Hot Key launches writing project

Hot Key Books has launched a free interactive writing project, "Fleur Hitchcock's Story Adventure", which is aimed at children aged 7-11 years, to help author Hitchcock write the sequel to her novel SHRUNK!

The project will run between 21st January and 13th May 2013, and will be hosted on a secure site through www.thestoryadventure.com. Children can register to take part from 11th December, read Hitchcock's prologue for the book and put forward ideas for the title. Hitchcock will then post her first chapter on 21st January 2013 and invite children to answer questions and complete off-screen activities.

The best ideas will be incorporated into the following chapter, with a new chapter uploaded every Monday until 13th May 2013. The final book is due for publication in January 2014.

Hot Key Books editorial director Sara O'Connor said: "Fleur's notion that children's ideas are not often listened to has exploded into this fun and interactive story shaping project designed to celebrate reading and writing for pleasure and get children excited about reading books. It is an ambitious and admirable project for any writer to take on, but Fleur is the perfect author to do it."

Children who offer outstanding contributions to the project will earn a place on the Star List and have their names included in the book. There will also be an opportunity to win a school visit from the author for the most active school.

The book will be available for pre-order on the site, as well as tickets to the book launch party.