Date(s) - Mon 11th May - Sat 16th May, 2020
Moniack Mhor, Kiltarlity, Inverness-shire , IV4 7HT
Are you passionate about writing fiction with young adult protagonists? This week will give you the motivation you need to develop your knowledge and skills. Through individual and group exercises, plus individual tutorials, you will explore ways to create and develop authentic and relatable characters and story arcs, find your narrative voice, write compelling beginnings and tackle controversial and sensitive issues.
Melvin Burgess was born in 1954 and was brought up in Sussex and Berkshire. He started writing in his twenties, and wrote on and off for fifteen years before having his first book, The Cry of the Wolf, published in 1990. In 1997 his controversial bestseller Junk won the Guardian Children’s Fiction Award and the Carnegie Medal (a prize for which four of his novels have been shortlisted). Junk was also shortlisted for the 1998 Whitbread Children’s Book of the Year. The Guardian has described him as the godfather of YA fiction.
Patrice Lawrence is an award-winning writer for children and young people. Her debut YA novel, Orangeboy, won The Bookseller YA Prize and The Waterstones Prize for Older Children’s Fiction, and was shortlisted for The Costa Children’s Book Award. Indigo Donut, won The Bristol Crimefest YA prize. Her recent books include Toad Attack for younger readers and Diver’s Daughter, inspired by UK Black and Asian history. Patrice has contributed to several short story anthologies including Malory Towers: New Class of Malory Towers. Her third YA novel, Rose, Interrupted was published in July 2019.
Tanya Landman is the author of more than forty books. Born and brought up in Kent, she now lives and works in Bideford and the nearby coastline was the inspiration for her Flotsam & Jetsam series. As well as being shortlisted for several UK awards, the US edition of Apache won a Borders Original Voices prize and a Spur award from the Western Writers of America. Buffalo Soldier won the 2015 Carnegie Medal. Hell and High Water was shortlisted for the 2016 Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize and nominated for The Carnegie Medal. Her latest book One Shot is inspired by the early life of sharpshooter Annie Oakley.
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