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September 2019

Writing Picture Books with Michelle Robinson

Guildhall Bath

Mon 30 September 2019, 2.30pm-5.00pm

Join bestselling author Michelle Robinson for a masterclass on writing picture books. Bring along your ideas and get advice on developing great storylines, strong characters and perfecting your structure. Come along to hear more about Michelle’s journey and get advice and tips to sharpen your technique and gaining more confidence to let your imagination fly.

Writing Non-Fiction

Bloomsbury Publishing London

Wed 4 September 2019 - Wed 2 October 2019, 18.00-20.30

Join us in the heart of literary London for five stimulating weeks of practical workshops and expert advice from course leader Lara Feigel, an award-winning writer of memoir, history and group biography.

Students will explore essential elements of writing non-fiction: how to take an initial idea and develop it into a story that others will want to read; how to craft scenes and...

Join us in the heart of literary London for five stimulating weeks of practical workshops and expert advice from course leader Lara Feigel, an award-winning writer of memoir, history and group biography.

Students will explore essential elements of writing non-fiction: how to take an initial idea and develop it into a story that others will want to read; how to craft scenes and characters in non-fiction using the techniques of the novel; and how to develop a voice both as a memoirist and a storyteller. All attendees will gain an understanding of how the non-fiction book market works and learn how to make their book proposal stand out. In the final session, Lara will share extracts of her own successful book proposals and a leading editor of non-fiction will tell us what he looks for in a proposal.

The course has been designed to benefit authors at all stages of their writing journey, so whether you have an initial idea and want to know where to start, or have a full draft and need help with revising and making it the best it can possibly be, this is the course for you.

Each week will combine tutorials with practical exercises, discussion and feedback. We will be joined by two editors at the start and end of the course. Furthermore, all attendees will receive a critique of up to 5,000 words of their writing and a copy of the latest edition of the Writers' & Artists' Yearbook.

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Your Children's Book

Bloomsbury Publishing London

Wed 4 September 2019 - Wed 2 October 2019, 18.00-20.30

Join us in the heart of literary London for five stimulating weeks of practical workshops and expert advice from course leader Caroline Green, an award-winning writer for young people and Sunday Times best-selling writer of adult fiction. Students will explore essential elements of writing for a wide range of ages, including: how to take an initial idea and develop it into a story that others will...

Join us in the heart of literary London for five stimulating weeks of practical workshops and expert advice from course leader Caroline Green, an award-winning writer for young people and Sunday Times best-selling writer of adult fiction. Students will explore essential elements of writing for a wide range of ages, including: how to take an initial idea and develop it into a story that others will want to read; how to craft memorable characters; and how to write vivid settings. All attendees will gain an understanding of how the children's book market works and learn how to make their manuscript stand out in the slush pile.

The course has been designed to benefit authors at all stages of their writing journey, so whether you have an initial idea and want to know where to start, or have a full draft and need help with revising and making it the best it can possibly be, this is the course for you.

Each week will combine tutorials with practical exercises, discussion and feedback. Guest speakers to be confirmed shortly. Furthermore, all attendees will receive a critique of up to 5,000 words of their writing and a copy of the latest edition of the Children's Writers' & Artists' Yearbook.

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Your Novel

Bloomsbury Publishing London

Wed 4 September 2019 - Wed 6 November 2019, 18.00-20.30

Join us for a ten-week course dedicated to helping you transform your novel idea into a fully-fledged manuscript.

Whether you've written half a draft or on your third edit, we've designed this course to help you progress as a writer. Along with giving you the ‘how-to’ writing tools you need to hone your novel-in-progress, your work will be assessed along the way by experts in...

Join us for a ten-week course dedicated to helping you transform your novel idea into a fully-fledged manuscript.

Whether you've written half a draft or on your third edit, we've designed this course to help you progress as a writer. Along with giving you the ‘how-to’ writing tools you need to hone your novel-in-progress, your work will be assessed along the way by experts in their fields, all designed to help you take your writing to the next level.

Led by author and creative writing tutor William Ryan, the course will look at essential elements of the writing craft and how you can apply them to your own manuscript, including writing exercises that directly involve the material of your novel-in-progress.

Based at our Bloomsbury offices, evening sessions will last for two and a half hours, from 6-8.30pm, making it ideal for those with full-time jobs and other commitments. There will be opportunities at the beginning and the end of the course to get to know the other writers, as well as William himself.

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October 2019

My Editor & Me: Liz Cross & Julia Green

Guildhall Bath

Tue 1 October 2019, 6.30pm-7.30pm

Come and hear Liz Cross – Children’s Publisher at Oxford University Press – in conversation with award winning author Julia Green. They’ll talk about the ups and downs of the editorial process from manuscript to publication and discuss the author’s creative process. This promises to be an insightful and inspirational event for authors and aspiring writers alike.

Writing Middle Grade with Lucy Strange

Guildhall Bath

Tue 1 October 2019, 2.30pm-5.00pm

If you’re writing fiction for children ages 8 – 12, join Lucy Strange as she guides you through the essential elements of the writing process. From tips on crafting characters to insider advice on weaving the perfect plot, Lucy will share knowledge from her own publishing journey to help you go away inspired and ready to make your stories sing.

How to Hook an Agent (Children's Fiction)

Bloomsbury Publishing London

Sat 26 October 2019, 9.30am-2.30pm

Join us for an intimate lunch in the beautiful Georgian surroundings of Bloomsbury, London.
Are you writing a book for publication but unsure of how to find an agent? This intimate half-day event with four literary agents will give you insider knowledge on how to submit your manuscript to an agent, what they’re looking for and how to grab their attention. This event is specifically for...

Join us for an intimate lunch in the beautiful Georgian surroundings of Bloomsbury, London.
Are you writing a book for publication but unsure of how to find an agent? This intimate half-day event with four literary agents will give you insider knowledge on how to submit your manuscript to an agent, what they’re looking for and how to grab their attention. This event is specifically for writers with manuscripts aimed at children, ranging from YA, middle grade to picture books. With a networking lunch and a chance for a one-to-one with the agent of your choice, you’ll receive direct feedback on how best to hook your agent.

Held in the historic literary surroundings of Bloomsbury at Bloomsbury Publishing 50 Bedford Square, London and home to children's fiction authors including Katherine Rundell, Sarah J. Maas, Catherine Doyle and J.K. Rowling, this is your chance to get noticed.

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Writing Non-Fiction

Bloomsbury Publishing London

Wed 4 September 2019 - Wed 2 October 2019, 18.00-20.30

Join us in the heart of literary London for five stimulating weeks of practical workshops and expert advice from course leader Lara Feigel, an award-winning writer of memoir, history and group biography.

Students will explore essential elements of writing non-fiction: how to take an initial idea and develop it into a story that others will want to read; how to craft scenes and...

Join us in the heart of literary London for five stimulating weeks of practical workshops and expert advice from course leader Lara Feigel, an award-winning writer of memoir, history and group biography.

Students will explore essential elements of writing non-fiction: how to take an initial idea and develop it into a story that others will want to read; how to craft scenes and characters in non-fiction using the techniques of the novel; and how to develop a voice both as a memoirist and a storyteller. All attendees will gain an understanding of how the non-fiction book market works and learn how to make their book proposal stand out. In the final session, Lara will share extracts of her own successful book proposals and a leading editor of non-fiction will tell us what he looks for in a proposal.

The course has been designed to benefit authors at all stages of their writing journey, so whether you have an initial idea and want to know where to start, or have a full draft and need help with revising and making it the best it can possibly be, this is the course for you.

Each week will combine tutorials with practical exercises, discussion and feedback. We will be joined by two editors at the start and end of the course. Furthermore, all attendees will receive a critique of up to 5,000 words of their writing and a copy of the latest edition of the Writers' & Artists' Yearbook.

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