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The Golden Egg Academy

We are a team of experienced children’s publishing and creative writing professionals providing traditional structural editing, industry-led direction and networking opportunities to talented writers for children.

Led by Imogen Cooper, previously Head of Fiction for Chicken House Publishing, Golden Egg provides talks, workshops, and one2one editorial support.

A foot in the door

We cater for writers who wish to submit their work to agents and publishers. Golden Egg works closely with Barry Cunningham at Chicken House Publishing, with whom we have a First Look Deal for fiction writers. The Academy also has a First Look Deal with Andersen Press for picture book writers.

Through our highly experienced editors, we also have strong links with a number of other publishing houses such as Hodder, Egmont and David Fickling Books, and with literary agents such as Ben Illis, Kirsty Mclachlan and Kate Shaw.

Writing Community

Here at Golden Egg we have a supportive writing community. We’ve created a unique support network via our Golden Egg Writing Buddies. Every member of Golden Egg is assigned to a Writing Buddy, someone who has advanced through the Golden Egg programme and has the experience and knowledge to guide you, support you and give you advice – an informal mentor to help integrate you into the Golden Egg community.


Golden Egg really helps crack open the potential in promising writing for children. The sessions stimulate, challenge and help craft ideas using techniques that really make a difference.

Barry Cunningham OBE, Publisher and MD, The Chicken House
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Golden Egg Academy offers editorial sessions from some of the best in the business and it does much more than that as well: it provides a unique environment in which authors can feel nurtured, inspired and supported.

Kate Shaw, Literary Agent, The Viney Agency

Encouraging, nurturing, teaching, mentoring and gently teasing out a writer's true potential, the truly inspiring, extremely able and highly approachable minds behind The GEA combine to provide genuine results.

Ben Illis, Literary Agent, The BIA

Coming Up

Venue: Scholastic Children's Books, London
With: Beverley Birch and Bella Pearson

Jul 16 th 2017

Suspense and Conflict

Venue: Scholastic Children's Books, London
With: Sarah Mussi

Jul 22 nd 2017

Mapping Your Novel

Venue: Scholastic Children's Books, London
With: Imogen Cooper

Sep 16 th 2017

Show, Don’t Tell

Venue: Scholastic Children's Books, London
With: Imogen Cooper and Dr Vanessa Harbour