Workshop: Writing for Children (Middle Grade) with Maisie Chan

This workshop explores writing for children (middle grade, 8-12 yrs) through fun writing exercises and discussions on craft. Sign up here!

Please be mindful when booking. This is a workshop for Black writers and writers of colour based in Scotland (or for people who, pre-COVID, would have normally been resident in Scotland).

Writing for Children (Middle Grade)
Join Maisie Chan for this free, 2-hour, online workshop!

Writing for children is often magical and fun, yet there are relatively few writers of colour published in this age range. This workshop will examine the types of books that are out there for 8-12-year-olds and delineate how they are different to picture books and chapter books. We will explore what makes a good character for this age group, look at the different genres popular in middle grade at the moment. This workshop with Maisie Chan will be informative yet also creative. 

Essential items include: access to the internet, and a working camera and mic

The Details

  • A max of 15 spaces, open to writers in all genres at all levels
  • This workshop will be hosted online using Webex (instructions will be sent to participants closer to workshop date)
  • The workshop will include creative writing exercises, and time to share
  • The workshop includes a 10-15min comfort break
  • Our free events are very popular and have a waitlist. If you have registered for a ticket but then are unable to attend please do let us know so we can offer it to another person on the waitlist. Thank you!
  • All SBWN events will adhere to our safer spaces policy. You can learn more about our policy here.
Access & Tech

To participate in the online event, you will need:

  • a good internet/wi-fi connection
  • a laptop, computer, tablet or mobile phone to join by audio and video
  • Please email your access requirements:

About Maisie

Maisie Chan is a children’s author and screenwriter based in Glasgow. She is currently the writing fellow at Peter Pan Moat Brae and BEATS fellow for screenwriting. She writes middle-grade fiction, chapter books and early readers. She has led creative writing sessions for children and adults for Writing West Midlands, #WriteMentor and the Scottish Book Trust’s Live Literature scheme. And appeared at the London Book Fair and National Writers Conference on panels about diversity in children’s literature.

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