What is the course about?
Children’s authors are now expected to visit schools, libraries and festivals to talk about their work, their life and to inspire the next generation of readers and writers, but writers are often reluctant to leave their desk and step out into the spotlight. This course will explore the essential elements to a successful author talk/school visit and give hints and tips to ensure that your school visits are a success for you and your audience.
Jo Franklin is an internationally published children’s author. She has written for all ages but is currently focussing on writing for 8-10 year olds. She also writes for the educational market, works as a creative writing mentor and a workshop leader for kid’s writing clubs. She studied creative writing at City Lit in the 1990s and returned in 2008 to join the Writing for Children programme. Help! I’m an Alien and Help! I’m a Genius are out now.
What will we cover?
- The essential elements of an author talk split into modules so that you can be flexible to the needs of the school you visit.
- Securing invitations to speak at schools, libraries and festivals.
- Preparing the school for your visit.
- After the event and getting paid.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Demonstrate knowledge of the elements of a successful school visit or author talk
- Write your own modules to build a bespoke author talk
- Demonstrate knowledge of some options for advertising your availability as a visiting author
- Decide and prepare a strategy for dealing with the organisers and getting paid.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is suitable for traditionally published and self-published children’s authors who wish to visit schools, libraries and festivals.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course will be based around interactive discussion.
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?
Paper and pen.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
All students are invited to join us at Late Lines, our regular performance night for City Lit writers. Students are also encouraged to submit their work to Between the Lines, our annual anthology of creative writing. 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