LSJ

LONDON SCHOOL OF JOURNALISM


 

  Number of lesson modules  10 Fees information  
  Average duration  9-15 months Enrolment form  

 

Writing for Children

 

Many people assume that the art of writing for children does not need to be learnt. Parents are able to hold the attention of their children by the stories they invent. Authors sometimes take the view that this ability is, in itself, sufficient. They forget that the attention of such a private audience is already assured! A different technique is necessary with an audience who can just put down a boring book or story, and instead watch television or play on a computer.

This course has been prepared to meet that challenge. You will learn how to put together an exciting, original plot, to create believable characters and to inject just the right amount of mystery, suspense, fun and reassurance for the age group at which you are aiming. If you want to write a complete book you can do so under the instruction of your tutor - the lesson basics are the same, but the exercises are different.

Topics covered:

  Magic and mystery The pre-school reader
  Planning the story Full-length fiction
  Writing the story Writing non-fiction
  Characterisation Finding a publisher