Writing for Children  Short Courses

This Introductory Writing for Children short course, taught in the heart of London, is for students who would like to write books for children aged 3-16.

The first five weeks will focus on learning writing techniques in the context of children’s books, covering a range of areas including characterisation, settings, dialogue and plotting. We will also look at texts from a variety of published children’s authors.

The second half of the course will involve analysing different parts of the children’s and Young Adult (YA) book markets in more detail.

Each week students will tackle writing exercises and there will be some element of sharing work.

By the end of the Children's Writing evening course, students should have a strong grasp of what it takes to succeed in the tough but rewarding world of writing for children.

Writing for Children is ideal preparation for our Children's Fiction Workshop course.

Why Choose a City Short Course?

City's Writing for Children short course delivers a comprehensive introduction to the subject, covering several areas and ages. You will also learn how to apply theoretical knowledge to practical writing tasks over the course of 10 weekly evening classes.

Taught from our central London location, the course offers flexibility and expert tuition.

Course Information

Start DateStart TimeDurationCostCourse CodeApply
Tuesday 4 October 2016 18:30 - 20:30 10 weekly classes £265.00 CS1211 Apply Now
Wednesday 18 January 2017 18:30 - 20:30 10 weekly classes £265.00 CS1211 Apply Now
Wednesday 3 May 2017 18:30 - 20:30 10 weekly classes £265.00 CS1211 Apply Now

Tutor Info

Caroline Green is an award -winning author of fiction for young people. Her first novel, DARK RIDE won the RONA Young Adult Book of the Year and the Waverton Good Read Award. CRACKS and HOLD YOUR BREATH were shortlisted for eleven awards between them, including: The Amazing Book Award; The Catalyst Book Award The Leeds Book Award; The Hampshire Book Award; Sefton Super Reads, the Oldham Book Award and The Stockport Book Award. She is the Writer in Residence at East Barnet School. Caroline has been a journalist for over twenty years and has written for many broadsheet newspapers and glossy magazines. Caroline’s debut adult thriller THE WOMAN NEXT DOOR will be published by Harper Collins under the pen name Cass Green in July 2016.


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

English Requirements

Good written and spoken English.

What will I learn?

Over the 10-week short course programme, you will learn:

*    Understand the market - who exactly are you writing for?
*    Identify what works about successful stories, across a range of texts;
*    Create strong settings, stand-out characters and convincing dialogue;
*    Build pace and structure into your work;
*    Learn how to use descriptions that will bring your writing to life;
*    Edit and revise your writing, including when to cut;
*    Understand what agents and publishers are looking for in a publishable manuscript - the practicalities as well as the indefinable 'it';
*    How to submit your work to publishing professionals.

Delivered over 10 weeks as evening sessions, the Writing for Children short course is the ideal way for you to develop your writing for children knowledge and practical skills.

Recommended Reading

Hart, C. and Eaves, E. (2010) Supermarket Zoo. London: Simon and Schuster

Donaldson, J. and Scheffler, A. (2002) Room On The Broom. London: MacMillan Children's Books

Nadin, J. and Mikhail, J. (2011) Penny Dreadful is a Magnet for Disaster. (Penny Dreadful series). London: Usborne

Strong, J. (2007) The Hundred-Mile-An-Hour Dog. London: Puffin

Gaiman, N. (2009) The Graveyard Book. London: Bloomsbury Children's Books

David, K. (2010) When I Was Joe. London: Frances Lincoln Children's Books

Ward, R. (2009) Numbers. London: Chicken House

Leads To...

The Writing for Children short course can lead to a range of follow-on programmes such as:

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