Whether you are already working on a young adult novel or are looking for an incentive to start that kids book you’ve always wanted to write, this inspirational day of talks with some of the UK’s leading authors and publishers will teach you how to keep a young audience entertained by your storytelling.
Curated by children’s author Laura Dockrill, the day includes expert advice from former children's laureate and award-winning author Malorie Blackman, Sarah Odedina, editor-at-large for the Pushkin Press children's and YA list, multi-award winning YA author Juno Dawson and picture book writer and illustrator Alex T. Smith.
Our speakers will share tips on various useful topics, such as developing your voice, writing for different age groups and getting published.
Laura Dockrill will share advice on how to unlock creativity, find your “inner child” and develop a distinctive writing voice
Malorie Blackman will discuss her writing career with Laura Dockrill
Alex T. Smith will talk about his process of collecting ideas and using them to create characters and stories
Sarah Odedina will cover the key points on how to submit material to publishers and agents, what to expect during the process of being considered for publication and how to work on your writing with or without a publisher or an agent
Juno Dawson will offer guidance on the key differences between children’s, “middle-grade” and young adult writing