Saturday, 1 October 2016

Another Superb Celebration for Sara Grant

By Charlotte Comley

Sara was one of my tutors at Winchester University so I am delighted to announced that her new book Mystery at the Ice Hotel is out in October.

Sara writes:
The week Mystery at the Ice Hotel  is published I hope to celebrate with my lovely Scholastic team  and 14-year-old Jessica Webster. She won the creative writing competition at Broxbourne School -- where I'm the Patron of Reading. Jessica's story THE SABOTEUR is printed in the back of Mystery at the Ice Hotel.  I'm trying to coordinate our schedules so we will celebrate our publication together.

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Event Report: The National Association of Writers’ Groups annual writing festival - NAWGfest 2016

Room with a view! – my home for the weekend.
‘On the weekend after the August Bank Holiday, both NAWG members and like-minded writers with a broad spectrum of abilities, get together for an exceptional weekend, focussed on improving their writing. 
It's a memorable weekend, which includes the use of: a fitness suite, a heated swimming pool, and workshops in state of the art classrooms. Meals created by a top chef and excellent en-suite facilities with showers.’ – NAWG committee. 

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Opening Lines with Sarah Davies of Greenhouse Literary

What grabs the reader's attention? What immediately draws you in and makes you want to read on? 

As part of the coverage and build up to this year’s SCBWI BI Conference in Winchester, we are super excited to have Sarah Davies from Greenhouse Literary on this month’s Opening Lines. 
Sarah is one of the fantastic keynotes at the conference and has taken time out of her busy schedule to offer professional feedback on the opening lines and pitches submitted by our lucky SCBWIs. 

Monday, 26 September 2016

What goes into the retelling of a folktale?

My grandmother and her sister told me innumerable stories from folklore, myth and movies from their times. I grew up on lentils, spices and stories. I’ve retold folktales orally and for print many times over.

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Emma Perry - Winner of the April 2016 Picture Book Slush Pile Challenge

Emma Perry.
 Emma Perry entered our July 2016 Slush Pile Challenge set by Helen Mackenzie Smith from Bell Lomax Moreton. 

Emma won this challenge by demonstrating she was able to produce a picture book text that covered one of life's important issues (including, but not remotely limited to: being kind, being truthful, being considerate/polite, showing love, showing perseverance, etc) in a way that was funny, but not overly didactic or cute. The agent/judge was keen to have a 'filip' or twist at the end, but that wasn't compulsory! 

Emma tells us why she entered the competition and all about her experience of discussing her submission with Helen. 

Saturday, 24 September 2016

Good News for Jose Patterson

Acclaimed children’s author José Patterson's new story will hit home as readers follow the story of Sarah, a ten-year old immigrant making her way to America. José’s first novel, No Buts, Becky! was a runner up in the People’s Book Prize Award Competition and finalist in the Wishing Shelf Independent Book Awards 2013.