Writing for Children

Ref: C3671539

Through this course students will have the opportunity to experiment with writing for children of different ages and in different genres including fiction, memoir, poetry and script. The course will involve analysis of current writing for children and provide the opportunity to develop the necessary skills (language, voice, narrative structure) to write for this audience in addition to providing opportunities for feedback on ongoing writing projects.

Course aim

This course will encourage students to write for children through reading and analysing a range of children's literature and responding with their own writing across different age ranges and genres.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Write a wide range of stories, scripts and poems for children of different ages.
  • Analyse a range of children's literature in order to understand the responsibilities that come with writing for this audience, the techniques which are effective and the marketplace.
  • Develop control of narrative and poetic structure.
  • Develop control of voice and perspective across all genres.
  • Develop effective control of language, using techniques such as metaphor, adverbs and adjectives appropriately.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning
  • You will be expected to carry out a range of activities in your own time

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress
  • There will be opportunities within group sessions for individual writers to receive verbal feedback on their writing from both the tutor and their peers.

What else do I need to know?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • It would be helpful to bring your own notebook and pen/pencil.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next

Download full course outline

Writing for Children Course Outline

Enrolment Conditions

You can enrol online if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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