From picture books to teen thrillers: learn the art of writing for children and young adults on our range of weekday, evening and weekend courses. Our tutors are all successful children's authors who can provide guidance and constructive feedback as you get to grips with the genre and begin to write your story.
All our tutors are published authors.
For the latest news, courses, events and competitions, stay in touch with the Department on and Twitter.
Course Date: Thu 25 Jan 2018
Location on this date: KS - Keeley StreetLearn the art of writing for eight to twelve year olds. Explore what makes a great children's book, analysing works by successful authors, and producing your own writing inspired by them. (There will be no class on 1 March.).Full fee: £119.00Senior fee: £119.00Concession: £48.00
Course Date: Sun 4 Feb 2018 (and 1 other date)
Location on this date: KS - Keeley StreetDevelop your ideas for children's stories in a practical interactive session. Topics will include plot, characterisation and viewpoint, and how to approach the children's publishing industry today.Full fee: £59.00Senior fee: £59.00Concession: £24.00
Course Date: Sun 4 Feb 2018
Location on this date: KS - Keeley StreetCongratulations! You’ve published a children’s book and been invited into schools to speak to children. Find out how to structure a successful author visit, receive supportive feedback on your planned talk, and learn about the logistics and financial aspects of the trip.Full fee: £59.00Senior fee: £59.00Concession: £24.00
Course Date: Sat 10 Mar 2018 (and 1 other date)
Location on this date: KS - Keeley StreetWould you like to write a picture book text for young children? This course is designed for children's writers and for illustrators wishing to write their own stories. Develop both your ideas and your technique.Full fee: £99.00Senior fee: £99.00Concession: £40.00
Course Date: Sat 24 Mar 2018
Location on this date: KS - Keeley StreetYoung adult fiction is booming. Find out more about this exciting genre and how it differs from other forms of writing for adults and children. Learn the essential techniques and, with support from your tutor, develop your own ideas for YA stories.Full fee: £109.00Senior fee: £109.00Concession: £44.00
Course Date: Tue 17 Apr 2018 (and 4 other dates)
Location on this date: KS - Keeley StreetFor experienced children's writers, this ongoing workshop offers an opportunity to develop your work-in-progress with constructive feedback from tutor and classmates. You need to have completed a ‘Writing for children’ course before joining this class.Full fee: £189.00Senior fee: £189.00Concession: £76.00
Course Date: Wed 18 Apr 2018
Location on this date: FRA - Fashion Retail AcademyDevelop your children's story with support from classmates and tutor. This course follows on from 'Writing for children'. New students with a keen interest in the subject are welcome.Full fee: £189.00Senior fee: £189.00Concession: £76.00
Course Date: Thu 19 Apr 2018
Location on this date: KS - Keeley StreetLearn the art of writing for young adults. Explore what makes a great book for this age range, analyse works by successful authors, and produce your own writing inspired by them. (There will be no class on 31 May.).Full fee: £149.00Senior fee: £149.00Concession: £60.00
Course Date: Tue 16 Jan 2018 (and 2 other dates)
Location on this date: KS - Keeley StreetAlways wanted to write a children's book? This practical course will develop your ability to write for different age groups and genres of contemporary children's fiction.Full fee: £329.00Senior fee: £329.00Concession: £132.00