Have you tried to write for children but don't know how to start? Have you started writing a book that seems a bit dead, despite a convincing plot and decent characters? Are you feeling a bit lost as to what to do, where to go, how to write a book so good it's certain to be published? What determines whether you should even be writing for children in the first place?
It all comes down to the quality of your "voice." Writing without a voice is like skating without skates or bleeding without blood.
But what's the best way to access your voice? How can you tell if the voice you find is original, genuine? What are publishers and editors looking for in a book? And what is it that so many people get wrong about writing?
Meg Rosoff answers these and other burning questions about writing for children and teens (or anyone else for that matter), while helping you to find a voice you can call your own.
- Tuition with a Carnegie Medal winning author
- Regular refreshments throughout the weekend (NB lunch is not included)
- A specialist opportunity to hear from bestselling children's writer Lauren Child on Sunday afternoon as part of the course fee
Meg Rosoff was born in Boston and worked in publishing, politics, PR and advertising before writing her first novel, How I Live Now. Meg's books have won or been shortlisted for 18 international book prizes. Her latest novel is There is No Dog, about God turning out to be a 19 year old boy. Picture Me Gone (her sixth novel), and the feature film of How I Live Now (directed by Kevin MacDonald and starring Saoirse Ronan), will both be out in autumn, 2013.
The course will take place from Saturday 2 March to Sunday 3 March 2013 inclusive at Mumsnet HQ, Studio 6, Deane House Studios, Greenwood Place, Highgate Road, London NW5 1LB
Timings with Meg Rosoff:
Maximum number of students: 15 places, on a first-come basis.
We're very excited to be launching The Mumsnet Academy - a brand new enterprise which aims to curate a portfolio of fantastic courses to fit around family commitments and busy working lives.
A while back we asked you what courses you would like and the programme of masterclasses, workshops, and events we've come up with is a reflection of your responses.
To help us deliver the programme we have enlisted some fabulous experts in a range of fields as well as teaming up with some great partners who have a reputation for delivering high-quality, life-changing courses.
This collaborative approach allows us to offer a programme across a range of different subjects including entrepreneurship, business, technology, social media, blogging, history of art, creative writing, publishing, gardening, philosophy, finance, fashion as well as courses concerned with self-improvement and the concept of learning to live wisely and well. Some of these courses will be skill-based, while others will explore concepts, theory and ideas.
If we've missed something you think is a must, fear not, we will be adding classes to our portfolio all the time so please drop us a line or complete the suggestion box on our website.
One of the things that we felt was important was to ensure our Academy courses are available across the UK and we are pleased to announce that we will be running events in Birmingham, Edinburgh, London and Manchester from day one. We are also keen to develop some online courses and hope to announce the first of these later this year.
While our courses are scheduled at times which are more convenient for those with young children, they are absolutely open to everyone. Ultimately, the overall aim of the Mumsnet Academy is to bring people together in a thought-provoking and fulfilling environment where there is a universal willingness to explore ideas, develop skills, and learn from experts as well from each other.