Writing Children's Fiction

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Course Notes

Every story starts with an idea - and in the first session we'll explore your ideas for stories. We'll try to work out who these stories might be happening to, and look for trouble down the road - the complications and conflicts the characters will find themselves having to overcome.

Next, we'll try to plan our stories, mapping out the plot in terms of the beginning, middle and end. We don't need to know everything that happens at this stage, but it helps to structure the story if we know how the story is going to end. We'll also try to leave room for things to change, because the story is going to continue to evolve as we write.

Then it's time to work on a sample chapter, usually a scene from the beginning of the story. We'll talk about writing your first draft, and about re-writing and revising. We'll also talk about 'voice', and how the choice of narrator inevitably limits our point-of-view but also draws us deeper into the story, enriching our reading experience.

Lastly, we'll look at the next steps. We'll talk about how to persevere in the face of rejection and how to get published in the end. We'll talk about what an agent might expect from you, and what happens if you do find a publisher for your manuscript.

This course is suitable for beginners and for those who are already taking their writing seriously. The focus is on writing chapter books for readers aged 8 and up (Middle Grade and Young Adult). This course is not suitable for those hoping to write picture books for very young children.

Course Notes and a Recommended Reading List will be provided.

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All courses run for 5 days

WK 1 8 Jul - 12 Jul

WK 2 15 Jul - 19 Jul

WK 3 22 Jul - 26 Jul

WK 4 29 Jul - 2 Aug

Morning Courses

9.15AM to 12.15PM

Afternoon Courses

1.45PM to 4.30PM

All Day Courses

9.15AM to 4.30PM