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SCBWI QLD Event – Literary Agent Kate Foster on Middle Grade

Date(s) - 13/Sep/2020
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Balancing Heavy with Hope in Middle Grade:

How to approach the tough topics with literary agent Kate Foster


SCBWI QLD Gold Coast branch proudly presents an online event with author, editor, and newly appointed literary agent Kate Foster.

Themes that touch the heart are always the hardest to write. But how do you approach the tough topics while maintaining a sense of hope so important for middle grade readers? Many of them are experiencing the toughest time of their lives right now, a time where the security of their home, their loved ones, their very normality is changing day by day… More than ever children need hope. They need to see that even the heaviest moments can lead to a brighter future.

Join literary agent, editor and children’s author Kate Foster as she presents ‘Balancing Heavy with Hope in Middle Grade’. Kate will talk about what a tough topic actually is and offer some ideas on how to approach them in your middle grade stories. She will discuss how much detail to include and where to draw the line in terms of content, pulling on examples from recently published books. Attendees will leave with a clearer idea of how to incorporate and balance the serious elements of their stories whilst maintaining a hopeful touch so essential to this category.

An associate literary agent, Kate will also cover the basics of middle grade: upper and lower age groups, audience expectations, and manuscript word counts, as well as how to ensure your manuscript stands out from the crowd when approaching literary agents and editors.

Kate will kindly be offering a limited number of manuscript assessments leading up to her presentation. Keep an eye out for more details about this exciting opportunity.

About Kate

Kate is a new associate literary agent at Storm Literary Agency, actively building her client list, and a children’s author represented by Alice Sutherland-Hawes at the Madeleine Milburn Literary Agency in London. She grew up in a small town in the south east of England until moving to the Gold Coast in 2014 with her husband and three sons. She writes, she reads, she eats!

Watch this space for a booking link and further information about manuscript assessments.
$20 for current SCBWI members
$30 for guests