Writing for children and young adults, Opus Theatre

Panel discussion Writing for children and young adults, meet the authors – with Kevin Brooks, Elizabeth Dale, Katie Dale, Kathryn Evans and Kate O’Hearn.


“I don’t write for children. I write. And somebody says “That’s for children”
– Maurice Sendak

“Children’s books are harder to write. It’s tougher to keep a child interested because a child doesn’t have the concentration of an adult. The child knows the television is in the next room. It’s tough to hold a child, but it’s a lovely thing to try to do.” 
-Roald Dahl

10.00 – 10.55 Panel Discussion – Writing for children:

Join our panel to discuss why they chose to write for children, the particular joys and challenges it brings and to find out from each of them which authors inspired them in their early years. 

The panel will consider if there is a primary purpose in writing for children (entertain, educate, inform?) – For example, do they feel the need to convey a message as well as tell a story?

11.00 – 11.55 Panel Discussion – Being a writer of children’s fiction in 2018 

Our panel contains authors who write for children of all ages – from the very young to young adults; please join them to hear them discuss the process of writing for children.

This is an opportunity for those who are considering writing for children to hear established authors talk about themselves and their work, how they got to where they are and the writing process today – where they get their inspiration, how they manage to think like children and how they anticipate what they would like to read. 

The panel will also pass on tips to those wishing to pursue a writing career – including coping with rejection, whether you need an agent,  editing tips, how to submit your work,  useful organisations providing support and courses.

12.00 – 12.30 – Book signings

Please note that children aged under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

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