Fiction Programme

The Golden Egg Academy offers a structured route to publication standard for talented writers for children. Our courses are run by industry experts and some of the top up-and-coming editorial talent in the UK.

Write Your Successful Children’s Novel

A comprehensive and interactive twelve-week course in writing a successful children’s story. Created by award-winning editor, Imogen Cooper, this course draws on decades of experience in the publishing industry.

Industry-led, Writing for Children and Young Adults

Formerly Story Foundations, the Golden Egg Academy Writing for Children and Young Adults course has been compared to completing an MA in your own novel. With a strong industry focus, we examine the craft of storytelling in depth, including modules on structure, character, voice and the needs of middle grade and young adult readers in today’s market. This course will suit talented applicants at all levels, from those completing their first draft to those who have gained an MA in Creative Writing.

Industry Editor-led, Work on Your Novel

You’ve refined your concept. You’ve strengthened your through-line and your characters have focus and goals. Now you need some time to get your head down to work on your manuscript. This six-month, self-guided Work on Your Novel course builds on the fundamental skills taught on our Writing for Children and Young Adults course. This course is run by Industry Editors and is only available to members who have completed Writing for Children and Young Adults, formerly Story Foundations.


During Golden Egg Mentoring, writers work closely and intensively with a top industry editor. Keeping the child reader in mind, writers learn how to fine tune each component of their work-in-progress to ensure every layer of their novel is of the highest standard. Writers will also develop ideas for their submission package for Golden Egg’s exclusive First Look deals with Chicken House Publishing and The Shaw Agency.

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