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Kid's Stuff! Learn to Write a Children's Book in a Day ...

... at this quickfire, comprehensive and very practical interactive masterclass on writing for children and teens led by 'My So-Called Haunting' and 'Snug as a Bug' author Tamsyn Murray, left. Suitable for beginners, writers with a manuscript stashed in a drawer, and those of you with an idea that you've never quite got around to putting on screen or paper. Now's your chance!

Date: Sunday 21 September 2014

Venue: The DoubleTree by Hilton hotel in Cambridge

Time: 10am - 4/5pm, but do come early - from 9.30am - to settle in with a coffee or tea and the DoubleTree's lovely breakfast pastries.

Price: £95, but discounts apply - just ask us.

*** Win lunch with me at the DoubleTree on a date to be agreed ... Just write the first sentence of a children's story and send to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or WriteStars' registered address, by 1 September***

If you've ever wanted to write for children, but don't know where to start, or have a work in progress, here's the chance to pick the brains of a friendly, popular children's author.

Tamsyn says ...

"Join me for a whirlwind workshop. We’ll cover everything you need to write for children and young adults through a mixture of teaching and fun exercises. Together, we’ll work out where to begin, what’s missing from your writing and how to make it sparkle in a crowded market. We’ll look at everything from character, setting and dialogue, to how to nail your own all-important voice – all in a single day!"

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Book now on 020 3078 7825 or email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

More from Tamsyn a little further down ... in the meantime, here are just three of her books ...

And a quick biography...

Tamsyn Murray is the bestselling author of the Afterlife series for teens, the Stunt Bunny series for younger readers and picture book Snug As A Bug. Her Cassidy Bond series for 8-12s, published by Usborne, launches in May 2015. Tamsyn has performed at countless festivals and schools and teaches Writing For Children at London City University.

Left is Podere la Foce, ia glorious family-owned villa in the Tuscan hills, where Tamsyn may be teaching a week's workshop this autumn. For further details, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Back to Tamsyn - with a note to all aspiring writers ...

"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 give 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 and I'm no exception. Come and join me in Cambridge and learn in one day the writing secrets it took me a lifetime to uncover."

 

Tamsyn on a visit to Ealing Hospital in London, with some of the hospital's staff

 

And on stage at the Hay Festival. NB, you do not have to wear bunny ears to come to Tamsyn's workshop!