Writing non-fiction for children: workshop
Time: 17:30 - 19:30
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: HW591
Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)
What is the course about?
Led by an experienced tutor, this workshop will support non-fiction writers who have works in progress. Every week, a number of students will present their work and receive feedback from their fellow students and from the course tutor. There will opportunities to re-present ideas and texts and receive further feedback. The course will also explore current trends in children’s non-fiction writing and there will be dedicated time each week to look at some fantastic children’s non-fiction books.
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 course will examine the exciting field of children’s non-fiction writing through group discussion of the student’s own work.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Respond to and assess pieces of writing with sensitivity
- Receive an unbiased critical appraisal of your work by your peers and the tutor, within a supportive atmosphere
- Redraft your work, taking into account the feedback you received
- Identify ways of marketing your manuscript.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is suitable for those writing non-fiction for children. Ideally, you'll have completed the introductory ‘Writing non-fiction for children: an introduction’ 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 for children. The workshop is not suitable if you have no experience of writing for children, and you should not enrol for both the introductory course and this one at the same time.
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.
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.
City Lit Writing endeavours to create a safe and welcoming space for all and we strongly support the use of content notes in our classes. This means that learners are encouraged to make their tutor and classmates aware in advance if any writing they wish to share contains material that may be deemed sensitive. If you are unsure about what might constitute sensitive content, please ask your tutor for further clarification and read our expectations for participating in writing courses at City Lit.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Pen and paper.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
City Lit runs a number of children’s writing workshops and courses in the daytime and the evening.
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.
An established writer of children’s non-fiction, Catherine Ingram is author and series editor of the illustrated Art History series 'This is' (Laurence King Ltd). The 'This is' series won the Brand/Series Identity Award at the British Book Design and Production Awards in 2015 and a number of titles in the series were nominated for V & A Illustration Awards. Catherine has also written three art books for younger children: 'Where’s Warhol' (2015), 'Arnold’s Extraordinary Museum' (2016) and 'Find Frida' (2020). She studied Art History at Glasgow University and the Courtauld Institute and completed a PhD at Oxford University.
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.