Writing for Children and Young Adults

Writing for Children and Young People
  • Level(s) of study: Short course
  • Study mode(s): Part-time (day)
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: 15 July 2019
  • Course duration: Four days

This course will be a clear starting point for anyone who wishes to write for children and young adults, but doesn’t know where to begin.

What will I gain?

You’ll leave with a firm understanding of how to write for a younger audience, along with various samples of your writing to be developed after the course.

Practical advice on publication and submitting to competitions/children’s magazines will also be provided.

“I finished the course feeling like I had worked hard (in a pleasant way) and had learned new skills. I enjoyed the group work, feedback, relating theory to practice, and the slides and extracts.” PT

“I enjoyed the analysis of my own written work, and how it could be developed. Having access to the library was vital.”

“Learning from an experienced writer, and picking up information that I would not have got from a text book, were what I enjoyed the most.” LM

Tutor profile: Danielle Jawando is a writer based in Manchester who also teaches creative writing at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Her debut young adult novel ‘And The Stars Were Burning Brightly’ will be published by Simon & Schuster in 2020.

Along with writing young adult fiction she’s also written for younger readers; her short story ‘Kyle’s City’ (for ages five to seven) was commissioned by the BBC and aired on BBC iplayer.

In 2016 Danielle’s short story ‘The Deerstalker’ was shortlisted for the We Need Diverse Books short story competition, judged by Penguin and Crown.

She was also commissioned to write a Middle Grade short story for Aquila Magazine’s Christmas issue.

Danielle has also written scripts for Coronation Street.

Indicative maximum class size: 14

Any questions?

Contact the short course team.

Email: creativeshortcourses@ntu.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2813

What you'll study

On this course you will:

  • be introduced to the basics of writing for children and young adults
  • take part in a various of short writing exercises and discussions
  • explore narrative voice, plot and point of view
  • learn how to find inspiration.

You’ll also explore a range of texts, looking at both Middle Grade and young adult genres.

Fees and funding

The fee for this course is £275.

Payment is due at the time of booking.

The fee for this course is £275.

Payment is due at the time of booking.

Still need help?

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