Story update, mentoring course & more

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An Unauthorised Fan Treatise – new chapter update!

A serialised murder mystery novel set in a fictional fandom, formatted like a shipper’s conspiracy theory.

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My 15 week course for aspiring YA writers is back! Apply by 24th December for a 13th January start. 1 scholarship place is available, fully funded by WriteMentor.

The first course has been so much fun, with such a diverse mix of writers. They’ve already improved so much and the course isn’t even over yet. I can’t wait to see who applies for the second round.

This is a high pressure course that will require a lot of time. You will be given more editing suggestions than you will know what to do with. This is a course for those who are truly prepared to tear apart every inch of their manuscript to make it better.

More info and apply here.

Two lovely features for The Starlight Watchmaker this week – a review in The Book Curator in Australia, and a nice interview in Gardner’s catalogue! It’s so nice seeing the suport for this book. I think I should probably start thinking about what comes next for Hugo and Dorian!

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I just got my latest royalty statement and my books have now sold over a hundred thousand copies worldwide, and The Loneliest Girl in the Universe has earnt out its advance with Walker Books! Thank you to everyone who’s bought a copy of one of my books, and helped me get this far. x

 

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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