Community is a free pilot online programme that we’re offering to everyone who applies to Megaphone, to a limit of 50 places. Writers can access a private, moderated discussion forum focused on writing for children. There will be live video interviews and Q&As with published children’s authors of colour, discussing their creative practice with an expert reader, and opportunities to chat to people who work in children’s publishing, curated by Stephanie King, Commissioning Editor at Usborne Publishing.
The main differences between this and Mentoring are: Community is free, no 1-1 mentoring or feedback on your writing is offered, there is no commitment to write a novel in a year, and there will be less personalised contact and support.
You do not have to apply separately for Community – you will be offered a place automatically as soon as the six mentees have been selected. You do not have to accept this place and you will be eligible and welcome to apply to future Mentoring schemes whether you join Community or not.
We hope that Community will grow organically as a community of practice, as a supportive, kind and exciting place for writers to help each other develop creatively.
published children’s writers
discuss how they write
weekly Q&A with
discuss writing, form writing groups, find beta readers, celebrate the good and support each other