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South West London 20th October 2018

Event Details

Date: Saturday 20th October 2018

Time: 9:30am-3:30pm

Location: St Peter’s Centre, 31 Winstanley Rd, London SW11 2EZ

Author: Stephen Davies

Cost:  £85 for the course and community membership. Further £25 if you would like to submit a sample of your work for individual critique.

Timetable for the day

Theory and practice sessions offer insider advice on how to write different kinds of children’s book: picture books, chapter books and young adult novels. These are interspersed with writer’s toolkit sessions designed to hone your craft. The day finishes with ten tips to maximize your chances of getting published, followed by a question and answer session.


Session 1: 9.30 – 10.15                   Writer’s toolkit: Show Don’t Tell

Session 2: 10.15 – 10.45                 Theory and Practice: How to write a picture book

10.45 – 11 Break

Session 3: 11 – 11.45                       Writer’s toolkit: Characters with attitude

Session 4: 11.45 – 12.15                 Theory and Practice: How to write a chapter book

12.15 – 13.00 Lunch

Session 5: 13.00 – 13.45                 Writer’s toolkit: Seven basic plots

Session 6: 13.45 – 14.15                 Theory and Practice: How to write a young adult novel

14.15 – 14.30 Break

Session 7: 14.30 – 14.45                 Ten tips to maximize your chance of getting published

Session 8: 14.45 – 15.15                 Q & A


Equipment needed: pen, paper and plenty of enthusiasm.


All about the author

Stephen has taught creative writing workshops in hundreds of schools across the UK and overseas. He has published picture books (illustrated by Christopher Corr), early readers, chapter books, young adult novels and TV tie-ins. His publishers include Scholastic, Andersen Press, Harper Collins, Pearson Educational and Rising Stars. See Stephen’s website for more details.

Two of Stephen’s published novels were written during National Novel Writing Month 2007 and 2013, before he became a full-time author. He loves NaNoWriMo and understands what it takes to combine a passion for writing with the demands of a day job.



Details on the Venue

St Peter’s Centre, 31 Winstanley Rd, London SW11 2EZ

St Peter’s Centre is a 5 minute walk from Clapham Junction, Grant Road exit.

The building has disabled access and toilet facilities.

Venue phone number: 020 7738 9943

Venue website:

Directions and parking:

If you’re coming from Clapham Junction station, take the Grant Road exit, turn left and then take the first right down Winstanley Road. Keep going past the corner shop, towards the park, and St Peter’s is on the left in the white building. There is free parking on the road if you can find a place.

If you’re walking, the building is right by the south western entrance of York Gardens park.

Lunch will not be provided. Please bring a packed lunch or find a nearby venue to purchase lunch from.


How to book a place.

Please contact Yvonne Lang at Authors Abroad to reserve a place –, 01535 656015 ext 9850

There will need to be a minimum of 12 participants to run the course. The workshop can hold a maximum of 30 to ensure the quality of the workshop is retained and everyone has a chance to share their work.

You will be informed if the course has sufficient numbers and is running by Friday 28th September and then asked for payment to guarantee your place.

Cost for the workshop is £85, you can pay an additional £25 at the time of booking or after the course to receive feedback on a sample of your work from Stephen that you can submit via the online forum.

Payment can be made via Paypal, cheque (made payable to Authors Abroad) or BACS transfer.

Please note that you will not be able to attend the course if you have not pre-paid.

Cancelling your place.

If you wish to cancel your place on the course please inform Yvonne as soon as possible. If you cancel before 28th September there will be no charge.

If you cancel after this date there will not be a charge if the class has sufficient numbers to run. However, if your cancellation is after 28th September and your cancellation brings the class to less than 12 attendees you will be billed £35 to enable the class to still run.