Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

SCOTLAND: Developing a Sustainable Career in Writing with MAISIE CHAN

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Date(s) - 29/01/2022
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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Getting an agent is hard. Getting published is…arguably even harder. But what then?

How do you build a sustainable career as a writer?

How do you broaden your focus and take advantage of other opportunities that will not only enhance your own practice but might allow you to make a life-long career in children’s books?

And maybe give a little back?

In this discussion with successful author Maisie Chan, we will get a glimpse into the wide-ranging career she has built and continues building. And there will be an added bonus of a Q&A at the end!

Read on to find out more about our guest.

Maisie Chan is a British Chinese children’s author from Birmingham. She has written early readers for Hachette and Big Cat Collins and has a collection of myths and legends out with Scholastic. She is the author of Danny Chung Does Not Do Maths (U.K.) also known as Danny Chung Sums It Up (U.S.), and the Tiger Warrior chapter book series (M Chan).

Maisie was also featured in the highly acclaimed anthology The Very Merry Murder Club in 2021. She runs Bubble Tea Writers Network to support and encourage writers of East and Southeast Asian (ESEA) descent in the U.K, founded the Glasgow Children’s Writers Group, and is a MEGAPHONE mentor. Danny Chung Does Not Do Maths has been shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Awards 2022. Maisie was also appointed as the 2020 Gavin Wallace Fellow at Moat Brae, becoming their first writer in residence and a Sharp Shorts awardee for screenwriting (‘Folding’ 2020-2021)

She has a dog called Miko who has big eyes and lives in Glasgow with her family.

A small number of fully-funded tickets are available for groups underrepresented in children’s publishing, including anyone excluded due to financial considerations. Email us directly at for more details.