Academy Plan

The Golden Egg Academy Plan

Two intermediate one-year courses providing essential tools

 for a career in writing for children.

You’re a creative person and proud of your manuscript, and you should be. It’s an early draft but you’re starting to think seriously about a career in writing for children. You’re not afraid of hard work or commitment, you read lots, may have attended a course in the past, but you’d like to work with an expert who ‘gets you’ and your story. You’d also like the support of a writing community to keep you focused.

On the Academy Plan you receive personal advice and guidance from industry experts. You learn how to develop your creativity and manuscript to the next level, applying techniques to engage with the age group you’re writing for, and understand the demands of the ever changing publishing world.

Flying high? In exceptional circumstances, at the end of Year One, you may be invited to join our Mentoring Plan. However, our industry experts advise that you would still need to attend all Academy Plan workshops.

Year One
Two intakes: January – December 2017 OR July 2017 – June 2018

Year Two
Two intakes: July 2017 – June 2018 OR TBC

Scroll down for further information about the Academy Plan. Click HERE to view workshop descriptions and dates.

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Course overview

In between workshops you will be working hard to improve your manuscript, applying what you’ve learned, as well as getting clear direction from one2one editor meetings. At the end of each year you will be able to apply for a full editor report to assess your progress. In order to build on Year One it is expected you will progress onto Year Two.

So you’re serious about a writing career but have you ever considered why some children’s novels fail to resonate with an audience? Sometimes it is because the core storyline is not fully developed or contains characters with little or no emotional depth. Sometimes it is the writing style that doesn’t connect, or the author hasn’t understood the readership.

Therefore the Academy Plan will address essential elements necessary when writing for children:

  • Creating a bond between the reader and characters
  • The importance of the invisible story structure
  • Dramatisation and timing of events
  • Story drive and changes across the story structure
  • Character voice, flaws, conflict, and emotional change
  • World building and setting
  • Editorial response and creativity

Run by our industry editors and published authors, both one-year courses on the Academy Plan consist of:

  • five workshops carefully selected to help you develop and inform your writing and editing process.
  • three editorial surgeries at which you will discuss one third of your novel previously reviewed in detail by your editor. Please note, your editor will have read your full manuscript prior to the first editorial.
  • a Academy Plan manual including course information and editorial notes
  • a Writing Buddy for informal support and guidance
  • membership to the Golden Egg private Facebook forums
  • priority booking for all Golden Egg social events where you can network with publishers, industry agents and published authors
  • specific social media opportunities to network with publishers, industry agents and published authors
  • regular Q&A forum
  • monthly newsletter with industry and Golden Egg updates
  • a Academy Plan certificate of completion

If your tutors think you are ready, at the end of Year Two, you may be invited to apply for the Mentoring Plan, but don’t worry if not, you will be given guidance on next steps.

Course requirements

Before you apply. If you’re reading this, we guess you’re still interested! We can’t wait for you to join but think about the time you have available for the course. As a very loose average, we might suggest 2-6 hours per week, although this might go up or down depending on what you are doing.

You must have a full manuscript and some knowledge of the genre you are writing for AND submit a supporting statement.

How to apply

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Course objectives

By the end of the course, writers will have:

  • identified the central message or hook at the heart of their story, beginning to understand its commercial appeal and child’s point of view
  • seen their story in overview by:
    • mapping out the story framework; tracking plot, characters and themes
    • summarising the story into a synopsis of a few sentences
  • identified the main character flaw, how it manifests within the story structure, and the importance of emotional change
  • understood what brings jeopardy and tension to their novel
  • begun creating a bond between the reader and characters by dramatising scenes (showing rather than telling) and by taking an active, forward path through their narrative
  • developed an understanding of where their ‘voice’ originates and how to use this to develop a stronger character voice
  • begun to use dialogue or interior monologue to convey character, emotion or plot
  • created a setting that is believable and consistent with the characters and story
  • edited their manuscript ensuring they maintain creativity whilst applying learning from workshops and editorial feedback
  • read books from the recommended reading list and within their genre
  • been active in Golden Egg social media and events

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Click here to look at Year One and Year Two workshops and dates.

Cost

Year One 12 month programme @ £145 per month

Year Two 12 month programme @ cost to be confirmed by end April 2017

NB Current Eggs may agree a tailored Academy Plan with Abi on info@goldeneggacademy.co.uk as we are aware that you may have completed some of the workshops detailed above.

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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

Venue: Scholastic Children's Books, London
With: Tessa Strickland and Jo Collins

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

Venue: Scholastic Children's Books, London
With: Andrew Weale and Kate Montague

Nov 12 th 2017

Making Your Dialogue Work

Venue: Scholastic Children's Books, London
With: Sophia Bennett

Venue: Scholastic Children's Books, London
With: with workshop leader and Mentor, Tessa Strickland

Venue: Scholastic Children's Books, London
With: Alex Campbell

Jan 13 th 2018

Suspense and Conflict

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

Mar 10 th 2018

Show, Don’t Tell

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

Apr 14 th 2018

Enchant Your Audience

Venue: Scholastic Children's Books, London
With: with workshop leader and Mentor, Tessa Strickland

Feb 23 rd 2020

Pre-arranged Payments

With: Abi