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How to write a children's book: A masterclass with acclaimed children's authors and publishers

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Sunday, March 15, 2020 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (GMT)

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Learn the tricks of the trade from some of the most respected names in children's writing and publishing during this inspirational and friendly day of talks.

Whether you are already working on the next big young adult novel, or are looking for an incentive to start that children's book you always find yourself thinking about, 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 acclaimed children’s author Laura Dockrill, the day includes expert advice from a handpicked selection of authors and industry professionals, including novelist and screenwriter Nikesh Shukla, literary agent Jodie Hodges, publisher Sarah Odedina and writer Nathan Bryon. The rest of our lineup will be revealed very soon…

They will share tips on various useful topics, such as developing your voice, writing for different age groups and getting published.

Content

  • Laura Dockrill will share advice on how to unlock creativity, find your "inner child" and develop a distinctive writing voice
  • Novelist and screenwriter Nikesh Shukla will be talking about to write meaningful and engaging work for a young adult audience
  • Jodie Hodges, literary agent, will talk about how to present your work to agents, the role of an agent and the agent/author/publisher relationship, as well as invaluable insights into current market trends, and what shape a career as a children's author might take
  • Editor Sarah Odedina will cover the key points on how to submit material to agents and publishers, what to expect during the process, and how to work on your writing - with and without an agent or publisher
  • Writer Nathan Bryon will talk about writing in different mediums, encouraging you to think about exploring alternating ideas and working out what is best for your story - as well as how to be audacious with your hopes and dreams
  • We will soon be sharing the rest of our exciting lineup. Watch this space!

Tutor profiles

Nikesh Shukla is a novelist and screenwriter. He is the author of Coconut Unlimited (shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award), Meatspace and the critically acclaimed The One Who Wrote Destiny. Nikesh is a contributing editor to the Observer Magazine and was previously its columnist. He is the editor of the bestselling essay collection,The Good Immigrant, which won the reader’s choice at the Books Are My Bag Awards. He co-edited The Good Immigrant USA with Chimene Suleyman. He is the author of two YA novels, Run, Riot andThe Boxer.Nikesh was one of Time Magazine’s cultural leaders, Foreign Policy magazine’s 100 Global Thinkers and The Bookseller’s 100 most influential people in publishing in 2016 and in 2017. He is the co-founder of the literary journal, The Good Journal and The Good Literary Agency. Nikesh is a fellow of the Royal Society Of Literature and a member of the Folio Academy. He tweets @nikeshshukla.

Jodie Hodges is a literary agent with United Agents. She represents a huge range of authors and illustrators of children's and young adult books, including Laura Dockrill, Jane Foster, Benjamin Zephaniah and Rob Biddulph. She tweets @jodiehodges31.

Sarah Odedina is editor-at-large for Pushkin Press, commissioning titles for the children's and YA list as well as editor-in-chief of Scoop, a magazine for children. Sarah regularly talks at writers' conferences around the world and is a partner in Accord Literary, an agency focusing on mentoring writers based in Africa creating books for young readers.    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. She tweets @sarahodedina.

Nathan Bryon is a writer and actor, who grew up eating as much Uxbridge Road Caribbean food as his bank balance would allow. He is best known to viewers for his role as Jamie in Some Girls and Benidorm's Joey Ellis. He has written for critically acclaimed Cbeebies' Rastamouse, BAFTA-winning Swashbuckle, all three series of BAFTA-nominated Apple Tree House and BAFTA-winning Gigglebiz. In 2018 his one-man show Mixed Brain premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and his latest play, Dexter and Winter Detective Agency, is touring for six months. His first book, Look Up! (Penguin Random House) was released this year, and he has two further picture books soon coming. Look Up! has been optioned by Illuminated Films to be developed into a TV series. He tweets @nathanbryon.

Host profile

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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Sunday, March 15, 2020 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (GMT)


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