Earlier this year we announced our second Nosy Crow Masterclass: How to Write Picture Books – an intensive, all-day writing masterclass, with sessions from authors, editors, agents, staff at Nosy Crow, and more – all focussed on writing picture books.
We knew, based on the level of interest we’d seen for our first Masterclass, How to Write Children’s Fiction, that there was an appetite for a similar event focussed on picture books, but we had no idea quite how popular it would be: the event sold out in under 6 hours.
The How to Write Picture Books masterclass is now exactly one month away – and today we’re incredibly pleased to be able to announce the line-up of speakers for the day!
The day will begin with an overview of the children’s book market from Nosy Crow’s Managing Director, Kate Wilson, setting a context for picture books in 2015.
Our Head of Picture Books, Louise Bolongaro, will deliver a crash course on the editorial essentials for writing picture books – a distilled masterclass all in itself.
Helen Mackenzie Smith, literary agent at Bell Lomax Moreton, will talk about her role as an agent – what she looks for in a submission, do’s and don’ts for authors, and more.
Shifty McGifty and Slipper Sam author Tracey Corderoy will talk about the importance of live events for authors, drawing on her own experience of delivering FANTASTIC events for children at schools, bookshops, festivals and more.
Over lunch, there’ll be the opportunity for all of our attendees to receive one-on-one manuscript feedback.
Weasels creator Elys Dolan will share her perspective on making picture books as both an author and illustrator.
Award-winning author Jeanne Willis will talk about the differences (and challenges) of writing picture books in prose and rhyme.
Nosy Crow’s Business Development Manager, Tom Bonnick, will lead a session on digital: apps, digital picture books, and more.
And finally, Kate Wilson will close the masterclass with a session on the importance of thinking internationally, and writing picture books for a global audience – followed by a glass of wine at the end of the day!
The masterclass is taking place here at the Crow’s Nest – 10a Lant St, London, SE1 1QR – on Saturday April 25th.
It’s now completely sold out, and there is a very long waiting list for places, but if you’d like to add your name to it, either with the form below, or with this link, we can email you about future masterclass events.