Industry-Led, Writing for Children and Young Adults, London – 1 year

• Twelve months of support as you craft your children's novel
• Workshops, one2ones and online support
• A community of like-minded writers and dedicated editors

Introduction

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. 

The in-person course takes place in Central London. Lunch, snacks and drinks are provided. One2one editorials will take place in-person in Central London or over Zoom.

Prices and details for the in-person course only.

For more information about our online course, click here.

Course start date: 19th January 2022

Application deadline: Sunday 31st October 2021

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Course Overview

Our in-person course is perfect for those who want more face-time with their Golden Egg tutors. Each course is limited to eighteen students and is run by Charlotte Maslen, Director of Writing for Children and Young Adults, and a Senior Golden Egg Editor. Places are highly coveted due to the small writer-to-editor ratio. Not only have we selected a wonderful venue in Central London, in-person workshops also come with a delicious lunch, and snacks throughout the day. We’ve also included one of our lovely Golden Egg tote bags for each student.

As the marketplace becomes increasingly competitive, aspiring children’s authors need to ensure that they put their best work forward to agents and publishers. Through our tried and tested, carefully structured course, we analyse the core elements needed to build a story worthy of a young reader’s attention.

Golden Egg’s Writing for Children and Young Adults course is run over three, nine-week long terms. Each course includes:

  • three, full-day workshops, in-person (held during the week) including lunch, tea/coffee and snacks throughout the day
    • led by the Director of Writing for Children & Young Adults
  • editor-led live sessions (hosted on a weekday evening or during the day)
  • interactive Facebook group
  • twenty-four interactive workbooks with videos, information slides & exercises
  • three one-hour one2ones with your dedicated Golden Egg Editor (includes two hours of editor prep prior to each one2one).

Term One Overview

Term one looks at:

  • the realities of the world of children’s publishing
  • the child’s and young adult’s point of view
  • the strength and communicability of your story idea.

You will work on analysing your own story and recently published children’s novels in terms of:

  • concept
  • narratorial focus
  • world view
  • emotional drive.

Term structure:

  • one, full-day workshop, in-person (held during the week) including lunch, tea/coffee and snacks throughout the day
    • led by the Director of Writing for Children & Young Adults
  • Live editor-led online sessions (hosted on a weekday lunchtime)
  • Interactive workbooks with videos, information slides & exercises
  • a one-hour one2one with your dedicated Golden Egg Editor examining:
    • 10,000 words of your novel
    • your Key Story sentence.

Term Two Overview

Term two looks at:

  • different strategies for structuring a story, including the GEA 10 Story Points*
  • the GEA 10 Story Points within your own novel, published children’s novels and films
  • your concept, through-line and emotional drive using the GEA BookMap Lite©*.

Using the BookMap Lite© you will identify and strengthen:

  • your main character’s goals
  • the hurdles your character must overcome and what they have to lose
  • your elevator pitch and synopsis.

Term structure:

  • one, full-day workshop, in-person (held during the week) including lunch, tea/coffee and snacks throughout the day
    • led by the Director of Writing for Children & Young Adults 
  • Live editor-led online sessions (hosted on a weekday lunchtime)
  • Interactive workbooks with videos, information slides & exercises
  • a one-hour one2one with your dedicated Golden Egg Editor examining:
    • 5,000 words of your novel
    • the structure of your whole story using the BookMap Lite©.

*Structure tools created by the Golden Egg Academy specifically for children’s books.

Term Three Overview

Term three looks at:

  • the deep emotional connection between reader and story characters
  • dramatising your novel for a truly immersive story experience
  • the importance of show and tell, or dramatisation and exposition, within your novel.

You will also develop your understanding of:

  • the children’s book market
  • how the publishing industry works including:
    • the importance of high-concept fiction
    • book covers and blurbs
    • how publishers sell a novel and why it’s important for the editing process.

Term Structure:

  • one, full-day workshop, in-person (held during the week) including lunch, tea/coffee and snacks throughout the day
    • led by the Director of Writing for Children & Young Adults 
  • Live editor-led online sessions (hosted on a weekday lunchtime)
  • Interactive workbooks with videos, information slides & exercises
  • a one-hour one2one with your dedicated Golden Egg Editor:
    • examining 10,000 words of your novel
    • recommending your next steps within Golden Egg or the industry, with an option to book an editorial report on your novel.

Application Requirements

We require applicants to have at least 15,000 words of their novel written, plus a plan for the direction of the story, before the course commences.

To apply, please send the following documents to [email protected]:

  • the first 5,000 words of your story
  • a 500-word synopsis
  • a covering letter (no more than one page of A4) telling us a little about you
    • please state your region of residence.

Please submit your work in a Word document, double-spaced.

Please include LONDON in the email subject so we know you are applying for the London course and not the online course.

All UK and international applications and course queries to Charlotte Maslen at [email protected].

*All workshops and online sessions will be run on GMT or GMT+1. Please discuss with Charlotte if this is suitable for your time zone.

Next course start date: 19th January 2022

Application deadline: Sunday 31st October 2021

You will be contacted in November to let you know the outcome of your application.

NB: We do our utmost to ensure dates do not change from those stated prior to the course start date. However, on the rare occasion this happens, students will be given as much notice as possible.

12-month programme @ £167 per month plus a deposit of £446

Meet the workshop leaders

Charlotte Maslen

Director of Writing for Children and Young Adults & Marketing Director

Click here for Charlotte’s full bio.

Hayley Fairhead

Senior Golden Egg Editor

Click here for Hayley’s bio.


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