Monday, June 30, 2014
Thursday, June 26, 2014
I started an MA in Creative Writing for Children in September. I have completed two modules. The assignments for the both have been sent in, marked and I'm pleased with the results. So far we have covered the picture book, early years and fiction for children - I focused on the 7 to 9 age range. I decided to do more than the assignment. I now have two completed pieces, the picture book and early years series, ready to send out.
My third idea for a series of books for 7 to 9 year old needs more work, but I'm confident I can use the skills I have developed in my first year at university to polish my idea. Plus, I'm hoping the Sarah Lean workshop I am going to at the weekend will provide inspiration for my other work.
This doesn't mean that I will automatically find someone interested in my work, but it's definitely nice to have projects completed. The list makers out there know the importance of a nice big tick in a check box.
Those who read my blog will know I write educational resources. My editor told me a few weeks ago that if I wanted them to continue to sell the books, I would need to rewrite the teacher notes so they are in line with the changes to KS3. That was a challenge for me, and I'm glad I have finished the task.
I've written a few articles. And worked as a host at the Winchester Writers' Festival last weekend, which was really useful for networking. All in all the despair at the workload is starting to lift at last!
Sunday, June 22, 2014
Each year they offer around 800 individual one--to-one appointments available for delegates wanting to speak to literary agents, commissioning editors and award-winning authors.
Last year unpublished writer Jenny McLachlan met literary agent Julia Churchill at the Festival. This year she's returning to launch her first YA novel, Flirty Dancing, published by Bloomsbury.
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
2. Remove all other references to the pre-Sept 2014 AFs or levels throughout the remainder of the resource.
3. Remove all references to the National Literacy Strategy or SATs
4. Add any notes to your Teacher’s Introduction that acknowledges the new curriculum requirements and how your resource will help support teachers.
I'm now heavily committed to my MA in Creative Writing. I'm in a lets be creative and get words down on a page. I really don't want to do this task before me...but I'm also a professional who quite likes getting paid.
So with a sad and heavy heart I realised I just had to get on with it.
Saturday, June 7, 2014
We are a lively bunch of writers, who are all enthusiastic about our own various projects; including novels, short stories, children's literature and poetry.
We meet every Friday at 10 o'clock at Lovedean Village Hall.
An eclectic group from various backgrounds, and skill levels. Some just enjoy writing for the pleasure, some looking to get published.
As a group we look to produce a souvenir book every year. All our members are encouraged to get their work in the book.
New members are always welcome
Come along to see us and you'll always get a warm welcome.
We can be found every Friday from 10am - 12.30, in the small hall at Lovedean Village Hall
Lovedean Village Hall
Staunton County Park, Middle Park Way, Havant PO9 5HB
Farm and gardens admission
- Adult: £7.50
- Senior Citizen: £6.50
Macmillan Coffee Morning