Writing tips

We offer a wide range of practical tips and inspirational advice on writing from well-known authors. There are tips on writing poetry and short stories, tips on creating characters, tips on getting motivated and tips on getting published.

BookTrust provides a wealth of material for those of all ages and backgrounds who want to get involved with writing. This ranges from an up-to-date database of writing competitions to expert tips from publishers and our online writer in residence.

Teachers and parents will also find practical resources to help them run projects to get children in primary and secondary schools excited about writing.

Whether you're a complete beginner or a published author, there is something here to help you make the most of your writing.

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Ideas Everywhere

A beautifully illustrated guide to writing picture books from author and illustrator Polly Dunbar.

Sarah McIntyre’s writing workshop: Making a Comics Jam

Writer and illustrator Sarah McIntyre shows you how to draw a sea monkey and takes you through running a fun comics jam in the classroom, step by step.

Illustrations in search of a story

Have some fun by taking part in Chris Riddell's Illustrations in Search of A Story activities - can you figure out what's happening in these pictures?

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Tips for young writers

Find all the information you need to start writing, from great tips about fan fiction to advice on getting published.

Writing tips from authors

Famous authors such as Matt Haig, Nikesh Shukla, Sarah J Maas and Patrick Ness share their fantastic writing tips.

Arts Award

Arts Award is a national qualification which recognises children and young people's personal creative development.

BookTrust HomeTime

Looking for something fun as a family? Enjoy storytime with our free online books and videos, play games, win prizes, test your knowledge in our book-themed quizzes, or even learn how to draw some of your favourite characters.

Go to the HomeTime hub