Vienna Writers for Young Readers is a new group aiming to bring together authors interested in writing for young people, whether that’s picture books, early readers, chapter books, middle-grade fiction or YA novels. Anyone who is currently writing for a younger readership, or who has the ambition of breaking into this particular market, is welcome along to the informal yet informative monthly sessions.
We discuss the current climate of the children’s books industry both in Austria and abroad. We gain inspiration from the best (and maybe worst…) books already out there. And everybody has the opportunity to share their own current writing within a friendly forum of constructive criticism and advice.
The meetings are led by Paul Malone – who has published many short stories for children in both The School Magazine (Australia) and Scoop magazine (UK) among others and is the brains behind Creative Café Austria and Creative Writing On The Go; and Keith Gray – award-winning author of over 20 books for young readers including Ostrich Boys, The Runner and You Killed Me! and has edited 2 collections of short stories for teenagers.
Each meeting is a packed 2 hours. In the first hour the writers are encouraged to bring along a children’s or YA book that they have read recently and can be shared with the rest of the group – what was good about it, what was great about it, was there anything disappointing about it, what can we learn about writing from it? The second half of the meeting is for the writers to share their own current work-in-progress and receive constructive feedback from the rest of the group.
If you would like to share your work please keep the word count to a maximum of 1000 words and if possible bring along extra copes as handouts.
There is absolutely no obligation to have to speak aloud or share but our whole aim is to create a friendly, relaxed yet professional atmosphere where writers can improve personally and inspire publicly.
All meetings are held in English.
There is no charge for the meeting, but being held in a cafe, the waiters will be eager to take orders!