A MASTER CLASS IN HOW TO WRITE MUST-READ SERIES FICTION FOR CHILDREN & TEENS
Saturday 16 September 2017 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Limehouse, London
Do you want to write the next Rainbow Magic, Murder Most Unladylike, Wimpy Kid or Pretty Little Liars?
Whether you have an idea for a series or are looking for inspiration, this workshop will help you understand the market as well as the challenges and opportunities of creating series fiction for children and teens. Two industry experts will lead you through the development process and then put your ideas to the test. You will learn how to build a concept that’s big enough to work across a long-running series and small enough to engage readers on every page. The workshop combines group activities, practical advice, hands-on exercises and a wealth of industry expertise from Karen Ball and Sara Grant. They have developed, edited and/or written more than 30 series with hundreds of books selling millions of copies for children and teens.
The aim is for you to leave with the knowledge and skills necessary to create your own series.
The workshop is £85. Lunch will not be provided. Writers buy lunch from the café that is linked to the space or eat at other nearby restaurants.
Space is limited. To reserve your place, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your place will only be confirmed after payment has been received.
The Reflective Space, St Katharine’s Precinct, Yurt Café, 2 Butcher Row, London E14 8DS
Map and directions can be found here: http://precinct.rfsk.org/contact/
Questions? Email Sara at email@example.com
RUTHLESS REVISION – WITH ONE TO ONES – COMPLETED
Saturday 8 July 2017 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Shoreditch, London
A hands-on workshop from Author Sara Grant & Publishing Consultant Karen Ball on how to make your manuscript agent- and editor-ready.
You’ve finished a first draft of your novel. It’s got a beginning, middle and end. But your first draft is only the first step on your road to publication. This workshop will give you the tools to revise your novel by analysing your prose at a macro and micro level AND will help you position your pitch to catch the eye of agents and editors. Be prepared to review and dissect your own work and provide feedback to other participants.
While Sara leads an in-depth workshop on revision – using a combination of discussion and hands-on activities, Karen will meet with each participant for a ten-minute critique of their opening pages, synopsis and cover letter.
The workshop is £85. Lunch will not be provided. Writers can bring their lunch or buy lunch from nearby restaurants. Space is limited. To reserve your place, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your place will only be confirmed after payment has been received.
Questions? Email Sara at email@example.com.
TITLE FOR A TENNER – COMPLETED
A 90-minute workshop to crack your novel’s title
4pm, 27 February 2016, upstairs room, Lucas Arms, 245A Grays Inn Road, London WC1X 8QY
Exercise 1 – Define Your Idea
Tips for and practical time to write an elevator pitch/cover copy for your book. If you can’t summarise your novel, how can you come up with a title?
Exercise 2 –So, What’s Important?
Looking at published books, their titles and cover design – what elements to consider when choosing a title.
Exercise 3 – Session Storm
Breaking up into four small groups to use a variety of techniques to brainstorm a title taking inspiration from characters, setting, audience and emotion.
Exercise 4 – Be A Green Reed
“The green reed which bends in the wind is stronger than the mighty oak which breaks in a storm.” Engaging With The Publishing Process – how your title will continue to be discussed.
To book a place, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll send you a PayPal invoice for £10 that you can pay with any major credit card (with or without having a PayPal account) or your PayPal account.
OXFORD – COMPLETED
Sunday, 6 December from 11:00 – 16:00 at The Story Museum in Oxford
42 Pembroke Street, Oxford OX1 1BP (museum directions)
From Idea to Acquisition, a workshop for children’s writers. More information including cost and booking instructions at this link:
Agenda for FROM IDEA TO ACQUISITION
11.00 am – Welcome & Controlling Ideas – Great stories start with awesome ideas. Discover what your story is really about, and how can you get the most out of it.
11.45 am – Testing Your Idea – How do you know which idea to pursue? This session offers ways to test your idea to give it the best chance with publishers.
12.30 pm – Lunch (on your own)
1.30 pm – Snappy Synopses – Short or long, these are your calling cards to agents and editors. Here are some do’s and don’ts to help you open agents’ doors.
2.15 pm – From Agent to Bookshop – How does the whole publishing process work, and how can it work for you? Get a behind-the-scenes look at every aspect.
3.00 pm – Book Bound Panel – The opportunity to ask the Book Bound Team and our guest agent Claire Wilson any question you may have about anything from idea to acquisition.