Alysoun Owen

At Writers & Artists our job is to bridge the gap between you – the as-yet unpublished author – and industry experts, providing the sort of knowledge, know-how and context you need in order to take your book to the next level. With these core principles in mind, Alysoun Owen, editor of the Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook and the Children’s Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook, has curated a special set of practical evening sessions dedicated to one of the most exciting, competitive and rapidly evolving areas of the publishing landscape: writing fiction for children and young adults.

"In my role as editor, reader and parent, I am passionate that the very best writing for children gets published.

One of the greatest pleasures of editing the Children’s Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook is the contact I have with so many supremely talented writers and illustrators. Between them they offer advice and inspiring dedication to their craft. Being able to provide such expertise in even more direct ways too is something Writers & Artists is keen to do. For several years we have run sell-out one-day conferences dedicated to children’s writing. Our new six-week course is an extension of such events and is in direct response to feedback we have received over the years: our delegates, in short, are asking for more: more time with authors and experts, more feedback and more time spent with their peers in a creative environment.

In developing this short course, I was keen to focus on all forms of chapter-based narrative fiction for children of all ages – covering books for six-year-olds through to manuscripts for young adults – with the core ingredients being all that's needed to create a convincing and absorbing story that will make your plot and characters jump off the page.

Each week, I will be joined by award-winning authors and publishing insiders. Sections of your work will be critiqued, there'll be writing exercises and heaps of  advice on how to improve and edit your manuscript. We will be looking at the key elements of any story: the three structural Ps: planning, pace, and plot PLUS considering how character and dialogue contribute to a convincing narrative.

We will help you to structure your brilliant ideas, themes and content into a story that keeps the reader hooked from start to finish.

I look forward to welcoming all writers able to attend to our Bedford Square offices for what promises to be a set of exciting, creative sessions. All I ask is you come armed with your ideas, scripts and a sharpened pencil!"

Find out more about the course structure and reserve your place here