Writing for Children Course

Emma Read is a children’s author and creative writing mentor and tutor. Her debut novel for young readers, Milton the Mighty, was one of The Times’ Best Children’s Books of 2019. It also won the N. Somerset Teachers Award and was shortlisted for the Bath Children’s Novel Award. Other published works include short stories and flash fiction.
Emma provides mentoring to unagented writers and, when possible, also runs in-person workshops for schools, libraries and festivals.
She lives in Bath, with her young family and many, many notebooks.

Next start date: 29th September 2021 – 1 place remaining

Price: €150

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.

Module 1: What’s the Big Idea?

An introduction to writing for children, exploring reader age and stage, appropriate themes and topics. Then moving on to ideas – assessing what works using pitching techniques to build on an idea, exploring goal, obstacle and stakes.

Module 2: Heroes and Villains

Character is at the heart of any children’s story. Here, we’ll be looking at what makes a compelling and believable character, and why this is so important for a child reader. We’ll also consider series fiction and how children buy in to strong characters, to make these a success.

Module 3: A Series of Unfortunate Events

In this module we’ll discover how characters drive the plot forward through agency, and search for the story at the heart of it all. We’ll be looking at examples of plot structures in children’s fiction and how to make linear storylines engaging.

Module 4: Saving the World and Surviving School

Next we’ll be taking a deeper dive into how our characters interact with their story, how their wants and needs will be thwarted throughout the plot, creating pace, tension and reader engagement. From saving the world, to surviving the school day, we’ll discover how characters’ goals connect the reader to the work.

Module 5: Show and Tell

A quick look at writing craft techniques for children’s literature, particularly finding a balance in the ‘rule’ of Showing rather than Telling. The module will also introduce the concept of ‘voice’ and how dialogue provides a conduit to your character’s emotion and personality.

Module 6: The Hard Sell

A review of children’s publishing, trends and marketing. How you can get your work noticed amidst a busy time: the new, so-called, golden age of children’s fiction, and the importance of school visits, libraries and festivals.

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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