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Introduction to writing for children
16 April @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Join writer and publisher, Emily Suzanne Young of Wordsmith_HQ, for a complete introduction to writing stories and books for young children.
This workshop will look at how stories for children aged 0-9 are different from (and similar to) stories for an older audience. As a group, you will explore picture books, early readers and chapter books. Following on, you’ll examine some popular books, and less popular examples, and break down the reasons for their success, or failure, with the aim of being able to identify which ideas and techniques work and which don’t. You’ll also explore ways to get into the head of a child and write something they’ll love without patronising them or talking down to them.
- Understand the differences between writing stories for young children and stories for an older audience.
- Understand the differences between picture books, early readers and chapter books.
- Identify the age-appropriate language, themes and complexity in stories for children
- Identify some suitable ideas for stories for children
- Practice writing a short piece that is pitched for young children and will interest them and be understood by them without patronising them.
Emily is one-third of the team at Wordsmith_HQ, an online, creative platform dedicated to developing writers and their craft, advice and workshops, and publishing emerging and established writers. She completed her Master’s degree in Creative Writing from Loughborough University in 2017, with an emphasis on young adult and children’s fiction. She now runs her own proofreading and copyediting business, The Loughborough Pen, as well as her own creative endeavours. Previous to this, she had worked as a secondary school English teacher.
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The price of this session is £12 for NWS members and £18 for non-members. Book your place below, or to find out about joining NWS, head to our membership page.