Writing great child characters

Course Dates: 24/11/19
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tutors:

Write your way to compelling and convincing child characters that truly connect with your readers, in this fun, interactive session.

Description

What is the course about?

An opportunity to explore the particular challenges of writing child characters as an adult, to learn vital information about the way children of different ages respond to stories and to bring your own child characters powerfully to life through a series of practical writing exercises.

What will we cover?

- How to get inside the heads of your child characters and bring them powerfully to life on the page.
- The main story themes and characters that appeal to children of different ages and stages of development.
- The importance of character point-of-view within children’s stories.

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

- show understanding of the various ways in which child readers of all ages and stages relate to stories and the characters within them.
- apply writing techniques including point-of-view and narrative voice in order to portray believable child characters that readers will care about.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is suitable for students at all levels. 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?

- Tutor-led discussion and feedback
- Pairs and group work
- Lots of independent writing
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, writing materials and lots of enthusiasm.

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 course or 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.

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Tutor Biographies
Sophie Mckenzie

A former journalist, Sophie McKenzie attended a writing class at City Lit in 2003 and has been writing fiction ever since. She has published over 25 books - including award-winning teen thrillers and crime fiction novels for adults. She is currently writing a new story featuring several strong female characters and working on a drama script for a TV production company.

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: HW188

Sun, day, 24 Nov - 24 Nov '19

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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or call 020 7492 2717

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