How to write a bestselling childrens novel

WHAT A GREAT WAY TO SPEND THE DAY!

 

If you missed our online day with authors Helen Dennis and Jenny McLachlan to discover how to write a best-selling children’s novel, you can still purchase the replays. From that initial irresistible idea to a page-turning plot, best friends Jenny and Helen share their own experiences of writing a children’s book and lead you through a series of activities designed to get you thinking creatively. You will learn how to create great characters and the secret to developing a unique voice. You will also hear from Fiction Editorial Director, Liz Bankes at Farshore, an imprint of HarperCollins. The day is suitable for those entirely new to writing and those who have already embarked upon the journey to becoming an author.

WHERE: From the comfort of your own home

COST: £35 for all of the replays (Replays will be available until midnight 16 May 2021)

WHAT YOU NEED: A robust internet connection and a modern device

BOOKING: Click on the Book Now button below

REPLAYS: Replays will be available until midnight 16 May 2021

How To Write A Bestselling Children's Novel

 

REPLAY PASS

(6 sessions)

£35

How To Write A Bestselling Children's Novel

SESSION 1 – Replay only

INTRODUCTION TO THE DAY 

Q & A with Helen Dennis and Jenny McLachlan hosted by I AM in print.

WHO ARE THEY AND HOW DID THEY GET PUBLISHED?

Helen Dennis is the writer of the Secret Breakers and the River of Ink series, both modern adventure thrillers for readers aged 8+ and 10+ respectively and published by Hodder Children’s Books. Secret Breakers has been bought for translation in seven languages and optioned for TV. Helen’s books have been nominated for the CLIP Carnegie Medal; won regional prizes; been chosen by the BookTrust to be part of the Book Buzz scheme; promoted as a BookTrust Pick as part of Deaf Awareness Week and listed in The Telegraph’s Best YA Books of 2016. Helen wrote her first series while teaching English to school students.

Jenny McLachlan has written over fifteen books for children which are published all over the world. These include Flirty Dancing, six teen comedies for Bloomsbury, and best-selling The Land of Roar middle grade series for Farshore (previously Egmont). The Land of Roar was chosen as a Waterstones Children’s Book of the Month and the series has sold over 100,000 copies. Like Helen, Jenny was an English teacher before she started writing for children.

IN THIS SESSION YOU WILL:
  • Learn how Helen and Jenny came up with the ideas for their books
  • Gain an insight into their journeys to publication
  • Find out what it is like being a children’s author

SESSION 2 – Replay only

THE BIG IDEA

Helen Dennis and Jenny McLachlan

FINDING A BEST-SELLING IDEA AND CREATING A PLOT THAT CHILDREN (AND EDITORS AND AGENTS) WILL LOVE

How do you know what to write? A session exploring what makes a good story for children, how to grow and develop the concept and how to use different types of scaffolding to support the big idea before your begin to plot. A consideration of where to begin stories and whether your idea could become a series.

IN THIS SESSION YOU WILL:
  • Find out what makes a good story
  • Discover how to grow your story idea
  • Explore different ways of scaffolding your idea so it can become a book

SESSION 3 – Replay only

THE WRITING PROCESS

Helen Dennis and Jenny McLachlan

TURNING AN IDEA INTO A WELL-CRAFTED BOOK

How do your organise ideas and plan effectively? A session where Helen and Jenny share their notebooks and plans while explaining their individual writing processes. Helen and Jenny will explore different ways of developing an idea into a full-length book and the features of a successful plan.

IN THIS SESSION YOU WILL:
  • Learn how Helen and Jenny plan and write their books
  • Explore different approaches to planning
  • Have a chance to ask questions about issues raised in all sessions so far
Liz Bankes - How to write a bestselling childrens novel

SESSION 4 – Replay only

EDITING AND SELLING YOUR NOVEL

Q & A with Liz Bankes hosted by I AM in print

Liz Bankes is Fiction Editorial Director at Farshore, an imprint of HarperCollins. She acquires and edits children’s fiction from 5+ to YA, with recent titles including Jenny McLachlan’s The Land of Roar series and The Beast and the Bethany by Jack Meggitt-Phillips. Liz is also an author outside of her day job and currently co-writes The Naughtiest Unicorn books as Pip Bird.

IN THIS SESSION YOU WILL:
  • Learn what a Fiction Editorial Director looks for from Early Readers to MG and YA
  • Consider how an editor might shape your story
  • Understand what books are selling well in the children’s market and why

SESSION 5 – Replay only

THE IMPORTANCE OF CHARACTERS AND SETTINGS

Helen Dennis and Jenny McLachlan

CASTING YOUR STORY AND DECIDING ON LOCATIONS

How do you create characters readers care about? A session on how to create great characters and settings that step off the page. There will be tips on how to discover the emotional drive of the story and how to bring characters and settings to life.

IN THIS SESSION YOU WILL:

  • Learn how to create believable characters
  • Discover how to use dialogue to bring these characters to life
  • Develop strategies for making readers care for characters

SESSION 6 – Replay only

THE VOICE AND POINT OF VIEW

Helen Dennis and Jenny McLachlan

DECIDING ON – AND HONING – THE VOICE TO USE FOR YOUR STORY

Who should tell your story and how should it be told? Our final workshop session explores how to find your voice and point of view. Helen and Jenny will share their experiences of using first-person and third-person narration.

IN THIS SESSION YOU WILL:

  • Receive tips on how to find your voice and make it authentic
  • Explore the benefits and disadvantages of third- and first-person narration
  • Learn how to edit your work to clarify your voice
How To Write A Bestselling Children's Novel

 

REPLAY PASS

(6 Sessions)

£35

How To Write A Bestselling Children's Novel