Patrice Lawrence

Year of Culture writing workshop with award winning author

An award winning author of Young Adult (YA) fiction is coming to Horsham’s Rec Rooms on 22 June to run a workshop for aspiring YA writers, thanks to the Horsham District Year of Culture 2019.

Patrice Lawrence is an acclaimed and award-winning author of YA fiction. In this special workshop she will share some of the writing tips behind her success in developing the teenage protagonists who populate her stories.  This is a perfect opportunity for aspiring and emerging adult writers with a passion for writing books for young people.

Organised by New Writing South, an organisation committed to nurturing an inclusive community of writers, regardless of background or previous experience, the workshop will take place on Saturday 22 June from 10am to 1pm.

Commenting on the event, Horsham District Council Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure Cllr Jonathan Chowen said:

“This is a truly unique and rare opportunity for any budding writers in our District to come and learn from a talented professional author.

“At the outset of the Year of Culture we set out to create as many new experiences as possible for local people and make the usually inaccessible easily accessible, this event is such an experience, so don’t miss it!”

Using a mixture of discussion, individual and group exercises, this workshop will help writers to:

  • Grasp the genre and range of books marketed as YA
  • Develop authentic relatable characters and story arcs
  • Understand the process of finding an agent for your YA book and submitting to publishers.

Patrice Lawrence is an award-winning writer of stories for children and young people.  Orangeboy, her debut book for young adults was shortlisted for the Costa Children’s Book Award, won the Bookseller YA Prize and Waterstones Prize for Older Children’s Fiction and has been shortlisted for many regional awards.

Indigo Donut, her second book for young adults, was published in July 2017. It was Book of the Week in The Times, Sunday Times and Observer and one of The Times top children’s books in 2017. Both books have been nominated for the Carnegie Award.

Tickets priced at £25 / £20 (NWS Friends / Concessions), book is via the New Writing South website.

Posted in 2019, News.

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