Editing your children's novel

Course Dates: 23/04/20 - 02/07/20
Time: 10:30 - 12:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street

If you have a first draft of a novel for children or young adults that is ready for editing, this lively course will help you to get your manuscript into shape for submission to agents. The course involves structured teaching, the chance to edit individually with tutor support and work in pairs using question sheets to analyse and improve different elements of your writing.


What is the course about?

If you have completed a first (second or third!) draft of a novel for children or young adults and would like to learn skills to help you edit your story, this is the course for you.

What will we cover?

A variety of techniques to edit and improve your work, generally with a view to submitting it for publication.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- strengthen your plot
- bring characters to life
- identify where to cut and where to extend
- make your subplots work
- line edit your work.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

You'll need a good level of spoken and written English and a love of children’s literature, should be prepared to participate in discussions and to write creatively. The course is open to experienced children’s authors or beginners.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

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?

A reading list and timetable will be supplied before each term and students will be expected to read the book prior to the week it will be discussed. The books can be purchased in book shops or borrowed from public libraries.

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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This was a useful course to finish editing my novel.
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Review by chatterbox / (Posted on 09/07/2019)
If you want a push in the right direction with your writing, then give this course a go. It will help you to break down your editing process into manageable chunks.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 01/07/2019)
Tutor Biographies
Penny Joelson

Penny Joelson is a children’s author and experienced City Lit tutor. She writes for all age groups and has also had a number of books for children published under her maiden name, Penny Kendal. Penny has worked as a primary school teacher and family learning tutor and she also runs writing workshops for children. Her latest YA mystery is ‘Girl in the Window’, published by Egmont. Her previous thriller ‘I Have No Secrets’, also published by Egmont, has won the 2018 FCBG Children’s Book Award for Older Readers, as well as the Leeds, Worcestershire, Cumbria and Sussex Book Awards.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

Book your place

Course Code: HW133

Thu, day, 23 Apr - 02 Jul '20

Duration: 11 sessions (over 11 weeks)

Full fee: £179.00
Senior fee: £179.00
Concession: £72.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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