Look out for the BAME writers coming out of Megaphone writer development scheme.
Megaphone is a new and unique writer development scheme, specifically aimed at BAME writers who would like sustained support as they write their first novel for children or teenagers.
The ultimate goal is to help change the landscape of children’s reading in the UK so that children from ethnically diverse backgrounds can see themselves not only as characters in, but also as potential authors of, the books they read. It is funded by Arts Council England and the PA Children’s Book Group in association with EQUIP (Equality in Publishing) and managed by Leila Rasheed who is a children’s author and creative writing tutor.
The scheme has been running since April 2016 and so far two of the five participants have been signed to major literary agents.
Over the course of one year, participants wrote a novel for children or teenagers, supported with one-to-one mentoring sessions, focused on bringing their novel to a publishable standard, and masterclasses in the art, craft and business of writing for children and teenagers, given by children’s authors, agents and editors. Editors at top publishing houses read and gave feedback on their novels to help bring participants’ work to the notice of the publishing industry.
The scheme costs £300, but full funding is available for participants in financial need.
The masterclasses are delivered in Birmingham.
Megaphone Writer Development Scheme