Masterclass: Writing for the Children's Fiction Market - Middle Grade and Young Adult - with Daniel Blythe

Sat 02 Nov 2019 - 10:00 am


How do you get started with writing a children's book? What kind of thing should you be writing? What are the big no-nos and the absolute must-haves? How do you get a literary agent, or an editor, interested in your work? Do you need illustrations? Do you have to be slang-savvy? Is it about 'who you know'? What are the biggest myths about writing for children?

The children's book market has been steadily growing for the past few years. Reading among young people, far from being in decline as some would claim, is as popular as ever, with sales boosted by digital books, audio books and non-fiction. Picture books and 'big names' are strong areas for growth. But what is the market like for a new, original voice in children's fiction? How do you get started with writing a children's book? What kind of thing should you be writing? What are the big no-nos and the absolute must-haves? How do you get a literary agent, or an editor, interested in your work? Do you need illustrations? Do you have to be slang-savvy? Is it about 'who you know'? What are the biggest myths about writing for children?

Aimed at first-time writers of children's fiction, both middle grade (8-12) and Young Adult (teen), this class will take you through the basics, give you insider information and equip you with the knowledge required to complete a children's novel and take it to the publishing market. Experienced author and publishing consultant Daniel Blythe will give you an overview of the children's book market, with books and website recommendations and dozens of essential tips to take away and use, and will answer each and every question you have about writing for children and young people today.

About Daniel

Daniel Blythe is the author of 26 books, over half of which have been for younger readers. In a 25-year career, he has been published by Penguin, BBC Books, Badger Learning, Chicken House, Scholastic USA, Fantastic Books and many others, and his books have been translated into several languages and sold in Europe, the USA and Asia. He has written middle grade fiction, teen fiction, and both fiction and non-fiction for 'reluctant readers'. He is one of BBC Books' writers for 'Doctor Who' and also a Big Finish 'Doctor Who' audio play scriptwriter. He has taught on the MA in Creative Writing at Sheffield Hallam University and has led author workshop days in over 400 primary and secondary schools up and down the country, working with children and young people aged between 7 and 18 on aspects of writing. For the last 3 years, Daniel has been a Market Editor for the writing consultancy Cornerstones, which liaises with new, unpublished writers to edit and develop their work and has strong links with literary scouts and literary agents. He is represented by Caroline Montgomery of the leading literary agency Rupert Crew Ltd. His latest novel is the teen sci-fi epic EXILES, the first novel in the Bethany Kane Trilogy, which was published by Fantastic Booksin July 2019. Daniel lives and works in Sheffield, and has two teenage children who are both keen readers.



Sat 02 Nov 2019
From 10:00 am until 1:00 pm

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