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An ideal introduction to the world of children’s story writing; students gain confidence and learn to turn their ideas into exciting and creative children’s fiction.
Whether you want to publish your work or write stories just for your own children, City's Writing for Children short course delivers a comprehensive introduction to the subject, covering several areas and ages.
Over the course of 10 weekly evening classes you will learn how to apply theoretical knowledge to practical writing tasks and learn more about the market for children’s books and how to succeed as a children’s writer.
Taught from our central London location, the course offers flexibility and expert tuition.
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.
“ It's been a great experience. I signed up for the course to get some confidence in my writing ability and meeting regularly with other writers has certainly helped this, as well as Caroline's informative, relaxed and fair tutorage. ”
“ I have really enjoyed the course - I now begin to understand the nuts and bolts of a story in a way that I had never before grasped. I can now have an initial idea, draft a workable plot (sort of ...) and slowly start moving the story along - none of which I could do 10 weeks ago. The course has been well-structured, encouraging and informative. I have found it immensely helpful. ”
“ The tutoring was excellent. ”
Over the course of 10 weekly evening classes on the Writing for Children short course, you will learn:
This course is open to anyone interested in writing for children.
Good written and spoken English.
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.