What is the course about?
An opportunity to try out ideas for children’s stories, to develop your writing and learn about the current state of
children’s book publishing. This taster course does not cover picture book writing.
Penny Joelson is a children’s author and experienced City Lit tutor. Her YA Novel 'I Have No Secrets' was published in May 2017 with Egmont. She writes for all age groups and has also had a number of books for children published under her maiden name, Penny Kendal. Penny has worked as a primary school teacher and family learning tutor and she also runs writing workshops for children.
City Lit reserves the right to change course tutors or venues 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/venue.
What will we cover?
- Contemporary children’s writing
- Guidance in writing for children aged 5 – 15 years.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Use various writing techniques in order to develop a range of skills from plotting and planning through to
characterisation, description and dialogue
- Use the appropriate style for desired age group.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Ideally you'll have some experience of a creative writing course (such as Ways into Creative Writing) and/or have been writing for children on your own.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
- Group discussion and feedback
- Lots of independent writing
- Tutor input illustrated by examples from published works.
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?
Bring a notebook, paper and writing materials, enthusiasm and loads of persistence.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Students who wish to continue actively to write for children may like to join the Writing for Children Workshop, most of whose members began as students on the City Lit’s Writing for Children course, and of whom a significant number are now published authors.
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