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Children's Book Writer (Freelance)
Deadline: 23 Feb 2023 (Opportunity now closed)

Write a children’s book about a butterfly and a moth in the National Forest with Honey Craft.


Honey Craft publishes books that connect children to nature and we keep our own bees. These books are aimed at children aged 8-10. We are looking for a writer that can demonstrate links to the National Forest, this could be living nearby or spending your childhood there

Books in the MiniBEAST series include “To Bee or Not to Bee” Bee, “The Fast and The Curious” Gnat, “Leave a Light on For Me” Firefly.

As part of the project and writing process, you will be working with a creative team including: illustrator Keith Turner, Entomologist Gray Smith and Honey Craft Creative Director Liga Orlovska.

The book will be between 1500-2500 words. The main characters of the book must be a butterfly and a moth. The story must take place in the National Forest, drawing upon the habitats and species here.


N.B. You will need to be available to attend meetings with the creative team and the National Forest and deliver a workshop in the National Forest as part of this project.

Together with a creative team you will also be creating a workshop for families with children aged 8- 10, that you will deliver in the National Forest. Here you can gather their thoughts and ideas about the National Forest and MiniBEASTS living in the Forest to help fuel your creating process.

Dates: Contract awarded - Feb, First draft deadline - Sep, final copy - Jan 2023, book published - May 2023.


  • Workshop planning: ½ day @ £150.00 (March)

  • Workshop delivery: 1 day @ £230 per day (March)

  • Writer 5 days @ £250 per day (Apr – Jul)

Total fee: £630

To apply for this opportunity please submit the following by 23 Feb 2023 to

  • CV

  • A sample of a maximum of 500 words of your writing aimed for children aged 8-10, or writing for children of any age.

  • Answer this question: Why would you like to work with Honey Craft on this project? (3-5 sentences)    

  • Answer this question: Please explain your links to the National Forest (3-5 sentences)


Shortlisted writers will be invited to an informal conversation, end Feb (exact date TBC.) Please contact Liga on if you have any questions or would like more information.

Project supported by the National Forest Arts Grant.


27 Feb
28 Feb
28 Feb- 3 Mar
April Ha
lf Term
30 Apr
3 May
3 May – 10 May
15 May
16 May
3 May – 15 June
16 June
17 Jun – 22 Jun


Writer Interview
Writer Contract
Workshop planning day takes place with writer, illustrator and entomologist
1 day workshop delivered
Writer develops first draft of the book
Steering groups meeting
Editing the draft. Writer works with editor, creative producer and illustrator
MILESTONE: Final story draft
Steering group groups meeting
Illustrator works on the illustrations of the book
Identifying place for the book launch
Steering groups meeting. Final draft approved
MILESTONE: Books on print
Book launch event 

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