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25th May 2017 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm


In the second masterclass of our Book Aid series, join award-winning author Meg Rosoff as she tackles that most elusive of subjects – the writing voice. 

Literary agents want it, industry insiders are always talking about it and writers need to develop a strong, unique voice if they want to get their work published. 

Think about it like answering a phone call – if a friend calls you, you’d know who it is as soon as you hear their voice. If a reader is familiar with your work, you want them to be able to read one paragraph of your writing and hear your voice in it. 

In these two hours, Meg will ask the big questions – what ‘voice’ actually is, why everyone wants it, how you can identify and develop your own voice, authenticity and adapting your distinct style depending on audience and tone – and help you to answer them by asking you to reflect on your own work.

Speaker Details

Meg Rosoff grew up in Boston, Massachusetts and moved to London in 1989. The bestselling author of ten books for young adults and children, she has won or been shortlisted for twenty international awards including the Orange First Novel Prize, the Carnegie Medal and the National Book Award in America. Her first novel, How I Live Now, sold nearly one million copies and was made into a feature film. Meg Rosoff was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2014. She lives in London with her husband, daughter and two lurchers.

Visit Meg's website.

Event details

The event will be held at Bloomsbury Publishing, 50 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3DP. Doors will open at 6pm, with drinks provided upon arrival.

Drinks will start at 6pm and your workshop with Meg begins at 6.30pm prompt, finishing at 8.30pm.

Book Aid International works in partnership with libraries in Africa providing books, resources and training to support an environment in which reading for pleasure, study and lifelong learning can flourish. Every year, Book Aid International provides up to one million new books, donated by UK publishers, to libraries in sub-Saharan Africa. We also provide training for librarians to ensure that readers get the very best from our donated books, and grants for purchasing locally-published books and for library refurbishments. Our work is practical, effective and empowering.