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March 2019

Your Children's Book

Bloomsbury Publishing London

Wed 27 March 2019 - Wed 24 April 2019, 6.00pm-8.30pm

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.


The course includes:
- 12.5 hours of expert tutoring and advice from a combination of leading authors and publishing industry professionals

- Practical sessions with hands-on exercises based around your own writing

- A written review of a section of your manuscript (up to 5,000 words)

- The chance to study in a small seminar group at the historic offices of Bloomsbury Publishing

- Exclusive discounts on W&A products and a copy of the Children's Writers' & Artists' Yearbook

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April 2019

Becoming A Successful Illustrator

Bloomsbury Publishing London

Wed 24 April 2019, 6.00pm-8.30pm

Even for talented illustrators breaking into the world of freelance practice can be daunting.

In an exclusive evening masterclass for Writers & Artists, Derek Brazell and Jo Davies highlight many of the practical steps illustrators can take to make sure they are producing the right kind of imagery that will get them seen by potential commissioners. Attendees will also have the...

Even for talented illustrators breaking into the world of freelance practice can be daunting.

In an exclusive evening masterclass for Writers & Artists, Derek Brazell and Jo Davies highlight many of the practical steps illustrators can take to make sure they are producing the right kind of imagery that will get them seen by potential commissioners. Attendees will also have the unique opportunity to receive direct feedback and advice on their work.

The agenda for the evening will see Derek and Jo focus on how you can become more confident in developing your folio of illustration work; give advice on approaching potential clients; and offer guidance on how to make your promotion work for you. Tackling each of these elements will give all attendees the best possible chance of becoming a successful illustrator.

Derek and Jo will discuss key aspects of what is required to find potential clients, sharing essential information that will give you direction, whether you are developing your folio of work or hoping to give your career a push. They will also bring a practical element to the masterclass by working through relevant exercises from their book, Becoming A Successful Illustrator, and focus on what is required for practice within various areas of illustration, such as children’s books, publishing, greetings cards, design and advertising.

If you would like to be considered for a folio or website review during the evening please email writersandartists@bloomsbury.com and use the subject line 'Illustrator masterclass'. Your documents need to be with us at least two weeks before the event. Both Derek and Jo are happy to answer questions relevant to your own practice if time allows

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Your Children's Book

Bloomsbury Publishing London

Wed 27 March 2019 - Wed 24 April 2019, 6.00pm-8.30pm

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.


The course includes:
- 12.5 hours of expert tutoring and advice from a combination of leading authors and publishing industry professionals

- Practical sessions with hands-on exercises based around your own writing

- A written review of a section of your manuscript (up to 5,000 words)

- The chance to study in a small seminar group at the historic offices of Bloomsbury Publishing

- Exclusive discounts on W&A products and a copy of the Children's Writers' & Artists' Yearbook

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May 2019

How To Write Crime & Thriller

Bloomsbury Publishing` London

Tue 14 May 2019, 6.00pm-8.30pm

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle has been described as Gosford Park meets inception by way of Agatha Christie. From that killer pitch, it's clear that author Stuart Turton knows a thing or two about crafting a perfect novel that keeps the reader gripped (and guessing!) until the very last page.

We're equally as thrilled to be joined by Stuart himself for this one-off...

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle has been described as Gosford Park meets inception by way of Agatha Christie. From that killer pitch, it's clear that author Stuart Turton knows a thing or two about crafting a perfect novel that keeps the reader gripped (and guessing!) until the very last page.

We're equally as thrilled to be joined by Stuart himself for this one-off masterclass, where over the evening, the author will be sharing his practical advice on plotting your crime and thriller novel, how to drive momentum as well as the importance of research and method writing and establishing rules for your story. How can you weave in clues and layers of foreshadowing without revealing too much to the reader?

Refreshments will be provided and copies of Stuart's book will be available to purchase

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How To Write Fantastical Fiction

Bloomsbury Publishing london

Thu 16 May 2019, 6.00pm-8.30pm

Whether you're writing fantasy fiction or science-fiction, one thing is for certain: the rules of reality must be bent.

Join award-winning author Tade Thompson for an evening dedicated to the telling of stories with a fantastical edge. Over the evening, Tade will share his vital components of writing for this genre, from world-building and creating intriguing characters, to keeping...

Whether you're writing fantasy fiction or science-fiction, one thing is for certain: the rules of reality must be bent.

Join award-winning author Tade Thompson for an evening dedicated to the telling of stories with a fantastical edge. Over the evening, Tade will share his vital components of writing for this genre, from world-building and creating intriguing characters, to keeping track of your plot and making the unbelievable, believable.

Please come prepared to write and/or partially plot new fiction during the masterclass.

Refreshments will be provided and copies of Tade's books will be available to purchase.

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How To Write Short Stories

Bloomsbury Publishing London

Thu 23 May 2019, 6.00pm-8.30pm

Do you have a great idea for a short story but unsure as to where to start? Over the course of this evening masterclass, author and poet Jen Campbell will talk you through what the key elements of a great short story are, how to develop your voice, hone your writing skills and construct a compelling story line. You'll look at examples of great short stories and how writing prompts can be used as a...

Do you have a great idea for a short story but unsure as to where to start? Over the course of this evening masterclass, author and poet Jen Campbell will talk you through what the key elements of a great short story are, how to develop your voice, hone your writing skills and construct a compelling story line. You'll look at examples of great short stories and how writing prompts can be used as a starting point for the narrative of your story, leaving you with all the tools you need to go away and write your own.

Refreshments will be provided and copies of Jen's books will be available to purchase.

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