Writing for Children: Portobello Book Festival

30 Sep


The Portobello Book Festival starts this weekend! There’s an exciting programme of FREE events from Friday 4th – Sunday 5th October including talks on local history, wilderness walking, bread making, football and writing.

I’m working with Eleanor Collins from Floris Books to run a session on Writing for Children on the Saturday at 5pm – 6pm in Portobello Library (upstairs). Here’s what the programme says:

Writing for Children
How do you write for children? What format should a picture book take? How do you turn a great idea into a TV show? How do you write for a children’s magazine?  What about writing science theatre for children?
Eleanor Collins, Senior Commissioning Editor at Floris Books, will talk about what makes a good children’s novel, how to plan the layout and story for a picture book, what appeals to younger readers and what makes great young adult fiction. Emily Dodd, CBeebies screenwriter and science communicator, will talk about developing ideas and writing for children’s TV and writing scripts for science theatre, school workshops and oral stories. 


If that’s for you we’d love to see you there. I’ve really enjoyed discussing ideas for the workshop with Eleanor (over a cuppa and cake!) and I’m excited to be part of the festival again.

The Portobello Book Festival is now in its forth year. This brilliant wee festival is run by volunteers and all the authors contribute their time for free too. The full programme for 2013 is here. Get tickets from Portobello Library or 15 minutes before an event (but be warned most events sell out!).

Portobello Book Festival has a blog and they’re also on twitter.


Posted by on September 30, 2013 in Education, Events, Science, storytelling, Writing


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3 responses to “Writing for Children: Portobello Book Festival

  1. Marianne

    September 30, 2013 at 12:11 pm



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