This course is the first of three training sessions delivered as part of the National Literacy Trust’s new initiative, 21st Century Authors. During this workshop authors and illustrators will identify and articulate what it is that makes them and the books they write unique. Through trainer-led discussion, written tasks, and a series of individual and group activities, the authors will work on creating a coherent, engaging and audience appropriate event.


The key components of this course are:

  1. Identifying the value of author events
  2. Understanding the expectations of others within the event chain
  3. Transforming the material of your books into engaging event content
  4. Adapting your event content and reading to suit multiple audiences
  5. Managing the structure, timings and changeability of your author event


The 21st Century Author Programme is a new initiative led by the National Literacy Trust to provide high level support, training and deployment opportunities for established and emerging authors and illustrators in England. Funding comes from Arts Council England and all training is offered for FREE to authors. As part of the programme authors will receive:

  • high quality training in creating and conducting school visits and events, delivered by AuthorProfile
  • opportunities for deployment in schools and at football clubs
  • support from literacy experts on the requirements of the new school curriculum
  • high-value promotion opportunities for their work through the Premier League Reading Stars programme.

This programme is being offered as part of Premier League Reading Stars, an initiative of the National Literacy Trust, which uses the motivational power of football to encourage pupils to improve their reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills, but it is interested in all kinds of authors for this programme, not just writers focused on football.

To find out more about the 21st Century Author programme and to apply, please visit out CONTACT page or call us on 07504 954510.



  • This session is 3.5 hours.

  • Up to 8 authors

  • This course includes trainer-led discussion, written tasks, individual and group activities, and facilitated action planning.

  • This session includes a training workbook

  • To find out more about the 21st Century Author programme and to apply, please visit out CONTACT page or call us on 07504 954510.

I was surprised by how interesting and provocative the session was – it made me think about my author events in a fresh and unexpected way.

- Josh Lacey