SCBWI

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NEAR EVESHAM: Writer’s Retreat 2020

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Date/Time
Date(s) - 20/03/2020 - 23/03/2020

Location
Holland House
Main Street - Cropthorne , Pershore WR10 3NB


Find focus and inspiration at the 2020 SCBWI Writers Retreat!

THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED

Need some inspired writing time to kick off the year? The popular SCBWI Writers Retreat returns to Holland House, Cropthorne, 20th-23rd March 2020. Set among three acres of gardens on the River Avon, it’s the perfect place to relax, focus, and learn.

Joining us will be award-winning children’s author Peter Bunzl, agent Joanna Moult of Skylark Literary, and Rebecca Hill, Usborne Fiction Editorial Director and the first ever children’s editor to be named Editor of the Year at the British Book Awards.

One-to-one sessions with a retreat speaker can be booked in advance.

Contacts:  Susan and Philippa at retreat@britishscbwi.org

 

PROGRAMME

 

PETER BUNZL: THE WRITING OF COGHEART + Q&A

 

WORKSHOP: MCGUFFINS AND MYSTERIES: HOW TO HOOK YOUR READER INTO YOUR CHARACTERS AND STORY

 

Peter BunzlPeter Bunzl is a huge SCBWI success story. His debut novel, Cogheart, Victorian steampunk adventures for kids, caused a stir at the 2014 Winchester Conference’s Friday Night Critique, was published by Usborne the following year, and went on to win numerous awards, including the 2018 Awesome Book Award and Waterstones’ coveted Children’s Book of the Month. It was one of only seventy books selected by the National Literacy Trust to be donated to schools in celebration of the Duchess of Cornwall’s seventieth birthday in 2017, and has now developed into a highly successful MG fantasy series. Cogheart, was shortlisted for the Waterstones Book Prize and the Branford Boase. Book 2, Moonlocket, came out in 2017, Book 3, Skycircus, in 2018 and Book 4 Shadowsea, the last in the series, is out in January 9th 2020. His story ‘Acorns, Biscuits and Treacle’ is the opening tale in Return to Wonderland, Macmillan Children’s Books 2019 celebration of Alice in Wonderland.

At this year’s retreat, he will discuss his writing process for the Cogheart Adventures, and some of the things you might consider when working on a series. Along the way, there will hopefully be time for detours into openings, archetypes, arcs, genre conventions, structure and cinematic storytelling. Also, if we’re very lucky, a bit of art and animation from Peter’s school visit talk…because why not?

Peter is also a BAFTA winning animator, as well as a writer and filmmaker.

You can find out more about Peter on:
twitter – @peterbunzl #CogheartAdventures
Instagram – @peter_bunzl
Facebook – facebook.com/peterbunzl
Or his website – peterbunzl.com

 

EDITOR REBECCA HILL: PUBLISHING BOOKS THAT PEOPLE WANT TO BUY

 

Rebecca HillIn May 2019, Usborne Fiction Editorial Director Rebecca Hill became the first children’s editor ever to be named Editor of the Year at the British Book Awards. This capped an extraordinary year for Usborne, in which they celebrated their best ever commercially successful and critically acclaimed period. Judges described Usborne’s fiction list as “brilliantly curated and successful”, and described Rebecca’s personal impact as “breaking new ground for Usborne”. So how did she do it? And how important to an author’s career is a great publishing team?

At the retreat, Rebecca will share how this magical mix of quality and saleability is balanced. What does Usborne look for in a manuscript? Why do they choose the stories that they publish? And, crucially, how can publishers and authors work together to build a successful book that readers will love?

Rebecca Hill’s first job after reading English Literature at university was in a bookshop. She then worked in International Sales for Dorling Kindersley, and edited ELT textbooks before discovering her true passion for children’s fiction with Usborne. She became Fiction Editorial Director in 2011. In 2017 she was selected for the Bookseller’s Rising Stars, an annual list of the UK book industry’s up-and-comers and future leaders of the trade. Rebecca has been shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award three times and won the award for editing Kick by Mitch Johnson in 2018. She edits Will Hill, winner of the 2018 YA Book Prize, bestselling authors Holly Bourne, Peter Bunzl, Sophie Anderson, PG Bell, and many more, as well as managing a department that’s home to Lara Williamson, Helena Duggan, Geraldine McCaughrean, Meredith Russo and Tamsin Winter. In 2018 Usborne fiction’s TCM sales grew over 28%.

 

LITERARY AGENT JOANNA MOULT: FINDING YOUR WAY IN THE CHILDREN’S/YOUNG ADULT BOOK MARKET

 

Joanna MoultIn an increasingly competitive market, what makes a book a ‘must have’ for agents and publishers? Literary agent Joanna Moult will talk us through how the publishing market has evolved recently, where it is now, and what you can do to make your work really stand out from the crowd. Skylark has gone from strength to strength since setting up just five years ago and specialises in finding and nurturing the very best new talent in children’s and YA fiction. The Guardian’s best books for summer 2019 list includes not one but two of their authors, Simon James Green and Charlotte Lo, and Skylark’s Alyssa Hollingsworth’s MG novel The Eleventh Trade triumphed in this year’s South Asia Book Award for Children’s and YA Literature. So what are agents and publishers looking for in an ideal manuscript, and what are the ingredients that can propel your story from ‘perhaps’ to ‘publication’?

Joanna co founded Skylark Literary, a specialist Children’s and YA literary agency, with Amber Caraveo in 2014. Their aim is to seek and support the very best writers for young people. Previously she was Editorial Director for Children’s Fiction at Mulcahy Conway Associates. Joanna began her publishing career with at Hodder Children’s Books and was there for many years, before becoming Senior Commissioning Editor at Simon & Schuster.

 

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