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Writing YA Fiction

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16th November 2017 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm


In the next of our masterclass series on The Writing Process series with Book Aid International, join bestselling author Holly Smale as she tackles the ins and outs of writing YA fiction.

Through inspiring discussion, practical advice and writing exercises, Holly will offer guidance on how to tap into your teenager years, writing with an authentic voice and creating believable dialogue alongside all the other essential ingredients that make a successful YA novel.

Speaker Bio

Holly Smale is the author of the number one internationally bestselling GEEK GIRL series. She was unexpectedly spotted by a top London modelling agency at the age of fifteen and spent the following two years falling over on catwalks, going bright red and breaking things she couldn’t afford to replace. By the time Holly had graduated from Bristol University with a BA in English Literature and an MA in Shakespeare she had given up modelling and set herself on the path to becoming a writer.

Geek Girl was the no. 1 bestselling young adult fiction title in the UK in 2013, and has now sold over a million copies across thirty different languages. It was shortlisted for several major awards including the Roald Dahl Funny Prize and the Branford Boase award, nominated for the Queen of Teen award and won the teen and young adult category of the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize and the 11-14 category of the Leeds Book Award. She was a World Book Day author in 2015, and has been credited by The Bookseller as “changing the face of funny fiction”.

When she’s not writing, Holly spends her days by as many different seasides as possible, eating cheese.

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.

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

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