

John Shosky is a great guy. I was lucky to be at a small lecture he gave as part of some training at the Leadership Institute in Virginia the other week - he was exceptional. At one point he used me as a prop to demonstrate exaggerated physical contact by some Britons introducing speakers in the US to avoid allegations of stiffness - making one of my most amusing memories of the conference being molested by John Shosky! :)