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Short Course: Writing Children's & Young Adult Fiction: Get Started!
Wed, 3 May 2017, 18:30 – Wed, 7 Jun 2017, 20:30 CDT
Children’s fiction is one of the best-loved modes of literature in Britain. For a few lucky authors it can also be one of the most lucrative (who hasn’t heard of Paddington or Harry Potter?).
But how do you find a voice that can speak to today’s children and teenagers? How do you turn your ideas into stories that will grab the attention of literary agents and editors?
How do you know if you are writing a novel for teenagers, or one for eight-year-olds? How long does a children’s novel have to be anyway? In this six week course we’ll try to answer these questions and any more that you may have.
You’ll be reading successful contemporary fiction for older children and teenagers and analysing what makes it work. With targeted writing exercises and games, you’ll discover your own place in the wonderful world of children’s literature. Suitable for complete beginners and those who need new inspiration.
Leila Rasheed is the author of several books for children and young adults, including Chips Beans and Limousines and sequels, the Witch of Turlingham series as Ellie Boswell, and the Somerton trilogy for Disney-Hyperion USA.
She teaches Writing for Children and Young People on the MA in Writing at the University of Warwick, and more recently has developed the Megaphone Writer Development Scheme, which supports ethnic minority writers who want to write for children and teenagers.
Wednesday 3rd May, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st and 7th June 2017