Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Need to Know – Knowing Your Power as an Author of Colour

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Date(s) - 15/01/2022
10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Zoom - virtual meeting online
Virtual - meeting , online Uk


Applications for places on the workshop are now closed.

Are you a UK-based writer of colour who has recently been published or has a book on submission to publishers? Do you have any control over how your book is pitched? Or the design of the book cover? Does the copy editor understand why your characters do what they do? Are the right bloggers being approached to review your book? As a writer of colour, how much control do you have over the way your book is published and marketed in an industry that remains predominantly white?

This online workshop is aimed to help you break down the processes of being published so you know where your power lies. The event will be facilitated by author, Patrice Lawrence and freelance editor, Emma Roberts, who have worked together on a number of books. There will be opportunities for questions to both Patrice and Emma and a small panel of editors in the final part of the workshop.

While this event is particularly geared towards writers of colour, any author who identifies as under-represented in terms of gender, disability, sexuality, colour, religion or class may find it useful. However, the workshop will start from the premise that racism exists in society and impacts on authors of colours and their careers.

While this event is free for writers, SCBWI believes that facilitators should be paid for their work, so costs are incurred for us.  Numbers are limited, so if you book, please attend for the whole event. If you are unable to attend after booking, please let us know so that we can offer the place to someone else. For reasons of confidentiality and to enable participants to speak honestly, this event will not be recorded.


Workshop Leader Bios

 Patrice Lawrence

Patrice Lawrence is a Brighton-born writer fuelled by anger to write stories that pick away at social injustice. She has been shortlisted for the Costa Children’s Award, won the YA Bookseller Prize, the Waterstones Prize for Older Children’s Fiction, the Crime Fest YA Prize twice, the Woman and Home Teen Drama Award and the inaugural Jhalak Children and Young People’s Prize. She has also been a judge for many book awards including the Costa prize, the BBC Young Writers Award, the Little Rebels Book Prize and the Queen’s Knickers Award and is a judge for the 2022 Jhalak Prize for Children and Young People. She was awarded an MBE for Literature in the 2021 Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Emma Roberts

Emma has worked in publishing for many years, starting off as a magazine journalist before finding her way into kids’ books. She’s worked for big and small publishers; across all age groups and genres, including middle-grade fantasy, funny illustrated books, picture books, non-fiction and contemporary YA; and with a family of authors that includes Patrice Lawrence, Nikesh Shukla, Christopher Paolini, Shane Hegarty, A.M. Dassu, Andy Riley and Nadiya Hussain. Emma’s authors have won and been shortlisted for many prestigious national awards, including the Waterstones Book Prize, the YA Book Prize, the Costa Book Award and the British Book Award. She is a mentor for the All Stories programme, supporting authors from underrepresented backgrounds. Emma is also a published author herself, with her latest book, The Dragon Ark, coming out in 2020 (Booktrust Great Books Guide 2021).

Applications closed at midnight on Monday 13th December.
Successful applicants will be notified by midnight on Friday 17th December 2021.

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