We are a team of experienced children’s publishing and creative writing professionals providing inspiration, industry-led direction and networking opportunities to talented writers for children.
Led by Imogen Cooper, formerly Editorial Director for The Chicken House, Golden Egg provides talks, workshops, and one2one editorial support. We cater for writers who wish to submit their work to agents and publishers. Golden Egg works closely with Barry Cunningham at The Chicken House and has strong links with other publishing houses and literary agents.
I think your set up is brilliant and original … I am very happy to join in and help Golden Egg as much as I can.
Writing is a brave but also lonely path to walk. Thank you, Imogen, for setting up such a wonderful initiative.
“I might never have been published if it wasn’t for the support and expertise of The Golden Egg Academy.
M. G. Leonard, author of Beetle Boy, winner of the Branford Boase Prize, longlisted for the Carnegie Prize, shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, sold to 36 territories
“Equips writers splendidly!
James Nicol, author of The Apprentice Witch, WHSmith and Asda chart entry, longlisted for the Branford Boase Prize, reviewed in The New York Times, sold to 10 territories including the USA
“Golden Egg is genuinely a writer’s ‘journey through the back of the wardrobe’ moment.
Vashti Hardy, author agented by Kate Shaw
“In these challenging times in the children’s publishing industry, publishers require writers to reach a far higher standard ahead of securing their first contract than was expected only a few years ago. Where many others fall short, The Golden Egg Academy succeeds in arming writers with all the requisite tools to blossom as writers and achieve this hallowed state.
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. I have no hesitation in recommending their services to clients, prospective clients and, in fact, to anyone who is serious about making it in the highly competitive world of writing for younger minds.
Ben Illis, Literary Agent
“So, what’s working on your story with Golden Egg like? It’s like coming home as a writer, to a place where words, stories and writing for children are the shared passions of like-minded people. There are two aspects of this process that are particularly powerful. Firstly, there’s the excellent, if daunting, forensic skill of the editors. They get story, get under the skin of yours and ask deep, incisive questions. Secondly, there’s the opportunity to be part of a genuinely caring writing community. You’ll meet lots of fellow writers, fascinating people who share your obsession and understand the journey you’re on.
Andrew Wright, Golden Egg Academy Student
“I found the report on my novel so helpful and insightful. It was really great to talk through the ideas I’ve had since and the ways in which I’ve been addressing some of the issues raised.
Rhian Ivory, author of The Boy Who Drew the Future, nominated for the Carnegie Prize, selected for The Telegraph’s Best Young Adult Books of 2015
Imogen was previously Editorial Director at The Chicken House where she helped many debut authors achieve their potential. These include international best-selling author, Rachel Ward, author of... Read more