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.

Writing for Children and Young Adults

Formerly Story Foundations, Golden Egg’s Writing for Children and Young Adults course helps writers improve their grasp of the three fundamental elements necessary for writing for children. Chosen applicants will learn new skills and hone their existing ones, applying the technique they learn to their own manuscripts over the year to draw out the promise in their stories.

Work on your novel

The Work on Your Novel year builds on the fundamental skills taught on Foundations. Writers continue to meet one2one with a Golden Egg editor, attend workshops with their fellow writers and now gain further insight from high profile industry guests. This course ensures that writers continue to receive support, guidance, encouragement and inspiration – something all writers need at every stage of their journey!


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.


Led by top industry professionals and published authors, masterclasses are run throughout the year in addition to our core courses. These workshops are designed to help writers unlock a deeper understanding of particular elements of story craft, such as: voice, dramatic tension, dialogue and school or literary festival presentation.