Do you write MG/YA?

And want to improve your writing craft?

Danielle Jawando, Emma Read and Lindsay Galvin will lead this 6 week course, taking you through the main elements to make to make your novel really stand out and to learn craft aspects that will help, not only this novel, but every one your write.

The course outline is below, and each week will focus on a different aspect of writing craft. The week’s tutor will provide notes on these areas at the start of each week to give you an opportunity to fine tune your own work, then you’ll post it up a task for tutor and peer review.

In the final week, your tutor will be joined by a top literary agent, to look at the most important part of your novel:
Page 1.
We’ll look at how you can hook an agent, but even more importantly, your potential readers.

Sign up here!

But be fast – only 15 places available on this pilot course at this one-time, exclusive price.

Danielle Jawando is an author and screenwriter. Danielle has had several short plays perfumed at the King’s Arms in Manchester and at Stratford Circus in London. In 2015, Danielle worked as a storyline writer on Coronation Street, she has was also commissioned by the BBC to write a short story for radio (aimed at children between the ages of 5 and 7). Her first children’s book, a biography about the life of Maya Angelou, will be published by Laurence King in September. Her debut YA novel ‘And The Stars Were Burning Brightly’ will be out with Simon & Schuster next year.

Danielle Jawando

Course Tutor

Lindsay’s first book The Secret Deep came out in the UK in 2018 and the next is to be published in early 2020. She writes YA, MG and has adult and younger fiction works in progress. She reads in all genres and loves to edit, she is an experienced mentor plus a critique partner of published authors.

Lindsay came late to writing, self-taught, after a career teaching which is now part time. She is a slush-pile (talent pool!) conqueror who came from nowhere and had no contacts and – although it took a while – had the first ever book she wrote published by the excellent Chicken House.

An experienced teacher, Lindsay’s workshop style is upbeat, constructive and focuses on the practical. She is sensitive to those at different stages of their writing journeys and the courage it takes to share work. Her workshops have a positive supportive atmosphere, intended to empower writers. All questions are welcome.

Lindsay Galvin

Course Tutor

Emma Read is the author of Middle Grade debut, Milton the Mighty – shortlisted for the Bath Children’s Novel Award, published by Chicken House in 2019. The sequel will be out in spring 2020. She is a mentor with WriteMentor Sparks and runs creative writing workshops for children in KS2.

Emma Read

Course Tutor

With visiting agent Jo Williamson who will read and give feedback on your 1st pages as well as being part of the final 1 hour workshops on hooks and 1st pages.

Dates: 7th October – 18th November

Weekly Workshop Day/Time: Tuesday evenings 8-9pm (UK, London time)

Week 1 - THE Premise

Often overlooked until later in the process, but we’ll make sure your premise is hooky, engaging, emotionally laced and jam-packed with conflicts.

Week 2 - Character agency

Character drives plot. We’ll look at how to make sure your MC is driving your story.

Week 3 - Creating conflict

Personalising and escalating the obstacles faced by your character in achieving their goal.

Week 4 - Stakes and emotion

Personal stakes and emotional craft – why does what happens MATTER to the main character?

Week 5 - Who are you writing for?

Understanding who you’re writing for in terms of age group, content, word counts and themes.

Week 6 - HOOKS and first pages

The most important part of your novel: Page 1.
We’ll look at how you can hook an agent, but even more importantly, your potential readers.