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While most teens will have read a book or two (hopefully more!) many of them will have very little idea what actually goes into producing a book.
This in-depth talk begins by discussing where the first sparks of a story come from, covers what goes into crafting a manuscript (and the many, many years this process can take), how to approach publishers and finally moves onto the actual production of a book (how much editing takes place? How do they come up with book cover designs? How much money does a writer actually make?).
Along the way I discuss some famous publishing stories (such as the story behind Harry Potter) as well as my own personal experiences.
With creative writing such an integral part of the English curriculum, this workshop aims to teach the necessary skills for students to get the most out of their writing assignments. The workshop can be tailored to suit the needs of the group or school. It can cover any one or more of the following: Structure […]
Teens are all too familiar with the emphasis our society places on success as a measure of worth. With lives that revolve around exams and test results, it can be hard for teens to see beyond. I was always a high achiever at school but made a series of epic mistakes in my quest to […]