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RCW and Knights Of announce the return of a free children’s publishing workshop for aspiring authors of colour, now in partnership with Megaphone

RCW Literary Agency and Knights Of announce the return of a free children’s publishing workshop for aspiring authors of colour, now in partnership with Megaphone. 

Panels will include expert advice from key industry figures at every stage of the publishing process, from submission to retailer. Highlights this year include a conversation with Tọlá Okogwu, a participant at the 2020 Workshop whose debut MG duology Onyeka and the Academy of the Sun was subsequently acquired by Simon & Schuster at auction.

With the new, added benefit of support from Megaphone, participants will now be invited following the Workshop to join the Megaphone Community, a space for regular and ongoing support, advice and critiques from other writers and industry professionals.

Open from today (Wednesday 7th July), applicants should send a sample of between 1,000-5,000 words of their Children’s or YA fiction along with a synopsis and a brief statement about their eligibility as an author of colour. RCW and Knights Of will open the workshop to fifteen existing Megaphone members, and select a further fifteen authors from the open submission.

The workshop will take place virtually in September 2021, and will this year present the five featured sessions across a one-day format with breaks in between. Applicants must be UK based.

Applications for this year's workshop have now closed. You will be notified via email if your application has been successful or unsuccessful. 


Free Workshop Resources >

Workshop Handbook



Session One (45 minutes): Publishing Panel I (Abi Fellow, Lauren Gardener, Jasmine Richards and Carla Hutchinson on the mechanics of submissions and the process of getting published from both perspectives). Chaired by Eishar Brar. 


Session Two (45 minutes): Publishing Panel II (Tọlá Okogwu, Claire Wilson and Amina Youssef exploring author/agent/editor relationships). Chaired by Claire Wilson. 


Session Three (45 minutes): Author Panel (Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé, Carlie Sorosiak, LD Lapinski and Serena Patel on their publishing experiences and how they protect their space/time/selves, especially when self-promoting). Chaired by Leila Rasheed and Stephanie King. 


Session Four (45 minutes): Retail/ Marketing & PR Panel (Aimée FeloneFlorentyna Martin, Kat Baker and Phil Earle). Chaired by Stephanie King. 


Session Five (15 minutes): A session dedicated to Megaphone and answering any final questions about next steps.