Creative Writing Course for 10-12 Year Olds

Nicola Pierce has written five novels of historical fiction for children. Her first novel, Spirit of the Titanic, published by The O’Brien Press in 2011, was reprinted five times within its first twelve months. Her second novel, City of Fate, about World War II’s Battle of Stalingrad, was shortlisted for the Warwickshire Year Nine Book Award 2014. In 2015, The O’Brien Press published Behind the Walls, about the 1688-9 Siege of Derry. Kings of the Boyne, released in 2016, was shortlisted for the 2017 LAI Children’s Book Award. April 2018 saw the publication of her history book for adults, Titanic, True Stories of Her Passengers, Crew and Legacy. Her most recent children’s novel, Chasing Ghosts; An Arctic Adventure, about the lost John Franklin expedition, was published in March 2020. She is currently working on a small history of Dublin due out 2021.

Price: €130

Start Date: 11th May 2021 – FULL

Please note that there is also a creative writing course for 7-12 year olds. You’ll find further details here. 

Duration: six weeks

Course is strictly limited to 9 participants. Suitable for 10-12 year old students.

In this creative writing course for 10-12 year olds you’ll work on weekly assignments and your tutor will give you one-to-one written feedback on each assignment.

You don’t have to be based in the UK to take the course. We accept students from around the world! The course is carried out through email correspondence, so a student doesn’t have to be online at a set time/day. You’ll find out more about how the online courses work here.

Module 1: Telling Your Story

We’ll explore the different ways of narrating, or telling, a story: looking at writing in the first person – the ‘I did/I said’ – voice; the second person – ‘you did/you said’ voice – and, finally, the third person – ‘he said/she did’ – voice. Also, guess what, you don’t have to have a person narrate your story, you could use something else.

Module 2: Structuring Your Story

Let’s think about writing a beginning, a middle and an ending. Or is the ending the beginning? How about using a prologue or letters or diary entries? What about the tense, are you writing about something that is happening right now, or happened yesterday or is happening tomorrow? Maybe you want to switch back and forth?

Module 3: Meet Your Characters

Who are they? Where do they come from? Why are they here? And how are you going to introduce them to your readers? Do you have to like them? Does anyone have to like them?

Module 4: Whose Plot Is It Anyway?

To plan or not to plan? What lies ahead for your characters? How to keep your reader engaged? For starters, you need a good first line and, then, there’s the journey, the obstacle and the happy/sad/ ending … or something like that.

Module 5: Don’t Tell Me, Show Me!

One of the few rock-solid rules: never ever try to tell a reader exactly what to think about your characters. You got a villain in your story, well, prove it using dialogue, body language and your other characters.

Module 6: The Joy Of Re-Writing

Some writers enjoy it, some writers hate it but we all have to do it. How to re-read your work and recognise the oodles and oodles of mistakes. Don’t worry, this will involve my sharing some of my many mistakes, when the books were just shabby manuscripts.

To find out more about how the online courses work, or if you have any further queries, you can check out our Frequently Asked Questions or email us at

Our cancellation/refund policy may be viewed here.


There are three payment options: online (by credit card or Visa debit), post (cheque, bank draft or postal order) and finally, bank transfer/lodgement.

ONLINE:  Please note that we do not require you to fill out a registration form. Instead, please click on the ‘Check Out Securely’ button below. During the payment process you can input your name and email address which we will use to contact you about the course. Once you have processed the payment, please email us at to confirm the student’s name and age. We will email you within 24 hours to confirm receipt.

POST: Unfortunately, we no longer accept payments by post.

BANK TRANSFER/LODGEMENT: If you’d like to pay by bank transfer or make a lodgement, you can contact us at for our bank account details.