If you or anyone you know is a keen young writer (ideally 12-18), do share this information with them. Or send them this downloadable pdf: For Young Writers. Please share with schools, libraries, writing groups and anyone you know!
FREE ZOOM SESSION
Tues AUG 4th 11.00am (UK time)
Why listen to me?
I’ve written a lot of books – over 100! I’m currently best known for my non-fiction work on teenage brains and wellbeing but was previously an award-winning novelist for teenagers. I’ve also self-published. I think I’m respected by publishers and I’m also a trusted figure in schools, which I visit often to talk about various subjects. I’m normally talking about wellbeing and teenage brain topics but I in the past I’ve done many talks for adults on how to become a published writer. (I have written several books on this.) I am a strong advocate for the rights of writers (former Chair of two committees of the Society of Authors) and an active voice in the Reading for Pleasure movement.
This session is aimed at young people aged 12-18 who are serious about their writing and interested about possibly becoming published one day. Parents or other adults are welcome in the background but please allow this experience to be properly for young writers.
Participants do NOT have to be visible. There are two ways to be unseen: a) (ideally) you can direct your camera onto a wall or a chosen object – even your pet, if your pet can listen quietly! Or b) choose “stop video”, leaving a blank screen, which is the less good option.
Note that I will not read or comment on anyone’s writing either before, during or after the session. (I never do this, except when I’m judging a writing competition, so please don’t ask!)
The session will be recorded so that other young writers can see it later.
You will be able to send questions via the chat feature. 16-year-old Imogen is doing work experience with me and will help with this.
- The session will last around an hour – more if lots of questions.
- I will try to cover everything from how to start writing a book and how to approach publishers to what happens after a book is published. And what it’s like being a published writer.
- You do not have to contribute in any way. Listening is enough.
- You will not be asked to write. This is not a writing workshop.
- You do need to register (to keep the session secure) but your details will NOT be stored* or shared. To register, you may use an adult’s email address (with their permission) and a made-up name if you wish. Registration link is below. (*I will send a pdf of notes to participants afterwards but after that all email addresses will be deleted.)
- Be sure you know how to use Zoom! If needed, practise with someone.
Please come! You have nothing to lose and lots to gain!
WHEN: Tues Aug 4th, 2020 11:00 Greenwich Mean Time
Register: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIpfu-tqjgoGdRChSxP6RnkipFhF0R9WgJH You will receive a confirmation email with information about joining the session.
Do share with anyone you think might be interested. It is completely free. There is no catch.