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How to Write for Teens

Thursday 24th September - Thursday 24th September

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Key facts


18:30 – 20:00


£6/£5 (concessions)


Tickets can be booked at our Tickets Oxford page, or by phoning the ticket hotline at 01865 305305.

On the day of the event, tickets will only be available at The Story Museum. Our office number is 01865 790050 – but please be aware that the office is not regularly manned at weekends.

About the event

This panel event will explore the craft of writing for teenagers and young adults, as well the business of finding an agent and getting published. Featuring award-winning authors Jenny Valentine and Sally Nicholls, and literary agent Polly Nolan. Chaired by Tom Donegan.

Jenny Valentine won the Guardian Prize for Children’s Fiction in 2007 with her debut novel Finding Violet Park. Her second novel, Broken Soup, was published in 2008 and was shortlisted for the Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize and the Costa Book Children’s Book Award. Valentine’s third novel, The Ant Colony, was released in 2009 and was followed in 2010 by The Double Life of Cassiel Roadnight. This autumn will see the publication of her long-awaited fifth novel for teen readers, Fire Colour One.

Sally Nicholls wrote Ways to Live Forever, while undertaking an MA in Writing for Young People at Bath Spa University, when she was just twenty-three. The novel won the Bolton Book Award, the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize and the Glen Dimplex New Writer of the Year 2008. Her subsequent books include Season of Secrets (2010), All Fall Down (2012), Close Your Pretty Eyes (2013) and Shadow Girl (2014). Her latest is An Island of Our Own, published earlier this year.

Polly Nolan joined the Greenhouse Literary Agency in June 2013. After a long and distinguished publishing career, Polly made the move into agenting to do more of what she enjoys most – find new writing talent, help to develop great fiction, and achieve publishing deals for authors both new and established. Polly began in children’s publishing in the 1990s and has worked at a number of major London houses, including several years as Editorial Director of Fiction at Scholastic and Publishing Director (Fiction) at Macmillan Children’s Books. She has an enviable record as a talent-spotter and experienced nurturer of writers.



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