The Spine and the Heart

Term 2: The Spine and the Heart

  • Use the Golden Egg BookMap© Lite to examine your novel (and a recently published children’s novel) in overview.
  • Look at different strategies for structuring a story and consider the story beats within your own work in progress.
  • Refine your story beats and story idea and receive feedback.

Course Objectives

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 Foundations workshop.

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