Term 1: Writing for Children
- Examine and discuss the current children’s market and consider where your book might fit.
- Consider your own story (and a recently published children’s novel) from a child’s point of view, in terms of concept, narratorial focus, world view and emotional drive.
- Reflect upon the strength and communicability of your story idea.
- 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 Foundations workshop.