A note from Tamsyn Murray … that’s Tamsyn in the middle with her book ‘Snug as a Bug’, on a visit to Ealing Hospital in London. Tamsyn will be teaching her masterclass ‘Kid’s Stuff’ on how to write for children and young adults, at the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel in Cambridge this Sunday, 21 September, and this is what she says about the value of having someone tell you how to write for this rapidly growing genre …
“I wish I’d taken some courses when I was starting to write. I wish I’d had someone to tell me how to create characters, how to create a story structure, how to show instead of tell and what I absolutely needed to avoid doing. It would have saved me a lot of time.
Writing fiction is a solitary business, spent mostly in your own head with people who don’t exist. A lot of the time there are no rules, and it’s one of the few skill-based occupations where you don’t need a single qualification to give it a try. But that doesn’t mean you can’t learn a lot from the people who’ve flattened the path ahead of you. And if I’d seen a course specifically about writing for children and young adults, I’d have taken it, because courses like that are giving you the key to unlock the door to your own scintillating stories. Students who have taken my Writing for Children course in the past agree that they feel better equipped and more able to write afterwards. Not only that, they have tools to ensure they won’t lose interest part way through, won’t create wooden characters and will get to The End.
Writers tend to be a generous bunch, keen to share what they’ve learned along the way … so come and join me in Cambridge and learn in one day the writing secrets it took me a lifetime to uncover!”
… And enjoy an informal, friendly lunch on Sunday with Tamsyn and your fellow attendees.
Any queries, please don’t hesitate to call Rachel at WriteStars on 020 3078 7825 or email on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lots more information on our home page, just click on Tamsyn’s course under the cartoon.
Hope to see you there!