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Writing for Children Short Course

Date Attendance Time Course fee Location Action
23/01/17 – 03/04/17 Monday evenings, 10 weeks (No class on Monday 13th February) 18.30 – 20.30 £280 Penrhyn Road campus Book now

Course information

Why do this course?

This course is open to anyone interested in writing for children.

Course description

During the course we'll introduce the main characteristics of picture books, middle grade (8–12 years) and young adult books (12+ years). We'll look at plot, point of view and where to find ideas. There'll be plenty of practical examples, exercises and discussions to get everyone writing.

The focus won't be on becoming published – although that's a great thing to aim for – it's a creative space for new writers who want to develop their craft.

Course structure

What we'll cover:

  • Week 1 Writing for children overview. Child development. Simple story structure.
  • Week 2 Picture books - ideas and exercises.
  • Week 3 Workshopping picture book ideas. An introduction to books for 3-5 year olds. Animals in fiction exercise.
  • Week 4 Workshopping ideas for 3-5 year olds. Introducing middle-grade fiction (8-12 year olds)
  • Week 5 Extracts from middle grade fiction. Exercises in narrative techniques from fantasy adventure through to social realism. How to plot and develop middle grade books.
  • Week 6 Point of view. How to work with different viewpoints to create energy and tension in your writing.
  • Week 7 Young adult fiction (12+ years) - the dark side. Build a story of your own which can be developed.
  • Week 8 Workshopping for effective story writing. Improving and editing your own fiction.
  • Week 9 Books which have stood the test of time. Feedback and writers' groups.
  • Week 10 Time set aside for reviewing work. Editing tips - and moving on!

We will be responsive to the interests of course participants and will adapt our sessions to suit.

Prerequisites

No experience necessary.

Course tutors

Cath Howe

Cath Howe is an author and teacher working in south-west London. She runs workshops in schools on everything to do with writing and performing, teaches gifted writers, coaches children for auditions and develops plays and scripts for festivals. Four books have been published by Pearson – two stories and two sets of plays. In short, Cath is passionate about being inspired and creative.

She is also an experienced adult workshop leader. She has led workshops in Kingston University, in libraries, theatres and on author retreats.

Sue Wallman

Sue Wallman is the author of Lying About Last Summer, a thriller for young adults, published by Scholastic in May 2016, and selected for the Zoella/WHSmith book club. See How They Lie will be published March 2017. A former magazine journalist, she won the Baileys Women's Prize First Chapter Award in 2013 and is a Writer in Residence at Kingston Writing School. She has run courses for adult writers and worked with children's writing groups.

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