Children's Writing Courses in London

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. Picture book writing

    Picture book writing

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 7 Mar 2020 (and 4 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £40.00

  2. Writing YA fiction: an introduction

    Writing YA fiction: an introduction

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 21 Mar 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  3. Writing for children

    Writing for children

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 21 Apr 2020 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £84.00

  4. Writing for children: workshop

    Writing for children: workshop

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 22 Apr 2020 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: FRA - Fashion Retail Academy
    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.
    Full fee: £219.00
    Senior fee: £219.00
    Concession: £88.00

  5. Writing for children (continuation)

    Writing for children (continuation)

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 22 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: FRA - Fashion Retail Academy
    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: £72.00

  6. Editing your children's novel

    Editing your children's novel

    Course Date: Thu 23 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: 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.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £72.00

  7. Writing children's poetry

    Writing children's poetry

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 17 May 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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’.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  8. Writing middle grade fiction: an introduction

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 23 May 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  9. Writing for children: a taster

    Writing for children: a taster

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 31 May 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  10. Picture book writing: advanced

    Course Date: Wed 3 Jun 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £139.00
    Concession: £56.00

  11. Plot your children's novel in two days

    Plot your children's novel in two days

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 20 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £40.00

  12. Picture book writing: a taster

    Picture book writing: a taster

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 8 Aug 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Would you like to write a picture book text for young children? This taster course is designed for children's writers and for illustrators wishing to write their own stories. Develop both your ideas and your technique.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

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    Writing YA fiction

    Course Date: Thu 16 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn the art of writing for young adults. Find out more about this exciting genre and how it differs from other forms of writing for adults and children. Explore what makes a great YA book by analysing the work of successful current authors and produce your own writing inspired by them.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £72.00

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