29th February 2020 - 9:30am to 5:00pm
Are you the next Julia Donaldson? If you want to write for children or young adults, learn from the best with a day of writing workshops and panel discussions with leading children’s publishers and literary agents.
Meet experts of children’s publishing, and find out how to improve your writing and how best to increase your chances of getting published.
The day includes: a two-hour writing workshop with an author; plenty of opportunity to network with speakers and fellow delegates; informative and interactive panel discussions with literary agents looking for debut authors to add to their lists.
In the morning, three successful children’s authors offer advice on how to improve your writing with engaging and interactive workshops full of practical exercises. The afternoon sessions help navigate the current market, warn of what to avoid in a submission to an agent, and give insight into the minds of leading publishing industry figures.
09.30-10.00 Welcome coffee and tea
10.00-10.20 Introduction to the world of children's publishing with Alysoun Owen, Editor of the Children's Writers' & Artists' Yearbook
10.20-11.15 A writing workshop of your choice: either writing picture books with Hannah Lee, writing middle grade with Thomas Taylor, or writing YA with Lucy Van Smit
11.15-11.35 Short break
11.35-12.55 Writing workshop continued
12.55-14.00 Lunch break (lunch not included but teas and coffees available)
14.00-15.00 Keynote talk
15.00-16.00 How to submit your work to an agent: panel discussion with children's fiction agents:
Hannah Lee was born in London, where she still lives. She always loved books, but yearned to see more stories that featured children like her - so now she is writing them. My Hair, published by Faber, is her debut picture book, which was Highly Commended in the 2017 FAB Prize for writing.
Thomas Taylor is an award-winning author-illustrator for children. His recent middle grade novel Malamander was published to great acclaim, was selected for the coveted Waterstones Children’s Book of the Month slot and the movie rights have been purchased by Sony. Thomas illustrated the cover for the very first Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and went on to write and illustrate several picture books and young novels; he illustrated Scarlett Hart: Monster Hunter, written by Marcus Sedgwick. He lives on the south coast of England and can be found on Facebook and Twitter: @ThomasHTaylor
Lucy van Smit is an award-winning author, screenwriter, artist and TV Producer/Director/Interviewer. Lucy travelled worldwide for NBC News, flew on Air Force One with President Reagan and got surrounded by tanks in Manila airport during a coup, before she chilled and made documentaries on authors such as Ian McEwan, Nadine Gordimer, P.D.James and Martin Amis for Canadian Broadcasting.
Dyslexic, with a BA Hons in Fine Art, Lucy got Distinction in her MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa. Her debut, THE HURTING, won the inaugural Bath Children’s Novel Award and is published by the legendary JK Rowling publisher Barry Cunningham. The Hurting is a lead YA title, translated into multiple languages and is pitched as a “Nordic Noir Wuthering Heights.” Lucy is currently working on a Middle Grade adventure story for Chicken House Books.
Further speaker details to be announced soon.
The event will be held at Bloomsbury Publishing, 50 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3DP. Doors will open at 9.30am, with teas and coffees provided upon arrival.
The talks will begin at 10am prompt, finishing at 4.00pm for refreshments.