The Final Polish – a Book Bound day workshop – 25 October

Announcing our first Book Bound day event!

You’ve finished a draft of your novel for young readers, congratulations! But that is only the first step on your road to publication. This workshop, on 25th October at the Ministry of Stories in London, will give you the tools to revise your novel and help you position your pitch to catch the eye of editors and agents. It includes both practical advice that can apply to any of your projects, as well as specific and personalised feedback on your current work in progress. (Please note, we first announced this date incorrectly as the 18 October. It is the 25th.)

While author Sara Grant leads an in-depth workshop on revision – using a combination of discussion and hands-on activities – editorial director Sara O’Connor will meet with each participant for a ten-minute critique of their pitch, synopsis and cover letter.

The workshop will start at 1:30 p.m. and conclude at 5:30 p.m. Be prepared to review and dissect your own work and provide feedback to other participants.

Participants will be asked to bring the first two and the final chapter of their novel as well as colour pens or highlighters to the workshop. In advance, participants will be asked to send a short pitch, one-page synopsis, cover letter and first 1,000 words of their novel for the one to one feedback session.

Why this course?
Sara Grant has published two young adult novels, DARK PARTIES and HALF LIVES in the US and UK, as well as the MAGIC TRIX young reader series. She has edited over 100 books and is a guest lecturer in children’s writing at the University of Winchester.

Sara O’Connor has acquired over 150 books in twelve years in the industry, including books about shrinking sheep, prison breaks, rubbish heaps and airship adventures. In addition, she has written four books in the MY SISTER THE VAMPIRE series and teaches writing workshops on a regular basis around the world.

Together Sara and Sara (or Sara Squared as Malorie Blackman calls them) are the founders of Undiscovered Voices, a project with the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators British Isles, that has seen 24 previously undiscovered writers sign publishing contracts for over 70 books.

We know about getting books published.

To Register
The workshop costs £85. Space is limited, on a first come first served (with payment) basis. To reserve your place, please send an email to Please note: your place will only be confirmed after payment has been received.

Ministry of Stories, Official Inspiration to the Nation

Practical information:
Saturday 25th October, 1:30 – 5:30 p.m at the Ministry of Stories (behind Hoxton Street Monster Supplies), 159 Hoxton Street, London N1 6PJ. For directions click here and scroll to the bottom: Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided.

The only way to book is to email Sara Grant at

Questions? Email Sara Grant at


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