Event Details

VenueThe Square Club
  • Public
  • South West

To celebrate National Writing Day, Novel Nights will be hosting authors, Emma Smith-Barton and Kesia Lupo who will discuss writing YA novels and how to get your work published.

Writing Young Adult novels:

  • What it means to write for a YA audience and how it differs to writing for adults
  • Why write for a YA audience
  • Who reads YA books
  • A bit about our books and why we wrote them for a YA audience, plus readings

How to get your work published:

  • How can you get your work noticed by an agent or publisher?
  • What are publishers looking for
  • Tips to get your writing up to publishable standard and the common pitfalls publishers see

Emma Smith-Barton is the author of YA novel The Million Pieces of Neena Gill (coming July 11th 2019 from Penguin Random House). Before writing, she taught in secondary schools for six years and is passionate about increasing awareness of mental health in young people. She has a BA in English & Creative Writing from Warwick University and a Creative Writing MA from Bath Spa.

Kesia Lupo studied History at Oxford University and Creative Writing at Bath Spa. She lives in Bristol with her husband and works as Senior Editor for Chicken House, writing in the mornings before work. We are Blood and Thunder is her first novel for young adults.

Chicken House is an independent-minded children’s book publishing company based in Somerset with a special enthusiasm for finding new writers, artists and ideas. Among others, they publish Kiran Millwood Hargrave, Maz Evans and the Maze Runner series.

As part of this event we are showcase three young writers’ work. To submit work to read at this event see submission guidelines.

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Upcoming Dates

  • Wednesday, 26th June 2019 7:30pm until 9:30pm