Telling Your Story in YA Fiction

22nd February 2022 7:00pm to 8:30pm, Online

Learn the elements of young adult fiction and how you can develop your unique writing voice for a teenage audience with author Tanya Byrne. From themes and the structure of your story to establishing mood and atmosphere along with creating distinct voices for each of your characters, you'll leave this workshop with the tools to help you create a strong narrative.

This session comes as part of our Children's & YA Fiction Festival 2022, and attendees can expect a practical session involving writing exercises and discussion. 30 minutes will also be reserved for Q&A.

Exclusive Content

All attendees reserving a place at this event also receive free access to An Introduction to Children's Publishing in 2022, a video interview with Alysoun Owen, Editor of the Writers' & Artists' Yearbook and the Children's Writers'  & Artists' Yearbook. A link to the interview will be circulated by email ahead of the festival, and remain available to view for one week. 

We are partnering with The Little Bookshop Leeds and attendees will have the opportunity to purchase all festival books directly with them.

Selection of testimonials from our 2021 festival

"I thought the festival was wonderful - so upbeat and positive which is exactly what you want to hear when there's such a strong stigma of 'the chances of you getting published are about as high as you winning the lottery'." Grace Ball

"What a pleasure to hear from professionals in the field. Each of the workshops have given me some valuable 'take away' advice to work with." Lindsey Franklin

"Encouraging, informative, confident-boosting, enjoyable, very helpful." Carrie Steer

"Excellent. Full of insightful and practical information, giving inspiration to get plotting, writing and submitting." Lou Graham

"Professional, inspiring and totally engrossing. So much information packed into such a small time frame." Bedina

"Excellent. Very informative events with practical advice and encouragement." Sarah Giordano

Speaker profiles
Tanya Byrne

Tanya Byrne was born in London where she spent forty years before moving to Brighton in 2017 with her dog, Frida. After eight years at BBC Radio, she left to write her debut young adult novel, Heart-Shapes Bruise, which earned her a nomination for New Writer of the Year at the National Book Awards. As a brown, queer, working class author, she is determined not to pull the ladder up after her so she is passionate about encouraging authors from marginalised backgrounds to tell their own stories and making publishing more open to everyone.

Tanya also writes adult fiction under the pen name Lizzie Byron. 

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Booking & payment

All workshops are available to purchase separately but come as part of our Children's & YA Fiction Festival 2022.

The workshop fee of £30 (inc. VAT) is payable in full online.

This is a live online event which will be presented using video conferencing software. Joining instructions and full guidance will be provided by the W&A Team a week before the event start-date.

Event materials will be made available to attendees for a time-limited period after the event at the author's discretion.

Please note that payment instalment plans are available for all W&A events, writing courses and editing services. Contact W&A Admin on so that we can find a payment schedule that works for you.

If you would like to book three workshops, you can do this at a special combined price of £70. W&A Admin will contact all customers booking at this special price w/c 14th February 2022 to confirm their workshop choices.


Accessible to All

It’s of real importance to Writers & Artists that our events and courses remain accessible to all.

  • Writers & Artists has made up to five bursary places available for this event as part of our accessibility scheme. Please visit our bursaries page for further information about how to apply. All bursary applications must have been submitted for consideration by 7th February 2022
  • At the author’s discretion, event materials will be made available to attendees after the masterclass.
  • A link to a recording of the masterclass will be circulated after the event. This will be made available to event attendees only, and for a time-limited period.
  • This event will include written text and visuals. Please contact us in advance so that we can make arrangements to be sure all documents appear in a format that works for you.
  • If you’d like to attend but have any questions or concerns regarding accessibility, then please email



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