The Emma Press

Get Inspired to Write for Children: Online Creative Writing Masterclasses from The Emma Press

We’re hosting a series of online practical masterclasses exploring the craft of writing for children!

Maybe you’ve always wanted to write for children, or perhaps you’d like to create something special for a child you know? You might have tried writing something for young people, but are feeling stuck or lost and are looking to re-ignite your enthusiasm…

Our online creative writing masterclasses seek to inspire and develop your creative practice through a range of writing tasks, open discussion and supportive advice. The sessions will focus on different aspects of children’s literature and writing for pleasure with purpose and are conducted by industry professionals with a range of experiences:

  • Tues 25th Oct: Sohini Basak, on nature and magic in children’s poetry (book now)
  • Tues 8th Nov: Craig Barr-Green, on the importance of picturebooks (book now)
  • Tues 15th Nov: Craig Barr-Green, on journeys and structure in picturebooks (book now)
  • Tues 22nd Nov: Kate Wakeling, on musiciality and play in children’s poetry (book now)
  • Tues 6th Dec: Leila Rasheed, on developing compelling characters who have agency (tickets released soon)
  • Tues 13th Dec: Karl Knights, on the importance of inclusivity and representation of disability in children’s books (book now)

Book your place

Tickets are available via Eventbrite, with two types of ticket available for each event.

  1. Workshop participant: £15 (maximum twelve participants per workshop)

Purchasing this ticket will enable you to attend the entire live online workshop, comprising a one-hour masterclass and half-hour discussion. After the class, you’ll also receive a link to watch the recorded event for up to one month (as a workshop participant, you don’t need to purchase a separate ‘Watch Later Recording’ ticket).

  1. Watch Later Recording: £5

This ticket is aimed at people who aren’t able to attend live. It enables you to access a recording of the one-hour masterclass (not the participant discussion) and materials on demand for up to one month after the event.

We’re offering three free ‘first-come, first-served’ places to low-income writers at every workshop: if this is you, just select a free ticket.

All ticket-holders will also receive a discount code for 30% off all our children’s books, valid for 1 month after the event.

This series has been made possible by our Arts Council England Elevate funding.

For further information please contact: 

Georgia Wall, Publishing Assistant, The Emma Press

georgia [at] theemmapress [dot] com

About The Emma Press:

The Emma Press is an award-winning independent publishing house based in the Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham. It was founded in 2012 by Emma Dai’an Wright and is dedicated to producing beautiful, thought-provoking books for adults and children, and to making poetry accessible to everyone. The Emma Press publishes themed anthologies, illustrated chapbooks and children’s poetry and fiction, with a growing list of translations which includes titles from Latvia, Estonia, Indonesia, Spain and the Netherlands. 

The Emma Press is an independent publisher specialising in poetry, short fiction and children’s books. We are trying to make publishing and literature as welcoming and accessible as possible.
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