I am amazed to realise that I have now published over 50 books for children. These titles range from picture books to historical fiction; including action-adventure, funny chapter books, classics re-visited, animal stories, educational works and TV episodes. As a dyslexic writer who came late to reading myself, imagination, accessibility and (often) a good splash of humour are at the heart of everything I do.
I am represented by Millie van Grutten at Rogers, Coleridge & White.
Please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org for any queries regarding my writing.
Alternatively get in touch with me directly by email email@example.com
Online tutorials - Teaching Creative Writing
I am passionate about teaching others how to Write for Children, assisting adult writers to create books and stories which children of all ages will want to read. I have been lucky enough to work with many now-published authors.
What I Offer
Beginner’s Sessions either individual and/or courses to develop core skills for the contemporary children’s book market (both for picture books and/or wider children’s fiction).
One-On-One Manuscript Development for work in progress.
Crit Groups with regular small meetings for tutor/peer feedback of developing work.
Advanced Writing For Children Workshops for tutor/peer review of work in progress.
Advanced Picture Book Workshops for tutor/peer review of picture book texts in progress.
All my teaching is via zoom.
Anything Else … just ask!
For information on prices and availability etc. please drop me an email firstname.lastname@example.org outlining the stage you are at with your children’s writing (from complete beginner onwards) and any age group/s you wish to write for.
Books published by recent students
Hannah Moffatt author of Small! (Sunday Times Children’s Book of the Week and shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2023)
“If you’re serious about being a children’s author, work with Lou. Her astute critiques will instantly show you where your story’s going wrong. And she’ll give you the tools and tips to fix it. I wouldn’t be published without her.”
School visits & Author events
With a background in drama as well as lecturing in Theatre/English Lit, I love visiting schools and/or talking to children at events and festivals.
My fun, feisty, interactive sessions are designed to excite children about reading and rev up their writing. I involve the audience right from the start, get them using their imaginations and set mini challenges to explore key writing skills along the way.
I am always happy to talk about my own dyslexic journey from struggling reader to published author.
With titles from picture books via funny chapter books to historical middle grade fiction, I have something for every class from early years to the top of KS2 and beyond.
Signing books at a school visit
School Librarian, Middlesex
“We were very impressed how Lou successfully delivered dynamic and absorbing programmes to our classes, ranging from Y3 to 9, and all tailor made to suit their ages. A truly wonderful event!”
I grew up on a remote sheep farm in Devon. Being dyslexic made schoolwork, reading and writing tough - but never dulled my love of story. I am proud to be neurodivergent and always happy to celebrate difference and imagination.
I went on to work in theatre and lecture at universities before becoming a full-time author and creative writing tutor.
I nearly always feature animals somewhere in my stories.
I have always loved them, as you can see from this photo of me when I was very small!
I now live with my family, a pampered dog and a fluffy cat in London, where I am lucky enough to sit and make things up at a big red desk.
Horse eating my hat