Writing for Children

Ref: C3672827

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

To give students the tools, skills and background knowledge to enable them to write for children of all ages in a range of genres.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Understand the different genres and styles of writing for children
  • Use a variety of writing techniques (e.g. show not tell, metaphor, dialogue) effectively
  • Understand the social and political context of writing for children in the modern world
  • Write effectively for children of all ages and backgrounds
  • Write stories, poetry and longer fiction for children

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

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • 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 a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress

What else do I need to know?

  • It would be helpful if you could bring a 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
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/

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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