Writing for Children Intermediate  Short Courses

Course Information

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Thursday 3 May 2018 18:30 - 20:30 10 weekly classes £270.00 CS1221 Apply Now

Course Content

The Writing for Children Intermediate is for students who are familiar with the basics of writing for children, and who want to develop their writing skills. This intermediate evening course will review key aspects of writing such as voice, plotting and dialogue, to help you take them to the next level and make your work stand out. You don’t need to be working on an advanced manuscript, but ideally you will have some ideas you’d like to pursue. You will be encouraged, over time, to share examples of your writing and to participate in critiquing workshops with the other members of the group. While this can seem daunting at first, it is always friendly and constructive and becomes increasingly rewarding.

You will learn from examples of some of the best current children's writers in each age group, from picture books to YA and gain an insight into what agents and publishers are looking for. By the end of this evening course you will have a better idea of your writing strengths, what to work on, and which support networks can help you reach your writing goals.

This course is ideally suited to those who have already completed our Writing for Children short course.

Why choose the Writing for Children Intermediate short course?

Taught over 10 weekly evening classes, our Writing for Children Intermediate short course offers students currently writing for children or young adults the skills and opportunity to take their work to the next level.

Delivered from our central London location, the course offers expert tuition and the flexibility of part-time study.

Tutor Info

Sophia Bennett’s books for teens have been sold around the world since her debut novel, THREADS, won the Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Prize in 2009. Her seventh novel, LOVE SONG, published in 2016 was the second ever overall winner of the RONA Romantic Novel of the Year award to be chosen from the Young Adult category. Other books for Chicken House have been shortlisted for the Book Trust Best Book award and the Oxfordshire Book Award. She has also written historical Young Adult fiction for Stripes.


You should have taken an introductory fiction writing course or be writing regularly.

English Requirements

Good written and spoken English.

What will I learn?

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

*How the UK children’s fiction market is structured from age 3-16, how do you identify the age-group you are writing for, and what do publishers expect?
*Working with an illustrator: how words and pictures work together in picture books
*Plotting your story
*How to make your characters stand out
*The importance of voice in children’s literature – and how to find yours
*Using dialogue and humour to bring scenes to life
*Tips for research and world-building
*Writing, rewriting and sharing – learning how to give and take constructive criticism, and the importance of the editing process
*The different routes to publication, and what agents and publishers expect from a new author
*Finding friends, getting help and setting realistic goals to keep you moving with your manuscript

Delivered over 10 weekly evening sessions, the Children’s Fiction Workshop short course will help you take your writing to the next level, and give you a set of practical techniques to work with, as well as an insight into the children’s fiction market.

Teaching and Assessment

Informal assessment will take place through group discussion, class room activities, and questions and answers sessions as guided by your tutor.

Recommended Reading

Picture books
I Want My Hat Back – Jon Klassen
The Book With No Pictures – B. J. Novak
The Day the Crayons Quit – Oliver Jeffers
The Gruffalo/The Snail and the Whale – Julia Donaldson

Chapter books and Middle Grade
Rescue Princesses series – Paula Harrison
Awful Auntie – David Walliams
Mr Gum – Andy Stanton
Murder Most Unladylike – Robin Stevens
Skulduggery Pleasant – Derek Landy
When You Reach Me – Rebecca Stead
A Monster Calls – Patrick Ness

Young Adult
Looking for Alaska – John Green
Buffalo Soldier – Tanya Landman
This Is Not A Love Story – Keren David
Noughts and Crosses – Malorie Blackman
Slated – Teri Terry/The Maze Runner – James Dashner

Leads To...

The Children’s Fiction Workshop short course can lead to a range of follow-on programmes such as:

* Short Story Writing
* Writers Workshop
* The Novel Studio

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