Do you have a manuscript, or the start of one, or many, or even just a collection of words that could one day be a story for children? Are you working on your writing, or thinking about it, or wondering how to get to the next stage?

Do you live within striking distance of London and are you free on Thursday evenings? Would you like to meet other like-minded writers (and me!) and learn more about the children’s market, and how to make your work stand out?


This term, I’m joining City University to teach the new Children’s Fiction Workshop. I’m so excited about it and can’t wait to get going. There’s lots more info here – and if you have any more questions, do just come back to this site and ask me, via the Contact page.

Ten years ago, I so wanted to be a writer for children. And then my first novel got published. (I recently wrote about that moment for Chicken House here, in honour of the new competition. You can also find Barry Cunningham’s writing tips.) Six novels down the line, with the seventh due out next year, and after countless visits and festivals and meet-ups with other writers, I can’t wait to share what I’ve learned, and to learn from fellow writers too.

city_university_london_logo_largePlease spread the word! Thursday evenings in Islington are going to be full of literary magic and fun.


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