Virtual Course: Wales and London Laureates: Writing for Young Adults

Mon 2 November 2020 - Fri 6 November 2020
Tutors / Theresa Lola & Eloise Williams
Guest Reader / Rhian Ivory
Course Fee / From £275 per person
Genre / Writing for Children and Young Adults
Language / English

Join the Young People’s Laureate for London between April 2019 – 2020, Theresa Lola, and Wales’ first ever Children’s Laureate, Eloise Williams, to create compelling and engaging content for young adults. Exploring both poetry and prose, we will look at what might appeal to different readers aged 12-25, and how we can speak to them in a way that is meaningful and genuine. We’ll consider themes that are important to young adults including mental health, relationships, politics, the future of our planet and other various challenges, hopes and dreams. In workshops, one-to-one and group discussions, and by reading popular YA literature aloud we will look at language, dialogue and identifiable characters. By the end of the courses you’ll have the skills, ideas and enthusiasm to continue with your own poems and stories at home.

In the spirit of Tŷ Newydd’s late night library gatherings, a safe digital space will be created for you to discuss your inspirations, frustrations and more with your co-writers. To make the digital library more authentic we have even put Tony’s recipes on our blog for you to prepare snacks and meals to enjoy during the week.

You will need good internet access to take part in this course, as it will mainly be delivered through the video platform Zoom. The number of participants will be capped at 10 to ensure that everyone receives close individual attention and feedback.

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Theresa Lola

Theresa Lola is a British Nigerian poet and facilitator and is the current Young People’s Laureate for London. She is an alumni of the Barbican Young Poets programme and was joint winner of the 2018 Brunel International African Poetry Prize. In April 2018 she was commissioned by the Mayor of London's Office to write a poem for the unveiling of Millicent Fawcett's statue in Parliament Square, which she read at the ceremony. She has facilitated poetry workshops at St Mary's University, as well as primary and secondary schools. Her debut poetry collection In Search of Equilibrium (Nine Arches Press, 2019) is described as “a glorious hymn to being alive and wounded”.

Eloise Williams

Eloise Williams is the first ever Children’s Laureate Wales. She has published three novels with Firefly Press for children and young people: her debut novel Elen’s Island (2015) a magical story for 7-9-year olds; her historical mystery thriller Gaslight (2017) which was written with the support of a Literature Wales New Writer’s Bursary and which won Wales Arts Review Young People’s Book of the Year 2017; and Seaglass (2018), a windswept ghost story set on the coast of west Wales, she also published Wilde in May 2020. After working as a professional actor for over a decade Eloise graduated with a master’s degree in Creative and Media Writing at Swansea University. She has worked with young people across the UK for more than twenty years running creative writing, drama and storytelling workshops.

Guest Reader

Rhian Ivory

Rhian Ivory trained as a drama and English teacher and wrote her first novel during her first few years of teaching. After studying English Literature at Aberystwyth she got her first publishing deal aged 26 and went on to write three more novels for Bloomsbury. She took a break from writing to raise her three children, and during this time taught Creative Writing and a Children’s Literature course for the Open University. Her novels for young adults, The Boy who Drew the Future (2015) and Hope (2017), are both published by Firefly. More recently she has published a YA novel Three Strikes along with Kat Ellis and Lucy Christopher(Firefly, 2018). She was a National Trust writer-in-residence at Sudbury Hall and at the National Trust Museum of Childhood.

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