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LONDON Industry Insiders Pitch Perfect workshop – SOLD OUT

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Date(s) - 04/09/2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Room 106, The City Lit
1 - 10 Keeley Street - London, WC2B 4BA

This event is now fully booked. Please email Tania at to join the waiting list.


If you’re going to the SCBWI Agent’s Party this Autumn, we have the perfect workshop to help you hone your pitch.

When faced with an agent do you launch into a concise and deal-sealing pitch? Or do you turn pink, blather on, then turn and run?

Can you sum up the heart of your story? Or do you struggle to describe what your story is about in anything less than the length of a novel?

If you could use some help getting Pitch Perfect join this exciting workshop run by industry experts Sara Grant and Karen Ball.

Sara and Karen were part of the BookBound team who ran classes and retreats to help authors get game ready to submit their manuscript – in a way that gives it the best possible chance of being pick up by an agent. Part of what they do is break down the components of a perfect pitch: how to present, what to include, how to identify the core of your story so that you can deliver a clear picture of your story in a few words.

Places are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment. SCBWI members only.

Unfortunately, we aren’t able to give refunds for unused tickets – but you are welcome to sell your ticket on to another SCBWI member.

The workshop will run on 4th September between 7-9pm, Room 106,  The City Lit, Keeley Street, nearest tube, Holborn. Doors will open at 6.30pm for socialising.

KAREN BALLKaren Ball The Bookseller

Karen Ball runs the publishing consultancy, Speckled Pen, where she works with leading publishers and bestselling children’s and adult authors, as well as developing projects such as Agent Zaiba Investigates, publishing in 2020 with Stripes. A The BooksellerRising Star, she has over 25 years’ experience of the publishing industry. Her career includes periods as Head of Editorial at Working Partners and Publisher at Little, Brown Books For Young Readers. Karen has authored over 20 books, including The Little Book Of Sewing, published in April 2019 by Head of Zeus.


Twitter handle: @speckledpen

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Sara Grant_2016  Sara writes and edits fiction for children and teens. Her new series Chasing Danger is an action-adventure series for tweens. Dark Parties, her first young adult novel, won the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Crystal Kite Award for Europe. As a freelance editor of series fiction, she has worked on twelve different series and edited nearly 100 books. She teaches master’s courses on writing for children/teens currently at Goldsmiths University and previously at the University of Winchester. She has given writing workshops in the US, UK and Europe. She co-founded Undiscovered Voices – which has launched the writing careers of authors who now have written more than 250 children’s books. (

Sara was born and raised in Washington, Indiana. She graduated from Indiana University with degrees in journalism and psychology, and later she earned a master’s degree in creative and life writing at Goldsmiths College, University of London, graduating with distinction. She lives in London.


This event is fully booked.