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How to Write Picture Books: A Nosy Crow Masterclass

Posted by Tom on Jan 30, 2015

This event is currently sold out. If you’d like to add your name to the waiting list, you can do so here, and we’ll notify you if a space opens up.

Last year, we launched a new programme of Masterclass events, beginning with a one-day class on writing children’s fiction (which is taking place in just over a week).

Although we were fairly confident that there was an appetite for this sort of event, based on feedback we’d received from attendees of our Nosy Crow Conference, we had no idea exactly what level of demand to expect – and so we were absolutely amazed when tickets for the first masterclass sold out within 24 hours.

And when we announced the first event, the one question that we received over and over again was if or when we’d be holding another masterclass specifically for picture book writing. We knew this something we wanted to do – and so today, we are very pleased to announce our next Nosy Crow Masterclass: How to Write Picture Books.

This will be another intensive, all-day writing masterclass, with sessions from authors, editors, agents, staff at Nosy Crow, and more – all focussed on writing picture books. There’ll be practical suggestions, advice on every aspect of writing, from rhyme and scansion, to editing a text, working alongside illustrators, understanding the format, and more – and guidance about what comes after – finding an agent, understanding a contract, and international selling.

As part of the day, there’ll also be one-on-one manuscript critiques for every attendee (for anyone who has sent along writing samples in advance). Our first confirmed advisors for these sessions are Nosy Crow’s Managing Director Kate Wilson, Editorial Director Camilla Reid, and Head of Picture Books Louise Bolongaro.

The masterclass will take place here at the Crow’s Nest – 10a Lant St, London, SE1 1QR – on Saturday April 25th.

Ticket price includes tea and coffee breaks throughout the day, lunch, and a glass of wine – and cake! – at the end of the day.

Early Bird tickets are available now – you can buy them here, or with the form below.

We’ll be announcing more details about the day, with speakers and a list of sessions, very shortly.

Places are extremely limited, so if you’re interested, get yours now – we hope to see you there!

Our story starts at midnight... Watch a trailer for Princess Daisy and the Dragon

Posted by Tom on Jan 29, 2015

Princess Daisy and the Dragon and the Nincompoop Knights, the hilarious new picture book written and illustrated by the one and only Steven Lenton, will be out in exactly one week – and today you can watch the brand new animated trailer for the book for the first time!

This is an absolutely FANTASTIC picture book from the illustrator of Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam – it’s funny, charming, and brilliantly illustrated – with a wonderful message, that anyone can be brave… and that princesses are QUITE capable of saving the day themselves!

When a truly terrifying sound wakes the inhabitants of a fairytale kingdom, it takes clever Princess Daisy to realise that the culprit of this dreadful din is a dragon, but the three knights who answer the king’s call prove to be nothing but NINCOMPOOPS!

But what’s this? Riding a cow and armed with a book rather than a sword, a fourth mystery knight dares to enter the dragon’s den. But who can it be…? Plucky Princess Daisy of course!

Here’s a look inside the book:

We’re immensely proud to be publishing Steven’s first solo picture book – and what an incredible book this is. Fans of fairytales and strong female characters (and dragons…) will absolutely LOVE Princess Daisy. You can pre-order the book online here – and keep an eye on the @NosyCrowBooks Twitter feed, where there’ll be a competition to win a copy next week!

Pamela Butchart Draws her Life

Posted by Tom on Jan 28, 2015

Here’s something GUARANTEED to brighten up your day: Pamela Butchart, author of the Red House Children’s Book Award-shortlisted Baby Aliens Got My Teacher, draws her life!

Watch the video at the top of this post to learn the memorable moments of Pamela’s life, in her own words (and pictures).

And if you haven’t discovered Pamela’s HILARIOUS novels, here’s a look inside Baby Aliens Got My Teacher:

Buy the book online.