Picture book writing

Course Dates: 28/10/19 - 02/12/19
Time: 12:30 - 14:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
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.

Description

What is the course about?

The course examines how to write a picture book text. We will explore the unique relationship between the words and the illustration in a picture book and - from a writing point of view - how the story must take account of both. The course also looks at how to prepare a text manuscript and approach publishers.

The Tutor: Andrew Weale is a poet and author of five picture books, including Nora: The Girl Who Ate and Ate and Ate, and the Red House Award winning Spooky Spooky House. He also lectures on picture book writing at Winchester University as part of the Children’s Writing MA, and mentors writers for the highly successful Golden Egg Academy.

City Lit reserves the right to change course tutors from those advertised in this outline. In line with our refund policy we are unable to grant a refund on the grounds of a change of tutor.

What will we cover?

- Child development in relation to perception and books
- Finding appropriate ideas
- Importance of theme
- The twenty-four and thirty-two page spread
- Finding ideas in the familiar world and in fantasy
- Structure
- Handling characters, time span and visual variety
- Using repetition, rhyme and rhythm
- The picture book for older children
- Approaching agents and publishers.

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

- show awareness of the technical requirements of picture book writing
- demonstrate knowledge of what makes for a successful picture book story.

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

No special educational attainments are required, but students should be able to write fluent English.

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

Through exercises in class, both individually and in groups, class discussion, analysing examples, and through tutor presentation.

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.

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?

Please bring writing materials with you to class.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

City Lit offers further courses in writing for children including Picture book writing: advanced.

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.

General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details

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very beneficial
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 12/05/2019)
This course is fantastic and exceeded my expectations. Wouldn’t hesitate to recommend to anyone
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Review by Jen / (Posted on 12/05/2019)
You will learn a lot in a short time and receive honest and constructive feedback.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 12/05/2019)
Excellent course
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 06/02/2019)
If you like to start writing a picture book this course is for you. Just what you need to set you up in perfect direction!
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 06/12/2018)
I did the one day picture book class and it was brilliant. Highly recommend
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Review by shydeas / (Posted on 26/07/2017)
Tutor Biographies
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Book your place

Course Code: HW159

Please choose a course date 

Mon, day, 28 Oct - 02 Dec '19

Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)

Full fee: £129.00
Senior fee: £129.00
Concession: £52.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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