Writing YA fiction

Course Dates: 16/01/20 - 26/03/20
Time: 10:30 - 12:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tutors:

Learn the art of writing for young adults. Explore what makes a great YA book by analysing the work of successful current authors and produce your own writing inspired by them.

Description

What is the course about?

We will read and learn from a range of successful YA books published in the last fifteen years and then try out the techniques learnt. Each session will be a combination of reading analysis and writing exercises. A reading list will be provided for guidance and students can read as many books from the list as they choose, as long as they bring the book they are reading to class each week.

What will we cover?

- What makes a YA book successful?
- How have different authors approached the same themes?
- We will a look at topics including, grabbing the reader, characterisation, plot, dialogue, different genres. We will also look at how to get published.
Books on the list will focus mainly on UK authors and may include books by Patrice Lawrence, Alwyn Hamilton, Sally Green, Lisa Williamson, Juno Dawson, Simon James Green.

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

- analyse successful YA books; identify and describe key factors that have made them successful
- demonstrate a broadened knowledge of recent YA books and current trends
- use a YA 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.

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?

Editing your children's novel (HW133) is one option. Speak to your tutor for alternative options.

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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This is recommended if you are interested in YA fiction and have an idea for a novel. It would also be useful for anyone writing children's fiction as the course covers plot development, character, and various writing techniques relevant to all fiction.
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Review by Thierry14 / (Posted on 29/03/2019)
Tutor Biographies
Penny Joelson

Penny Joelson is a children’s author and experienced City Lit tutor. 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. Her latest YA mystery is ‘Girl in the Window’, published by Egmont. Her previous thriller ‘I Have No Secrets’, also published by Egmont, has won the 2018 FCBG Children’s Book Award for Older Readers, as well as the Leeds, Worcestershire, Cumbria and Sussex Book Awards.

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: HW132

Thu, day, 16 Jan - 26 Mar '20

Duration: 11 sessions (over 11 weeks)

Full fee: £179.00
Senior fee: £179.00
Concession: £72.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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