Featured Event – Ally Sherrick @ Guildford Library

Children’s author hosts workshop on writing for children and young people to celebrate National Writing Day

Award-winning children’s author Ally Sherrick is hosting an introductory workshop on the key elements of writing for children and young people, to celebrate National Writing Day. The event, which will be held in Guildford Library on Wednesday 26th June from 2.00 until 4.30pm, has been organised by New Writing South. New Writing South is a writer development charity that provides training, events and networking opportunities for aspiring or emerging writers.

Ally will introduce attendees to writing for a range of different ages from picture books and younger fiction, to stories for older children and young adults. Along the way Ally will cover the key elements that make a great children’s story, including how to hook a reader, build compelling characters and develop satisfying plots. She will also provide advice and tips on how to get published in this exciting but competitive market.

“I’m delighted to be giving this workshop for New Writing South on my home-patch. I spent many years writing for other people in my role as a PR and marketing professional in the public sector. Having the opportunity to take a career break and study for an MA in Writing for Children a few years ago set me on a new course to becoming an author. Now, with several books published and another on the way, I’m really looking forward to sharing what I’ve learnt with other writers interested in finding out more about the wonderful world of children’s fiction.”

National Writing Day is an annual celebratory project designed to inspire people across the UK to get writing. The message is simple: everyone has a story to tell and sharing it can be a source of pleasure and power. On National Writing Day individuals, schools, groups and organisations are encouraged to participate in a writing exercise, a seven minute ‘write away’ on the theme of place, which can be a physical place, a place in time or an imaginary place.

For more information about the ‘Writing Children’s Fiction’ workshop and New Writing South please visit: https://newwritingsouth.com/events/writing-childrens-fiction,

For more information about Ally Sherrick and her books, please visit: www.allysherrick.com.


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National Writing Day is led by First Story and partners across the UK.