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Masterclass – Comedy in Children’s Writing on ZOOM

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Date(s) - 26/11/2022
10:00 am - 1:30 pm

Zoom - virtual meeting online
Virtual - meeting , online Uk

Comedy in Children’s Writing
with Simon James Green and Linas Alsenas
Saturday 26 November 2022 10 a.m. to 1.30 p.m.
via Zoom
Join writer/editor super team Simon James Green and Linas Alsenas for an
online event exploring comedy in children’s literature. In the first half
of the session, Simon and Linas will answer questions and talk about their
process. In part two, we’ll challenge you to put their advice into practice.
Simon James Green is an author and screenwriter with ‘an impeccable ear for
authentically funny dialogue.’ His middle-grade books include Sleepover Takeover and Life of Riley:
Beginner’s Luck, which was shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award and
featured in BookTrust’s Great Books Guide 2021. He has also written two
picture books – Llama Glamarama and Fabulous Frankie – both illustrated by
Garry Parsons. His young adult novels include Noah Can’t Even (long listed
for the Branford Boase and picked by WHSmith as one of the most important
LGBT books of the last 50 years); Noah Could Never; Alex in Wonderland
(nominated for the Carnegie medal and selected as one of the top 20 LGBT
books of 2019 by Attitude); Heartbreak Boys, You’re the One That I Want
(winner of the Bristol Teen Book Award), and Gay Club! (‘One to Watch’ in
The Bookseller).
Linas Alsenas began his book career 20 years ago editing books at Abrams in
New York City, working on a wide range of illustrated books, both
children’s and adult. In 2005 he moved to Sweden, where he focused on his
own projects full-time: four picture books (which he wrote and illustrated)
published by Scholastic and Abrams, as well as a nonfiction history book
for teens and a YA novel. He moved to London in 2013 to return to editorial
side of children’s publishing. After two years working for Walker Books, he
moved to Scholastic UK in 2016, where he is now Executive Editor and has
been fortunate to work with a wide range of authors, including Michael
Rosen, Michael Morpurgo, Vashti Hardy, MG Leonard Sue Wallman and Simon
James Green. Books he has edited have won numerous awards and accolades,
and he has taught fiction “masterclasses” for different groups. He is a
co-founder of Pride in Publishing.
A limited number of fully funded places are available for:
• SCBWI BI members who have financial need
• SCBWI BI members who identify as BAME, LGBTQIA+, disabled, neurodiverse or working class
• Non-members who identify as BAME, LGBTQIA+, disabled, neurodiverse or working class
If you would like to apply for one of the fully funded places, please write to us at