Writing for Children with Robert Paul Weston, Helen Szirtes, Alexander Gordon Smith and Nadine Kaadan

Date: 02/04/2016 Times: 10am - 6pm Prices: £40 / £30 conc Location: Writers' Centre Norwich, Dragon Hall

Learn all there is to know about children's literature and the YA fiction publishing landscape with acclaimed experts Helen Szirtes, Robert Paul Weston, Alex Gordon Smith and Nadine Kaadan.

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Writing for children and young adults has never been such a challenging and exciting field – The Hunger Games and Harry Potter have shown how powerful YA fiction can be... 

In this masterclass, former Bloomsbury children’s editor Helen Szirtes will discuss the editor’s perspective on the contemporary YA fiction publishing landscape. She will be joined by poet, writer and Penguin author Robert Paul Weston for a discussion on writing YA poetry; author Alex Gordon Smith on YA prose, and illustrator Nadine Kaadan on storytelling as illustration.

Nadine Kaadan is an award-winning children’s book author and illustrator. She has published over 15 books in the Arab region with various publishers, and believes that children’s books are the most  creative and effective tool to convey interesting and relevant ideas to young readers. Her stories sometimes touch on delicate subjects like children with special needs, or like the current troubled situation in the Arab world, and other times they are just plain fun.

Alexander Gordon Smith is best known as the author of the Escape From Furnace series in addition to The Fury, The Inventors and his new series, The Devil’s Engine. He is the author of two creative writing handbooks and the founder of Eggbox Publishing. 

Helen Szirtes is a writer and editor. She spent eight years as children’s book editor at Bloomsbury Publishing and has worked with many great children’s authors over the years, including Alexander McCall Smith, Philip Reeve, Mary Hooper, J.K. Rowling, Chris Priestley, Michael Rosen, Sue Limb and Catherine MacPhail. She co-authored the children’s bestseller 101 Things To Do Before You’re Old and Boring (2005) and wrote 101 Things To Do To Become A Superhero Or Evil Genius (2009).

Robert Paul Weston was born in Dover, England, but did most of his growing up in Canada. Since then, he’s spent time living in Canada, the US, Japan, Switzerland and the UK. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia and has published short fiction in Canada, the US and the UK. His stories have been nominated for the Journey Prize and the Fountain Award for Speculative Literature.

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