Wolves & Apples: A day of practical advice and guidance for writers interested in producing work - books, scripts or screenplays - for children and young adults. Established professionals, including authors, agents and producers, will be on hand to share their experiences and signpost ways of progressing your writing and getting your work out there.
'Witch Child’ author, Celia Rees (http://www.celiarees.com), has become a leading writer for Young Adults, with an international reputation. Described by ‘The Independent’ as ‘Compelling and convincing … ', Rees will be advising on how to create a credible teen protagonist in your work, including that all-important 'Voice'.
Gabrielle Kent (http://gabriellekent.com), video game lecturer (voted one of Top 100 most Influential Women in the games industry in 2006, ‘13 and ‘15) and author of the ‘Alfie Bloom’ series will be exploring the different ways in which videogames tell stories, and how writers work with studios to create an impactful experience.
Chris Priestley (http://www.chrispriestleybooks.com) has always loved unsettling and creepy stories, and hopes his books will similarly haunt his readers. His practical workshop will focus on utilising fears and phobias to build atmosphere and evoke a shudder-creating, creepy, short story for young people.
Award winning writer, Liz Flanagan (http://lizflanagan.co.uk), will take you through exercises designed to generate exciting ideas and characters, and help you structure your story. Whether you are writing for teenagers or younger children, a detailed planner or like to wing it, this session will equip you with the tools you need to make a start.
Would you know how best to go about finding the right agent for you? Children/YA specialist agent Ben Illis (http://www.the-bia.com) and YA author Liz Flanagan talk frankly about the agent-author relationship, how they started working together, and how best to approach an agent with your work. Some 1-1 sessions with Ben will also be available, to discuss a work in progress.
As a successful indie author, Ben Galley (http://www.bengalley.com) does everything himself: from the writing to managing the publishing and marketing his work. He’ll be sharing insights from his work ‘Shelf Help” on how to approach self-publishing, and pitfalls to avoid.
Award winning author and illustrator Elys Dolan (http://www.elysdolan.com) is offering a crash course in writing for picture books. Bring along your own story idea and learn about the anatomy of a picture book, how to structure your story and how to write for illustration. By the end you’ll be ready to write your first picture book
Kesia Lupo, manager of the Children's Fiction Prize at Chicken House Books (https://www.chickenhousebooks.com) will navigate us through the world of children's fiction, and how you can make your story stand out from the crowd. You’ll learn about the publishing process (and the differences between publishers), working with an editor as well as exploring an editor’s perspective on what makes a great submission.
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