Children's writing

Children's Writing Courses Online & in London

Be inspired to write novels and short stories at the college where Andrea Levy, Malorie Blackman, Anna Burns, and other celebrated authors studied.

From picture books to teen thrillers: learn the art of writing for children and young adults on our range of weekday, evening and weekend courses. Our tutors are all successful children's authors who can provide guidance and constructive feedback as you get to grips with the genre and begin to write your story. All our writing courses are taught by practicing writers.

Courses available both online and in-person

We offer a range of courses allowing you to choose between online and in-person learning. All our courses are live, interactive, and taught by expert tutors. No matter how you prefer to learn, you’ll receive the same great City Lit experience. See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

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  1. Reading for children's writers
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 19 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Penny Joelson
    Explore recently published successful books for children, mainly by UK authors, and produce your own writing inspired by them. The course will cover pictures books, middle grade and young adult.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £179.00 Concession £90.00
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  2. Writing non-fiction for children: an introduction
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 20 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Catherine Ingram
    Learn how to write children’s non-fiction on this exciting and interactive course encompassing classic fact book, biography and narrative. You will also get an opportunity to practise and get some feedback on your writing.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £129.00 Concession £65.00
  3. Writing for children
    Course start date:  Tue 20 Sep 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Neil Arksey
    Always wanted to write a children's book? This practical course will develop your ability to write for different age groups and genres of contemporary children's fiction. (Please note this two-term course is payable in two instalments).
    Full fee £389.00 Senior fee £389.00 Concession £195.00
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  4. Picture book writing: advanced
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 21 Sep 2022 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Would you like to workshop, edit and polish your picture book texts for young children? This course is designed for advanced picture book writers wishing to hone and improve their own stories.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £80.00
    Rating:
    90% of 100
  5. Writing for children: workshop
    Course start date:  Wed 21 Sep 2022 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street (other locations are available)

    On this ongoing workshop you will 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.
    Full fee £389.00 Senior fee £389.00 Concession £195.00
    Rating:
    98% of 100
  6. Picture book writing
    Course start date:  Tue 4 Oct 2022 (and 9 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Andrew Weale
    Would you like to write a picture book text for young children? This course is designed for children's writers and for illustrators wishing to write their own stories. Develop both your ideas and your technique.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £50.00
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  7. Writing for children: a taster
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 25 Oct 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Neil Arksey
    Develop your ideas for children's stories in a practical interactive session. Topics will include plot, characterisation and viewpoint, and how to approach the children's publishing industry today.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £35.00
    Rating:
    90% of 100
  8. Writing great child characters
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 3 Dec 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Sophie McKenzie
    Write your way to compelling and convincing child characters that truly connect with your readers, in this fun, interactive course.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £35.00
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  9. Memoir writing: a taster
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 5 Dec 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Julie Garton
    Do you have a personal story to tell that will move, delight, stir and inform readers? This short course guides students in planning and crafting a memoir.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £10.00 Senior fee £10.00 Concession £10.00
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  10. Children's writing: a taster
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 6 Dec 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Andrew Weale
    Find out more about writing children's stories in this practical and interactive, short taster session.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £10.00 Senior fee £10.00 Concession £10.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  11. Picture book writing: a taster
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 7 Dec 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Andrew Weale
    Find out more about writing a picture book text in this practical and interactive, short taster session.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £10.00 Senior fee £10.00 Concession £10.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  12. Writing for children: advanced
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 9 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Penny Joelson
    This supportive and interactive course for advanced children's writers will help deepen your understanding of the genre and acquire techniques to hone your writing.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £179.00 Concession £90.00
  13. Writing non-fiction for children: a taster
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 4 Feb 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Catherine Ingram
    On this interactive taster course, you will explore children’s non-fiction writing; an exciting and wide-ranging field, encompassing biography, narrative non-fiction and the classic fact book.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £35.00
  14. Editing your children's novel
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 17 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Penny Joelson
    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.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £179.00 Concession £90.00
  15. Developing your writing for children
    Course start date:  Wed 19 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sophie McKenzie
    Develop your children's story with support from classmates and tutor. This course follows on from 'Writing for children'. New students with a keen interest in the subject are welcome.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £179.00 Concession £90.00

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