Children's Writing Courses in London and Online

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.

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  1. Writing great child characters

    Course Date: Fri 27 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    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: £28.00

  2. Picture book writing

    Picture book writing

    Course Date: Mon 11 Jan 2021 (and 7 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    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: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £52.00

  3. Writing for children: advanced

    Course Date: Mon 11 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Deepen your understanding of the genre and acquire techniques to hone your writing. Make your characters convincing and appealing, your plot gripping, your dialogue sparkling and your style strong and engaging. This is the course for you if you have done other courses in writing for children but want to expand your skills. Suitable for those writing for all age groups.

    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: £72.00

  4. Writing for children

    Writing for children

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 12 Jan 2021 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    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.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £84.00

  5. Writing for children: workshop

    Writing for children: workshop

    Course Date: Thu 14 Jan 2021 (and 4 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    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. Please note this is a small group size, which will allow more time for feedback on your writing, and explains the slightly higher cost.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £229.00
    Concession: £92.00

  6. Writing for children: a taster

    Writing for children: a taster

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 30 Jan 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Develop your ideas for children's stories in this practical and interactive short course. 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: £28.00

  7. Writing non-fiction for children: a taster

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 6 Feb 2021 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    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: £28.00

  8. How to write a great opening for your children's book

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 27 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Grab your child reader’s attention from the start, with a strong and compelling opening! You'll find the perfect start to your children’s book on 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: £28.00

  9. Writing YA fiction: a taster

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 20 Mar 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    With so many Young Adult bestsellers topping fiction lists and becoming blockbuster movies, YA fiction has a higher profile than ever before. Find out more about this exciting genre and how it differs from other forms of writing for adults and children. Learn the essential techniques and, with support from your tutor, develop your own ideas for YA stories.

    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: £28.00

  10. Editing your children's novel

    Editing your children's novel

    Course Date: Mon 19 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    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.

    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: £72.00

  11. Developing your writing for children

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 21 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    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.

    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: £72.00

  12. Picture book writing: advanced

    Course Date: Wed 21 Apr 2021 (and 2 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. Explore ideas and learn techniques through peer and tutor workshop activities.

    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: £64.00

  13. Writing children's poetry

    Writing children's poetry

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 15 May 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    In this interactive workshop you will be exploring a range of poetic styles for the different age groups. There will be plenty of practical activities, and a chance to perform a poem in a final ‘slam’.

    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: £28.00

  14. Writing middle grade fiction: a taster

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 22 May 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Middle grade fiction has always had a wide readership, but recently it has been on the rise and now has a higher profile than ever before. Find out more about this rich and exciting category of fiction for young people and discover how it differs from other forms of writing for children and teens. Learn the parameters and essential techniques and, with support from your tutor, develop your own ideas for middle grade stories.

    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: £28.00

  15. Plot your children's novel in two days

    Plot your children's novel in two days

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 19 Jun 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    You’re a writer with some experience and a great idea for a children’s novel, but plotting is the thing that lets you down. Spend two days in this interactive workshop, learning about structure and developing your idea into a compelling plot.

    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: £40.00

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