M M Vaughan: Tips for Young Writers

Oundle Festival of Literature, 20 March 2020, 2.30pm


Whether you dream about being a bestselling author one day, or just want some tips to help with your schoolwork, Monica M. Vaughan will be here to help! In a presentation packed with handy tricks, tips and writing secrets, Monica will be sharing everything she wished she’d known when she first started writing – from how to get ideas, to how a book gets published (with the help of a giraffe chart and a couple of cat gifs!).

Monica’s latest book, Slick, is a standalone novel about the friendship between a boy and an android and about what it means to be human. It has been shortlisted for Shrewsbury Bookfest Big Book Award 2020, longlisted for the 2020 UKLA Book Award, and longlisted for Bookbuzz 2020.

Eric Young is the first child android to be trialled in society, but he doesn’t know that. He does know that he has just moved to Ashland from London, so it’s important that he makes new friends. He’s already growing his social media presence, but he knows it’s important to make friends in the real world too. Danny Lazio doesn’t have any friends, but he doesn’t care about that. He would rather not be friends with someone like Eric but when Eric takes an interest in Land X, Danny s favourite game, Danny thinks he might have found a real friend… if he can figure out the mystery behind Eric s sudden disappearances and strange lifestyle. As their friendship grows, it becomes harder to ignore the weird events that happen around Eric, from weekly dentist appointments to inexplicable medical mishaps. But uncovering the truth is an act that might cost them both, as powerful forces soon move in around them.

“Funny, smart, and full of positive messages.” School Library Journal

“A timely parable for this generation of digital natives.” Publishers Weekly

Monica writes science fiction books for children and is passionate about writing and reading, and about fuelling that passion in children. Her love of technology, gaming and coding feature heavily in her books and she is especially keen to encourage reluctant readers to engage with literature. She has fifteen years’ experience in teaching (mostly with children with emotional & behavioural difficulties) and is a confident and engaging speaker. She has given talks across the US and UK and her books have been published in the UK, USA and Germany.

Suitable for children 7 – 12 years old and their adults!


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