Writing children's poetry

Course Dates: 17/05/20
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Andrew Weale

In this interactive workshop you will be exploring a range of poetic styles for the different age groups. There will be plenty of practical activities, and a chance to perform a poem in a final ‘slam’.


What is the course about?

You will look at how to write poetry in a free way without overthinking, a variety of poetic styles from the haiku to the iamb, and the next steps to becoming a professional writer of children’s verse.

The Tutor: Andrew Weale is a poet and author of five picture books, including Nora: The Girl Who Ate and Ate and Ate, and the Red House Award winning Spooky Spooky House. He also lectures on picture book writing at Winchester University as part of the Children’s Writing MA, and mentors writers for the highly successful Golden Egg Academy.

Build reserves the right to change course tutors from those advertised in this outline. In line with our refund policy we are unable to grant a refund on the grounds of a change of tutor.

What will we cover?

- Wild (or automatic) writing to access poetic flow;
- Different poetic forms, such as activity and shape poems;
- Age-related poems from younger years up;
- Rhyme and rhythm in poetry and picture books
- Next steps into the professional world of the children’s poet.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- write children’s poetry with more confidence
- demonstrate a broader knowledge of the types of poetry you can write.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

No special educational attainments are required, but students should be able to write fluent English.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Through exercises in class, both individually and in groups, class discussion, analysing examples, and through tutor presentation.

All writing courses at Build will involve an element of workshop. This means that students will produce work which will be discussed in an open and constructive environment with the tutor and other students. The college operates a policy of constructive criticism, and all feedback on another student’s work by the tutor and other students should be delivered in that spirit.

For classes longer than one day regular reading and writing exercises will be set for completion at home to set deadlines.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Please bring writing materials with you to class.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Build offers further courses in writing for children.

All students are invited to join us at Late Lines, our regular performance night for Build writers. Students are also encouraged to submit their work to Between the Lines, our annual anthology of creative writing. For the latest news, courses and events, stay in touch with the Department on Facebook and Twitter.

General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details


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This course helped me realise what I want out of writing poetry. He pitched it to the class, so we were able to express for children and young adults. Broad ideas and varied content.
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Review by rach / (Posted on 07/06/2019)
Well worth doing, I learned a lot and had good fun - the perfect combination!
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Review by Anon / (Posted on 26/05/2019)
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Book your place

Course Code: HW152

Sun, day, 17 May - 17 May '20

Duration: 1 session

Full fee: £59.00
Senior fee: £59.00
Concession: £24.00

Or call to enrol: 222-66-889-99

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