Society of
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LONDON PULSE/Industry Insiders Mentoring Workshop: Finding Your Voice – Cancelled

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Date(s) - 14/06/2019
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Room 113, City Lit
Keeley Street - London, WC2B 4BA


All commissioning editors and agents say they are looking for a unique voice – but what do they mean? This is an event for YOU – literally because participants will be invited to submit a 300 word extract of their work that demonstrates their ‘voice’. Two award- winning children’s authors known for their own facility with Voice, Cliff McNish and Kathryn Evans, will discuss the extracts, in the process sharing tips and techniques to really make your Voice sing!

Submission for Critique:

Please collate the following in a single Word document and email FAO Tania at by Friday 10th May 2019 at the latest

1.  300 words from your chapter book, MG or YA manuscript. Any excerpt will do.
2. Title and Target readership (younger fiction, middle grade, teen, young adult)
3. One-line pitch of your novel and if you think it’s necessary, a brief explanation of where it is in the story (no more than 50 words altogether)
Please do not include your name. You have a chance to identify yourself if you wish, during the critique.
The texts will be projected on a screen and read aloud before the audience. The authors will select texts from the submissions on the basis of the learning points they wish to make about Voice.
You may also participate in the workshop without submitting a text if you prefer.
Please note:  there may not be time to look at all of the extracts although the authors will do their best.
Date: Friday June 14th 2019, 6.30pm – 9.00pm
Venue: Room 113, The City Lit, Keeley St, London, nearest tubes Holborn/Covent Garden

Speaker Bios


Cliff McNish


Cliff was born in Sunderland, a city in the north-east of England. When his debut middle-grade fantasy novel THE DOOMSPELL appeared The Bookseller immediately hailed him as ‘a great new voice in writing for children.’ The Doomspell Trilogy went on to become a huge international success, translated into 26 languages worldwide. His ghost story BREATHE was voted in May 2013 by The Schools Network of British Librarians as one of the top adult and children’s novels of all time.

“McNish is one of our most talented thriller writers, with an ability to make your spine crawl and your heart pound with his stylish prose.” – Amanda Craig, THE TIMES.

Kathryn Evans

Kathryn Evans’ first book, More of Me, has been translated into multiple languages and won the Edinburgh International First Book Award, The SCBWI Crystal Kite and was nominated for the Carnegie medal. Her new book, Beauty Sleep, is out on 4th April – The Bookseller describes it as “A ‘high-concept’- ‘Black Mirror’ style twist on Sleeping Beauty.”






Tickets cost £20 and are for SCBWI members only. Tickets are non-refundable. If you cannot attend you are welcome to pass your ticket to another SCBWI member. If the cut-off date for submission of the excerpt has passed (10th May) they will not be able to submit their work for critique.
SCBWI has a zero-tolerance policy against harassment of any kind. Any violation of this policy is actionable.
 Booking opening 15th March 2019


This event is fully booked.