Monthly Archives: May 2019

Maintain the tension: Huffing and puffing your way through a saggy middle! by Lindsay Galvin

Today’s post was inspired by a workshop I’ve run in schools that links traditional tale plotting to story writing. A common problem in books is a meandering middle. The character has been sent on their adventure to solve their story problem and their problem worsens before it gets better so the tension needs to rise in increments before the climax.

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Speakers

Chloe Seager How To Get Your YA/MG Novel Published Tips on writing your MG/YA novel and what to do once you’ve finished it. Chloe is a Children’s/YA agent at the Madeleine Milburn Literary, TV & Film Agency. She began her career at Titan Books and it was working with V.E. Schwab that made her realise her true passion was in

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Workshops

Aisha Bushby How to find an Agent A workshop on how write the perfect cover letter and synopsis, and tips and tricks on finding an agent. Aisha Bushby was first published in Stripes Publishing’s ‘A Change is Gonna Come’ YA BAME short story anthology in 2017. It went on to win a YA Special Achievement Award. Her debut MG novel,

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Blog posts

A.J. Sass Self-Doubt and the Internal Struggle I want to address how it doesn’t get easier the more progress you make with your writing or within the publishing industry, that self-doubt is multi-layered, even if you have an agent, a book deal, a dozen bestsellers on the shelves, etc. I’d like to unpack that and offer some suggestions on how

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Inciting Incidents and the ‘New World Order’ — Conflict’s Big Moment by Julie Marney Leigh

After this week’s fantastic craft chat, I haven’t been able to stop thinking about inciting incidents in my favourite books. It’s usually ‘the’ moment — the one that hooks me into the story, and makes it impossible to stop reading. Which is no mean feat, because it has a lot to compete with — beginnings of novels have to work

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#WriteMentor Children’s Novel Award – THE WINNER

Here we are – the big announcement! The first winner of the #WriteMentor Children’s Novel Award… But first, let’s read the openings of all the shortlisted novels, hear from the writers themselves, reading a short extract, and what our judge, Chloe Seager, thought of all the shortlisted entries. In alphabetical order: DANCE, DANCE, DIE! by Loretta Chefchaouni Loretta Chefchaouni lives

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