I’m proud and excited that Help For Writers sponsored an event at the Cheltenham Literature Festival for the first time this year. There were some fantastic events at the festival, as always, but it felt especially nice to sponsor a Book It! For Schools workshop by Stuart Evers on ‘How to write a short story’. We hope that some of the children at the festival this year will be back in 20, 30 or 40 years to talk about their own writing and their Man Booker shortlisted novels!
I went to an interesting panel discussion and lively Q&A on ‘Writing for children’, led by Chicken House Books MD Barry Cunningham. The panel consisted of Melissa Cox, Head of Books at Waterstones; Rachel Hickman, Children’s Publishing Director at Chicken House; and Lisa Drakeford, Chicken House author of YA novel The Baby. Their top tips included:
There were a couple of other important points too:
And last but not least, a fantastic opportunity for children’s book authors – the 2016 Times / Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition! Lisa Drakeford entered this competition with The Baby and even though it didn’t win, they liked her writing so much they offered her a publishing deal anyway – so you never know what could be around the corner for you. The deadline for entries is 18 December 2015 so you’ve still got time to perfect your submission.
Check back here shortly for more news and views from the Cheltenham Literature Festival 2015!
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