Upcoming events, online courses &c

Lots of stuff to tell you today! First up, my Writers HQ Coventry retreat this Saturday still has a few spots left.  I‘m not running the June date and there’s no August retreat.

Applications are now open for my @writementor mentoring and editing online course.

I’m doing a panel at Waterstones Nottingham next week. I’ll be talking about my time at the Uni of Nottingham, writing while studying and diversity in fiction.

I’m also doing an event at Cymera Festival in Edinburgh in a few weeks with Tom Pollock.

And if your child is in years 5-9 in the West Midlands, my Spark Young Writers group in Rugby is about to open to submissions for next year.

And a bit further off, but my writing diversely day course at Cambridge University’s ICE is taking bookings, with an amazing discount if you’re a teacher.

I’m also doing a video talk at the Write Mentor online conference Wow-Con.

All my public events are here.

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The Starlight Watchmaker is up for pre-order on my etsy shop, and the sets of book letters should be shipping next week for everyone who has pre-ordered one.

And if you can’t wait for my writementor mentoring course, I have a free slot for an editorial critique next month due to a cancellation. Usually I’m booked up a few months in advance so this is pretty rare.

You may be wondering how I have chance to write these days, if I’m doing all this. Yeah…. I don’t know either. 😅

Published by Lauren James

Lauren James was born in 1992, and has a Masters degree from the University of Nottingham, UK, where she studied Chemistry and Physics. She is the twice Carnegie-nominated British Young Adult author of The Loneliest Girl in the Universe, The Quiet at the End of the World and The Next Together series, as well as the dyslexia-friendly novella The Starlight Watchmaker and serialised online novel An Unauthorised Fan Treatise. Her upcoming release is The Reckless Afterlife of Harriet Stoker. She started writing during secondary school English classes, because she couldn’t stop thinking about a couple who kept falling in love throughout history. She sold the rights to the novel when she was 21, whilst she was still at university. Her books have sold over fifty thousand copies in the UK alone, and been translated into five languages worldwide. Her writing has been described as ‘gripping romantic sci-fi’ by the Wall Street Journal and ‘a strange, witty, compulsively unpredictable read which blows most of its new YA-suspense brethren out of the water’ by Entertainment Weekly. The Last Beginning was named one of the best LGBT-inclusive works for young adults by the Independent. Lauren is a passionate advocate of STEM further education, and all of her books feature female scientists in prominent roles. The Loneliest Girl in the Universe was inspired by a Physics calculation she was assigned at university. The Quiet at the End of the World considers the legacy and evolution of the human race into the far future. Lauren lives in the West Midlands and is an Arts Council grant recipient.  She has written articles for numerous publications, including the GuardianBuzzfeed, Den of GeekThe Toast, and the Children’s Writers and Artist’s Yearbook 2020. She teaches creative writing for Coventry University, WriteMentor, and Writing West Midlands, providing creative writing courses to children through the Spark Young Writers programme.

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