If you’re writing for children or young adults, be beside your computer on 28th September for the launch of WritersWebTV.com: top-class, online free-to-watch-live writing workshops (and they are broadcast from Ireland!). Upcoming courses include: Getting to the Heart of it: Writing Women’s Fiction on Tuesday, October 15th, Crime Pays: Writing Crime Fiction on Wednesday, October 30th, and Getting Published on Saturday, November 9th.
Getting Published will cover trade publishing but also Hazel Gaynor will be discussing how she created her own opportunities to land a US agent and a trade deal for her book after self publishing The Girl Who Came Home. The workshops are perfect for anyone trying to cram writing in around the rest of their life as you can don’t even have to get out of bed to watch them live, and can download to watch them back if you missed bits (so you can just enjoy them – no need to take masses of notes!)
Featuring Irish and international best-selling writers and industry professionals, these workshops are aimed at new and aspiring authors from all backgrounds and genres. Led by Vanessa O’Loughlin, founder of writing.ie, the panel will cover the key elements of fiction writing at every workshop, and give you with tips and advice to help you polish your writing and get it on the path to publication. As Irish Adviser to the Alliance of Independent Authors, and an independent author herself, Vanessa has experience in trade and self publishing and understands the challenges of both. She says, “My aim has always been to get writers published, whether that’s through self publishing or trade publishing – and often self publishing is a better route for a particular book – for all the reasons you chose to self publish Mousetrapped – writers need readers and reaching those readers and delivering the best quality product is the goal.”
The first workshop Writing for Children and Young Adults will run on Saturday, September 28th 10am-4.30pm (Dublin time) with picture book authors & illustrators Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick and Michael Emberley; Emmy award winning director Norton Virgien of Brown Bag Films, and Literary Agent Polly Nolan. They will be joined by international bestselling YA authors Meg Rosoff – whose film of How I Live Now is out in the next few weeks – and Oisín McGann, all giving their sage advice and talking the viewers through the colourful world of children’s and YA fiction.
You can watch the workshops for free when you watch them live and can talk to the experts the studio using Twitter, Facebook or email. You can also take part in each workshop exercise and get on-screen feedback. If you want to download a workshop or watch it later, you can pay to keep the course.
The shows are streamed from a multi-camera broadcast studio, complete with an in-studio audience of aspiring writers who will present some of their work for critique by the best-selling authors. Led by Vanessa O’Loughlin, founder of writing.ie, the panel will cover the key elements of fiction writing at every workshop, and furnish you with tips and advice to help you polish your writing and get it on the path to publication.
Vanessa told me “In this workshop we’re bringing together all the threads of children’s writing to give writers a really intensive workshop that will give them the inside track on the whole industry. Even if you’ve never thought about writing a picture book, the story telling techniques that Maire Louise and Michael bring will make you think about your own work in a whole new way. And [Literary Agent] Polly will be answering as many questions as she can. For anyone keen to get their book to the top of the Amazon chart, she’ll be explaining a whole range of essentials that create bestsellers in trade publishing. The key to writing, whatever your route to publication, is to make your book the best that it can be, and the best way to do that, is to learn from the experts. It has to be said that in the almost ten years I’ve been running workshops, I’ve never run one with quite as many moving parts as this one – a full camera crew, a gang of people working social media and if the pilot was anything to go by, there will be a LOT of people watching, but the best thing is that we have great fun on set and the level of expert knowledge imparted is incredible. Often it’s the questions from the audience or from home that spark a great debate, and the interactive nature of Writers Web TV means that we can target our answers to cover much more than a normal workshop.”
And if you’re in Dublin and interested in self-publishing, I’m at the Irish Writers’ Centre on October 12th.