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Writing for Young Adults with Patrice Lawrence, New Writing South


Do you want to learn how to develop authentic, relatable characters and story arcs? Do you want to understand the process of finding an agent for your YA book and submitting to publishers?

In this workshop acclaimed YA author Patrice Lawrence will share some of the writing strategies behind her success. Perfect for aspiring and emerging adult writers with a passion for writing books for young people.

Using a mixture of discussion, individual and group exercises, this workshop will help you:

  • Grasp the genre and range of books marketed as YA
  • Develop authentic relatable characters and story arcs
  • Understand the process of finding an agent for your YA book and submitting to publishers

Patrice Lawrence is an award-winning writer of stories for children and young people. Orangeboy, her debut book for young adults was shortlisted for the Costa Children’s Book Award, won the Bookseller YA Prize and Waterstones Prize for Older Children’s Fiction and has been shortlisted for many regional awards. Indigo Donut, her second book for young adults, was published in July 2017. It was Book of the Week in the The Times, Sunday Times and Observer and one of The Times top children’s books in 2017. Both books have been nominated for the Carnegie Award.

Date: Saturday 22 June 10am - 1pm

Venue: Rec Rooms, Horsham, RH12 1AU

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