I am excited to start reading the submissions from authors for the mentorship programme and thank you everyone who applied.  I shall try to get back to everyone, one way or another, quickly so there is not too much waiting.  I also look forward to confirming and announcing the exciting mentors who will work with authors on fine tuning manuscripts, professionalising social media, polishing presentation … Continue reading MENTORING SUBMISSIONS ARE IN


The summer holidays are over, it feels like everyone is back at work (and school!) and I am looking forward to considering the applicants for the mentorship scheme which will be part of the work that we undertake as ‘Writers Weekend Workshop’.  It is important to offer support for new writers and to help people on their journey to publication.  The mentorship scheme is designed … Continue reading MENTORSHIP SCHEME

Reading tips from Malorie Blackman

Malorie spoke to a group of 35 emerging writers at the Writer’s Workshop recently in Brixton and was inspirational and informative on the importance of getting the plotting of books right.  She gave robust and practical advice and during her fantastic talk mentioned quite a few books that had helped her and from which she learnt a lot. If you would like to find out … Continue reading Reading tips from Malorie Blackman


WRITERS WEEKEND WORKSHOP MISSION STATEMENT  To actively pursue change for a fully diverse and representative children’s literature. HOW WE WILL REALISE OUR MISSION By hosting a series of workshops that will include providing BAME authors with up to 50% participation on sponsored places.  To develop a mentorship scheme open only to BAME writers. WHY Because providing emerging writers with access to information and inspiration via a … Continue reading MENTORSHIP SCHEME

Where we are now …

The writer’s weekend workshop was just over a week ago.  It was fantastic to hear the wonderful speakers and to meet the dedicated, hard-working and focused writers.  At the end of the two days, after the talks, networking lunches and meeting all the participants, I felt full of optimism and positivity.  I realise that the workshop can offer writers a valuable range of advice and … Continue reading Where we are now …