Creative Writing Course for Children (8-11)

Olive O’Brien is an author and publisher. Olive has published three children’s books, Perry the Playful Polar Bear, Perry the Polar Bear Goes Green and Eco Zico. She has also published a children’s book app for the iPad. She has a Masters in Journalism and previously worked as a features writer and news reporter at The Sunday Business Post and Mid-Day newspaper. Olive blogs for and she is the director of Creative Writing Ink. Her eco-friendly book publishing company Silver Angel Publishing was shortlisted for the 2012 David Manley Emerging Entrepreneur Awards and for the Green Communications Award 2012.

Price: €130

Available Start Dates: 25th August 2020 – 2 places remaining

We are currently experiencing a high demand for our creative writing course for children. We therefore recommend that you book early to avoid disappointment.

Places are strictly limited to 10 participants.

This online creative writing course for children is suitable for 8-11 year old students

The course is one-to-one and is carried out through email correspondence. The student doesn’t have to be online at a particular day or time.

You don’t have to be based in Ireland to take this course. We accept students from around the world.

It is divided up into six modules (six weeks). The student will be given weekly notes, tips and exercises to help them. There is one exercise every week. Each exercise will be read by the tutor and the student will receive written feedback. However, the main thing is for the student to have fun when writing!

The first week will look at the importance of reading. We’ll also look at the five senses, sight, sound, touch, taste and smell and the importance of observation when writing.

In the second module we’ll talk about characters. The notes and exercises will allow students to build a character including a physical description, background, interests, dislikes, etc.

In the third week, we’ll have a look at setting. If you think of a character in a book, they are in a setting, in a certain place or time. This module will show students how to use a setting for a story.

Module 4 will examine plot and endings. When you’re writing, there will be a plot, with a beginning, middle and end. Readers will want to find out what happens to the characters. We will also examine endings, which can often be the most difficult part of a story.

In the fifth week, we’ll look at dialogue. Students can then practice writing a conversation between two characters.

We’ll look at how to revise a story in the final week.

“My boy took your writing course for children. His writing has improved so much that he has been getting consistently higher marks for his schoolwork. This one got read out by his teacher in class recently. I am sure you can see him applying your dialogue and description tips! I just want to say thank you very much!” Stephenie Lee.

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