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Short Course: Writing for Children

October 16, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


Join children and YA writer Ben Davis to learn more about how to write for this booming audience.

Children’s literature continues to buck the downward trend in book sales and remains in a strong boom period. Kids are the most passionate, loyal and brutally honest audience there is, and writing stories that keep them hooked is a rewarding challenge for any writer.

This course explores the many different approaches to writing for children, as well as the business side, including querying agents and pitching to publishers.

Focusing mainly on Middle Grade to YA (age 8+ approximately), you will take part in a wide variety of activities designed to give you a solid grounding in kid lit. There will be plenty of opportunities to share your work with others and work collaboratively.

Besides a small number of Do’s and Don’t’s (which we will cover) there are no rules in children’s fiction and you can let your imagination run wild.

Writers of all experience levels are welcome.

Please note: this course will cover fiction writing for children, not picture books or non-fiction. 



Ben Davis is the author of seven children’s books, all published by Oxford University Press. His The Private Blog of Joe Cowley series for teen readers has been translated into seven languages. He also writes standalone books for younger readers.

Course dates:

Tuesdays, 6.30pm to 8.30pm, on 16, 23 and 30 October, 6 and 13 November 2018.

Please note: you must sign up for the full course even if you cannot attend all dates. No partial course ticket is available.

Short Courses are for over 18s. If you are a young writer, you can sign up for our Spark Young Writers Programme.

All Writing West Midlands short courses are collaborative, and you will learn as much from your fellow course attendees as from the tutor. You will be expected to play an active role in group tasks, and you will also have time to reflect on your own writing during sessions.

Course handouts are sometimes (but not always) available, and notes may be available in advance upon request. If you have any additional needs, please contact Writing West Midlands in advance of the course starting and we will try to assist you.


October 16, 2018
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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