Laura Atkins
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"Laura has given me the confidence to start working on my own novel for teenagers, and I know that if I want high quality, focused feedback she is the person to ask..." [more]
—Astrid Holm MA

 

"[Laura's] balance of constructive criticism and intelligent encouragement are just right, and she always has her focus on the main prize — getting published — offering great contacts to agents and writing competitions..."
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"I found Laura's workshops challenging without ever being daunting, and her comments on people's work astute yet always encouraging..." [more]
—Suzi Hopkins

 

"Laura offers lots of positive feedback, encouragement, constructive criticism and the feeling that she genuinely enjoys reading her students' work, even when she's pointing out the obvious and not-so-obvious flaws..."
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CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOPS

I sometimes run creative writing for young people workshops aimed at those who have been interested in writing for children, or who have started to develop stories, but are looking for guidance in going further. Workshops are interactive, and involve excercises in opening up creativity, developing your writing in terms of voice, character, and plot, and an opportunity for group work and feedback.

I don't currently have a workshop scheduled, but plan to set some up and also to establish a monthly writing group in Berkeley/the Bay Area. Here are details about my most recent workshop (and you can read a blog post about it
here):

Saturday 23rd July, 2012, 9:30-5:30 pm
Writing Children's Books and Getting Published
Village Hall, Rodmell (once home to Virginia Woolf)
Price: £50

This intensive one-day workshop is for anyone who wants to learn about writing for young readers and trying to get published. We will cover topics such as defining books for children, developing a strong plot, using language effectively, creating memorable characters, and tips on trying to get published. With a combination of group discussion and writing exercises, we will cover picture books, early chapter books and writing for teens. 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.

The workshop will take place in the picturesque village of Rodmell, once home to Virginia and Leonard Woolf, just three miles south of Lewes (near Brighton). The session will be held in the the Village Hall (parking available). To keep the price as low as possible, I'm asking people to bring their own lunch. Advice available if you wish to book accommodation - please contact me to discuss details and to book your place.

I am a Senior Lecturer at the National Centre for Research in Children's Literature (NCRCL) at Roehampton University where I teach creative writing at undergraduate and MA level. I have been a children’s book editor, a judge for the London Writer’s Competition, and director of the Brighton Children's Book Festival. For more about my background, visit the About Me section of the website.

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I also run a monthly writing support group. If you are near the Brighton and Lewes area and would be interested in joining this group, please contact me.