Writing for children: a taster

Course Dates: 30/01/21 - 31/01/21
Time: 10:30 - 13:00
Location: Online

Develop your ideas for children's stories in this practical and interactive short course. Topics will include plot, characterisation and viewpoint, and how to approach the children's publishing industry today.

This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.


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.

Students say: "It was warm and welcoming"; "There were valuable writing exercises to get inspiration"; "I loved the feedback from the other students"; "Very enthusiastic and supportive tutor"; "It has taken the fear away from starting!".

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.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

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?

This is a course for beginners. No prior knowledge or experience is required.

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.

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.


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Reviews below are by students who have attended this course, regardless of the course teacher. Please be aware you may not be booking onto a course with the same teacher.

Good first look at children’s writing from an experienced warm funny tutor.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 03/02/2020)
It’s an excellent introduction to writing for children and truly inspirational.
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Review by Louise Winchester / (Posted on 02/02/2020)
You will come away with both the information and motivation you need to get started or take your writing further - plus you’ll have a lot of laughs with people who are trying to do the same.
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Review by Kate / (Posted on 02/02/2020)
Very basic, a lot of listening to the tutor and no class interaction or really inspiring tips and tricks. Didn’t make me want to continue studying.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 29/10/2019)
A great one-day introduction to the essential elements required for writing for children. The teaching was delivered in an engaging and useful way.
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Review by Mel / (Posted on 28/10/2019)
Try it! You never know the extent of your abilities until you try.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 28/10/2019)
Go for it. A fun day that will build your confidence
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 09/06/2019)
Great introduction to writing for children. Lots of useful hints and tips and very interactive.
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Review by ... / (Posted on 31/10/2018)
Yes I would recommend this course
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 30/10/2018)
Tutor Biographies
Lou Kuenzler

Lou Kuenzler attended a writing for children class at City Lit some years ago. Since then she has written many popular books for newly fluent and middle grade readers as well as picture books. She has also written for Cbeebies television. She is very proud that so many of her past students have achieved publication success of their own.

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.

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Course Code: HW224

Please choose a course date 

Sat-Sun, day, 30 Jan - 31 Jan '21

Duration: 2 sessions

Full fee: £69.00
Senior fee: £69.00
Concession: £28.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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

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