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How to Write Children’s Fiction: A Nosy Crow Masterclass

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This event is currently sold out – if you’d like to be informed of future Masterclass dates, email tom at nosycrow dot com, and we’ll let you know as soon as the next classes have been announced. Alternatively, you can sign up to the waiting list for tickets for this event below.

As some of you may know, this September we held our second conference, Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Children’s Publishing (But Were Afraid to Ask) – a sold-out, all-day event with a great atmosphere, a packed house, fantastic speakers, and lots of cake.

One of the things we learnt, from the questions that were being asked on the day, and from some of the feedback that we received, was that there was an appetite for other sorts of events, too – more focussed ones, addressing particular parts of the publishing process. In particular, we felt that the sessions on writing fiction and picture books could EACH have taken up a whole day by themselves.

And so today, we are very pleased to announce the first Nosy Crow Masterclass: How to Write Children’s Fiction.

This will be an intensive, all-day writing masterclass, with sessions from authors, editors, agents, staff at Nosy Crow, and more – all focussed on writing fiction for children. There’ll be practical suggestions, advice on every aspect of writing, from shaping your story structure to drafting a synopsis – and guidance about what comes after – finding an agent, understanding a contract, and more. The focus of this event will be largely on what’s referred to by some as “middle-grade” fiction – we are planning a separate masterclass for writing picture books.

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 Fiction Editor Kirsty Stansfield.

The masterclass will take place here at the Crow’s Nest – 10a Lant St, London, SE1 1QR – on Saturday February 7th.

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 for the first masterclass, so if you’re interested, get yours now – we hope to see you there!

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  • Please can you email me with details of the writing picture books workshop once they are finalised as I would be most interested in attending. Thanking you in advance.

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