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The Writing for Children Intermediate short course is for students familiar with the basics of writing for children who wish to continue to develop their writing skills.
Our Intermediate Children's Writing short course offers students currently writing for children or young adults the skills and opportunity to take their work to the next level.
Ideally suited to those who have already completed our Writing for Children short course, it will give you a set of practical techniques to work with, as well as an insight into the children’s fiction market.
The children's writing course is taught by an award winning children’s writer who will share her knowledge not only in writing technique but also how to prepare your work for publication.
Taught over 10 weekly evening classes and delivered from our central London location, the course offers expert tuition and the flexibility of part-time study.
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.
“ It was a great course, Sophia is a great tutor, very eloquently spoken and clearly knows her subject. ”
Over the course of 10 weekly evening classes on the Writing for Children Intermediate short course, you will learn:
You should have taken an introductory fiction writing course or be writing regularly.
Good written and spoken English.
Informal assessment will take place through group discussion, class room activities, and questions and answers sessions as guided by your tutor.
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.
Sophia's 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.