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Creative Saturday: Finding the Magic - Writing for Children

Saturday 20 April 2024, 10:00 - 16:00
Percy Building, Newcastle University

Course details

Tutors: Chloe Daykin and Liz Flanagan

In this workshop we will experiment with playful techniques to engage young readers, developing character, plot and setting to create a magical bag of fresh ideas. Chloe and Liz will share their inspirations and approaches and by the end of the day you will have the shape of a short piece of fiction, and/or the beginnings of a longer piece and a selection of inspiring jumping off points to add to your creative toolbox.

Chloe Daykin won a ARHC studentship to study the MA in Creative Writing at Newcastle University where she graduated with distinction. Her debut novel Fish Boy (Faber & Faber, 2017) was nominated for the Carnegie Medal, longlisted for the UKLA and shortlisted for the Branford Boase children’s debut of the year. She won the inaugural Julia Darling Fellowship to research her second novel The Boy Who Hit Play (Faber & Faber, 2018) and her third novel, Fire Girl Forest Boy (Faber & Faber, 2019) won the Gandys Children’s Travel Book of the Year.

Liz Flanagan is an award-winning author and tutor who writes for children and young adults. Her books include the Wildsmith series (UCLan Publishing), illustrated by Joe Todd-Stanton; the Legends of the Sky series (UCLan Publishing), and Eden Summer (David Fickling Books, 2017) which was nominated for the Carnegie Medal. Liz was a lecturer in Creative Writing at Newcastle University.

Course fee: £40

In the unlikely event of the course being cancelled, a full refund will be given. Otherwise refunds are not available.

Photograph: Chloe Daykin

Black and white headshot of Ann Coburn smiling at the camera