You've all heard of the BBC 500 Words Children's Writing Competition right? No?? Where have you been...
Click here immediately: 500 Words.
You have less than ONE WEEK to get your entries in.
Guess who has been accepted as one of the judges?
I'm not one of the big name, glitzy, very famous judges, but I still get to read lots of your gorgeous stories.
Get scribbling everyone and Good Luck!
The other great thing about the visit was that two of my books were being read in different classes. Y4 were reading EATS and Y6 Jarred Dreams. Having my books read to a class and discussed was one of my dream goals as a Children's Author. It is an amazing feeling when it happens. I especially like it when children discuss my books and the characters. Something which was only within my head becomes real.
I'm still waiting for another dream of mine to come true. I'd love to see someone reading one of my books, maybe on a train, or waiting in an airport, or somewhere unexpected, so that I can say, 'I wrote that book' and see the look on their face. One day! Meanwhile thanks to Waterside Academy for such a wonderful visit. Going to schools really is my all time favourite part of being an Author.
Oh the fame - the fame.
I'm on the The Literacy Consultancy website and due to go out in their newsletter this week. The TLC article is all about a story that I had critiqued because I won it as part of my Mslexia prize and how Serial Mash has now agreed to buy it.
If you would like to read the article, here is the link: TLC Article
I hope you all got lots of gorgeous books for Christmas.
Since I last blogged about what children's books I'm reading I have since read:
The Time of Green Magic by Hilary McKay
Not My Fault by Cath Howe
Madame Badobedah by Sophie Dahl
Wed Wabbit by Lissa Evans
Brightstorm (book 1) by Vashti Hardi
and I've just finished
The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke
All of them I have reviewed on Goodreads, well except the last one, as I've only just put the book down. It was brilliant - wish I'd written that one.
Another great school visit and my first time with working with students in years 8 and 9. The visit was a complete surprise to some students, who has been rewarded with the Creative Writing Workshop for making such a good start in the new year.
The reason that I am pointing to my band T-shirt (CHIC) is that the visit coincided with Radio 6's Wear Your Band T-shirt To Work Day #TshirtDay
You can catch me next at The Royal Albert Docks on Saturday 7 December at the Children's Book Fair which runs from 2-5pm.
I've got two half an hour sessions where I will be chatting about my books, doing a couple of readings and answering questions. I'll be around for book signings too.
The event is totally FREE for anyone to attend and there are other authors there too.
To find out more please click on this link: Royal Albert Docks
You can read about how I am now officially a success story of the Write Mentor programme by clicking on this link: Write Mentor
If you don't already know about this organisation and you're a budding children's or young adult writer then I can't recommend it highly enough.
Write Mentor has many different aspects to it and allows you to take a step closer to becoming published. Here's what their website says:WriteMentor started as a small, voluntary programme to help writers of children’s fiction take the next step in their writing career. Since, it has grown and we now offer paid mentoring (via Spark), weekend workshops across the UK, our 15 week intensive online courses, the Children’s Novel Award and our exciting online conference, WOW-CON! WriteMentor is highly inclusive and we endeavour to make all of our opportunities as affordable and accessible as possible. We regularly offer scholarships and free opportunities, so do keep an eye out for those.
It's well worth taking a look. I enrolled onto the SPARK programme, which is paid mentoring. It was very affordable and everything via email so easy too. You get access to all kinds of additional information and support, and every month you can bypass the slush pile and apply directly to the SPARK agents.
I'm really happy that I took part. It made a big difference to me. You can read more about my experience by reading my interview: Write Mentor Interview
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