Children's writing

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 writing courses are taught by practicing writers.

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  1. Writing for children

    Writing for children

    Course Date: Tue 25 Sep 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Always 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: £369.00
    Senior fee: £369.00
    Concession: £148.00

  2. Writing a middle grade book

    Writing a middle grade book

    Course Date: Thu 27 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn the art of writing for Middle Grade (9-12 year olds). Explore what makes a great children's book by analysing the work of successful current authors and produce your own writing inspired by them.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £169.00
    Concession: £68.00

  3. Writing for children: a taster

    Writing for children: a taster

    Course Date: Sun 28 Oct 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop 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: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  4. Picture book writing: workshop

    Picture book writing: workshop

    Course Date: Wed 31 Oct 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Would you like to develop the skills to plan, write and edit picture book texts for young children? This course is designed for children's writers and for illustrators wishing to write their own stories. Explore ideas and learn techniques through teacher-led activity and group workshops.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £48.00

  5. Picture book writing

    Picture book writing

    Course Date: Sat 17 Nov 2018 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Would you like to write a picture book text for young children? This two-day course is designed for children's writers and for illustrators wishing to write their own stories. Find practical ways to develop both your ideas and your technique.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £40.00

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    Writing YA fiction

    Course Date: Thu 17 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn the art of writing for Young Adults. Explore what makes a great YA book by analysing the work of successful current authors and produce your own writing inspired by them.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £169.00
    Concession: £68.00

  7. Writing for children: workshop

    Writing for children: workshop

    Course Date: Thu 17 Jan 2019 (and 5 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    For 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: £219.00
    Senior fee: £219.00
    Concession: £88.00

  8. Writing YA fiction: an introduction

    Writing YA fiction: an introduction

    Course Date: Sat 23 Mar 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Young 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: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £40.00

  9. Writing for children (continuation)

    Writing for children (continuation)

    Course Date: Tue 30 Apr 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: EC Euston
    Continue to explore writing for different age groups and genres of contemporary children's fiction on this practical and interactive course. This course focuses much more on the nuts and bolts of writing, focusing on issues such as theme, viewpoint and structure in the context of children's fiction. You will need to have completed a ‘Writing for children’ course before joining this class.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £76.00

  10. Editing your children's novel

    Editing your children's novel

    Course Date: Thu 2 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Editing your novel can be a tricky business! Get support on this lively course, learning techniques and skills to improve and edit your manuscript.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £64.00

  11. Writing for children: the picture book

    Writing for children: the picture book

    Course Date: Sun 30 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Would 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: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  12. Children's authors: get ready for school visits and public appearances

    Children's authors: get ready for school visits and public appearances

    Course Date: Sun 7 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Congratulations! 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: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

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