Wolves & Apples 2018

Wolves & Apples is a brilliant (and very affordable) full-day event where aspiring children’s writers can get practical advice and guidance (via panels, talks and workshops) from established professionals, including authors, agents and publishers. Speakers will be on hand to share their experiences and signpost a range of ways to progress your writing and get your work out there.

Wolves & Apples 2018 will take place on Saturday 29th September at St Martin’s House Conference Centre, 7 Peacock Lane, Leicester. LE1 5PZ.

Confirmed guests include:

Jenny Alexander
Jenny Alexander has written fiction and non-fiction for readers of all ages. Her children’s fiction includes the Blue Peter Book Club choice How to Get What You Want, by Peony Pinker and Red House Children’s Book Awards Highly Commended Car-Mad Jack. Her funny self-help book, Bullies, Bigmouths and So-called Friends, is still consistently top in its Amazon categories ten years after publication and her Young Adult novel about sibling suicide is recommended by Cruse Bereavement Care. Her adults’ books include three for writers, covering different stages in the writing process. Writing in the House of Dreams: Unlock the power of your unconscious mind is about finding inspiration; Happy Writing: Beat your blocks, be published and find your flow is about keeping going with a long project or indeed a long career, and Free-Range Writing: 75 forays for the wild writer’s soul is about extending your range and just having fun with it. Jenny has placed articles in many magazines, including Mslexia, Writers’ Forum, The Author and Writing Magazine, where she currently has a monthly column, Free-Range Writing Through the Year. A prolific writer herself, Jenny loves teaching creative writing. She runs her own varied programme of evening courses, one-day and two-day workshops in Cornwall, as well as working for large organisations including The Society of Authors, The Scattered Authors’ Society, Bridging Arts, Endelienta, Writing Magazine, The Arvon Foundation and The Writing Retreat, and a wide variety of small independents such as writing groups, after school clubs and home-educating

Narinder Dhami
I always loved reading and writing stories from when I was very young. After leaving Birmingham University (where I obtained an English degree and also met my husband) I started teaching children aged 7-11. I enjoyed teaching, but over the years I started writing stories again, with a view to getting published. I entered a competition to write the first three chapters of a book and was placed second. My prize was a word processor, an Amstrad 9152 (!) so I decided it was time I left my teaching job and started writing full-time. The first book I ever wrote was a short novel for younger children called A Medal for Malina. The book was accepted by the first publisher I sent it to, and I have never looked back since. I’ve published around 200 books, including the novelization of the 2002 movie Bend It Like Beckham and the Bindi Babes series. I have also written many of the multi-million-selling Rainbow Magic books for younger children, under the shared pseudonym of Daisy Meadows.

More about Narinder…
Influences: Every book I’ve ever read and loved or hated since I was seven
Favourite book: Persuasion by Jane Austen
Favourite author: Jane Austen
Favourite quote: ‘A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.’
Random thoughts on writing: Something that annoys me, frustrates me, makes me happy.
Any advice you would offer to someone starting out: Be a reader before becoming a writer
Best advice you’ve ever been given: Stop making excuses and just write!
Worst mistake you ever made: Nothing. Most mistakes I think I’ve made have always turned out to have some positives, although I may not realise it until years later.
Something that people don’t know about you: I won a Blue Peter badge when I was 11 years old for designing a dress for one of the presenters!

Anne Fine (Madame Doubtfire, Former Children’s Laureate),

Non Pratt (Second Best Friend, Truth or Dare)

Pam Smy (Thornhill),

Felicity Trew (one of The Bookseller’s Rising Stars 2016)

Tamsin Winter (Being Miss Nobody, nominated for the Carnegie Medal, 2018).

Wolves & Apples 2018 will take place on Saturday 29th September at St Martin’s House Conference Centre, 7 Peacock Lane, Leicester. LE1 5PZ.

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