What is the course about?
Under the guidance of an experienced tutor, these workshops offer help and support to children's picture book writers with works in progress. Over six weeks, different writers will have an opportunity to present their picture book text and receive helpful and constructive comments from the class. There will also be close reference to published texts, information on current markets and advice on how to approach publishers.
Students say: "You will learn a lot in a short time and receive honest and constructive feedback." "This course is fantastic and exceeded my expectations. Wouldn’t hesitate to recommend to anyone" .
What will we cover?
- Child development in relation to perception and books
- Finding appropriate ideas
- Active plotting
- The use of spreads/page turns
- Finding ideas in the familiar world and in fantasy
- Handling characters, time span and visual variety
- Using repetition, rhyme and rhythm
- Approaching agents and publishers.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Respond to and assess picture book manuscripts with sensitivity
- Receive an unbiased critical appraisal of your picture book by your peers and the tutor, within a supportive atmosphere
- Redraft your picture book text, taking into account the feedback you received
- Identify ways of preparing a picture book text for publication.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is suitable for those actively writing picture book fiction for young children. Ideally, you'll have completed the introductory ‘Picture Book Writing’ course or intensive 'Picture Book writing’ weekend, or the ‘Writing For Children’ course at City Lit. However, new students are welcome if you are already a published author or if you are otherwise actively involved in writing picture book fiction for young children. The workshop is not suitable if you have no experience of writing picture books.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught by group discussion and feedback. You should be actively writing outside the class so that you have work to bring each time it is your turn. We will also analyse examples from published picture texts.
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
This course will be delivered online, and will involve tutor presentation and class discussion. Student preparation and homework outside class times is strongly encouraged. To fully participate in this online class you will need:
- An email address
- A reliable internet connection
- A computer/laptop/tablet with a fully updated browser (preferably google chrome). Your device will need a microphone, and preferably a camera.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Bring writing materials.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Other children's writing courses. Please speak to your tutor for further advice.
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