Do you want to learn how to write for children? Learn from the experts. This practical course will explore the basic linguistic, stylistic and thematic features that characterise good children’s writing. You will consider the core skills needed to write a great book. Through reading, lectures and practical writing exercises you will uncover the secrets of successful writing for young readers (aged eight to twelve.)
Students will read a short book or extracts from a series of books before each session, then use what they have learned by writing short pieces to share with the class.
Each session will involve an examination of a particular type of writing for children, a critical discussion of the relevant text, and the student’s creative response to it.
The tutor will provide a summary of the approaches demonstrated in the texts each week. This will build towards a comprehensive ‘tool box’ of techniques for students to use in their own practice.
The focus throughout is on learning how to engage children through accessible writing.