Masterclasses

Led by top industry professionals and published authors, masterclasses are run throughout the year in addition to our core courses.

Opportunities to invest in you and your writing with the Golden Egg Academy. For members and non-members alike!

Masterclasses: an opportunity to enhance your writing skills by spending time in a small, focused group, working with a specialist. Open to the Egg-curious.

Writers’ Days: 1.5-hour guest panel talk with Q&A followed by an optional ‘break out’ afternoon in which you can work on your writing, individually or in groups, with input from the Golden Egg Editors. Open to the Egg-curious.

For more information contact vanessa@goldeneggacademy.co.uk.

Tickets available below.

Writers' Day: Social Media and Marketing - Saturday 22nd June 2019

with Annaliese Avery and Vanessa Harbour
Saturday 22nd June 2019, 10.30am – 4.30pm

Scholastic Offices, London
£95

Social media? Marketing? But I’m a WRITER! Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Tumblr, website, so much choice it can be bamboozling.

Annaliese Avery, social media influencer, and Vanessa Harbour, author (and PR consultant in her past life!) will share their experiences and discuss the importance of an online presence. The session will end with a Q&A. In the afternoon there will be a chance to work individually or in groups on online profiles or general writing tasks.

About the Leaders:

Vanessa Harbour holds a doctorate in writing for children. Her critically acclaimed debut novel, Flight, was published in 2018 by Firefly Press. Vanessa is also a senior lecturer in Creative Writing at Winchester University as well as Head of Business and Academic Relations for GEA and former PR consultant.

Annaliese Avery is a writer, head librarian, editor-in-training and GEA Social Secretary. She regularly hosts month-long themed events on Twitter involving published authors, agents and other industry professionals. She has been described as a social media influencer on many an occasion!

For more information contact: vanessa@goldeneggacademy.co.uk

Tickets available here: Social Media and Marketing

Half-Day Masterclass: Inclusivity and Authenticity: Why it's Important - Saturday 6th July 2019

with Aimée Felone
Saturday 6th July 2019, 1pm – 4.30pm

Scholastic Offices, London
£95

Aimée Felone and guest panel TBC will discuss the importance of ‘windows’ and ‘mirrors’ in fiction for children. Join a pertinent talk on the importance of diversity and inclusion, how to ensure authenticity and the difficulties facing authors writing outside their experience.

About the Leaders:

Aimée Felone left her position at Scholastic UK to set up Knights Of with her co-worker. Knights Of champions and publishes writers and illustrators from diverse backgrounds.

Panel members TBC

For more information contact: vanessa@goldeneggacademy.co.uk

Tickets available here: Inclusivity and Authenticity: Why it’s Important

Writers' Day: Journey from Egg to Published Author and Beyond - Sunday 7th July 2019

with Vashti Hardy, Jennifer Killick, hosted by Vanessa Harbour
Sunday 7th July 2019, 10.30am – 4.30pm

Scholastic Offices, London
£95

Join Vashti Hardy and Jennifer Killick for a talk on the highs and lows of working with Golden Egg, finding an agent and publisher and life post publishing contract. They will discuss deadlines, resilience, maintaining creative flow and talking to hoards of excitable children; part and parcel of a day in the life of a 21st-century children’s author.

After the panel and Q&A, attendees are free to take part in guided writing activities and/or small group discussion.

About the Leaders:

Vashti Hardy author of Brightstorm: A Sky-Ship Adventure and Wildspark: A Ghost Machine Adventure. Both published by Scholastic with a sequel to Brightstorm also planned.

Jennifer Killick author of Alex Sparrow and the Really Big Stink, Alex Sparrow and the Furry Fury and her new series Mo, Lottie and the Junkers. Coming shortly Alex Sparrow and the Zombie Apocalypse in September, then Crater Lake early 2020. All published by Firefly Press.

Vanessa Harbour holds a doctorate in writing for children. Her critically acclaimed debut novel, Flight, was published in 2018 by Firefly Press. Vanessa is also a senior lecturer in Creative Writing at Winchester University as well as Business and Academic Relations with GEA and former PR consultant.

For more information contact: vanessa@goldeneggacademy.co.uk

Tickets available here: Journey From Egg to Published Author and Beyond

Masterclass: The Authentic Voice - Saturday 13th July 2019

with Bella Pearson and Beverley Birch
Saturday 13th July 2019, 11am – 5pm

Scholastic Offices, London
£195

Terms such as ‘voice’, ‘tone’, ‘point of view’, ‘show, don’t tell’, are often used in criticism; novels are turned down not because the story is bad, but because of the ‘traditional style of narration’, an ‘intrusive authorial voice’, a ‘pedestrian style’, because the ‘characters don’t come alive’, because the ‘story can’t be “felt” by the reader’, etc.

But how do these elements manifest themselves in the writing? How can you make your story the one that really ‘speaks’ to the reader? One that is told in the most engaging and lively way possible, maintaining the integrity of your ideas, and through voices that are apt, authentic, consistent and interesting.

Bella and Beverley will help participants to reach a clear understanding of the effects of different approaches, their strengths and limitations, and what contributes to the kind of criticisms listed above.

About the Leaders:

Bella Pearson, formerly Publishing Director at David Fickling Books, now runs her own independent publishing house, Guppy Books. She has edited well-known authors such as Costa nominated Candy Gourlay, John Boyne, Jenny Downham and Golden Egg’s own Lisa Williamson.

Beverley Birch is a children’s author and experienced editor. She was most notably Senior Commissioning Editor at Hodder Children’s Books. Her new book, Kisiri, will be published in 2020 by Guppy Books.

For more information contact: vanessa@goldeneggacademy.co.uk

Tickets available here: The Authentic Voice

Masterclass: Character Psyche and Senses - Sunday 8th September 2019

with Kate Maryon
Sunday 8th September 2019, 11am – 5pm

Scholastic Offices, London
£195

Psychotherapist and children’s author, Kate Maryon, brings us Psyche & Senses, an experiential adventure into the depths of character, working to support you in creating living, breathing, utterly believable characters that grip your readers’ attention from the beginning and have them cheering them on to the finishing line.

About the Leader:

Kate is an experienced somatic transformational psychotherapist as well as successful children’s author. Her titles include middle-grade novels, most recently A Sea of Stars published by Harper Collins Children’s Books, as well as picture books, My Sister is Bigger Than Me published by Jonathan Cape.

For more information contact: vanessa@goldeneggacademy.co.uk

Tickets available here: Character Psyche and Senses

Masterclass: Action and Dramatic Tension - Saturday 21st September 2019

with Bella Pearson and Beverley Birch
Saturday 21st September 2019, 11am – 5pm

Scholastic Offices, London
£195

You’ve had the rejection letters and feedback: ‘Not a lot happens; Doesn’t grip me enough; Not surprising or exciting enough to hold attention in a very competitive market; Not enough happens to sufficiently engage young readers against everything else competing for their attention; Too slow; Not keeping me turning the pages; Good opening, but then everything goes slack …’

But YOU know that your story takes your character on a life-changing journey, full of meaning.

Join Beverley and Bella for a workshop exploring the nature of action and dramatic tension, on finding it in your own story and bringing it effectively to the surface. The course will help you understand how to best sweep your readers into and through the story, gripping them and pulling them through every page.

About the Leaders:

Bella Pearson, formerly Publishing Director at David Fickling Books, now runs her own independent publishing house, Guppy Books. She has edited well-known authors such as Costa nominated Candy Gourlay, John Boyne, Jenny Downham and Golden Egg’s own Lisa Williamson.

Beverley Birch is a children’s author and experienced editor. She was most notably Senior Commissioning Editor at Hodder Children’s Books. Her new book, Kisiri, will be published in 2020 by Guppy Books.

For more information contact: vanessa@goldeneggacademy.co.uk

Tickets available here: Action and Dramatic Tension