Megaphone Online Community group is accepting new members, during the month of May only.
If you want to meet other people of colour who love writing for children, and connect with agents, editors and published authors, send us an email between 01/05/21 and 31/05/21 to email@example.com and let us know. Read on for details!
– identify as a person of colour, currently based in England and aged 18+
– be interested in writing for children or teenagers and becoming a better writer
– be keen to join a warm, supportive community of people of colour who love writing for children or teenagers
– be willing to comply with our equality policy, please see here: https://megaphonewrite.com/privacy-equality/
You need to send us: (in the body of the email is fine – firstname.lastname@example.org ) the following:
1) a paragraph about you and your writing/ interest in children’s literature
2) between 200 and 500 words of something you have written with an audience of children or teenagers in mind. This is not a competition – we just want to get a sense of your writing and interests. We are capping the number of new members at 50, and it will be first-come first-served during May only.
3) any accessibility or privacy requirements you already know you need us to meet
As a writer I’ve always known how important it is to be in groups with other writers, whether that’s a critique group, one where you talk about reading and writing, or a social one. Only another writer really understands the creative process, or how painful it is to get rejections, or how much it means to get published. Having a supportive peer group is really important.
Megaphone online community group is for people of colour who write for children or teenagers. We host regular private events on Zoom, where authors, editors and experts from all over the publishing industry share their knowledge and experience. Alongside the regular Open Door chats offered on Friday afternoons by Usborne Comissioning editor, Stephanie King, who runs Community, we’ve hosted Serena Patel (best-selling children’s author), Becky Walker (super star editor, Usborne ) and Catherine Coe (founder of the All Stories mentoring scheme for under-represented children’s writers). In May, we’ve got webinars on finding funding for your writing, interviews with Alice Sutherland-Hawes (literary agent), Kesia Lupo (senior editor, Chicken House) and Tola Okogwu (debut author). We want to hear your suggestions for what you want the group to do and be, and hope you will use the space to connect with other writers, whether that is finding critique partners (someone who’ll read your writing and give you a reader’s point of view) or discussing issues in writing craft, children’s literature, publishing or sharing opportunites you’ve found.
Megaphone is an Arts Council England funded project, which mentors emerging writers of colour as they write their first book for children or teenagers. We currently have seven mentees on the main scheme, which is a year of 1-1 mentoring and masterclasses while they write their first books. Building a sustainable and supportive community of writers is very important to us. We are proud that our published ‘graduates’ from previous mentoring scheme, Danielle Jawando (And The Stars were Burning Brightly, shortlisted for the Branford Boase award) and Maisie Chan (Danny Chung does not do Maths) have come back as mentors.
When we started Community the numbers were capped at 50 because Community is a pilot project. We had to see how many people we could cope with supporting, and learn how to run the group. We now feel we have the capacity to welcome more members and as the poll we posted in the group was overwhelmingly in favour of accepting more, we’re excited and happy to do so! We will still keep the numbers to under 100 and open up just during May, because we are a small project (1 volunteer (Stephanie), 1 day per week, 1 paid project manager (Leila), aprox. 1.5 day per week for the duration of the project) and want to ensure we can give everyone a quality experience.