Advertorial – Creating Orphans, Monsters & Spies: a five-day writing course

Matt Killeen, the bestselling and award-winning local author of Orphan Monster Spy, will be running two five-day workshops at Caterham Community Centre during the October half-term.


For adults and teens

The courses will run from Monday, 24 October to Friday, 28 October, with a daytime workshop designed for 12 to 18-year-olds between 10:00 and 16:00, and an adult workshop from 18:00 to 22:00.

Both will include classes on a variety of writing topics, including structure and plot, character, dialogue, and editing. The adult sessions will feature extra content on submitting work to agents and publishers.

A ‘spectacular debut’

Orphan Monster Spy is the story of a Jewish-German girl orphaned in an escape attempt during the outbreak of World War II. She meets, and saves, a British agent, before working undercover for him in a school for the daughters of elite Nazis. It was published in 2018, shortlisted for the Costa Children’s Book Award the same year, and became a US bestseller. It was also nominated for the Branford Boase Award, and won the SCBWI Crystal Kite, as well as being a World Book Night Title. The Guardian described it as a ‘spectacular debut’.

Its sequel, Devil Darling Spy was published in spring 2020.

About Matt

Matt was interested in war stories from a young age, and thesebecame the inspiration for his first two novels. His previous careers have included being an advertising copywriter, and a music and sports journalist, as well as writing for the Lego® company and achieving an MA in Creative Writing for Young People. Alongside giving school visits, talks and creative workshops, Matt also writes for the 2269 project and PC Gamer. He will become a fellow of the Royal Literary Fund in 2023.

Book your ticket

Tickets for both courses are limited to ensure a small class size and quality individual support. Find more information, and book your place here:

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