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AUTHOR MASTERCLASS: FICTION FOCUS – Magic and Science Fiction – Making the impossible possible with Ross Welford – SOLD OUT

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Date(s) - 12/09/2020
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The Theodore Bullfrog Pub, First floor meeting room, ,
26-30 John Adam Street - London, WC2N 6HL

** Event sold out **

When it comes to creating fantastical stories, children’s writers are often drawn to magic. Imaginary, alternative worlds where the normal rules of science (or, more conveniently, some of the rules of science) do not apply have an obvious appeal and have been popular for years. Science Fiction is seen as an entirely separate genre: but is it really? Are we just devising different ways of making impossible things happen?

Referencing his own writing process and other stories, Ross will talk about how he creates “rules” for the magical things that happen in his stories. He will also explore how to keep the story grounded in real-life to create a type of “magical realism”, ending up with a fictional world that is simultaneously believable and unbelievable.

Ross Welford’s first middle-grade novel, Time Travelling With A Hamster, was released to popular and critical acclaim in 2016. A fifth book The Kid Who Came From Space will be published in January 2020. Before turning to writing, Ross was a journalist and TV producer, working on shows as diverse as This Morning, The Big Breakfast and Bridezillas. He lives in London with his family.

Find out more about Ross from:  @rosswelford

This event runs from 12 noon to 4pm with a break for lunch.

More information about SCBWI Author Masterclasses is available here: Masterclass Flyer 2020 FINAL version or contact


Once you’ve booked it is vital that you add the Masterclass email to your address book so that our emails do not end up in your junk folder.

We are unable to offer any refunds unless the Masterclass is cancelled and will not be operating a waiting list. If you cannot make the class, you are welcome to find someone to take your place and arrange for them to refund you, but you must advise us of their name and supply them with all necessary details of the event.

A light lunch is included in the price of your Masterclass ticket.  However, if you do not reply with your choice of food by the specified order deadline you will have to order on the day. In this instance, we cannot guarantee that the venue’s kitchen will be able to provide you with your desired choice of food.

The programme may be subject to change. 


This event is fully booked.