Patrick Ness, winner of the Booktrust Teenage Prize 2008 and the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize, has been announced as Booktrust’s first online writer in residence.
The writer in residence programme will run for two years, with a new author taking up the position every six months.
Patrick took up his tenure from yesterday Monday 9 March.
During his time in the post, Ness will contribute one new short story to be published on the Booktrust website, a fortnightly blog, a video interview by schoolchildren, writing tips and advice on getting published.
Patrick will also be available to answer readers’ questions that are posted on the writer in residence blog.
A new teachers’ resource pack on his award-winning The Knife of Never Letting Go will also be available on the Booktrust website.
Patrick Ness commented:
“I’m delighted and honoured to be Booktrust’s first online writer-in-residence. Booktrust is a fantastic organisation, particularly in that it supports and encourages reading in every age range. I see the writer-in-residence programme as a chance to talk to readers about the writing process while I’m actually writing a real book: offering tips, answering questions, and generally trying to get people excited (or at least less afraid) about writing.
"And with that great democratic leveller, the internet, it’s a residency available to everyone, rather than just being tucked away in some exclusive leafy cottage somewhere. Not that I would have minded an exclusive leafy cottage, I just felt awkward about asking."