What is the course about?
Under the guidance of an experienced tutor, these workshops offer help and support to children's writers with works in progress. At each session, different writers will have an opportunity to present their work and receive helpful and constructive comments from the class. There will also be information available on current markets and advice on how to approach publishers.
The Tutor: Penny Joelson is a children’s author and experienced Build tutor. She writes for all age groups and has also had a number of books for children published under her maiden name, Penny Kendal. Penny has worked as a primary school teacher and family learning tutor and she also runs writing workshops for children. Her latest YA mystery is ‘Girl in the Window’, published by Egmont. Her previous thriller ‘I Have No Secrets’, also published by Egmont, has won the 2018 FCBG Children’s Book Award for Older Readers, as well as the Leeds, Worcestershire, Cumbria and Sussex Book Awards.
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?
- Critical appraisal of your own work and that of others
- Redrafting and revising
- The publishing marketplace.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Respond to and assess pieces of writing with sensitivity
- Receive an unbiased critical appraisal of your work by your peers and the tutor, within a supportive atmosphere
- Redraft your work, taking into account the feedback you received
- Identify ways of finding a market for your manuscript.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is suitable for those writing fiction for all age groups from babies to teenagers. Ideally, you'll have completed the introductory ‘Writing for Children’ course at Build. However, new students are welcome if you are already a published author or if you are otherwise actively involved in writing for children. The workshop is not suitable if you have no experience of writing for children, and you should not enrol for both the introductory course and this one at the same time.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You'll be taught by group discussion and feedback, and you should be actively writing outside the class so that you have work to bring each time it is your turn.
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?
When it is your turn to bring work you need to bring two typed copies, one for the tutor and one for the reader.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Build runs a number of children’s writing workshops and courses in the daytime and the evening.
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 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