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Children’s writing - 12 Month Course

Writing for children is one of the most popular forms of writing but it is hard to get right. It is not simply a matter of creating a story that your children like and expecting it to be an instant success. This is a very competitive market and tastes and writing styles are very varied. Most people think of writing story books – but it is much wider than that. In this course, you will look at the children’s writing sector and discover the opportunities and different types of writing available. This will help you target your writing most effectively. It will also show you how to edit a book and publishing options.

1) Knowing your market and how to identify the different sectors.

Exploring the different types of children’s writing eg picture books, graphic novels, young adult, series books.

Assignment:

Identify 3 types of children’s writing of interest, read a book in each and create your own short story outline for each.

2) Picture and games books.

A look at the market and type of picture and games books popular with children.

Assignment:

Create your own short picture or game book outline.

3) Young adult.

Investigate the style of writing, the content and the genres involved in young adult books.

Assignment:

Create your own outline for a story aimed at the young adult market.

4) Getting started.

Organising your research and your writing. Setting targets, dealing with writers block, word counts.

Assignment:

Writing to a strict word count.

5) Finding and developing ideas.

Where to get ideas from and how to develop them.

Assignment:

Create a story outline.

6) Character creation.

How to create characters that really come alive.

Assignment:

Creating a character.

7) Creating settings.

Developing a setting; a location for a book is extremely important. The reader has to feel it really exists. Investigate ways of doing this.

Assignment:

Creating a setting for your story.

8) Plot development.

How to develop a story and keep the reader turning the pages, wanting to know more.

Assignment:

Developing a plot line and linked sub plots that can be used throughout the story.

9) Writing styles and technique.

Use of different writing styles, eg first person, third person, using language effectively.

Assignment:

Writing short sections of your story in different ways.

10) Editing.

How to edit your book.

Assignment:

Edit a chapter or section.

11) Pictures and children’s writing.

The use of pictures in children’s writing, identifying different types and how they are used, finding illustrators.

Assignment:

Identifying areas of your book that could be illustrated and the type of illustrations.

12) Publishing.

The different methods of publishing including e-books & self publishing, how to find publishers and agents, creating a publishing proposal.

Assignment:

Prepare a publishing proposal.

 

 

 

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