An Introduction to Writing for Children (Newcastle) An Introduction to Writing for Children (Newcastle) An Introduction to Writing for Children (Newcastle)

An Introduction to Writing for Children (Newcastle)

Interested in joining our first Writing for Children course in Newcastle? Join tutor Chloe Daykin for a free, fun and informal introductory workshop and Q&A.


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1-5 days
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  • Saturday, 3 – 4 p.m.


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Discover more about Writing for Children.

Writing for Children is a playful and challenging course designed to get you started on writing your first children’s novel, led by critically acclaimed and award-winning Faber author, Chloe Daykin.

In this one-hour taster session, you’ll embark on an adventure into the world of writing for children, full of exploration, joy and the unexpected – as well as meeting course tutor Chloe and Faber Academy staff.

You’ll leave inspired, invigorated and raring to book your place on the course.

Is this right for me?

This introductory workshop is for anyone interested in learning more about Writing a Novel. You should feel confident that you’re ready to dedicate time, space and energy to your novel, but might have questions about the course, if it would suit you as a writer or how to apply.

The debut Newcastle iteration of Writing for Children is led by Chloe Daykin, a critically acclaimed and award-winning Faber children’s author (and occasional playwright).

Chloe’s debut novel Fish Boy was published by Faber in 2017 to critical acclaim. It was nominated for the Carnegie Medal, longlisted for the UKLA and shortlisted for the Branford Boase children’s debut of the year.

Chloe won the inaugural Julia Darling Fellowship to research her second novel The Boy Who Hit Play (Faber, 2018), travelling around the wild icy land of Norway and its many beautiful islands, then journeyed across the otherworldly land of Peru thanks to the support of Arts Council England. Her third novel, Fire Girl Forest Boy, was published in June 2019 by Faber, and won the Gandys Children’s Travel Book of the Year.

Chloe will run an introductory workshop, which will give you a taste of what Writing for Children will involve, as well as answering any questions you may have about the course – and playing some silly games with balloons and made-up words too!

    This workshop will take place from 3 - 4 p.m. at The Common Room, Newcastle.

Workshop Programme

Session 1

Saturday 16 March, 3 – 4 p.m.


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Course Programme

An Introduction to Writing for Children

Session 1

Saturday 16 March, 1 – 2 p.m.

Introductory Session

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Chloe Daykin

Chloe Daykin is a critically acclaimed and award-winning Faber children’s author (and occasional playwright)...

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The Common Room

Neville Hall

Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1SE

About the Common Room

The Common Room is a new charity, formed to lead the restoration of Neville Hall in Newcastle. Their vision is to use their unique heritage to inspire the next generation of innovators and engineers. Through education and engagement activities, they will support the region’s future economic growth and provide a range of public spaces for innovation, collaboration, events, lectures, weddings and more.
We’re delighted to host our Newcastle courses in this historic venue.

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