Writing Children’s Fiction

with Ally Sherrick

Celebrate National Writing Day with an introductory workshop on the key elements of writing for children and young people. Ally will take you on a whistle-stop tour of the exciting world of children’s publishing today, looking at everything from picture books and younger fiction to middle-grade and young adult novels. She’ll look at the key ingredients of what makes a great children’s story, how to hook your reader, building compelling characters, and developing satisfying plots.  Ally will also provide some tips on approaching the challenge of getting published in this rewarding – but increasingly crowded – market.

Ally Sherrick writes middle-grade adventure and mystery stories set in the past. Her first novel, Black Powder (published by Chicken House), about of a pair of children who get caught up in the Gunpowder Plot, won the Historical Association Young Quills Award in 2017. Her second novel, The Buried Crown is set during World War Two. She is working on a third novel for Chicken House due out in Summer 2020 and has also written a retelling for children of Charlotte Bronte’s classic story, Jane Eyre, due for publication this summer.

National Writing Day is an annual celebratory project designed to inspire people across the UK to get writing. The message is simple: everyone has a story to tell and sharing it can be a source of pleasure and power.



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Location: North Street, Guildford GU1 4AL, UK


26 June 2019
2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

£25 / £20 (NWS Friends / Concessions) Bursary places are available. Please contact us discuss.

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