Writing for Children Course

Oisín McGann works full time as an author and illustrator. He has written and illustrated forty-five books for children and young adults, including the Mad Grandad series and The Wildenstern Saga and A Short, Hopeful Guide to Climate Change.

Next start date: 13th September 2022 – 2 places remaining

Price: €170

Places are strictly limited to 10 – early booking advisable.

This online writing for children course has six modules that will cover the basics of storytelling and the specific aspects of writing for children and young adults. There will be weekly exercises and assignments. The tutor will provide written feedback on these assignments.

Each module will have four elements: Writing Stages, Story Elements, Reading Levels, Exercises. Each week, one or two of the exercises will be aimed at a different reading level, from first-time reader up to fluent reader.

Note: The tutor will email you on the course start date with your first module; please check your Spam/Junk folder for this email.

Course Outline

Module 1
• Writing Stage: Planning Your Story.
• Story Elements: Creating Characters.

Module 2
• Writing Stage: Setting a Routine.
• Story Elements: Creating a Location or Setting.

Module 3
• Writing Stage: Writing and Re-Writing.
• Story Elements: Establishing a Problem – the Key to a Plot.

Module 4
• Writing Stage: Getting Published.
• Story Elements: Atmosphere, Pace.

Module 5
• Writing Stage: Editing and Production.
• Story Elements: Language – Narrative, Description and Dialogue.

Module 6
• Promotion and the Writing Business.
• World-Building and Adaptable Concepts.

“I thought the writing for children course was fantastic. It was structured well and the exercises were interesting and challenging. I feel I really got a lot out of the feedback and the hints and tips were extremely helpful, and I’m putting some into practice as we speak!” – Nigel

Please note that this course is suitable for people who would like to write for children or young adults. If you are looking for a writing course which is suitable for children or teenagers, please click here for our Creative Writing Course for Children (suitable for 7-12 year olds) or here for our Writing for Teenagers course.

If you have any further queries, or to find out more about how the online courses work, you can check out our Frequently Asked Questions or email us at info@creativewriting.ie

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