Skip to content

Writing for Children and Young Adults

Writing for Children and Young Adults Mx
  • Level(s) of study: Short course
  • Study mode(s): Short course
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: 21 January 2021
  • Course duration: Thursdays 6 – 8:30 pm, ten weeks


FIND US ON

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.


The course is aimed at beginners who have a great imagination for characters, places and plots who want to turn these into competent, captivating pieces of writing.

It will help you develop a personal style to your work, comparing and contrasting your approach with successful writers today.

Through group discussions and critiques, you’ll explore the process, creativity and business of writing for children and young adults, and how you can develop your role in this exciting world.

What will you 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 further.

Tutor profile: Sam Maxfield is the author of six published novels.

Her novel The Last Resort was longlisted for the Mslexia Women’s Novel of the Year.

Sam’s other books include Mapton Rising, Must Be Mapton, West Of The Sunset, The Army Of Righteous Deliverance and the children’s book Maddie’s Magic Christmas.

She is a writer and freelance lecturer with an MA in Writing.

She specialises in teaching, English literature, creative writing, and film studies.

Sam lecturers in FE and HE, and gives talks to a variety of organisations and groups.

She has also worked as Film Education Officer at Broadway Cinema in Nottingham, developing and delivering courses to a range of ages, and still regularly teaches courses for Broadway.

Her courses include film literacy, fairy tales in film, star theory and literary adaptations.

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

During this course, you will:

  • be introduced to the basics of writing for children and young adults
  • take part in a various of short exercises in the classroom and at home
  • explore narrative voice, plot and point of view
  • learn how to find inspiration
  • develop a piece of writing, and create a plan of what to do with it after the course.

Entry requirements

Level: Beginner

Entry requirement: An idea for a story is useful (but not essential) to have in advance of the course, but equally you can use this course to generate the first spark of an idea.

Level: Beginner

Entry requirement: An idea for a story is useful (but not essential) to have in advance of the course, but equally you can use this course to generate the first spark of an idea.

Fees and funding

The fee for this course is £325.

Payment is due at the time of booking.

The fee for this course is £325.

Payment is due at the time of booking.

Still need help?

+44 (0)115 941 8418