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Storytale Futures Writers’ Day: Writing Middle Grade Fiction

June 29 @ 9:30 am - 5:00 pm BST

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Passionate about crafting stories that spark young imaginations?


Ready to embark on a journey into the fabulous world of children’s literature?

Join us for Storytale Futures: Writers’ Day – Writing Middle Grade Fiction
, a full-day event tailored for budding and emerging writers crafting novels for 9-12 year olds.

In the picturesque and inspiring surroundings of Arnos Vale, our writers’ day offers a unique blend of indoor and outdoor workshops led by acclaimed children’s authors Sophie KirtleyRachel DelahayeJ.M. Joseph and Emma Read. Dive into sessions that will explore ideas, characters, setting and editing in a creative and interactive way with the aim of elevating your storytelling skills.

Engage with fellow writers and seize the opportunity to network with local authors. With ample time for creative reflection and informal chats, plus a lively panel discussion with a publisher, our Storytale Futures: Writers’ Day promises to ignite your imagination and fuel your journey towards publication.

Don’t miss this immersive and inspiring experience designed to propel your middle-grade fiction writing to new heights.



Story Exploration

With Sophie Kirtley

An out-and-about workshop looking at how to use real life places to add richness and depth to the setting of your story. Some walking and exploring will be involved (weather dependent!) so no stilettos or glass slippers please!


“Voice” and the power of openings

With J.M. Joseph

All of us have wandered through a bookshop and found a title or cover that intrigued us. We pick it up and start reading.

Do we carry on or put it back? If so, why?

Often the answer is “voice”, the 1st or 3rd person point of view which authors use. This session explores what “voice” is and why nailing an opening is so important to writers.


Creating Characters

With Rachel Delahaye

How to build them from faceless place-holders into living, breathing, and sometimes plot-changing people to remember. We’ll be discussing what makes a good character, playing with a formula that will help you build unforgettable personalities and then we’ll be exploring ways of melting a character’s looks, backstory and motivation into a plot frame without the dreaded ‘info dump’. By the end of the session, you’ll have a grasp of how to use your character’s physicality and psyche to lift your manuscript to a new level, and possibly a new direction.


The End is The Beginning

With Emma Read

What comes after you type The End on your first draft?

Relief? Probably.

Celebrations? Hopefully.

Editing? Certainly!

This session takes you through the basics of self-editing. I’ll show you where to start and how to stop. We’ll look at the various stages of editing – structural, line and copy, and proofreading and we’ll explore ways to achieve distance from your own work, including working with others – beta readers and critique partners for example.

The hour-long session will be delivered as exercises and discussion. By the end you’ll be able to step back from your work in progress and begin editing with confidence. Because The End is very much The Beginning.




Time Chapel Underwood
9.30 – 10:00 Welcome and introduction


10:00 – 11:00 Openings, with J.M. Joseph Inspiration, with Sophie Kirtley
11:00 – 11:30 Coffee Break


11:30 – 12:30 Openings, with J.M. Joseph Inspiration, with Sophie Kirtley
12:30 – 1:30 Lunch*


1:30 – 2:30 Endings, with Emma Read Characters, with Rachel Delahaye
2:30 – 2:45 Coffee Break


2:45 – 3:45 Endings, with Emma Read Characters, with Rachel Delahaye
4:00 – 5:00 Publishing Panel






  • Individual Salad box with mixed grains and pulses
  • Mixed Selection of Bio Yoghurts
  • Fresh Fruit
  • Selection of Crisps



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June 29
9:30 am - 5:00 pm BST


Storytale Festival
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Arnos Vale
Underwood Centre, Bath Road
Bristol, BS4 3EW United Kingdom
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0117 971 9117
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