SCBWI Writing Masterclass

October 21, 2017, 12pm at The Theodore Bullfrog Pub, Charing Cross


Calling all budding children’s authors…

​Characters are your story, but first we need to care about them. How do you write fictional characters, be they human or otherwise, that leap off the page? From story function to naming, voice to visual hallmarks, and that often problematic issue of character development, come to this SCBWI masterclass in London to hear me discuss different strategies for writing characters who live long in the memory after a book is finished.

Children’s fiction is bursting with unforgettable heroes, villains and everything in between, but some of the precedents are different to adult fiction and this creates an opportunity for real imaginative invention. Bring existing characters who need work, or a blank space where there should be one – and some examples of your own favourite characters from children’s fiction.