Writing Children’s Books

A six session course on writing and editing children’s picture books and early readers, pre-teen novels, non-fiction formats, and devising multi-platform concepts for all age categories.The classes are geared to your ideas and work in progress with in-class exercises, assignments and opportunities for one-to-one feedback and support between classes.  Useful handouts provided on your specialist area including picture book formats and layouts. Weekly skill sessions to improve your writing techniques.  Topics will include: ideas generation, creating engaging openings, scene-setting and creating characters, plot and theme, creating satisfying endings plus combining text and illustrations effectively, age appropriate language, editing your work, industry requirements and guidelines, submitting work to agents and publishers.

Ideal for people who want to learn all aspects of writing for children and experiment with different forms and ideas whether with a view to publication or for personal creative development and for their families.  The course will also provide focus and support  for those engaged in longer projects. Learn new techniques, share your work, get professional feedback and receive inspirational tuition in between writing at home.

Tutors will be Simona Sideri, children’s publisher/editor, and Chalk director, writer Ardella Jones.

Other members of the Chalk team will advise on drama and animation projects including  Jonathan Wolfman, CBBC producer/script editor for BAFTA award-winning series Tracy Beaker Returns, The Dumping Ground and Wolfblood, playwright/theatre director Danusia Iwaszko, former Children’s Channel producer, Jo Hepplewhite, Gillian Corderoy, scriptwriter for  64 Zoo Lane, Everything’s Rosie, Cloud Babies.

Read more about our highly-qualified Tutor Team and their varied experience in children’s publishing, TV, theatre and film on our website.

When and where? Thursdays  7 – 9.30 pm

8th, 15th, 22nd October – 12th, 19th, 26th November 2015

Trafalgar Arms, Tooting Broadway

Fee: £149.00

Click here to book your place or contact us:

Phone: 07852 483 001
Email: creativewriting@chalkthesun.co.uk