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“I have never been on a writing scheme where there has been so much support and guidance, as well as a phenomenal range of masterclasses, open door sessions and ask the editor/agent events. Truly astonishing.”

– Iqbal Hussain, Megaphone Mentee (2022) – read more comments on the scheme here: What people say about us

Megaphone is run by children’s author Leila Rasheed and freelance editor Stephanie King. We offer a year of one-to-one mentoring and small group masterclasses to people of colour based in England as they write a novel for children or teenagers to a publishable standard. Typically this includes

  • 1-1 mentoring from a published children’s author, with feedback focused on your novel as you write it
  • Small group masterclasses with published children’s authors to develop your craft
  • Small group masterclasses with publishing professionals to develop your understanding of the publishing industry
  • Promotion to the publishing industry at the end of the scheme once your novel is complete

(Megaphone offers) Real, targeted, personalised support. Equitable, transparent and meaningful. The support is amazing and I have learnt tonnes.”

anonymous comment on Dec 2021 survey- read more comments on the scheme here: What people say about us

Our previous mentees have gone on to find agents and be published – Maisie Chan (Danny Chung Does Not Do Maths, Keep Dancing Lizzie Chu ) and Danielle Jawando (And the Stars Were Burning Brightly, When Our Worlds Collided) also returned as mentors in 2021.

For more information, head to FAQs or drop us a line at megaphone.write@gmail.com . Our equality and privacy policies are here.

We’re made possible by funding from Arts Council England and Usborne Publishing, and enormously grateful for the support we have received from Writing West Midlands and other partners over the years. If you’d like to support our work with a donation, you can donate to our not-for-profit Community Interest Company, Megaphone Writers C.i.c. , here:

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