Events and workshops

Wokingham Children’s Book Festival

October 19th 2019



Singing and storytelling session with picture book author Katrina Charman

A 30 minute talk/workshop followed by book signing.

Age range 2 to 6 years old


For more information and to book click here.


Write Mentor Writing weekend

January 25th and 26th 2020



£200 for 2 full days (includes 1-2-1 for free)
£100 for 1 full day
£25 for 1-2-1 session (note: you must buy a session ticket to do this)
Concession prices and payment plans available

Workshop details:

SAT AM: Workshop One: How to plot your story. Are you a plotter or a pantster or a bit of both (a planster?!) This workshop will look at the plot and structure of some popular children’s books and then will show you how to plot your own story.

SAT PM: Workshop Two: Creating compelling characters. Which characters stand out in a story and why? This workshop will look at how to create memorable characters who leap off the page.

SAT PM: 1-2-1s: Zoe Plant (Bent Agency)

SUN AM: Workshop Three: Worldbuilding. This workshop will show you how to build a world worthy of your compelling characters, including some map-making.

SUN PM: Workshop Four: Getting submission ready. This workshop will focus on what to do when your story is ready to submit to agents and editors, and you’ll also learn how to write a query to grab their attention.


Inclusive of the following:

  • Morning Coffee and Biscuits on arrival
  • Mid Morning Tea Coffee
  • 2 Course Buffet Luncheon
  • Afternoon Tea with Biscuits

Workshop Leader/Guest:

Katrina writes children’s books across all ages, from picture books — the Car Car Truck Jeep series illustrated by Nick Sharratt, early readers, the best-selling chapter book series The Last Firehawk, and MG historical fiction series Survival Tails. She is represented by Gemma Cooper at The Bent Agency.

Zoë Plant joined The Bent Agency in 2019 after spending five years as a literary scout, scouring the UK market for the very best children’s and adult books to recommend to international publishers. She is building a children’s list that is focused on commercial, exciting middle grade and YA. Her favourite books are full of pace and plot, but have something quirky and fresh about them: a speculative or high concept setting, an unusual twist or a voice that changes how she sees the world. She very much wants to hear from authors from underrepresented backgrounds. She particularly loves fantasy, science-fiction and anything a little bit nerdy, but is also on the look-out for strong contemporary voices with spark and life.


Mercure George Hotel

Ibis Styles Reading Centre

10-12 King Street

Reading RG1 2HE