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Posted by Tom, July 23, 2015

Our next fantastic speaker for the How to Write Children’s Fiction Masterclass – and you can win books!

Last week we announced the first confirmed speakers for our upcoming How to Write Children’s Fiction Nosy Crow Masterclass – and today we are extremely pleased to reveal another of the brilliant authors who’ll be taking part!

We are thrilled to announce that Helen Peters will join us on the day to talk about debut writing (or, in her own words, “how to turn an unpublishable novel into a publishable one”). Helen is the author of the INCREDIBLE children’s novels The Secret Hen House Theatre and The Farm Beneath the Water, and her invaluable session will cover self-editing, using feedback, rewriting, and the most helpful pieces of advice she was given along the way.

If you’ve not yet discovered Helen’s wonderful writing, here’s the opening chapter of her Waterstones Children’s Book Prize-shortlisted debut, The Secret Hen House Theatre:

And today we’re giving you the chance to win a set of Helen’s fantastic books!

To be in with a chance of winning a copy of both The Secret Hen House Theatre AND The Farm Beneath the Water, just re-tweet this message – we’ll pick a winner at random next week!

Joining Helen for the masterclass will be our other brilliant speakers:

The day will begin with an overview of the children’s fiction market from Nosy Crow’s Managing Director, Kate Wilson, setting a context for children’s fiction in 2015.

Our fiction editor, Kirsty Stansfield, will lead the first part of the morning: a practical, editorial session, filled with essential lessons for writing fiction.

Hubble Bubble fiction series author Tracey Corderoy will talk about creating chapter books for young and newly-independent readers.

Louise Lamont, literary agent at LBA Books (and co-host of the fantastic Down the Rabbit Hole radio series), will talk about her role as an agent – what she looks for in a submission, do’s and don’ts for authors, and more.

Over lunch, all of our attendees will have the opportunity to receive one-on-one editorial feedback on their own work. Our advisors on the day will include Kate Wilson, Kirsty Stansfield, and Tom Bonnick.

David Solomons, author of the hilarious My Brother is a Superhero, will lead a session on writing funny books.

Kate Wilson will close the masterclass with a session on the importance of thinking internationally, and writing for a global audience – followed by a glass of wine at the end of the day.

This will be an intensive, all-day writing masterclasses with practical suggestions, advice on every aspect of writing, as well as guidance about what comes after – finding an agent, understanding a contract, and international selling. As part of each masterclass, there’ll also be one-on-one manuscript critiques for every attendee (for anyone who has sent along writing samples in advance).

The masterclass is taking place here at the Crow’s Nest – 10a Lant St, London, SE1 1QR – on Saturday October 10th.

Ticket price includes lunch, morning and afternoon tea and coffee breaks, a glass of wine (and homemade cake) at the end of the day, and our manuscript critique sessions.

And there are just a couple of tickets left!

If you’d like to book one of the final places on the masterclass, you can do so with the form below, or at this page.

We hope to see you there!