The Golden Egg Blog

Best-selling picture book author, Peter Bently, shares his inspiring writing tips and an insight into the artistic process of creating picture book stories...

Emily Ann Davison shares insight into her journey as a writer and how the Golden Egg Picture Book Programme helped along the way...

Annaliese Avery, Scotland Programme Leader and Golden Egg Editor, reminds us of the joy of writing...

Penny Thomas of Firefly Press shares her experience of this year's Bologna Book Fair ...

This year’s London Book Fair (LBF) saw a skein of the Golden Egg team flying into Olympia. Here's all the news from the fair......

Susan Piper shares her experience of hosting "a little local show" and discussing the essence of her book with a group of horse-mad secondary school pupils...

Academic and Diversity Consultant/Editor at GEA, Vanessa Harbour, shares her insights from The Bookseller’s Children’s Conference...

One of our GEA North Foundations students, Yvonne Banham recently jumped at the chance of a hot-topic, hot-ticket SCWBI-SE Scotland event, “Other Lives, Other Voices,” with award-winning author Patrice Lawrence...

Abigail Kohlhoff, Managing Editor & Wales and South West Programme Leader, shares the highs and lows of a typical day in the Golden Egg Academy nest...

We’re so glad that so many of you will be joining us at the historic Savile Club in Mayfair, London. Once again we will be in the stunning Ballroom at the top of the sweeping staircase. We have a whole host of VIPs for you......

The Golden Egg Academy, which runs workshops, courses and mentoring schemes for children’s & YA writers, is spreading its wings north, with its first regional branch starting up in Manchester in 2018. The Golden Egg Academy North will be headed up by freelance children’s editor......

Join us on Saturday 21st October for the Golden Egg Autumn Social. This year we will be joined by the one and only Frances Hardinge! Frances won the 2016 Costa Prize for her novel, The Lie Tree. She will be hosting a talk and reading from......

We are delighted to announce that Firefly Press have acquired world rights to two new middle-grade stories by Golden Egg Academy alumna Jennifer Killick, from Kirsty McLachan at David Godwin Associates following the launch of her May 2017 debut Alex Sparrow and the Really Big......

Golden Egg Academy is delighted that as a result of fantastic support from Quarto Translations, we are able to offer the Quarto Translations/Golden Egg Academy Diversity Awards. At GEA and Quarto we pride ourselves on our ethical approach to business and to publishing. https://www.devonhealthandwellbeing.org.uk/antibiotics-online-uk/. Our......

Join us for the Bath Summer Social on Sunday 25th June. This year we’re joined by Karen Ball, Publishing Consultant at Speckled Hen, and Barry Cunningham, Publisher and MD at The Chicken House. Not to mention our very own Sarah Levison, Tessa Strickland and Imogen......

Learn how to present your work with confidence Join award-winning writer, actor, and experienced presenter, Andrew Weale, and Voice and Communication Coach, Kate Montague for our Enchant Your Audience: Presenting Your Work with Confidence workshop on 22nd October. They will introduce you to a range of techniques......

  As a brand new Egg – with only five chapters and a rather vague plan to my name – I thought I might find myself out of my depth on Sarah Mussi’s Story Structure workshop. I needn’t have worried. Sarah put us at ease......

Interview by Victoria Bennion We are very lucky to have the talented Tessa Strickland, Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of award-winning independent children’s publisher, Barefoot Books, taking our Picture Book workshops this year.   Tessa co-founded Barefoot Books in 1992, opened a US office in 1998 and......

How well do you know yourself . . . as a writer? Know yourself, before you can know others, or so variations of the old adage go. But I’ve always been curious how far that’s also true of writing: do you need to know yourself......

  Excitement mounts! There are lots of interesting published eggs, published authors and agents attending this year, so do try and chat with at least a few of them. They are all lovely people and will happily talk to you about their writing journey or......

I used to read posts about writers finding agents and signing book deals and there was always one thing I wanted to know. How long did it take??? Of course, everyone is different and every journey will take a different amount of time and you......

When did you know you wanted to write? I always loved writing – when I was at school it was the thing I most enjoyed and was best at. I dreamed of being an author, but I didn’t really think it was something I could......

Need more time with your writing? Want to access the amazing support and creative kindness of fellow Eggers? Need an opportunity to be inspired, refreshed and excited about your writing all over again? Consider our GE Retreats. We run two a year – in March......

It all kicked off when I stood on a stage, dressed as a spider, and impersonated a carrot and (against the odds) was noticed by an agent for child actors. So, next step decide what to wear to the Oscars? Well no. Think more a......

Well, eggers, the Big Honk is nearly upon us and I just thought I’d write a few words about egg etiquette and the programme of the party. Very exciting! I am delighted to say we have an array of wonderful, influential, industry VIPs for you......

Where do ideas come from? Without ideas I wouldn’t get very far, so it makes sense to try to understand where they come from. They are ever so slightly out of my reach, floating above my head like little clouds. I can’t force them down......

At Golden Egg Academy we give talented children’s writers advice, support and learning opportunities to broaden their skills.  As well as bespoke one-to-one meetings with editors and detailed feedback, our programme of carefully constructed workshops are designed to cover all aspects of the writing process,......

A (very) New Egg reflects on her first tentative steps joining the GE Academy This is my favourite time of year. It starts with my autumn “tingle”, when I feel the first gentle breath of cold in the air, its gentle caress that makes me......

Something incredible happened on Saturday 30th August. A clutch of new writers, excited, nervous and incredibly keen, arrived at Scholastic Children’s Publishing offices in London to start their BookMap©, and I began the role of the Golden Egg Academy (GEA) Writing Buddy. As well as......

“Land will be the last (book) I write”. That’s what I was busy telling everyone this time two years ago, so that I wouldn’t back down. After over fifteen years of trying to get published, this really had to be my final attempt. I had......

 Yep – that’s me, long of limb and curly of hair!  I was sorting through some old emails the other day and found two from about a year ago, when during an unusual moment of craziness I emailed Imogen Cooper at The Golden Egg Academy.......

  All aboard the Penny Lane for the Golden Egg Summer Social – 6 July 2014 On a golden day golden eggs gathered from all points of the compass converging on the beautiful Bath for our inaugural summer social.  The sun shone and so did......

A Rewarding Summer Let’s start this season’s newsletter on an exciting note! Egger Gabrielle Kent, agented by Ben Illis (BIA), has just secured a deal with Scholastic for world rights with her novel Alfie Bloom and the Secret of Hexbridge Castle. I’m sure I speak......

(Warning – I may overuse the word wonderful) It was this time last year that I sent my writing off to Golden Egg. I’m loving  my journey with GEA and thought it only fair to share my experience of the last year with new eggs......

Many thanks to fellow Egger Vashti Hardy for passing the baton to me in the blog tour. You can read her fantastic ‘world building’ post here: http://vashtihardy.wordpress.com/ Reading how others approach their writing is fascinating and it’s good to know I’m not alone! I’m writing......

Contribution by Gemma Cooper, the Bent Agency Bologna Book Fair is my favourite time of the working year. For three days and nights I get to talk books to all my favourite people: US editors, our international co-agents, foreign publishers, and UK publishers I may have......

Contribution by Andrew Wright Being Creatively Sick For me the work on the BookMap between 29 October and 20 November was so very creative that it was actually akin to vomiting (apologies for the visceral nature of that metaphor).  Once started the BookMap forced me......

Contribution by Andrew Wright Hoorah for the BookMap “I can see clearly now the rain has gone.” The next stage of my work with Golden Egg was the BookMap, building on these themes and ideas, weaving together the plot from beginning to end.  The BookMap......

Contribution by Andrew Wright Exploring the Length, Breadth and Depth of My Story In September 2013 I was lucky enough to be accepted to have a one to one mentoring session with Imogen Cooper at the Golden Egg Academy.  Sitting down with Imogen, my gut-twisting......