Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

NORTH EAST – Workshop: Writing for Others with Patrice Lawrence

Date(s) - 16/11/2019
11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Central Library, York
Museum Street - York, Yorkshire YO1 7DS

Join award-wining author Patrice Lawrence for an essential workshop on writing outside of your own experiences.

Can white writers create authentic characters who are not white? Can atheists write believable stories about faith? Can a straight writer focus a story on an LGBT character that LGBT readers will recognise and feel respects and reflects their experience? Through discussion and exercises, we will explore ways in to writing characters that have different life experiences and backgrounds to our own. We will cover:

Understanding the controversies and risks

Stereotypes – challenging and embracing

Exploring authenticity


Patrice Lawrence is an award-winning writer of stories for children and young people.  Orangeboy, her debut book for young adults was shortlisted for the Costa Children’s Book Award, won the Bookseller YA Prize and Waterstones Prize for Older Children’s Fiction and has been shortlisted for many regional awards. She is a judge for the BBC Young Writers Awards, Little Rebels Awards and is a member of the Booktrust Represents diversity advisory panel.