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Two-part Master Class with Legendary Editor SARAH ODEDINA

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Two-part Master Class with Legendary  Editor SARAH ODEDINA

Friday, March 10 and April 21 from 5-7pm


*Sign up for BOTH sessions and get a free critique.*


Sarah began her publishing career selling translation rights and moved in to editorial as the Publishing Director of the children’s list of Bloomsbury Publishing where she worked for 14 years and oversaw the publication of the Harry Potter series as well as many other best-selling prize-winning novels and picture books.  In 2011 Sarah founded the successful and award-winning Hot Key Books.  Sarah is now Editor-at-Large for Pushkin Press commissioning titles for the children's and YA list. She is also Editor-in-Chief of SCOOP, a magazine for children.  Sarah regularly talks at writers conferences around the world and is the Director of the Children's Program of FlipSide Literary Festival in Suffolk, England.


PART ONE: Writing with Clarity and Purpose, Friday, March 10 from 5-7pm 

Spend two hours in this intensive workshop and learn how to focus on clarity and purpose in your writing and how to make the plot, characters and writing appeal. Sarah will look at common mistakes (overly descriptive writing, poor outline/synopsis, dialogue issues) as well as point out great examples of each. You’ll leave this session with a better understanding of how to make your submission stand out, what to include, and what to leave out. Also, get insider tips on what Sarah is looking for as an editor as Pushkin Children’s Books. 


PART TWO: Polished Writing, Friday, April 21 from 5-7pm

Join us for the 2nd part of this intensive workshop. In this two-hour session, Sarah will focus on the details of polishing writing skills. She will help you hone fine dialogue, analyze plotting, and study descriptive passages. We’ll end with a look at submission pitches which will stand out to harried and over worked publishers and literary agents.


    SCBWI Member 

        80E or 50E for one session 

        (includes a free critique for members who register for BOTH sessions)


        110E or 65E for one session


For the Critique: submit the first 10 pages of your project and receive written feedback from Sarah. Submissions must be properly formatted. (Information on how to do this is available on the SCBWI website, under the Resource Library menu.)

To reserve you place, contact: