What is the course about?
Using examples from the course book list, we will a look at a range of topics including, hooking the reader, characterisation, plot, dialogue, different genres. We will also look at how to get published.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
The book list may include books by Rob Biddulph, Tracey Corderoy, Zanib Mian, Emma Carroll, Onjali Q Rauf, Cath Howe, Patrice Lawrence, Mel Darbon, Savita Kalhan, Jacqueline Wilson and Candy Gourlay.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- analyse successful children’s books; identify and describe key factors that have made them successful
- demonstrate a broadened knowledge of recent children’s books and current trends
- use a children’s book or author’s style as a starting point for writing creatively
- demonstrate a greater comprehension of plotting, characterisation and use of language in children’s books.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You'll need a good level of spoken and written English and a love of children’s literature, should be prepared to participate in discussions and to write creatively. The course is open to experienced children’s authors or beginners.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course will involve reading a selection of books from a reading list and doing a range of writing exercises, both in class and at home.
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?
A reading list and timetable will be supplied and students will be expected to read the book prior to the week it will be discussed. The books can be purchased in book shops or borrowed from public libraries.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Writing YA fiction, in January; HW132 is one possibility. Speak to your teacher about alternative progression routes.
Aall 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.