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 novice or a published author, there is something here to help you make the most of your writing.

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Writing tips from authors

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

Writing tips for teens

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

Ideas Everywhere

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

Arts Award

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

Useful links

If you want to take your writing further, organise a school visit or just get some inspiration, take a look at these useful links.

Writer in Residence

Every six months, BookTrust appoints a new Writer in Residence (or Writer-Illustrator in Residence) to write blogs, run competitions and give us their own unique perspective on the world of children's books.

Our current Writer-Illustrator in Residence is Sarah McIntyre, so find out what she's been up to for BookTrust here.

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Writing resources