Masterclass: Writing Fiction for Children

Masterclass: Writing Fiction for Children

Writing relatable characters
  • Black and white portrait photo of Maisie Chan
    Maisie Chan
Date Tuesday April 25th 2023, 19:00 - 21:00 BST
Location Online

When we talk about ‘writing for children’, we need to engage with the fact that there is not just one type of young reader: there are readers from all backgrounds and heritages. How can your story engage with today’s diverse society and reflect the realities of the young people reading it? In this Masterclass, Maisie Chan, author of the prize-winning Danny Chung Does Not Do Maths and the Tiger Warrior series, will discuss plot, genre, structure, and share her practical tips for using popular culture or lived experiences in your fiction to make it feel immediate, accessible and contemporary (and funny!). Find out how use a theme or an idea as a starting point for story-building, how to write relatable and persuasive characters who have unique voices, and how to stand out from the crowd.

The Masterclass will be delivered via Zoom webinar (19:00-21:00), so you can take the session at your own pace, without the pressure of having your video or camera on. Sessions are also recorded so if you are unable to attend live, you will have access to the recording for a month afterwards.

Online: £35

Concessions: £17.50

As part of our effort to increase participation in the arts, a limited number of half-price concessions are available for this course at checkout. There are a limited number of free subsidised places for those who cannot afford the concession price.

We are committed to making our Arvon at Home programme accessible to as many people as possible.

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"These zoom opportunities are really helping to open my world and keep me inspired to write."
— Masterclass participant
"Arvon at Home creates a model to participate in inspirational tutoring for writers, at a distance. The feeling of attending to my writing life in an excellent fashion, and still having a half-day for my work and caring responsibilities at home, felt like a good balance."
— Masterclass participant
"It was an absolutely brilliant session and very very useful. And it made me realise how much I’ve missed this kind of workshop because of having children and family that I can’t leave. Now we’re all in the same boat the online stuff is truly transformative."
— Masterclass participant



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