Saturday 20 March 2021:
Writing for Children
Rather than asking a single speaker to share their work as a writer of books for children, we have invited a panel whose shared experience covers decades of writing for children of all ages. They would like to invite you into their conversation about the ups and downs, joys and dilemmas facing a children’s author. During the morning each one will make a short presentation of a topic they believe is important for children’s writers, followed by discussion in the panel. It should be educational to eavesdrop! There will be about two hours of screen time using Zoom. In the afternoon there is the opportunity to ask questions of all the guest writers, and discuss the issues in small groups. We will be considering setting up a new ACW-affiliated online group for writers in this genre.
Margi McAllister has mostly written general fiction from early years to teens, some published by Lion, but also published by Bloomsbury, Scholastic, OUP, Puffin and Frances Lincoln. Website: www.margaretmcallister.co.uk
Karen Rosario Ingerslev has written two series of books for children, the Livi Starling series for teens, and the Celery Brown series for the 9 – 12s market. (Karen will also be taking part in the Self-Publishing workshop event on 6 March to share her experience with Ingram Spark.)
Nikki Salt is still waiting for her debut novel for children to be published but she has plenty to bring to the table in this discussion. With years of experience as a primary school teacher, a mum of two young children, and a writer, Nikki knows what makes a good book for tiny children.
Places are free for ACW members and £5 per computer for non-members. The email confirming your place will contain an outline of the day and details of how to make a voluntary financial contribution to the work of ACW, should you wish to do so. The Zoom codes will be sent out the day before the event to the email address you use for booking. (Please note that Gmail and some other providers sometimes put group emails into the spam folder. Check your inbox thoroughly before contacting us to say you have not received the codes.) Any questions contact Jane Brocklehurst on firstname.lastname@example.org but be aware, she does not check the ACW inbox every day. Thank you for your patience.