October 26, 2013
CONTACT: Mo O’Hara
12pm to 4pm - The Theodore Bullfrog Pub, First floor meeting room, 26-30 John Adam Street, London, WC2N 6HL
Saturday October 26th, 2013 - Halfway to the Middle: a Class on Middle Grade Fiction with Sara O’Connor (Hot Key Books)
What is middle grade fiction, really? And how can you write a brilliant book for 9 to 12 year olds? This masterclass will cover the basics of middle grade, give examples from published and class participants' fiction, include in-class exercises, as well as offer tips for writing and revisions. Please submit 2000 words of the beginning of your middle grade novel, plus a two-line chapter-by-chapter summary of your complete book by the 31st August. This class is ideally suited to those who have finished a first draft of their book. Full submissions will be accepted by Sara after the class, with time for revision encouraged.
Sara O’Connor, Editorial Director, Print & Digital, Hot Key Books, says, “Middle grade fiction is my favourite segment of the market. Titles for the 9 to 12 age group that I've worked on include My Sister the Vampire and The Lady Grace Mysteries. My first acquisition for Hot Key Books was a core middle grade novel called Shrunk! by F R Hitchcock, which was selected as a Sunday Times Children's Book of the Week. I am also the co-creator of the Undiscovered Voices project, helping fourteen previously unknown children’s authors land publishing deals that have won and been nominated for a number of industry awards.
Class Information for 2013 Masterclass Series:
Venue - The Theodore Bullfrog Pub, First floor meeting room, 26-30 John Adam Street, London, WC2N 6HL
Time - 12:00pm start with break for lunch from 1pm until 1:30pm. Class resumes until 3:30pm. Possible Q and A until 4pm
Cost - £28 per class for SCBWI members, £35 for non members, £100 special SCBWI member discount when you book for 4 classes. £125 for 5 classes. (All prices include a pre-ordered light lunch and a beverage).
For more info and to sign up, visit: http://britishscbwi.jimdo.com/events/masterclasses/