Writing for young readers – a two day workshop. 7 and 8 July, 2018

IMG_3297Gain expert insight to the business of writing for young readers at this intensive weekend workshop.  Informative and inspiring it promises two full days of interaction with leading authors, agents, editors and other publishing professionals who specialise in the world of children’s literature.  There will be sessions led by renowned publisher Sarah Odedina who will talk about the craft of writing focussing on improving and polishing writing skills with particular emphasis on dialogue, setting and character development.  By the end of the workshop participants will be better equipped to refine their own writing as well as understand how work becomes published.

Speakers will include:

Authors Malorie Blackman, Ele Fountain and Patrice Lawrence.

Publishers Sarah Shaffi, Crystal Mahey-Morgan and David Stevens and Aimee Felon from ‘Knights of’.

Contracts specialist Nikki Griffiths.

Literary agent Julia Churchill.

Lunches will be an opportunity for further networking when workshop participants will meet a range of guests from the publishing industry including journalists, editors, literary agents and booksellers.

The fee is £200 per person which includes refreshments and lunch on both days.  To register for a place please contact sarahodedina1@gmail.com

To promote inclusion the workshop organisers are giving 10% of places to BAME writers.  In addition ‘Knights of’ will fund an extra free place.  If you would like to apply for one of these free places please send us your bio, a synopsis of your work in progress and the first 1000 words of pieces of fiction or sample of your poetry and we will select from the submissions.  Deadline for free place submission is the 1st June 2018.  To register for a free place please contact sarahodedina1@gmail.com

The workshop will be held in The Department Store https://thedepartmentstore.com in Brixton, South London. The content for each day will be delivered in a lecture-type setting. Please come prepared for an intensive two-day publishing bootcamp that will support you to be more focused on your writing and better informed about how the publishing industry really works.

By the end of the workshop you will have:

Skills and knowledge to improve dialogue, focus on settings, create stronger characters and refine the plot of your book.

Advice on how to find your writing voice.

Strategies and advice for approaching agents.

The names and contact details for a range of publishing professionals.

All delivered by successful writers, editors, agents and publishers.

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