Society of
Children's Book Writers
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Date(s) - 19/09/2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Lukin Pub
4 Conway Mews - London, WC2 0RL


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 in three sentences or less? 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 are part of the BookBound team who run 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 member.

The workshop will run on 19 September between 7-9pm at The Lukin in Fitzrovia, near Goodge Street tube.

KAREN BALLKaren Ball The Bookseller

Named a Rising Star of 2017 by The Bookseller, Karen Ball has over 25 years's experience of the publishing industry and expertise in Intellectual Property. Her

career includes periods as Head of Editorial at Working Partners and Publisher at Little, Brown Books For Young Readers. She has commissioned some of the

bestselling series of the past 15 years – from Beast Quest to Frankie’s Magic Football. In September 2016 she launched Speckled Pen, a creative consultancy aimed at helping content generators develop publisher-facing projects.

She has worked with publishers, licence owners, authors and agents. Karen has authored over 20 books, writes one of the UK’s leading sewing blogs at Did You Make That and has contributed to The Guardian.

Together with three industry friends, she organises the Book Bound writers’ retreat, aimed at children’s and YA authors.

Karen lives in Walthamstow with her miniature schnauzer, Ella.


Sara Grant_2016Sara 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 has given writing workshops in the US, UK and Europe as part of Book Bound ( and teaches a master’s class on writing for children/teens at Goldsmiths University. She co-founded Undiscovered Voices – which has launched the writing careers of thirty-seven authors, who now have written more than 200 children’s books. ( She is also a member of The Edge, eight UK-based authors working together writing a blog and running events across the country. (

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. She lives in London.


This event is fully booked.