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Writing for Children

Don't you just take out all the long words? No. It's harder than that, but this inspiring children's writing course will help.

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London

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12 weeks
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  • Thursdays, 19.00–21.00

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Always wanted to write a children's novel? Start here

Come to Faber's offices and spend twelve weeks with fourteen other children's writers, plus Anthony McGowan, award-winning author of The Knife That Killed Me, The Donut Diaries, the Carnegie-shortlisted Rook and the Carnegie-winning Lark.

Covering fiction for children aged six to young adult, Tony will lead the lessons on this intensive, practical, skills-based writing course, and you'll benefit from everything he knows about this difficult craft – plots that keep kids gripped, dialogue that convinces them, humour that gets giggles.

Then there's feedback – weekly reading and help on your work. No essays about Rudyard Kipling: the focus is on your writing, every week, making sure you get it done, and that it's getting better all the time.

Is this the right course for me?

This three-month course is one of our 'Improving' courses, so you don't need to have taken any writing courses before. You might have had an idea for a children's book you've been thinking about for a while, or you may have been working on other types of writing before now. By the end of the twelve weeks, you should expect to have written a substantial chunk of your children's book, and be well on your way to becoming a fully-fledged writer.

    The course will take place on Thursday evenings, from 7–9 p.m., at the Faber offices in the heart of literary Bloomsbury.

Course Programme

Session 1

Thursday 30 March, 19.00–21.00

Introduction: Why write for childr...

Session 2

6 April, 19.00–21.00

Finding a voice for younger childr...

Session 3

13 April, 19.00–21.00

The Myth Kitty: Using folklore, my...

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Course Programme

Writing for Children

Session 1

Thursday 30 March, 19.00–21.00

Introduction: Why write for children?

Session 2

6 April, 19.00–21.00

Finding a voice for younger children

Session 3

13 April, 19.00–21.00

The Myth Kitty: Using folklore, myth and legend

Session 4

20 April, 19.00–21.00

Make 'em laugh: Humour in children's fiction

Session 5

27 April, 19.00–21.00

Scaring the kids: Monsters, ghouls and vampires

Session 6

4 May, 19.00–21.00

The twisting path: Complex plot structures

Session 7

11 May, 19.00–21.00

Points of view/narrative voices

Session 8

18 May, 19.00–21.00

Controversy: Pushing against the boundaries

Session 9

25 May, 19.00–21.00

Science fiction and fantasy

Session 10

1 June, 19.00–21.00

Subtle things: Pacing, rhythm, intuition

Session 11

8 June, 19.00–21.00

Reaching out: Writing and performing

Session 12

15 June, 19.00–21.00

Selling your work: Agents, publishers, the public

Tutor

Anthony McGowan

Anthony McGowan

Anthony McGowan has written highly acclaimed and award winning fiction and non-fiction for adults, teenagers and younger children...

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Location

Bloomsbury House

74 - 77 Great Russell Street

London WC1B 3DA

How to get here

Bloomsbury House is well connected by public transport, with Russell Square, Holborn and Tottenham Court Road stations all nearby, and stops for several bus routes a short walk away. We’re right next to the British Museum, on the corner of Montague Street.

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