Writing for Children  Short Courses

Course Information

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Tuesday 1 May 2018 18:30 - 20:30 10 weekly classes £270.00 CS1211 Apply Now

Course Content

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 Writing for Children Intermediate course.

Why choose the Writing for Children 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.

Tutor Info

Caroline Green is an award-winning, best-selling author of fiction for both young people and adults. Her first book, Dark Ride, won the Waverton Good Read Award and the RoNA Young Adult Novel of the year in 2011. Cracks, her second book, was nominated for nine awards and featured on Radio Four’s Open Book as one of its teen reads of 2013. Hold Your Breath, her third, won the Oldham Brilliant Book Award for the Young Adult category. Writing as Cass Green, her adult debut The Woman Next Door was a Number 1 e-book bestseller. In A Cottage, In A Wood is her second adult novel.

Caroline works extensively in schools teaching creative writing and is currently Writer in Residence at East Barnet School.


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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