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N1 9GU

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How to write stories to fascinate and entertain the toughest audience in literature

Have you ever dreamed of writing books for children? From planning an entertaining plot to creating a credible child voice, this one-day workshop will teach you the skills essential to keeping a young audience enthralled by your storytelling. Bestselling children's author Lucy Coats will reveal the archetypes of children's fiction and how to turn them into engaging tales relevant to modern young people. The workshop will also include practical writing sessions and work shopping of participants' compositions.

The aim of the masterclass is for all participants to go away equipped with a wider knowledge of what writing children's (aged 7-12) books is all about, some practical new writing skills (as well as new work and ideas of their own) and a sense of achievement, purpose and determination to succeed in this excitingly vibrant writing field.

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Lucy Coats worked as a children's editor and bookseller before turning to full-time writing, and is the author of many titles for all ages, including the bestselling Atticus the Storyteller's 100 Greek Myths which was shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award. Her latest picture book, Bear's Best Friend, has just been published by Bloomsbury, and she has forthcoming 2014 titles from Nosy Crow and Grosset and Dunlap USA. Lucy lives with her husband, grown-up children and 10,000 books in Northamptonshire. She is also a regular blogger, writes for Mslexia and Publishing Talk, tweets as @lucycoats.

Candy Gourlay grew up in the Philippines where she worked as a freelance journalist writing for many news publications all over the world. Her first novel TALL STORY was shortlisted for thirteen prizes including the Waterstones Prize, the Branford Boase and the Blue Peter Book Award. It was nominated for the Carnegie Medal and won the Crystal Kite Prize for Europe and the National Children's Book Award in the Philippines. Candy's second novel, SHINE, was described as "A precious and important novel" by the Guardian, and was long-listed for the Guardian children's fiction prize. She resides in the Guardian-reading side of London. Find out more about Candy on her website, and follow her on Twitter here. Please note that Candy will be a speaker on Saturday 22 November only.

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