I’m very pleased to share with you that I can now offer an 6 week online course in writing picture books. I’m really excited about this as it’s something I’ve been wanting to create for ages, and I’ve tried to include everything I wish I’d known at the beginning (and some things I’m still learning now)!
The course covers researching, drafting, using appropriate language, crafting plots, creating memorable characters, how to lay out your text and how to approach publishers and/or agents. By the end of the course you will have created a final (or close to final) draft of a complete picture book, with feedback from me all the way. Although the course materials will be sent once a week, there is no time limit so you can set the pace yourself.
Payment is £150 payable before the start date of either 1 May or 4 September 2019. Please email me if you would like to enrol or use the form below. Looking forward to working with you!
Click here to download course outline
Click here to pay via PayPal (or contact me for bank transfer details)
After having had several enquiries about manuscript assessments, I have decided to launch my own critique service. Simply choose your rate depending on the length of your manuscript and email to me. Once I have received your payment (Paypal or bank transfer) I will aim to respond to you within 6-8 weeks. You can also include your synopsis and covering letter for each manuscript for free! Payment is per thousand words. For a longer book, why not send the first three chapters plus synopsis and covering letter for an appraisal of your complete submission package?
My critique includes:
- Assessment of pace, plot, characters, dialogue and your author voice.
- Advice on grammar and punctuation.
- Help with presentation and layout.
- Suggestions on how to edit your work.
- Areas to work on, and most importantly, your strengths!
- Appraisal of your submission package, if applicable.
I specialise in picture books and young fiction as that’s the age group I’m published in, but I’m happy to look at any writing for children up to young adult.
Please see Critique Service page for current prices.
Plus free synopsis and cover letter critique with each manuscript!
Payment should be via paypal to lou dot treleaven at sky dot com or bank transfer (please email me for details). I look forward to hearing from you!
I was delighted to win second prize in the ‘Writing for Children aged 8-11′ category at the Winchester Writers’ Conference on Saturday. Thrilled to get a placing, I attempted to run down the steps at the side of the auditorium, only due to their unexpected shallowness I ended up doing a sort of lope that seemed to go on forever as the stairs just kept going further and further down. When I finally got to the stage I adopted a more sensible gait and had my photograph taken with Jude Evans from Little Tiger Press. I will be off to Waterstones directly with my prize book tokens where I will be spending them on some of the novels recommended in the Dystopian Worlds workshop I attended, presented by Sam North – more of which soon.