Writing for Young Audiences

Room: Tuke Cinema
Time: Saturday 3:30pm


with Emma Reeves, Tobi Wilson, and Justin Trefgarne
moderated by Mark Pallis

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We all have a story like this: A son, daughter, niece, or nephew wants to watch a show with us. They pop on the show – On Demand, maybe, or through a streaming service – and watch it again. And again. And yet again. What happens next is the clincher: Do the adults in the room tear their hair out, or do they laugh along with the kids?

Conversely, how do you avoid writing a story that is beloved by children, yet doesn’t “hold up” when revisited in adulthood? How do you make your story the next Harry Potter, appealing to children and the children in all of us?

Attend this eye opening session to learn how to:

  • Write stories that work on multiple levels for audiences in various age groups
  • Create enduring characters that inspire the young and leave adults with a renewed sense of wonder.
  • Craft stories that “hold up” from generation to generation.
  • Address the universal experiences of adolescents and teens while maintaining satisfying specifics.

When you are creating a story that is both timely and timeless, both about childhood and effective for children and adults, it is a tight needle to thread, but advice of the experts on this panel, including Emma Reeves (The Dumping Ground) and Tobi Wilson (Dangermouse) will help your story get there through general advice and specific examples.

Appearing in this session

Emma Reeves

Emma Reeves – Screenwriter

Credits include: The Worst Witch, The Dumping Ground

Emma is a versatile and experienced writer working across adult and children's TV drama and the stage.
Emma Reeves
Justin Trefgarne

Justin Trefgarne – Producer, Writer & Director

Credits include: Narcopolis, Peter Rabbit

Justin is a writer, director and sometimes actor whose work straddles Film, TV, Video Games and Comic books.
Justin Trefgarne
Tobi Wilson

Tobi Wilson – Screenwriter

Credits include: The Amazing World of Gumball, Dangermouse

Comedy writer Tobi is currently a Senior Writer on Cartoon Network's children's animated series The Amazing World of Gumball, now in it's 6th series.
Tobi Wilson
Mark Pallis

Mark Pallis – Screenwriter

Credits include: Garrow's Law, Iron Monk, Tales of Peter Rabbit

Barrister turned writer Mark served as story editor on Garrow's Law and has several TV and feature projects ready to go.
Mark Pallis