My latest e-mailing (if you'd like to be added to my mailing list, please write to me Laura@lauraatkins.com):
I hope all are enjoying the shift to autumn weather. It's a great time of year to stay warm and write - and I'll be running a creative writing workshop (details below). Please feel free to pass this to anyone who might be interested.
I also wanted to give people the date for the 2008 Brighton Children's Book Festival, which will run with the theme of Leaping from the Page. We'll showcase ways in which children's books are adapted (such as through film, radio or TV), as well as look at ways that children's books literally leap from page (pop-ups), or are translated (into cover illustrations, etc.). This will take place the weekend of April 19th at the University of Brighton, and will include lectures and workshops for children and adults. Watch this space, and please let me know if you'd like to hear more or be involved in some way.
And for those who knew I was pregnant, you might be interested to know that we had a little girl. Cassiopeia was born on May 27th and is doing very well.
Here are full details for the writing workshop:
WRITING FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE with Laura Atkins
Wednesday October 31st – Wednesday 21st November (4 weeks)
7 – 9 pm at Brighton Writers’ Centre
£44/£40 concs, Friends of THE SOUTH £40/£36 concs
Have you ever thought about writing for children or teens, or started to write a picture book or novel but felt you needed more direction or help? This series of workshops will offer a great deal of group work and support, with focused themes, writing exercises, and sharing of books and strategies. Whether you are already an experienced writer for children, or have always felt it was something you wanted to try, this could be the perfect way to develop your writing aspirations.
Laura Atkins has been a children’s book editor, a judge for the London Writer’s Competition, and has taught at both undergraduate and MA level. She runs children’s literature conferences and events including directing the first Brighton Children's Book Festival in April 2007 in partnership with THE SOUTH.This workshop follows her first successful workshop series in 2006 which turned into an on-going writers’ support group. For more on Laura Atkins, visit her website: www.lauraatkins.com
‘I liked Laura’s style and constructive criticism.’
BOOKING AND INFORMATION
Book your place through THE SOUTH, either on their website (www.thesouth.org.uk) or by emailing Ella Burns: email@example.com
The workshop will run at THE SOUTH, Brighton Writers’ Centre, 49 Grand Parade, Brighton BN1 3RR, a 10 minute walk from Brighton station. There is pay and display parking in nearby streets and free parking after 6 pm.
Please let me know if you would like more information about any of the above. I'm happy to answer any questions or give more details.
All the best,
And because I can't help myself, here's a recent picture of Cassy