Writing for children: workshop

For experienced children's writers, this ongoing workshop offers an opportunity to develop your work-in-progress with constructive feedback from tutor and classmates. You need to have completed a ‘Writing for children’ course before joining this class.

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This course is excellent. It is exactly what I wanted to improve my novel and the feedback is helpful and informative. The tutor is insightful and full of positive suggestions. Brilliant.
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Review by Sue-puffin / (Posted on 17/07/2017)
This is a course for those interested in a serious writing workshop that will help develop their craft. The instructor is insightful and manages the group remarkably well.
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Review by Back to School / (Posted on 17/07/2017)
I've been attending this tutor's workshops over the last few years and can't recommend them highly enough. The mix of writers is always dynamic and interesting, ranging from Picture Book, to Middle Grade to YA. The level of critique offered is exceptionally high. It is sensitive, supportive and constructive, so that writers are clear about how to improve their work. The tutor leads the class with great humour and insight, sharing their experiences in an inspiring way. The workshop has kept me motivated me to write regularly and to consider how my work fits into the contemporary children's market. I strongly recommend the workshop for all committed children's writers, whether you have a work in progress or just the bare bones of an idea.
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Review by JD / (Posted on 17/07/2017)
You can wait a long time before you are lucky enough to have such a gifted, enthusiastic, whip-smart, funny and supportive teacher as the tutor on this course.

I have done a lot of courses on writing and i can only say do her year long introduction course and then this, and whatever you're trying to write, if it has narrative, you will be vastly improved.

I only wish I'd found these courses sooner.

Very realistic feedback, with a lot of helpful pointers to take work into the professional arena - i.e. You can write how you want but if you want to be a professional these are criter you need to think about.

Add to this a lot of fun in her workshops and classes, and that she seems to have a bottomless knowledge of other writers' work and appreciation for it - all styles all genres, all age groups, and i can't say enough good about these courses or this tutor.
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Review by I am the one with no nickname. / (Posted on 15/07/2017)
I joined this tutor's beginners course as a student with no experience but a great keenness to develop an idea based on some images and illustrations that I had produced years earlier. I felt rather intimidated at the start of the term, having never written any fiction and I did wonder if, with such little experience, I was a worthy enough member of the group. Well, thank goodness I took that first step, and did not let my lack of confidence hinder my ambitions. The masterful tuition and creative exercises have tapped into an imagination I had no idea I possessed.

I can honestly say that if I had not studied under this tutor, I would not be in the position I am now in, which is writing my first chapter book. The joy the process of writing has brought me is a revelation. I am also indebted to the tutor for her expert critiques. There is not a single class in which I have not learnt something new about myself or my writing. I signed up for the advanced course without hesitation. The critiques, as ever, are precise, incisive, considered and transforming. The environment is supportive and constructive and I have made great friends with fellow students. The tutor is dedicated, open, generous and extremely encouraging. I cannot recommend her classes highly enough. She should be cloned and sent to every school!
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Review by Matilde / (Posted on 14/07/2017)

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