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Writing for Children

City University London
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10 weeks
270 GBP
English
Part time
London
Next available date: 28/01/2020 - London
Open / Scheduled
Writing for Children

Course description

Writing for Children

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 part 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 examine how to tackle books for different age ranges, from picture books to Young Adult.

The second part will look at refining your writing and understanding what publishers and agents are looking for.

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.

What will I learn?

Over the course of 10 weekly evening classes on the Writing for Children short course, 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.

Suitability - Who should attend?

Prerequisite knowledge

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

English requirements

Good written and spoken English.

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City University London

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