Term 3: Bringing your Story to Life
- Learn how to give the child reader an immersive story experience that captures them emotionally and enables them to experience your story world vividly.
- Examine your text (and that of a recently published children’s novel) to identify techniques that create strong emotions in the reader (e.g. tension, fear, sadness, joy, apprehension, etc).
- Rework and receive feedback on a section of your manuscript.
By the end of the course, writers will have:
- investigated the ‘child reader of today’, the books they read and the books publishers are buying for the children’s market
- explored the fundamentals of storytelling from a child’s point of view and examined their manuscript with this in mind, reworking their text where necessary
- strengthened their concept and mapped out their story in overview
- discussed and applied some strategies for tightening the structure to improve pace and drive
- considered how to make their story come alive for a child reader by dramatising scenes (showing rather than telling) and by taking an active, forward path through their narrative
This is a Golden Egg North Foundations January 2018 intake workshop.