What is the course about?
An opportunity to focus on your ideas for children’s stories, to discuss your writing and learn about the current state of children’s book publishing.
Author and screenwriter Neil Arksey has had a number of novels for children and young adults published by Penguin Random House. His writing has been shortlisted for and won a number of prizes. He has also written for a number of children's TV shows and, most notably, was part of the original team that created the highly successful animated series, Little Robots, and wrote scripts for the TV version of Kipper the Dog.
City Lit reserves the right to change course tutors from those advertised in this outline. In line with our refund policy we are unable to grant a refund on the grounds of a change of tutor.
What will we cover?
- Contemporary children’s writing
- Guidance in writing for children.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Analyse pieces of writing effectively and sensitively
- Use various writing techniques for children’s writing
- Use appropriate style for desired age group.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You need to have completed the first two terms of Writing for Children or an equivalent writing for children course as this term’s course is intended to give students the opportunity to put into practice some of the topics covered in the first two terms. If you’ve been writing for children on your own without attending a course you will need to submit your work to the Creative Writing dept before being accepted onto the course.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
- Group discussion and feedback on writing
- Independent reading and writing projects
- Tutor input.
All writing courses at City Lit will involve an element of workshop. This means that students will produce work which will be discussed in an open and constructive environment with the tutor and other students. The college operates a policy of constructive criticism, and all feedback on another student’s work by the tutor and other students should be delivered in that spirit.
For classes longer than one day regular reading and writing exercises will be set for completion at home to set deadlines.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Bring a notebook, paper and writing materials, enthusiasm and loads of persistence. You will also need access to email – students whose work is due to be shared will be expected to email their work to the other members of the class in advance of the lesson.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Students who wish to continue actively to write for children may like to join the Writing for Children Workshop, most of whose members began as students on the Writing for Children course, and of whom a significant number are now published authors.
All students are invited to join us at City Lit Talks Back, our monthly performance night for City Lit writers. Everyone is welcome, admission is free and there's no need to book in advance. Visit www.citylit.ac.uk/citylittalksback for more details or if you're interested in reading your work. Students are also encouraged to submit to Between the Lines, our annual anthology. Learn more at www.citylit.ac.uk/betweenthelines. For the latest news, courses and events, stay in touch with the Department on Facebook and Twitter.
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See the course guide for term dates and further details