Learn the tricks of the trade from some of the most respected names in children’s writing and publishing during this inspiring day of talks.
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 inspiring 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 a range of acclaimed children’s writers and publishing professionals. During the day, you will hear from Holly Smale, bestselling author of the Geek Girl series, 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.
They will share tips on various useful topics, such as developing your voice, writing for different age groups and getting published.
Juno Dawson, multi-award-winning author of 10 titles for young adults, will offer guidance on the key differences between children’s, “middle-grade” and young adult writing
Children’s writer Laura Dockrill, author of the much-loved Darcy Burdock books, will share advice on how to unlock creativity, find your “inner child” and develop a distinctive writing voice.
Sarah Odedina, editor-at-large at Pushkin Press, 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 agent.
Holly Smale, author of the bestselling Geek Girl series, will focus on finding your narrative voice and comic timing in writing.
- Picture book writer and illustrator Alex T. Smith, will talk about his process of collecting ideas and using them to create characters and stories.
Juno Dawson is the multi-award winning author of 10 titles for young adults, including Margot & Me and the international bestseller This Book is Gay. Last year, Juno also authored one of the World Book Day titles, Spot the Difference. She tweets @junodawson.
Sarah Odedina is editor-at-large for Pushkin Press, commissioning titles for the children's and YA list. She is also editor-in-chief of Scoop, a magazine for children. Sarah regularly talks at writers conferences around the world and is the director of the children's programme of FlipSide literary festival in Suffolk, England. She worked at Bloomsbury Publishing for 14 years and oversaw the publication of the Harry Potter series as well as many other bestselling prize-winning novels and picture books.
Holly Smale is the author of the Geek Girl series. Her debut was the bestselling teen fiction title in the UK in 2013, and the series has now sold over 700,000 copies in the UK alone. Geek Girl was shortlisted for a number of major awards - including the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, Queen of Teen and Branford Boase Award - and won the Waterstones Teen Prize and the Leeds Prize. It has since been translated into 28 languages and been credited by The Bookseller with "transforming teen funny fiction".
Alex T. Smith has written and illustrated nine picture books. He was the official World Book Day illustrator in 2014. His recent accolades include winning the UKLA Picture Book Awards 2016 for Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion and Children's Book Winner of the World Illustration Awards 2016 for illustrating Dodie Smith’s The Hundred and One Dalmatians. Alex is also the creator of the bestselling Claude fiction series for early readers.
Laura Dockrill is a writer, illustrator and performance poet. Her work includes the Carnegie Medal nominated young adult novel Lorali and the Darcy Burdock series for younger readers, which was also nominated for the Carnegie Medal and shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize in 2014. In addition to her work as a writer and creative writing tutor, she’s been a roaming reporter for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize and appeared on Blue Peter and CBeebies. She tweets @LauraDockrill.
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