Picture book writing: a taster

Course Dates: 08/08/20
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tutors:

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.

Description

What is the course about?

The course examines how to write a picture book text. We will explore what makes a great picture book and practical techniques that can be used to develop a text of our own. We will also look at the relationship between words and pictures and how to present a picture book text to an agent or publisher.

What will we cover?

- The elements of a great picture book.
- Appropriate themes for stories.
- Techniques to shape a story.
- Finding ideas in the familiar world and in fantasy.
- Creating age-appropriate characters.
- Using repetition, rhyme and rhythm.
- Submitting a manuscript to agents and publishers.

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

Be aware of the technical requirements of picture book writing, and be familiar with 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 (HW433) next term.

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.

Reviews
Tutor Biographies
Andrew Weale

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.

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: HW215

Sat, day, 08 Aug - 08 Aug '20

Duration: 1 session

Full fee: £59.00
Senior fee: £59.00
Concession: £24.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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Any questions? writing@citylit.ac.uk
or call 020 7492 2717

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